Scientists at HP Labs teamed with the award-winning production
company 422 to produce an animated film that takes advantage
of new technology from HP.
"The Painter," a four-minute film depicting the
artistic adventures of a tiny robotic painter, is to be submitted
to the world-famous Sundance Film Festival and other competitions.
In producing the film, animators made use of a prototype
utility rendering service developed by researchers at HP Labs
Bristol and run on the Labs' Utility Data Center. (Rendering
is the process that turns animators' computer-generated wire
models into finished frames.)
Thanks to the new technology, 422 was able render the high-quality
film in about 17 days, about 3.5 times faster than was previously
To learn more:
See a clip from "The Painter"
Hinde: From Physicist to Filmmaker - Producing an animated
film wasn't in the script for Steve Hinde. He was designing
HP's next-generation of utility-style computer server architecture
when his team realized they needed a real-world application
to put their research to the test.
Company "Fast Forwards" Production with HP Utility Data Center - HP press release about the making of the "The Painter."
Fires Up HP Rendering Service - mpulse magazine zooms
in on utility computing and its value to digital media companies.