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Thai history comes alive--with help from SGI

The splendour of Thailand’s royal past has been brought to life in a historical movie, Suriyothai--with some special effects wizardry from SGI.
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Written by Alvan Yap, Contributor on
SINGAPORE--The splendour of Thailand’s royal past has been brought to life in a historical movie, Suriyothai--with some special effects wizardry from SGI.

Costing US$8.8 million, Suriyothai is reportedly the most expensive movie ever made in Thai film history. The epic, set across two decades during the 16th century, chronicles the life of Thai Queen Suriyothai, who heroically sacrificed her life to save her husband.

The film’s visual effects were produced using SGI’s Silicon Graphics Onyx2 systems and O2 visual workstations. According to the company, its Silicon Graphics Onyx2 systems support concurrent, real-time processing of 3D graphics, 2D imagery and ultra high-resolution video to create realistic images.

In a press statement, executive director of Fame Post-production Co Ltd Wilaiwan Leelachart, claimed SGI’s technology has helped the film achieve a high level of reality "where the audience cannot distinguish the computer graphics from physically filmed scenes".

California-headquartered SGI, formerly known as Silicon Graphics Inc, is a technology solutions provider dealing in high-performance computing, advanced graphics and consulting services. Apart from filmmaking, its Silicon Graphics Onyx2 systems also have other applications in the fields of manufacturing, engineering, science, research and entertainment.

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