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Boise-based company goes Hollywood

Posted at 10:39 PM, Feb 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 00:39:17-05

The motion picture industry has changed dramatically over the last 10 to 15 years. Directors are now relying more and more on computer imaging to bring "make believe" to the silver screen.

Our Don Nelson introduces us to a Boise-based company leading the charge in the world of visual effects.

"We focus on pushing high amounts of data-heavy graphics, heavy visualization for an optimized solution versus your traditional consumer-based product," said Gile.

Hold on a second...
(Rewind...)
Amy Gile is a, how should I say....

"I think I was a little bit of a geek and nerd at heart and I think I finally had to acknowledge that," she said.

CEO and founder of a company called Silverdraft., Amy and her crew, with help from Micron, created mini-supercomputers with crazy, fast work-stations affectionately called the "Devil" and the "Demon". Just ask one of their clients who came to them with a time-management problem.

"Something that was taking them two days to do in a much higher resolution they were doing it in "2k"  we're doing it in "4k", they tested the system what took them two days, took us 15 seconds," said Gile.

It took Amy more than a few years to figure out a budding acting career was not for her. With the encouragement of famous Hollywood director John Hughes, she focused her talents on the other side of the camera.

"He introduced me to film and he allowed me to stay on set and look through the lens of the camera, understand what every person's role was and how collaborative film-making is the whole entire process," she said.

And Amy never looked back. As the daughter of an architect and a dancer, it's easy to see how she has built a plan with all the right moves. As a matter fact the Demon worked it's magic on last year's hit movie, "The Maze Runner".

"Being able to create a tool that allows others to create their maximum capacity. I'm such a nerd. I'm trying not to geek out too much," she said.