Intel goes to Hollywood

Blockbuster visual effects set to benefit from new technology

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By  Graham Stacey Published  August 7, 2002

Hollywood has found an unlikely ally in its efforts to lower costs in the digital filmmaking world.
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Star Wars creators Lucas Digital Ltd, has revealed its latest Intel technology deployment of 600 Pentium 4 processor-based animation workstations. ILM is one of many studios adopting Intel technology to assist with the future of filmmaking.

Cliff Plumer, ILM's chief technology officer, said: “The visual effects industry has traditionally been a land of proprietary systems and software. At ILM, we're increasingly using Intel-based systems to expand our range of software choices for animation and compositing. In fact, having Intel at the core of our desktop systems provides greater quality and productivity because the technology can handle more iterations with greater frequency. We can now run any operating system we want."

ILM began using Intel-based systems on Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, and more recently on current hits Men in Black II and Minority Report. They are currently employed in the development of Star Wars: Episode III, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Hulk and Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines.

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