Less experienced 3d animators can quickly bog down as episodes begin to stack up. It is quite likely also that the 3d animations requested will become more complicated as the series goes on. An inexperienced studio that cannot manage the production of 3d well, can create legal trouble, as contracts are defaulted on. It has also been our experience that networks that purchase shows based on pilots, have subsequently turned down later episodes in which the 3d or graphics package did not have the quality that was agreed upon in the pilot. Re-doing the 3d causes the budget to skyrocket, which no producer wants to see.
Operating in this global landscape, and in an industry influenced by risk aversion requires extra assistance from tax and legal teams. In some cases, it was the cost of insurance that brought the show down, not a lack of distribution deals or quality. Just another thing to consider when looking at the amount of money required to fund a project.
While CGI is not a super low budget solution, it has become far more affordable for television. It can be especially helpful and budget friendly, for otherwise expensive or impossible shoots, such as historical scenes, international travel, outer space, or deep sea diving, for instance. (Read more.)
TMBA is an animation studio in NYC that creates 3d animation, broadcast animation, medical animation, trial graphics, forensic animations, and engineering animations for the top cable and network television productions.