IT & Network Infrastructure : HP, Intel Team Up with DreamWorks to Create 'How to Train Your Dragon'

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-03-26 Print this article Print
HP, Intel Team Up with DreamWorks to Create How to Train Your Dragon

HP, Intel Team Up with DreamWorks to Create How to Train Your Dragon

by Chris Preimesberger
DreamWorks Animation SKG, well known for such hit movies as the "Shrek" series, "Madagascar," "Monsters and Aliens," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Over the Hedge," opened the curtain on its latest computer-generated 3D movie project, "How to Train Your Dragon" on March 26. In its first weekend ended March 28, the movie debuted as the top-grossing film of the year thus far, hauling in more than $43 million in three days. Along with IT partners Hewlett-Packard and Intel, the Glendale, Calif.-based studio hosted a group of about 100 international tech journalists and analysts on March 24 to demonstrate how HP's new Z-series workstations—utilizing Intel's six-core processors—now enable CG artists to create, play back, and render huge video files in the fastest times ever. These factors enable the artists to improve the quality of the work and get super-expensive projects like this one completed faster. DreamWorks spent about $150 million in a span of about 5 years just on "Dragon's" CG production—let alone marketing, distribution and related costs. Another mind-blowing fact is that this 3D film now takes up 100TB—that's right, terabytes—of storage capacity in the studio's data center farm, CTO Edwin Leonard said. Here is a slideshow explaining how new-generation CG works.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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