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Dell contributes to Game of Thrones and Star Trek Into Darkness

Nurdianah Md Nur | July 4, 2013
Visual effects studio Pixomondo relied on a complete Dell solution to meet the tough animation and computer graphics requirements of the two shows.

Visual effects in TV drama series Game of Thrones and film Star Trek Into Darkness might not have been possible without the use of Dell solutions.

According to Dell, visual effects studio Pixomondo relied on a complete Dell solution to meet the tough animation and computer graphics requirements of the two shows. The complete Dell solution used comprised Dell UltraSharp monitors, Dell Precision workstations, Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell PowerVault storage.

Sven Martin, visual effects supervisor at Pixomondo, said that Dell solutions have delivered the speed and reliability needed to produce the needed visual effects, which helped the company to be brought on for season three of Game of Thrones.

Creating visual effects with Dell solutions
Pixomondo was responsible for all visual effects in Game of Thrones season two, the digital creatures and hero environments in season three, and the entire Time Warner's Game of Thrones commercial.

To create mystical castles, giant ship explosions and lifelike fire-breathing dragons that integrate seamlessly into scenes with real-life characters in the Game of Thrones, robust computing power, quick render times and reliable technology were needed.

Pixomondo used T5500 and T5600 tower workstations to create complex content quickly and Dell UltraSharp U2410, U2711 and U2312HM monitors for clear and detailed display.

For quick segment turnaround, the studio used Dell PowerVault MD3220 and MD1220 storage and Dell PowerEdge R410, R620 and R720 servers in its render. This allowed more rounds of tweaking for a better final product before deadline.

A third of the visual effects in Star Trek Into Darkness was done by Pixomondo.

To create 380 pivotal shots that would satisfy the expectation of a fan base spanning 50 years, Pixomondo utilised Dell Precision T7600 and T5500 workstations with NVIDIA Quadro K4000 graphics cards, Dell UltraSharp U2410 monitors and Dell PowerEdge R510, R410 and R310 servers.

The Dell hardware enabled Pixomondo to explore new areas inside the iconic USS Enterprise Ship including the engine room, the lethally radioactive warp core and the labyrinth of corridors throughout the ship.

It also enabled Pixomondo to push the limits on action-packed sequences of the film such as the attack on Starfleet Headquarters, a high-speed pursuit above the Klingon home world of Kronos followed by an intense battle on the surface of the entirely computer graphics (CG) generated world.

Enabling collaboration
With Dell solutions, teams working on these two shows could work round-the-clock from offices around the world and from many different departments.

Teams in London, Stuttgart, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Beijing and Burbank used the studio's Dell infrastructure to collaborate on projects. The large amounts of data from these global teams were then synced using Dell's global media solutions, reducing storage costs.


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