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Doug Trumbull helps kick off Devil & Demon Strategy Gen 2

By Randi Altman

A year ago, Silverdraft introduced its Devil & Demon Strategy at a Halloween party on the Henson lot in Hollywood, where the company is based. Since that time pros have been putting those tools to the test in real-world environments, including on the daily Web show YouTube Nation.

A year later, Silverdraft is offering the next-generation of its Devil & Demon Strategy, which is a line of high-performance, custom computers designed and optimized for the media and entertainment industry. The Strategy consists of the mini-supercomputer the Devil, the Demon workstation and the high-performance workstation The Devil’s Advocate, which uses supercomputing technology.

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Quick Chat: Richard Edlund talks about VFX, ‘Crossbones,’ more

By Randi Altman

It seems as though VFX legend Richard Edlund, ASC, never stops. One of ILM’s original founders, who then opened Boss Film Studios, is a seven-time Oscar-winner with three Academy Scientific & Engineering Awards and an Emmy to his name. Currently he runs New Orleans-based duMonde Visual Effects, a collaboration between himself and another VFX vet, WhoDoo EFX founder/CEO Helena Packer.

Edlund, Packer and team recently delivered over 100 visual effects shots for NBC’s new series Crossbones, starring John Malkovich. That’s right, John Malkovich. These included many complex ship replacement shots involving CG simulation, texturing, modeling and lighting work, which Edlund described as “number-crunchingly intensive.”

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Ted Schilowitz tackles supercomputing that targets M&E

By Randi Altman

As history shows, when Ted Schilowitz finds a product he believes in, he’s all in.

Shortly after his retirement last year from Red Digital Cinema, where he had been the public face of the company since its inception, Schilowitz began talks with Silverdraft, a company known for its on-set services truck housing a supercomputer for post production needs, including rendering.

He was impressed with the technology and what it offered, but knew the strategy of the company needed to focus more on what he calls “the flattening out of the entertainment Continue reading