Turbo Finds His Avatar
Ho Ho Ho.
First off, if you’d prefer to listen to the Turbo “Stuff I Like and Hate” from the 2009 post that I wrote the other day (rather than read it), I wrapped it up in a podcast edition and thank my fellow collaborator Scott Laningham for pulling it together.
Meanwhile, I finally got myself out to the multiplex to see “Avatar.”
I was gonna check it out while out in Utah, but decided to ski that last day instead and also to let the first few days’ crowds go down.
All I can say now having seen it is “wow.” Big frickin’ wow.
What a gorgeous and mind blowing movie!
I mean, talk about being transported to another world. Literally.
I don’t think I’d actually ever seen a 3D movie until now (go figure), so that would be my first suggestion, see it in 3D. It’s too gorgeous and complex NOT to see it the way the filmmaker intended you to see it.
Second, I would suggest you go ahead and pay the extra to see it at an IMAX. I may even come back and see it again at an IMAX, it’s such a visual feast.
I don’t think James Cameron needs to worry about making back his $230M for that reason alone (repeat visits).
I’m not going to give much else away about the movie, but will say that I liked the storyline as well as the visual feast.
From this viewer’s perspective, “Avatar” lived up to the hype and then some.
I stumbled upon this article from Data Center Knowledge which explained the horsepower that was required by Weta Digital to do the renderings of Pandora.
According to the article, it consisted of a 10,000 square foot server farm with much of the movie processed on 4,000 HP BL2x220c blades.
Thirty four racks made of 32 machines each with 40,000 processors and 104 terabytes of memory. All water cooled on Rittal racks (there was too much heat for standard raised floor and forced-air cooling).
So, Avatar is hot hot hot (and hot to make), and now I can’t wait to see the X-Box and Playstation games of that gorgeous digital world.
That’s the third time I’ve used the word “gorgeous” in this post, I know, but that’s exactly what Pandora was.
Thanks for the Christmas gift, Mr. Cameron. You continue to raise the bar for your fellow filmmakers and to transport your audiences to parts unknown.