Bringing an imaginative and time-honored fairy tale to life in the film “Jack the Giant Slayer” required dedicated effects artists and powerful computers that won’t falter under the pressure of big files and long days.
Toronto-based Soho VFX and a host of Dell products met that challenge, delivering more than 200 shots with stunning visual effects for the Warner Bros. release that is now playing in theaters nationwide.
Using top-of-the-line workstations, monitors and servers from Dell, Soho artists created flaming trees, a labyrinthine castle and a vast forest — highly detailed elements that feature prominently in epic battles between giants and humans.
“It was a project that we took on not realizing how big it was,” said Michael Todd Smith, head of IT for Soho, in an interview with Dell. “The workstations helped us push through all the things we needed to accomplish.”
To hear more from Smith, and how Dell played a key role in making Jack and his giant foes come to life, click play.
Nick Clunn is an award-winning journalist who has worked for several websites and daily newspapers, including The Record in New Jersey. He teaches journalism as an adjunct instructor at Montclair State University. Follow him @NickClunn.Tags: Business,Downtime,Lifestyle,Technology