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Linux Journal: GFX: Industrial Light & Magic

Jun 11, 2002, 14:30 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Rowe)

"Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, released in May 2002, is Industrial Light & Magic's (ILM) first movie produced after converting its workstations and renderfarm to Linux last year. Located north of San Francisco in San Rafael, California, ILM was founded in 1975 to produce the visual effects for Star Wars. Although owned by George Lucas, ILM produces visual effects for more than Lucasfilm productions, such as the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. Many other studios seeking that bit of something extra on the cutting edge of special effects use ILM. ILM has received 14 Academy Awards, including ones for its work on Forrest Gump, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and E.T.

"'Linux is increasing the quality of our work, not the quantity,' says Andy Hendrickson, director of research and development. Large amounts of processing power enable more user control..."

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