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Zoic Studios Contributes Visual Effects To New Battlestar

Series Debuts on January 14th on Sci Fi Channel (January 12, 2005)

Among the hundreds of VFX shots created for Battlestar Galactica Zoic also created virtual environments (Click for larger image)

Among the hundreds of VFX shots created for Battlestar Galactica Zoic also created virtual environments
(Click for larger image)

On Friday, January 14th at 9 pm/8 Central, the highly-anticipated series Battlestar Galactica debuts on the Sci Fi channel complete with dramatic visual effects by Emmy Award-winning Zoic Studios. Battlestar Galactica was born from the popular miniseries that debuted in 2003 on the Sci Fi Channel and explores people at war with their own creations, the Cylons. The next-generation series pays homage to the original television program while presenting a 21st century viewpoint, aesthetic and visual effects. The series has already garnered accolades with a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live-Action Broadcast Program. The series' regular time slot will be Fridays at 10 pm ET.

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?We were excited to come back to a world we helped create in 2003, one which was embraced by audiences for its new twist on an old favorite, and add more effects and CG to bring this new chapter to life, says Zoic Compositing Supervisor Patti Gannon.

With hundreds of shots to complete, the Zoic team worked for seven months utilizing Lightwave and combustion to create CG Cylons, Centurions, Vipers and virtual environments. Building on the work they created for the original miniseries, Zoic created a myriad of dramatic effects including crafting all of the models, designing new ships, animating water venting out into space and the interior of the enemy spacecraft, which dramatically combines flesh and machine. The result is a show where effects are a key storytelling device and an exciting way of transporting audiences into the world of Battlestar Galactica. For many, this is the opportunity for which they have been waiting since the miniseries graced the small screen. Others will experience this world for the first time with fresh eyes and ears. Either way, its an exciting trip into the future and out to space.

Battlestar Galactica is from NBC Universal Television Studio, in association with SKY One.

The series credits include Executive Producers Ronald D. Moore & David Eick, Producer Harvey Frand, Line Producer Ron E. French, Associate Producer Paul M. Leonard and Visual Effects Supervisor Gary Hutzel. Zoic Studios credits include Executive Producer Gina Fiore, CG Supervisor Lee Stringer, Compositing Supervisor Patti Gannon, and Visual Effects Producer Matthew Gore.

About Zoic
Zoic is derived from the ancient Greek word for "being" or "life." As a suffix it is used to designate vast time periods eras, epochs, ages. The words "Visual Evolution" reflect both the current era and Zoic Studios' purpose to evolve the art and technology of the moving image. Launched by Executive Producer Steve Schofield, and Creative Directors Chris Jones and Loni Peristere, Zoic Studios is a leader in visual effects and CG animation in the commercials, music videos, feature film and episodic television arenas. Since its inception, the company has created award-winning effects and digital animation for numerous television shows such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "CSI, "Angel," "Battlestar Galactica" and "Firefly" for which Zoic won the 2003 Emmy for Visual Effects. Zoic has also contributed to commercials for HP, Chevy, SBC, KIA, NAMCO, as well as broadcast packages for Jetix and NBA Live. Music videos for Linkin Park, DMX, Blue Man Group and Mudvayne have felt the Zoic touch. Feature film audiences can see Zoic's visual effects creativity in the feature film releases Van Helsing, Day After Tomorrow, Spider-Man 2 and Serenity.

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