Tippett Studio Selects SGI as Content Creation Production Platform Provider

Academy Award-Winning Visual Effects Company Expands Digital Arsenal With

Major Purchase of Silicon Graphics Visual Workstations, Server and Storage



Mar 19, 2001, 00:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI's (NYSE:   SGI)
 long-time customer, Tippett Studio, which specializes in complex effects and
 3D animation for feature films, has expanded its performance capabilities with
 a significant purchase of 10 Silicon Graphics(R) Octane2(TM) visual
 workstations, 25 Silicon Graphics(R) 230 and Silicon Graphics(R) 330 Windows
 NT(R) OS-based and Linux(R) OS-based workstations, an SGI(TM) 2100
 high-performance visualization server, and a 2TB SGI(TM) TP9400 storage
 system. Tippett Studio, which has used SGI(TM) systems since opening its doors
 in 1983, is currently an Academy Award finalist for visual effects for the
 155 effects shots it created for Hollow Man (Sony Pictures Imageworks). The
 studio is also a two-time Academy Award winner for its animation and effects
 contributions on Return of the Jedi and Jurassic Park. The Berkeley, Calif.
 studio, which has just completed hundreds of effects and animation shots for
 the spring and summer releases Evolution (DreamWorks SKG) and Cats And Dogs
 (Warner Brothers), will use the new Silicon Graphics Octane2, 230 and
 330 visual workstations on numerous high-profile movie projects.
     "We chose to complement the high-bandwidth Octane2 IRIX systems with
 25 Silicon Graphics 230 and 330 workstations. The 230 and 330 systems deliver
 realism and interactivity with large 3D models that increases the creative
 firepower of our artists, and at a great price point," said Christian Rice,
 director of technology, Tippett Studio. "The Silicon Graphics 230 and
 330 workstations support not only Windows NT and Windows 2000, they also
 support Linux. The benefit of the Linux system is that it is very
 cost-effective and very compatible with IRIX and UNIX."
     Already equipped with SGI(TM) Challenge(R) and SGI(TM) Origin(TM) family
 servers with 2.3TB of storage, Tippett Studio added the SGI 2100 server with
 2TB of storage to its arsenal in preparation for expanding into producing its
 own full-length animated films and mixed live-action and CGI features.
     "SGI is the Gold Standard for the industry -- it is the standard by which
 we compare other companies, especially in terms of dependability, service and
 tech support," said Jim Bloom, Business Development, Tippett Studio. "In 1983,
 when Tippett Studio was founded by Phil Tippett, SGI was the only company
 making computers that could serve the entertainment industry. SGI is still the
 company we rely on because its desktops, servers and storage systems give us
 the power and the edge we need to complete film projects, which seem to have
 ever-more impossible deadlines. We plan to stay with SGI for a long time to
 come."
     "We congratulate Tippett Studio on its Academy Award nomination for visual
 effects for Hollow Man and its continued success in pushing the
 content-creation envelope," said Greg Estes, vice president and general
 manager, Telecommunications and Media Group, SGI. "We're particularly glad to
 be working with Tippett Studio in both the IRIX and Linux environments. It
 continues to be SGI's strategy to be the computer company for the
 entertainment industry -- independent of operating system -- and working
 closely with ground-breaking customers such as Tippett Studio on our Linux
 OS-based offerings is of paramount importance to us."
 
     Hollow Man
     To create the 155 visual effects shots in Hollow Man that earned Tippett
 Studio its seventh Academy Award nomination, visual effects supervisor Craig
 Hayes led his team through six months of perfecting the shots where Kevin
 Bacon's invisible form is revealed when he's thrown in water, set on fire, hit
 with steam or drenched in blood. The actor was filmed in scenes after which
 the scenes were reshot without him.
     "The toughest image to convey was the invisible man as he appeared in
 smoke," said Hayes. "The smoke guy was the most ineffable. It has to appear
 and reappear."
     Tippett Studio used more than 45 SGI(TM) Origin(TM) 200 servers in its
 renderfarm, 100 Silicon Graphics(R) O2(R) and 10 Silicon Graphics(R) Octane(R)
 workstations networked together over ATM and tied to 3TB of storage on SGI
 Challenge and SGI Origin family servers to create the amazing images.
 
     About Tippett Studio
     Located in Berkeley, Calif., Tippett Studio was founded in 1983 by
 President Phil Tippett and his partners Jules Roman, vice president and
 executive producer, and Craig Hayes, creative director and visual effects
 supervisor and has more than 125 artists, designers, engineers, technical
 directors and animators. A visual effects and animation studio for feature
 films, Tippett Studio has won two Academy Awards for visual effects (Return of
 the Jedi and Jurassic Park), two Emmys (Dinosaur! and Ewoks: The Battle for
 Endor) and has received Academy Award nominations for visual effects for five
 other feature films (Starship Troopers, Dragonheart, Willow and Dragonslayer)
 including the currently nominated Hollow Man with Sony Pictures Imageworks.
 Tippett Studio has also received an Academy Award for technical achievement in
 the development of a motion-input device for motion capture.
 
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. SGI Media Commerce(TM) solutions enable
 telecommunications, broadband Internet, media and entertainment customers to
 create, manage, deliver and transact digital content over a vast range of
 networks. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the
 company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, Challenge, O2, IRIX and Octane are registered
 trademarks, and SGI, Origin, Octane2, Media Commerce and the SGI logo are
 trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of The
 Open Group in the U.S. and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of
 Linus Torvalds. Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of
 Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property
 of their respective owners.
 
     CONTACT:  Lisa Pistacchio of SGI, 650-933-5683, or pistacchio@sgi.com; or
 Jim Bloom of Tippett Studio, 510-649-9711, or Jbloom@tippett.com; or SGI PR
 Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR fax, 650-932-0737.
 
