“Puss in Boots” Comes Alive with Technology from HP

HP Z800 Workstation with model escorts, Puss In Boots and Kitty Softpaws at the Hollywood premiere.

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. selected HP technology to push the boundaries of digital animation and produce the company’s most technically advanced film to date, ”Puss in Boots,” now showing in cinemas in Malta.

To create ”Puss in Boots,” artists used more than 200 high-performance HP Z800 Workstations, allowing the flawless execution of exceedingly detailed and creative tasks. The workstations helped design everything in the film, from the swashbuckling hero Puss, to digital effects such as complex tornados and cloudscapes.

HP technology has played an integral role in many of DreamWorks’ awe-inspiring films, including the ”Shrek” series, ”How to Train Your Dragon,” ”Kung Fu Panda” and ”Kung Fu Panda 2.”

“As with all of our films, ‘Puss In Boots’ required powerful systems to support the digital demands of our creative teams,” said Ed Leonard, chief technology officer, DreamWorks Animation SKG. “Knowing that we have the support of our partners at HP allows us to free our artists from technical limitations, letting them focus on creating the most powerful 3-D CG experiences.”

As part of a technology relationship that began with HP in 2001, DreamWorks deploys HP Converged Infrastructure as the technology backbone for complex animation, helping shape the future of digital filmmaking. To bring feature films to life, DreamWorks Animation utilizes everything from HP desktop workstations to HP networking products to HP digital rendering resources accessed via the cloud.

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