The new Apple Mac is certainly an expensive gadget. Though many drew comparisons to a cheese grater nothing can take away the sheer raw power it brings to the table for professionals. This is why it was the perfect choice for Lunar Studio to create animations for Jumanji: The Next Level Movie. The British Animation Studio said it was one of the toughest tasks for any computing device to process.
The Studio used an early access Mac Pro for the process which was of mid-range spec. It is powered by a 3.2 GHz 16-core Intel Xeon W processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.4 GHz, 192GB (6x32GB) of DDR4 memory, two Radeon Pro Vega II graphics with 32GB of [email protected] memory each, 4TB SSD storage, an Apple afterburner card and the Pro Display XDR.
It used software such as Maya for 3D modelling and animation, V-Ray rendering engine for Maya, Houdini for simulation and effects, Nuke for composting, Davinci Resolve for editing, Adobe Photoshop for image editing and Substance Painter for shading and texturing.
The project had to be photorealistic and Lunar Animations said they used 28 unique panels for the credits. Each panel featured at least one prop related to the movie and was spread across a two-minute sequence. The project was done with a single camera move where the weather effects were added.”All of these had to be done within a timeframe of four weeks,” the studio said.
Till now, Lunar Animations had been working with an older iMac Pro and feared that they may have to shift to a Windows machine, or atleast till a new Mac Pro update.“With the texture issues we were encountering on the iMac Pro, we opened the same scene on the Mac Pro and all of the textures loaded up completely fine. This makes sense, as there is double the graphics memory for textures (32GB instead of 16GB). We were then surprised to see that it was playing back in real time without pre-caching, because even with clamped textures on the iMac Pro, we weren’t getting a consistent 24 frames-per-second during playback,” they said.
As of this week, Jumanji: The Next Level has grossed a worldwide total of $340 million, against a production budget of about $125 million.
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