IT & Network Infrastructure : HP, Intel Team Up with DreamWorks to Create 'How to Train Your Dragon'
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 workstationsutilizing Intel's six-core processorsnow 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 productionlet alone marketing, distribution and related costs. Another mind-blowing fact is that this 3D film now takes up 100TBthat's right, terabytesof storage capacity in the studio's data center farm, CTO Edwin Leonard said. Here is a slideshow explaining how new-generation CG works.