The last two and a half years have seen huge changes: to FXhome.com, to our products and most especially to the number of wrinkles on our faces. With so many new users and members at FXhome.com, we thought this would be a good time to take another look at the core team, in the first of several articles that will be examining the future of FXhome.
The New Guy: Jack Everitt – aka ‘JackPot’
It's time to introduce the newest member of the FXhome team – Jack Everitt. In the software business it is vital to keep moving forwards, so a few months back we started looking into the necessary technologies for our future projects. Investigations led us to Jack, who is currently researching particle systems at the University of East Anglia and teaching C++ and OpenGL to younger students.
“Previously I’ve studied computational geometry, object modelling, lighting and shading, animation,” explains Jack, “and for my dissertation I created a waterfall using particle systems.” This early work progressed to his research masters at the university, for which he is now specialising in ‘perceptively adaptive collision detection’.
Jack is in the process of applying his knowledge to EffectsLab’s particle engine. “I’m trying my damn best to think up crazy, illogical ways to improve performance if possible,” he says. “Previously I had been working on networks and websites for another company, so I’m a lot happier to be working on something directly related to my research.”
When he’s not busy wrangling pixels, Jack can be heard performing as singer/guitarist/pianist (“Not all at once though!”) in local Norwich band greenparkbench. “Those people who like Radiohead, Muse etc will probably like what we do,” he says. “We’re currently writing some new stuff so haven’t got any gigs lined up for the near future, unfortunately.”
Mr Wizard: Toby Walsh – aka ‘malone’
The man that secretly controls all our lives, Toby is the resident web expert and holds the keys to FXhome.com. His handiwork forms the backbone of the website, from the navigation to the highly customised forum community and cinema database. When he isn’t surfing the waves off the Cornish coast, he’s busy working on two mammoth projects that will have a huge impact on the community. First up will be a brand new version of FXhome.com, followed by the FXvault, our forthcoming stock footage archive.
Click here to read malone’s original spotlight.
The Boss Man: Joshua Davies – aka ‘schwar’
Responsible for creating FXhome in the first place, Josh has found himself busier than ever recently. Main duties of course involve designing and implementing the interfaces for the new products, a constantly evolving process that has gone through countless revisions. The final versions of the new applications will advance the interfaces even further, improving on the design already present in the EffectsLab DV preview release. Between performing lead coder duties, website design, talking at international corporate meetings and deciding the future of the company, Josh doesn’t have time for a social life, but he hopes to encounter one in 2006.
Click here to read schwar’s original spotlight.
Xtra Expert: Tim Edwards – aka ‘Cogz’
Responsible for all the behind-the-scenes gadgetry in the new applications, Tim’s coding powers the various effects engines and rendering systems. Recently he’s been busy conjuring up lots of new filters and enhancing all the existing engines for maximum power and speed. He also recently changed his online name from the original Timbuk2 to Cogz, a feat achieved by bribing malone with copious amounts of cake.
Click here to read Cogz’s original spotlight.
Wordsmith: Simon Jones – aka ‘Tarn’
While Toby and Josh are in charge of the design, layout, navigation and functionality of FXhome.com, the task of writing the text falls to Simon. Main work recently has been on the website redesign and the new application manuals, as well as editing and effects work on a new promotional video (a version of which should appear here towards the end of the year). He's also in the middle of moving house, so apologises if he's a little grouchy during the next couple of weeks.
Click here to read Tarn’s original spotlight.
As always, if you want to chat to us just pop onto the live webchat system, otherwise we’ll see you around the forums. Talking of webchats, we’re planning to have another official gathering in the chatroom soon, following on from the highly successful two Q&A sessions we’ve held in the past. More details on that soon.
Next time we’ll be taking a closer look at how things work behind-the-scenes at FXhome, including an in-depth look at the creation of the new applications and the extensive beta testing phase.