Dec 29, 2003

Academy Award Winner Walter Murch Selects Seagate And Rorke For Star-Studded Oscar Contender Film Cold Mountain

Seagate (NYSE: STX) Cheetah disc drives continue to be the #1 choice for use in the top motion picture editing systems used by the world's greatest filmmakers. Oscar-winning picture and sound editor Walter Murch chose a Rorke Data Storage Area Network (SAN) loaded with 1.2 terabytes of Seagate disc drives for post-production editing of the Anthony Minghella film, Cold Mountain. The workflow and scale for Cold Mountain was enormous, consisting of 4,900 takes, 830 daily rolls, 225 video tapes and 190 sound rolls, all used for recording the film's 211 total scenes shot over 113 days. The Seagate-powered Rorke storage system ultimately handled all of the data storage tasks required by the Cold Mountain team with ease.

Murch, whose credits include Apocalypse Now (Oscar for Best Sound, Oscar nomination for Picture Editing), all three of The Godfather films, Ghost (Oscar nomination for Picture Editing), and The English Patient (Oscars for both Picture Editing and Best Sound), required a system that could provide storage performance, flexibility, and reliability while working in a real-time and data-intensive environment. Reliability was especially critical for the system that was first built and configured by DigitalFilm Tree in Hollywood, California, before being shipped halfway across the world for deployment near the Cold Mountain film set outside of Bucharest, Romania.

"The Rorke storage system loaded with Seagate Cheetah drives performed flawlessly during Cold Mountain's six months of production in Romania and eleven months of post-production in London," said Murch. "There were almost 600,000 feet of dailies (110 hours) and the first assembly of the film ran five hours, six minutes in length, which would be a challenge to any system. After many months of intense re-cutting, the running time of the film was reduced by half, to two hours, 35 minutes. DigitalFilm Tree provided expert consultation early on and delivered the perfect system that fulfilled all of our workflow requirements while working within budget."

Murch, along with his team and First Assistant Editor Sean Cullen, spent months prior to production discussing the various system options with DigitalFilm Tree. For storage, the solution was clear: A Galaxy 60 fibre channel SAN from Rorke data with Seagate Cheetah drives totaling 1.2 terabytes would provide the storage power for the team's four networked work stations. The first two workstations were used for editing, while the third was dedicated to digitizing and synchronization, and the fourth for exporting files and storing the large media files to DVD.

"The latest advancements within the digital domain in filmmaking add ever-increasing flexibility and options, but also new levels of complexity and system demands," said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing. "It is critical in these environments for the storage system to keep up with these workflow demands while maintaining the full integrity of the data. Seagate's family of enterprise-class disc drives are designed and built with these types of environments in mind."

"Rorke ensures its data storage solutions are best-in-class by working closely with companies like Seagate, so together we can fully test and optimize the specific system for the application," said Joe Rorke, vice president of Marketing, Rorke Data. "Rorke's success can be attributed to this commitment to excellence and we are pleased to see our solutions being used for such large-scale projects like Cold Mountain."

Cold Mountain, based on the best-selling novel by Charles Frazier, is an epic tale set in the final days of the American Civil War. Inman (Jude Law) is a young injured soldier struggling to make his way home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina, to be with the woman, Ada (Nicole Kidman), he loves and left behind. Duriing Inman's absence, Ada befriends Ruby (Renee Zellweger), who helps her care for her late father's farm. The star-studded film also stars Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Donald Sutherland.

About Rorke Data
Rorke Data is a full digital storage solutions provider with expertise in Fibre-Channel RAID, SAN, DVD, tape and optical libraries, Unix, NT and Mac environments, high bandwidth networks, and related professional services. Founded in 1985, Rorke Data, is a subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, San Jose, CA, and is composed of four divisions: Medical Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Video & Broadcast, Digital Prepress & Publishing, as well as a Technical Services division. More information about Rorke Data can be found at www.rorke.com. Rorke Data is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, Inc. (Nasdaq: BELM).

About DigitalFilm Tree
DigitalFilm Tree was launched in 1998, starting a revolution in the professional post-production industry by proving that newer, more innovative systems can be used to finish professional motion pictures and high-definition programming. The company offers post-production, creative and design services, education, and extensive consulting for professional film and video environments. DFT's innovative offerings include digital dailies for editing, all manner of offline and online finishing, color correction and graphics, and a multitude of high-definition services. DigitalFilm Tree serves an unprecedented array of studio-based and independent creatives worldwide. Clients range from first-time DV filmmakers to NBC's Scrubs. For more information visit www.digitalfilmtree.com .

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

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