[ILUG] [OT] "twister" and the SGI laptop
glen at antefacto.com
Tue Mar 27 10:18:58 IST 2001
It's never stopped Kate before so why not, I know I love an excuss to go
On 27 Mar 2001 09:08:40 +0100, Paul Jakma wrote:
> uhmm.. just saw the below and thought it might be interesting. (didn't
> i have an argument with people on this list as to whether the
> "laptops" in twister were live working computers as opposed to
> mockups+post production screenshots? :) )
> PS: whats the policy on forwarding 'interesting' stuff? it's nowhere
> on OT for the list, i know, but do people like seeing technology
> related stuff or not on the list?
> i would post it to technobabble at lists.redbrick.dcu.ie where this kind
> of thing /would/ be OnT, but i don't think many people are subscribed.
> Re: SGI and product placement
> 9 Mar 2001 22:05:58 GMT
> jsm at panix.com (Jim Millick)
> Public Access Networks Corp.
> 1 , 2 , 3
> In article <slrn9adgrv.hh1a.ivanr at omen.melbourne.sgi.com>,
> Ivan Rayner <ivanr at melbourne.sgi.com> wrote:
> >Ian Mapleson <i.mapleson at salford.ac.uk> wrote:
> >> Twister has more obvious use of Indys, though they seemed keen to
> >> avoid showing the actual company name or logo.
> >I remember a laptop in Twister with the cube logo just above the
> >keyboard, and there was a piece of masking-tape stuck next to it,
> >the words "Silicon Graphics" written in pen.
> I worked on several of those 'laptops' while on the TWISTER
> set. They were machined Corian (the counter-top material),
> and IIRC, were supplied by SGI to the production company. I
> think they said a prototyping company did them for SGI. The
> ones I held had a cube logo, but no labeling via masking
> tape. They were fairly realistic in person, with a BRIGHT
> display (for filming). If only real laptops were that
> In a way they were real SGIs, because under the table was a
> hidden Indy running the display graphics, with an umbilical
> running up to the LCD laptop screen. Behind that laptop
> screen was a trio of pencil-diameter florescent lights,
> powered by a 12 V converter also hiding under the table.
> You were seeing IRIX and 4DWM, it just didn't emanate from
> the innards of the laptop. The keyboard & mouse didn't
> work, and the power & drive 'lights' were LEDs run by a 9V
> Indigos were used to develop the displays, I think only
> Indy's served duty under the table, and maybe in some of the
> tornado chase crew rigs.
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