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SGI hardware in movies

Unread postby zr0hero » Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:44 am

Some cool screenshots I took while watching Congo today. Didn't notice these a few years back :wink:

Notice the IndyCam 8)
CONGO-sgi1.jpg


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Hybrid/Laptop/Fake ?

CONGO-sgi2.jpg


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CONGO-sgidoom.jpg

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Unread postby Geoman » Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:07 pm

Didn't notice these a few years back
--me, too. nice screenshots, indeed. that sgi-notebook looks different than that one in "twister".

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Unread postby zahal » Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:04 pm

Seems like a fake laptop. The screen is clearly a Presenter 1280. I bet there's an Indy inside that yellow crate.
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Unread postby nekonoko » Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:10 pm

There's a description of the "laptops" used in Twister here:

http://www.bftr.com/Pages/projects/twister.html

Probably much the same for Congo.

In the story, the two rival chase teams --one corporate sponsored, one low-tech university funded-- both have sets of computer equipment that was to match their incomes. SGI product placement dictated that ALL of the computers in the film had to be SGIs, so we had the task of making not only two distinctly different sets of graphics for nearly every scene, but different-looking EQUIPMENT between the two teams. This was nowhere more evident than with the SGI "laptops," which of course didn't exist. With the tireless dedication and help of Dan Evanicky at SGI, we were able to design and build two different fake laptop shells around the SGI Corona LCD flatscreen displays, with seven functional and seven dummy cases for each design, we had a handful to take care of; each "laptop" had a powerful custom backlight run off a separate 12-volt DC power supply and multiple cables which ran back off the set (often through mud and puddles) to the Indy CPUs which fed them. Each shell was custom-milled for us by IDE, a prototype manufacturer in the Silicon Valley.
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Unread postby zr0hero » Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:14 pm

I have a few more pics I might post when I get home.

Its great to see how SGIs were viewed in the 90s: the ultimate workstations. How the times change...

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Unread postby Geoman » Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:17 pm

oh i see, the display is presenter-based - so it should be the same "fake-laptop" as in the twister movie. but looks nice and convincing, as in twister one could only see the upper part of the laptop.

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Unread postby Frapazoid » Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:31 pm

Err... Did SGI make laptops? I've never heard of this.
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Unread postby zahal » Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:42 pm

zr0hero wrote:I have a few more pics I might post when I get home.

Its great to see how SGIs were viewed in the 90s: the ultimate workstations. How the times change...


Right, nowadays hollywood has gone intel...MI:3 is full of "winux" lapcraps.
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Unread postby zr0hero » Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:38 pm

but looks nice and convincing


Sure does. She uses it multiple times during the movie..I'll have to get a few more shots of it up.

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Unread postby 87Porsche » Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:24 am

Can't forget the big irons behind the glass.

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Unread postby Geoman » Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:18 am

I definetively need this movie on dvd - didn't remember that it was such massively sgi-equipped.

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Unread postby 87Porsche » Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:11 am

Don't forget 'The Peacemaker'. Lots of workstations in that one too.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119874/

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Unread postby zr0hero » Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:33 am

A few more..



Another Laptop shot (plus some GPS device)
CONGO-sgi4.jpg


Laptop again
CONGO-sgi6.jpg


LCD shot
CONGO-sgi7.jpg



And a cool shot of that Laser Perimeter Fence 8)
CONGO-laser.jpg

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Unread postby Spidy » Sat Jun 10, 2006 10:31 pm

Man it's hard to find this movie at my local video stores on DVD.

All I can find is the tape version, too bad my vcr crapped itself last year. :(
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Unread postby zr0hero » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:32 pm

I am pretty sure I picked up my copy from Best Buy / Walmart for 7 bucks. You cant go wrong :)


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