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Zoic Studios Contributes Visual Effects to New "Battlestar"


Series Debuts on January 14th on Sci Fi Channel

LOS ANGELES, CA -- 01/12/2005 -- 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.

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, it’s 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.

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.


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