July 13, 2006

HOOT gets VFX boost from BOXX workstation

BOXX Technologies announced that Lee Roderick, freelance compositor, completed the majority of visual effects elements produced for HOOT using the 3DBOXX 7300 (now 7400) Series Workstation.

New Line Cinema's HOOT is a motion picture adaptation of Carl Hiaasen's Newbery Honor family bestseller and premiered nationwide on May 5, 2006.

With a VFX post crew consisting of four compositors and one colorist, the team used Autodesk Combustion with RE:Vision plug-ins and Adobe Photoshop on 3DBOXX Series 7400 Workstation to deliver 130 shots for the feature film. The 3DBOXX workstation acted as the "finaling" station for the team's contracted 130 shots. While all of the shots originated at the facility, 80% of the contracted 130 shots for HOOT were done on the 3DBOXX workstation from start to finish.

In additional to Roderick's work for HOOT, he has also used the 3DBOXX 7400 Series Workstation processors to create more than 150 shots for the 2005 motion picture Little Manhattan and the main title sequence for the 2006 motion picture Blind Guy Driving.

3DBOXX 7400 Series Workstation
The 3DBOXX 7400 Series Workstation features

Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors 200 Series;

Dual NVIDIA nForce Professional 2050 and 2200 MCPs for a high-performance, scalable architecture that provides advanced workstations features;

Dual PCIe x16 slots include full x16 speed on each slot, providing dual monitor performance;

Both 32- and 64-bit computing capabilities (Microsoft Windows x64 Professional edition or Linux); and

Expanded I/O options include SATA 3Gbps and storage for large datasets (up to 5TB internal), multiple chassis options for high-performance RAID local storage, and hot-swap storage options.

About Lee Roderick
Lee Roderick started working in video production in 1984 for Viacom. In 1996, Roderick transitioned to freelance production and post. He currently teaches and works out of "North Gate," his facility in Walnut Creek, CA. Roderick has served as the lead compositor on the theatrical features Little Manhattan (Twentieth Century Fox 2005) and HOOT (New Line Cinema 2006). As a Certified Autodesk Training Specialist for Combustion, Roderick co-authored Autodesk's Combustion 2 Courseware, Combustion 4 Courseware and wrote the Combustion chapter of "Photoshop for Nonlinear Editors" from CMP books.