...The company, based in Marin County, California, and formed in 1988 as Matte World by visual effects supervisor Craig Barron, matte painter Michael Pangrazio, and effects producer Krys Demkowicz, literally shut down on August 8, 2012, when the studio's main computer servers were turned off. Barron likened what happened next to the death throes of the talking HAL computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
"Just like HAL, it audibly protested with warnings, announced the starting of backups and even made calls to my cell phone asking for help. Its final words, seemingly accepting its fate, were, 'Have a nice day. Goodbye.'
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