Artella – Overview of 2016

Artella Holidays

The entire Artella team would like to wish you wonderful holidays and an outstanding, inspired 2017. We hope you are as excited as we are to relax and get ready for another creative year ahead! We have some great new things coming next year and we can’t wait to share them with you as they unfold. With that said, as 2016 comes to an end, we’d like to come back to some of the things that made our first year out in the world a fantastic one.


We launched

On May 11th this amazing dream we’ve been working on for nearly 4 years, testing, learning, banging on and relentlessly focused on has become a reality for the world to use and to be part of and we could not be more happy with the results. If you’d like to get a better idea of how Artella works watch this short video below.


Completely free in 2016

In 2016 Artella was completely free for everyone. While we stay in beta we will continue to be completely free for independent projects! With that being said, Artella will ALWAYS be free to join, and, while we continue to refine the platform and your key requests, Artella will remain free in 2017 for independent projects until otherwise noted.


10,000 active community members

We are thrilled by your response, passion and support. This gives us confidence that you are ready for a creative community where remote productions can happen and where you can bring your skills to find work and/or volunteer on projects that interest and inspire you. We’re confident Artella will continue to grow and become a place where people like yourself can make a livelihood or simply continue to grow your talents and skillsets.


200+ Projects

This far exceeds our expectations and we’re thrilled to see so many new films, commercials, webisodes, video games and virtual reality content being made through Artella. Check out the Projects here and see if anything interests you to join and be a part of.


The first Artella film project compete: DUEL

DUEL, the first completed film started and finished on Artella was released as the show opener at CTNx 2016. You can read more about the film here, or can watch the making of webinar replay here. Or, you can watch the film below.


The first Artella VR project released: Seekers of Damocles

Seekers of Damocles was released on Steam earlier this year. You can read more about the project here and can watch a clip of the game below.


Several studios were started in 2016

New studios are being formed on Artella every day. This is a big part of our dream and we’re honored and humbled to see this level of adoption.

If you’d like to know more about starting your own virtual studio you can read our blog post on it here.


We added integrated video review

A little later than we had hoped, but nonetheless, we’re happy to have our video review tool in full effect where any image or video uploaded to the site can be reviewed.


Creator Roundtables

We made a decent dent in our vision to create a global brain trust by creating a space for Artella project creators to come together, share their stories and experience as well as get feedback on their projects. We call these meetings Creator Roundtables and we plan to start doing these monthly starting in January.


First workshop was a success

Just in the nick of time before the end of the year we ran our first ever pipeline workshop. We were going to limit it to 15 members but decided to let a few others in. All in all, 22 members went through the workshop and we’re excited that many are now considered what we’re calling, “Artella Specialists” and will be able to help other Artella creators run their productions with even more confidence.

There will be more information about how to find Artella Specialists early in January and we will also continue to run more workshops like this in the new year so stay tuned.If you have a passion for all things animation, concept art, storytelling, etc. we think you’ll love Artella. Come check us out –

Happy holidays from the entire team!

By: Bobby Beck Co-founder, CEO and Creative Crusader