Forbes reports that the Spider-Man 2 production used a new graphics chip for the special effects...
So studios are putting souped-up graphics chips into artists' PCs, allowing them to see instantly what the shot will look like post-rendering. Sony's ImageWorks arm started testing Nvidia's last top-flight chips in February for some of its 300 digital artists, who were working on the Spider-Man sequel and other movies heavy with special effects. In the new Spider-Man film, ImageWorks artists used the chips to draw more realistic skin on the actors' digital stand-ins. "It's about giving each artist the power to work more efficiently, perhaps to work faster, although, more likely, to work better," says George Joblove, senior vice president of technology at ImageWorks.
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