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Version2 Creates Potent Promo Package For Kojak

Promo package includes logo, lower thirds, tune-in animations, top tags and transitions (March 03, 2005)

Version2 created a graphics tool kit for the series Kojak debuting in March on the USA Network

Version2 created a graphics tool kit for the series Kojak debuting in March on the USA Network

In a new promo for the upcoming release of “Kojak” on the USA Network, Version2 created a graphics tool kit for the series starring Ving Rhames. Debuting in March, Rhames takes the title role of the streetwise, bald, lollipop-licking New York Lieutenant Theo Kojak in the re-vamped version of the classic police drama.

The Version2 team worked with USA Creative Director Lorenzo De Guttadauro to develop a look for the logo that would work in a stark black environment. “The goal was to create a clean-looking logo that was simple and impactful,” describes Kieran Walsh, Version2 VFX/Design Creative Director and Inferno Artist. “We shot live-action passes of the camera dollying through smoke and built a glass logo in CG.”

Inferno was utilized to combine the many layers and passes of live-action and CG. Caustic light reflections for the logo, a technique that produces scattered light through transparent objects, were composited for total integration of the logo within the CG environment.

“In the end we created a very dramatically lit logo contained within an environment that is reminiscent of a quintessential interrogation room,” concludes Frank Devlin, Version2 VFX/Design VP and Executive Producer.

The promo package also included lower thirds, tune-in animations, top tags and transitions all of which combined 3D and 2D animation.

Client: USA Networks
Creative Director: Lorenzo de Guttadauro
Producer: Adam Reid

VFX & Design Company: Version2 VFX/Design/New York, NY
Creative Director/Inferno Artist: Kieran Walsh
Executive Producer: Frank Devlin
Director of CG: Jason Strougo
Designer: Jonathan Leong

About Version2
Version2, which recently joined forces with Liquid Light, provides design, VFX and creative editorial to clients in the commercial, broadcast and film arenas. The studio offers a hands-on approach to its clients, finding and developing creative solutions for each project. With topnotch design, editorial and CG talent in-house, Version2 provides a streamlined creative process where ideas are freely shared between the artists in an open architecture environment. The company has recently contributed to high-profile projects for Samsung, Motorola, TD Waterhouse, Wild Aid PSA, Verizon, USA Network and a re-design for Time Warner Cable.

Version2 is located at 601 West 26th Street, Suite 1505, New York, NY 10001. Telephone: 212.989.1212. Fax 212.989.6640

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