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The Unveiling of "OddMachina"

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Times of unprecedented disruption can also be an opportunity to invest in expanded capabilities. Such was the case when Chicago based production and post hybrid OddMachine unveiled the newest addition to their effects rendering capabilities with the completion of the “ OddMachina ”. The custom built device is used for complex simulations, building and rendering 3d environments and compositing. “I love being able to bring the newest technology to our artists and clients. This machine gives us hyper-speed render times, which allows more passes to dial in our final looks.” says OddMachine Co-Founder and Post Supervisor Chris Shegich.

It was constructed from a prototype built last year with 8 GPU cards. That unit was even faster; however, the cost outweighed the performance. They decided to go with 4 cards, which are liquid cooled, then overclock the graphics cards and processor to get maximum speeds. The “ OddMachina ” is improving the 30 node render farm that was installed when OddMachine opened their River North Post Production HQ in 2014.

Assembly of the custom built device began planning earlier this year by graphic department heads Chris Hooker and Nathan Davies, but the final stages of its completion came during the downturn caused by Covid-19. The system was benchmark tested against the existing machines on a previous project that featured Mike Rowe in a fully 3d generated background. Machinist Chris Hooker said the “ OddMachina handled them at blazing speeds, and rendered film quality frames in minutes.” For stylized peek at the device, check out the video. 

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Credits

Editor Chris Shegich
Motion Designer Christopher Hooker
3D Generalist N8 Davies
Sound Designer Michael DeAngelis
Color Debra Shegich
Voiceover Gene Jones
Writer Alec Pinkston

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