Dell helps Tippett Studio animate Twilight Saga

Picked Dell’s hardware, services, support and solutions over HP and Apple

Designers working on the Dell platform for Twilight Saga animation

Designers working on the Dell platform for Twilight Saga animation

PC vendor, Dell, is working collaboratively with visual effects studio, Tippett Studio, in improving the quality and productivity of major motion pictures including the Twilight Saga.

Tippett Studio picked Dell’s hardware, services, support and solutions over HP and Apple.

Tippett Studio worked with Dell ProSupport, Dell Financial Services and Dell Consulting Services to update its render farm and infrastructure in phases with new Dell PowerEdge C6145 servers, a Dell Force10 S4810 switch and Dell Precision T3500 and T5500 tower workstations and M6700 mobile workstations.

“We chose Dell for its approach to understanding and serving our needs. We weren’t looking for a vendor; we were looking for a partner that would understand filmmaking and get creative themselves in crafting solutions including financing options for us,” Tippett Studio chief technology officer, Sanjay Das, said.

It said that prior to working with Dell, the company was challenged with a costly, outdated IT infrastructure that struggled to support the complexity of work to create photorealistic animations and effects.

Utilising Dell solutions, Tippett Studio claimed it is able to deliver five times more shots to its clients each week and increase nightly rendering almost fourfold within their existing footprint and at no additional power consumption.

Increasing render speeds and quantities in shorter amounts of time has helped the studio create more life-like and detailed animated characters, as represented by the increased level of detail in the animated wolves in The Twilight Saga: New Moon movie – two million hairs per wolf in New Moon to 10 million hairs per wolf in Breaking Dawn, Part 1.

Dell Financial Services also enabled it to meet a variety of client demands including acquiring the technology needed for a particularly tricky request from Warner Bros. to animate an additional scene for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 movie in 10 weeks, a project that would normally take at least four months.

“My team can focus less on system administration and more on improving efficiencies in the workflow and improving the creative output of our studio,” Das added.

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