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AMD CPUs and GPUs Used to Make 'Machete'

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 65 comments

Opteron and FirePro were the tools behind the film.

Robert Rodriguez makes movies that we love to watch. These include Sin City, Planet Terror, and From Dusk Til Dawn. This week he's back with Machete, featuring an all-star cast including Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Alba.

Why is this news? Because AMD technology was behind the scene with its CPU and GPU technology to help finalize 500 shots.

Machete is referred to as a "spaghetti western for day laborers," and the film centers on a former Mexican ex-Federale named Machete, who after being setup, embarks on a quest to seek revenge and clear his name.

Production company Troublemaker Studios made use of a unique mix of high-performance AMD hardware, including FirePro V8800 professional graphics accelerators and six-core Opteron processor-based workstations to produce the film on a compressed schedule. A team of ten artists with a post-production period of only six months accomplished 500 final shots.

Shots from three different digital camera models, one film camera, camera tracking work using PFTrack, 3D special effects work using Softimage, and compositing work using Nuke, all came together through AMD hardware.

Such added effects include extensive set damage, a huge number of bullet holes, and wide-ranging set extensions. AMD hardware also played a part in sophisticated particle simulations helped more accurately render realistic blood spatters that interact with each other, the actors and objects in the environment.

Stay tuned tomorrow for our Q&A with the technical team of AMD and Troublemaker.

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    shaun_shaun , September 2, 2010 11:37 AM
    Toms didnt talk, what GPUs used to make movies like Avatar or any other recent CGI intense movie ..so what s the big deal about this Machete??? probably Jessica Alba !!!
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    hp79 , September 2, 2010 11:51 AM
    And I used intel CPU and intel GPU to type this comment.
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    ohim , September 2, 2010 1:17 PM
    hp79And I used intel CPU and intel GPU to type this comment.

    Typing , the only thing you can do good with an intel GPU.
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  • 25 Hide
    shaun_shaun , September 2, 2010 11:37 AM
    Toms didnt talk, what GPUs used to make movies like Avatar or any other recent CGI intense movie ..so what s the big deal about this Machete??? probably Jessica Alba !!!
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    elbert , September 2, 2010 11:50 AM
    Todays movies are getting cheaper to make as tech improves. Even the TV shows of today are able to produce realistic effects in a fraction of time and cost. This unfortunately has movies reaching near price elasticity of demand for views.
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    hp79 , September 2, 2010 11:51 AM
    And I used intel CPU and intel GPU to type this comment.
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    blasterth , September 2, 2010 11:53 AM
    Is this the only movie ever made that uses AMD CPUs and GPUs?
    Well congratulations!
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    joytech22 , September 2, 2010 11:54 AM
    Awesome! good to see AMD getting recognized for this stuff.

    And didn't IBM's cell processors and a mix of intel processors render Avatar? (Some NZ renderfarm or something)

    Quote:
    Is this the only movie ever made that uses AMD CPUs and GPUs?
    Well congratulations!


    Nope, AMD also did Predators (2010)
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    Wheat_Thins , September 2, 2010 12:17 PM
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAHHH FULL ON DOUBLE AMD RAINBOW RENDER! It's so intense; what does it mean? Honestly does this mean anything?
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    thesmokingman14 , September 2, 2010 12:20 PM
    ROFL, it's like ate Kill Bill, The Matrix, and Last Action Hero and crapped out a movie. The only thing missing is a geriatric Steven Seagal....although having enough chicks running around in bras with guns could redeem it! ;) 
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    nforce4max , September 2, 2010 12:25 PM
    This is one of the worst movies to come out for a long time that is this racist. I hope that it flops at the box office.
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    velozzity , September 2, 2010 12:26 PM
    So has anyone actually seen what this movie is about...i mean yes the man was set up, but it basically boils down to a minority (and illegal alien omfg i said it im not politically correct sue me) running around shooting whites...if it were reversed would'nt that be called racist instead of artwork.
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    Travis Beane , September 2, 2010 12:29 PM
    Was I the only one expecting to see a picture of a machete made from billions of fused transistors? Bet it'd be colourful.
    Quintan, Rodriguez, and Uwe Boll have to be my favorite directors. :D 
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    Poisoner , September 2, 2010 12:34 PM
    Im switching to nVidia now. This movie is so racist its not funny. I'm half hispanic and I find it as an attempt to start a race war. I am so happy I went to Intel already.
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    Hilarion , September 2, 2010 12:40 PM
    Ooooo... All the negativity at the mention of AMD here.
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    Netherscourge , September 2, 2010 12:46 PM
    Are you people insane? This is the BEST SUMMER MOVIE OF 2010.

    You people crying about Mexican's killing white people need to go back to your Tea Party rallies...
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    Tedders , September 2, 2010 12:48 PM
    I can't believe you put Lindsay Lohan's name in there and not Michele Rodriguez...
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    Chris_TC , September 2, 2010 12:51 PM
    So why exactly is this news? Of course there are a handful of workstations out there that use FirePro hardware.
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    Poisoner , September 2, 2010 12:59 PM
    NetherscourgeAre you people insane? This is the BEST SUMMER MOVIE OF 2010. You people crying about Mexican's killing white people need to go back to your Tea Party rallies...


    The tea party movement is a control mechanism. And this movie is very racist.
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    cptnjarhead , September 2, 2010 12:59 PM
    Remember when movies were filmed on location.... with real props and explosions.... ah the good old days.
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    Tomtompiper , September 2, 2010 12:59 PM
    thesmokingman14ROFL, it's like ate Kill Bill, The Matrix, and Last Action Hero and crapped out a movie. The only thing missing is a geriatric Steven Seagal....although having enough chicks running around in bras with guns could redeem it!


    You didn't watch the Trailer then?

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0985694/
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    ohim , September 2, 2010 1:17 PM
    hp79And I used intel CPU and intel GPU to type this comment.

    Typing , the only thing you can do good with an intel GPU.
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