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BlueArc Storage Brings Narnia Special Effects to Life

For this classic children's fantasy, penned by renowned author C.S. Lewis (December 12, 2005)

BlueArc Corporation announced that leading  digital film studio Rhythm & Hues chose BlueArc's Titan Storage  System as the storage foundation for the company's visual effects  work on the Walt Disney Pictures release, "The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". The movie debuted in theaters  nationwide Friday, December 9th, grossing an estimated $109.1 million  worldwide in its opening weekend, leading the box office.

For this classic children's fantasy, penned by renowned author C.S.  Lewis in 1948, Rhythm & Hues worked for two full years producing the  computer generated character animation and visual effects of Aslan  the lion's performance, as well as other characters including the  Gryphon, Minotaur and Centaurs, and the dramatic battle sequence at  the film's conclusion. For the film, Rhythm & Hues provided 400  shots, using a production pipeline that included motion capture,  modeling, rigging, animating, technical animation/fur, lighting,  rendering and compositing.

With graphics as complex as five million strands of hair in Aslan's  mane, and thousands of individual computer generated characters  fighting simultaneously, the load on the storage infrastructure was  immense. BlueArc's Titan met these demands by providing a high  performance storage infrastructure with high throughput and IOPS to  speed artist access and increase render cluster performance.

A customer of BlueArc since 2002, Rhythm & Hues has counted on  BlueArc's high performance Titan storage systems at the heart of  their creative production in a wide variety of films, commercials and  television clips, enabling the studio's 500 digital artists to create  effects with greater quality and realism while meeting rigid project  deadlines. In all, Rhythm & Hues has more than 70 terabytes of  BlueArc storage on site for the company's creative projects.

BlueArc's Titan Storage System is backed by a unique hardware- accelerated architecture that allows customers to scale their storage  systems far beyond any other servers available on the market today.  Titan allows a single file system to grow up to 256 terabytes and  delivers throughput of up to 20 Gigabits per second (Gbps). The  architecture adapts to changing application or capacity needs, thus  simplifying management, accelerating productivity and protecting a  customer's long-term investment.

About BlueArc Corporation

BlueArc® Corporation changes the economics of network storage by  helping customers manage more information with less effort. BlueArc's  SiliconServer storage systems enable organizations to maximize  performance and reduce operating costs through the movement of  software functions into programmable hardware. Since 1998, BlueArc  has provided scalable and reliable products, services and solutions  to help enterprises achieve unmatched productivity and profitability  from their data. The company's headquarters are in San Jose,  California with UK operations based in Bracknell, England. More  information on BlueArc is available on the Internet at

About Rhythm & Hues

Rhythm & Hues is a preeminent producer of quality visual effects and  character animation for entertainment and advertising. With a track  record of more than 100 feature films to its credit, the studio also  offers full service production expertise to an extensive list of  Commercial and Design clients. Currently, Rhythm & Hues' Film  division is in production on Superman Returns, Charlotte's Web,  Garfield 2 and Fast and Furious: Tokyo. In 1995, Rhythm & Hues was  recognized with an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects for its  work on Babe.

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