Rainmaker Relies on 3DBOXX Workstations Extensively for Pivotal Scene Involving over 40 Sequential Shots; 3DBOXX Chosen for its Advanced Performance
Austin, Texas — June 20, 2006 — BOXX® Technologies Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance workstations and render nodes, today announced that Rainmaker, an award-winning visual effects (VFX), 3D animation and post-production company, completed a number of VFX elements it produced for “The Da Vinci Code” using 3DBOXX workstations. With an entire hardware pipeline devoted to BOXX workstations, Rainmaker chose BOXX for its superior performance and reliability when running advanced VFX applications.
From Director Ron Howard, Producer Brian Grazer and Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar®-winning team of “A Beautiful Mind,” and Producer John Calley (the Oscar®-nominated “The Remains of the Day”), comes the film version of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, one of the most popular and talked about novels of our time, with a cast headed by two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Paul Bettany and Jean Reno. Produced by Grazer and Calley, “The Da Vinci Code” involves a thrilling murder investigation that unearths the biggest cover-up in human history. Since opening on May 19, 2006, “The Da Vinci Code” has grossed more than $675 million worldwide.
“For this film, Rainmaker was given the Saint Sulpice’ sequence and the daunting challenge of digitally recreating the inside of the Parisian church, which turned out to be one of the biggest sequential shot sequences in the film,” said Mark Breakspear, Rainmaker’s visual effects supervisor for “The Da Vinci Code.” “Since this was a very demanding sequence, we needed the very best hardware support to carry it through to completion. We had to make changes on the fly and the 3DBOXX workstations were extremely reliable throughout the project. BOXX was a great ally to have on this film.”
“Rainmaker’s technical achievement in “The Da Vinci Code” is nothing short of supernatural,” said Francois Wolf, director of marketing, BOXX Technologies. “BOXX workstations are designed to help studios like Rainmaker push the limits of what can be represented in the virtual world.”
For over four months in late 2005 and early 2006, the Rainmaker team produced the visual effects for the “Saint Sulpice” sequence in “The Da Vinci Code.” Because the production was unable to film inside the famous Parisian church, which is a recognizable landmark in Paris, Rainmaker was called on to provide Digital Set Construction for the entire interior. On a huge green screen stage in London, the basics of an aisle, some chairs and a partial altar were built but everything else was reconstructed digitally. Over 40 shots of the church were rendered out in beautiful, virtual realism, and composited with green screen footage from the stage to produce a striking replica of the interior of the church.
The 3DBOXX Workstation
BOXX workstations offer superior performance and stability when running advanced VFX applications—from modeling and texturing, to animation and compositing, the 3DBOXX workstation delivers the best of dual-processor workstation technology available today.
The 3DBOXX workstation features:
* Dual-Core AMD Opteron 200 Series processors
* Dual NVIDIA® nForce Professional 2050 and 2200 MCPs for a high-performance, scalable architecture that provides advanced workstations features
* Dual PCIe x16 slots are fully enabled – providing exceptional dual graphics cards performance
* Run both 64-bit and 32-bit applications with Microsoft® Windows x64 Professional edition or Linux
* 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 hotswap storage options
Rainmaker Limited Partnership (Rainmaker) is an award-winning visual effects, 3D animation and post production company with a twenty-seven year history of technical excellence and outstanding service in feature films, television, games and commercials. From its origins in the pioneering west coast post house Gastown Productions, Rainmaker has grown into one of North America's pre-eminent post production service providers. Rainmaker has opened a new facility in London - Rainmaker Animation and Visual Effects UK Ltd. (Rainmaker UK) - which offers cutting edge visual effects and 3D animation in that market. Rainmaker's Vancouver facility continues to provide a wide array of post production services ranging from traditional film developing to the very latest in digital image processing, visual effects and computer generated animation. For more information, visit
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BOXX Technologies Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance workstations and render nodes specifically designed to meet the high-performance and reliability requirements of digital content creators working in the 3D, animation, special effects, digital film, game development and broadcast markets. BOXX’s rapid integration of cutting-edge computing technologies selected and optimized to deliver the best possible performance when running digital content creation (DCC) applications is reflected in its extensive line of uniquely featured and highly customizable systems, including BOXX APEXX 8, BOXX APEXX 4, 3DBOXX workstations, GoBOXX and RenderBOXX render nodes. For more information on BOXX Technologies Inc., visit the BOXX website at
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