[vcf-midatlantic] Last star fighter graphics production computer picture

Jim Hart jim at jimhart.org
Mon Oct 24 10:39:19 EDT 2016

I know I am generally quiet on this list but this one caught my
attention for some reason.

The workstation appears to be a IMI-500 workstation wITH 4K graphics
(pretty impressive for the day).  I believe that I read it was the
IMI-500 with a Cray for image rendering that was used for the Last
Starfighter movie.

Here are a few references

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Productions - Wikipedia Article on
the manufacturer of the workstation

http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=1674340 - There is
an add for the workstation at the bottom of the page.

https://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/cg/1985/09/mcg1985090007.pdf - an
article on how they used the IMMI-500 backed by a DEC Mini for rendering
the final images.

--Jim Hart
jim at jimhart.org

> Douglas Crawford via vcf-midatlantic
> <mailto:vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org>
> October 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM
> I can't place that machine either but WOW that was a monster workstation!
> And Lake looks like Segourney Weaver from the Aliens era.
> >Lake also holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree
> Must be a story there- from that to computer graphics?
> Ben Greenfield via vcf-midatlantic
> <mailto:vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org>
> October 22, 2016 at 6:31 AM

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