Pixomondo Brings “Game of Thrones” to Life and Pays Homage to “Star Trek” Franchise with Complete Dell Solution

  Pixomondo Brings “Game of Thrones” to Life and Pays Homage to “Star Trek”
  Franchise with Complete Dell Solution

  *Award-winning visual effects studio, Pixomondo, relies on Dell solutions
    to meet tough animation and computer graphics requirements for “Game of
    Thrones” and “Star Trek Into Darkness”
  *Studio leverages Dell Precision workstations to animate content quickly
    and reliably, resulting in happy, productive artists
  *Dell-powered render farm helps Pixomondo create content in short periods
    of time to meet tight design deadlines

Business Wire

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- July 2, 2013

Dell today announced that award-winning visual effects studio Pixomondo
utilized Dell solutions to quickly and reliably generate visual effects for
“Game of Thrones” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Pixomondo leveraged Dell technology to bring to life digital creatures and
hero environments in the ...

Pixomondo leveraged Dell technology to bring to life digital creatures and
hero environments in the third season of Game of Thrones. (Photo: Business
Wire)

Pixomondo relied on a complete Dell solution comprised of Dell Precision
workstations, Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell PowerVault storage and Dell
UltraSharp monitors to conceive larger than life animations and tackle tough
design challenges for season two of Emmy-Award-winning TV series “Game of
Thrones” and to work on critical scenes in J.J. Abrams’ epic “Star Trek Into
Darkness.”

“We started to work on ‘Game of Thrones’ for season two, taking the job of
creating all the visual effects for that series,” said Sven Martin, visual
effects supervisor, Pixomondo. “This was an enormous undertaking on a TV
series with a tight schedule, and thanks to the speed and reliability we get
from our Dell workstations, monitors, servers and storage, and the tremendous
support we get from Dell’s IT support, we were not only able to meet the tough
expectations, we were also brought on for season three.”

“It was exceptionally rewarding and very challenging to work on the Star Trek
franchise and create something new that would still pay homage to the
original,” said Ben Grossmann, visual effects supervisor, Pixomondo. “The Dell
workstations and servers gave us tremendous computational firepower to render
the massive 3D images around the clock.”

To create mystical castles worthy of “Games of Thrones,” giant ship explosions
and lifelike fire-breathing dragons that integrate seamlessly into scenes with
real-life characters, it takes robust computing power, quick render times and
reliable technology. To tackle these demands, Pixomondo used Dell Precision
T5500 and T5600 tower workstations to create complex content quickly and Dell
UltraSharp U2410, U2711 and U2312HM monitors for clear and detailed display.
The studio also used Dell PowerVault MD3220 and MD1220 storage and Dell
PowerEdge R410, R620 and R720 servers in its render farm for quick segment
turnaround, allowing for more rounds of tweaking, and ultimately a better
final product before deadline.

For “Star Trek Into Darkness,” Pixomondo was challenged with creating 380
pivotal shots that would satisfy the unique expectation of a fanbase spanning
50 years. To do this, Pixomondo utilized 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
such as the engine room, the lethally radioactive warp core and the labyrinth
of corridors throughout the ship. It also let Pixomondo 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.

Pixomondo also relied on Dell solutions to help the “Game of Thrones” and
“Star Trek Into Darkness” teams work on projects 24/7 from offices around the
world and from within many different departments. The studio’s Dell
infrastructure helps teams in London, Stuttgart, Los Angeles, Frankfurt,
Beijing and Burbank collaborate on projects without missing a beat, and Dell’s
global media solution allows Pixomondo to sync large amounts of data across
these global teams while greatly reducing storage costs.

“Our Dell infrastructure allows us to distribute the work over multiple
departments, having specialized artists on each task,” said Martin. “This and
the speed of the Dell technology allow us to fulfill very complex tasks and
handle high amounts of shots in short production times.”

“We are constantly striving to provide our customers with high performing and
reliable solutions for their specific needs,” said Neil Hand, vice president,
tablet and performance PCs at Dell. “We are always amazed by the visual
effects work Pixomondo develops, which are among the best in the industry, on
our technology; it represents the epitome of our ‘Power to Do More’
philosophy.”

Pixomondo was responsible for one-third of the visual effects in “Star Trek
Into Darkness," all visual effects in “Game of Thrones” season two, the
digital creatures and hero environments in season three and the entirety of
Time Warner’s “Game of Thrones” commercial, in close partnership with the
series’ production team.

Additional Information:

  *Direct2Dell
  *Dell Precision
  *Dell UltraSharp
  *Dell PowerEdge
  *Dell PowerVault
  *Dell Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment

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