Dell kit used to create 'Game of Thrones' and new 'Star Trek' visual effects

Visual effects studio Pixomondo has deployed Dell processing platforms to help produce the latest series of “Game of Thrones” and parts of the new “Star Trek Into Darkness" film.

Pixomondo used Dell Precision workstations, Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell PowerVault storage and Dell UltraSharp monitors for animation and design for season two of Emmy-Award-winning TV series “Game of Thrones”, and to work on scenes in JJ Abrams’ "Star Trek Into Darkness".

On "Game of Thrones", Sven Martin, visual effects supervisor at Pixomondo, said: “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, we were not only able to meet the tough expectations, we were also brought in for season three.”

On "Star Trek", Ben Grossmann, another visual effects supervisor at Pixomondo, said: “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.

“The Dell workstations and servers gave us tremendous computational firepower to render massive 3D images around the clock.”

Pixmondo said the Dell hardware enabled it 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.

The studio was also responsible for action-packed sequences of the film such as the attack on Starfleet Headquarters, and a high-speed pursuit above the Klingon home world of Kronos.

The studio’s Dell infrastructure brought together collaborating design teams in London, Stuttgart, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Beijing and Burbank, allowing them to quickly sync large amounts of data, while "greatly reducing storage costs".

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.

Copyright © 2013 IDG Communications, Inc.

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