 

SOURCE SGI
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI's (NYSE:   SGI)
 long-time customer, Tippett Studio, which specializes in complex effects and
 3D animation for feature films, has expanded its performance capabilities with
 a significant purchase of 10 Silicon Graphics(R) Octane2(TM) visual
 workstations, 25 Silicon Graphics(R) 230 and Silicon Graphics(R) 330 Windows
 NT(R) OS-based and Linux(R) OS-based workstations, an SGI(TM) 2100
 high-performance visualization server, and a 2TB SGI(TM) TP9400 storage
 system. Tippett Studio, which has used SGI(TM) systems since opening its doors
 in 1983, is currently an Academy Award finalist for visual effects for the
 155 effects shots it created for Hollow Man (Sony Pictures Imageworks). The
 studio is also a two-time Academy Award winner for its animation and effects
 contributions on Return of the Jedi and Jurassic Park. The Berkeley, Calif.
 studio, which has just completed hundreds of effects and animation shots for
 the spring and summer releases Evolution (DreamWorks SKG) and Cats And Dogs
 (Warner Brothers), will use the new Silicon Graphics Octane2, 230 and
 330 visual workstations on numerous high-profile movie projects.
     "We chose to complement the high-bandwidth Octane2 IRIX systems with
 25 Silicon Graphics 230 and 330 workstations. The 230 and 330 systems deliver
 realism and interactivity with large 3D models that increases the creative
 firepower of our artists, and at a great price point," said Christian Rice,
 director of technology, Tippett Studio. "The Silicon Graphics 230 and
 330 workstations support not only Windows NT and Windows 2000, they also
 support Linux. The benefit of the Linux system is that it is very
 cost-effective and very compatible with IRIX and UNIX."
     Already equipped with SGI(TM) Challenge(R) and SGI(TM) Origin(TM) family
 servers with 2.3TB of storage, Tippett Studio added the SGI 2100 server with
 2TB of storage to its arsenal in preparation for expanding into producing its
 own full-length animated films and mixed live-action and CGI features.
     "SGI is the Gold Standard for the industry -- it is the standard by which
 we compare other companies, especially in terms of dependability, service and
 tech support," said Jim Bloom, Business Development, Tippett Studio. "In 1983,
 when Tippett Studio was founded by Phil Tippett, SGI was the only company
 making computers that could serve the entertainment industry. SGI is still the
 company we rely on because its desktops, servers and storage systems give us
 the power and the edge we need to complete film projects, which seem to have
 ever-more impossible deadlines. We plan to stay with SGI for a long time to
 come."
     "We congratulate Tippett Studio on its Academy Award nomination for visual
 effects for Hollow Man and its continued success in pushing the
 content-creation envelope," said Greg Estes, vice president and general
 manager, Telecommunications and Media Group, SGI. "We're particularly glad to
 be working with Tippett Studio in both the IRIX and Linux environments. It
 continues to be SGI's strategy to be the computer company for the
 entertainment industry -- independent of operating system -- and working
 closely with ground-breaking customers such as Tippett Studio on our Linux
 OS-based offerings is of paramount importance to us."
 
     Hollow Man
     To create the 155 visual effects shots in Hollow Man that earned Tippett
 Studio its seventh Academy Award nomination, visual effects supervisor Craig
 Hayes led his team through six months of perfecting the shots where Kevin
 Bacon's invisible form is revealed when he's thrown in water, set on fire, hit
 with steam or drenched in blood. The actor was filmed in scenes after which
 the scenes were reshot without him.
     "The toughest image to convey was the invisible man as he appeared in
 smoke," said Hayes. "The smoke guy was the most ineffable. It has to appear
 and reappear."
     Tippett Studio used more than 45 SGI(TM) Origin(TM) 200 servers in its
 renderfarm, 100 Silicon Graphics(R) O2(R) and 10 Silicon Graphics(R) Octane(R)
 workstations networked together over ATM and tied to 3TB of storage on SGI
 Challenge and SGI Origin family servers to create the amazing images.
 
     About Tippett Studio
     Located in Berkeley, Calif., Tippett Studio was founded in 1983 by
 President Phil Tippett and his partners Jules Roman, vice president and
 executive producer, and Craig Hayes, creative director and visual effects
 supervisor and has more than 125 artists, designers, engineers, technical
 directors and animators. A visual effects and animation studio for feature
 films, Tippett Studio has won two Academy Awards for visual effects (Return of
 the Jedi and Jurassic Park), two Emmys (Dinosaur! and Ewoks: The Battle for
 Endor) and has received Academy Award nominations for visual effects for five
 other feature films (Starship Troopers, Dragonheart, Willow and Dragonslayer)
 including the currently nominated Hollow Man with Sony Pictures Imageworks.
 Tippett Studio has also received an Academy Award for technical achievement in
 the development of a motion-input device for motion capture.
 
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. SGI Media Commerce(TM) solutions enable
 telecommunications, broadband Internet, media and entertainment customers to
 create, manage, deliver and transact digital content over a vast range of
 networks. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the
 company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, Challenge, O2, IRIX and Octane are registered
 trademarks, and SGI, Origin, Octane2, Media Commerce and the SGI logo are
 trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of The
 Open Group in the U.S. and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of
 Linus Torvalds. Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of
 Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property
 of their respective owners.
 
     CONTACT:  Lisa Pistacchio of SGI, 650-933-5683, or pistacchio@sgi.com; or
 Jim Bloom of Tippett Studio, 510-649-9711, or Jbloom@tippett.com; or SGI PR
 Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR fax, 650-932-0737.
 
 SOURCE  SGI

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