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Synaptic VFX Delivers VFX for ‘Sleepy Hollow’

Synaptic VFX completes production of visual effects for the first season of the new hit FOX TV series, Sleepy Hollow, including set extensions, fluid simulations, head removals and CG prosthetics.

Burbank-based Synaptic VFX has just completed production of visual effects for the first season of the new hit FOX TV series Sleepy Hollow. The series incorporates feature-film level visual effects to help illustrate its re-telling of the legendary story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

The season finale of Sleepy Hollow, which aired January 20, carried FOX TV to a demographic ratings victory. For the night, FOX averaged a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49, with 6.9 million viewers overall.

The diverse range of VFX produced by Synaptic VFX that are regularly incorporated into the series include set extensions, fluid simulations, head removals (for the Headless Horseman character,) CG prosthetics, etc. Each episode of Sleepy Hollow can contain anywhere from 30 to 300 digital VFX shots.

 “We are thrilled to have played a role in the success of Sleepy Hollow,” says Synaptic VFX co-founder Shant Jordan. “And we are very proud of the high level of quality our team brings to each episode of this series.”

Synaptic VFX worked with the show’s overall VFX Supervisor Jason Zimmerman, who, in tandem with Eddie Bonin, the show’s VFX Producer, breaks down each episode to develop a shot list where select shots are assigned to Synaptic. Mark Miller serves as Synaptic’s in-house VFX Executive Producer for the series.

"The work delivered in the post end by the talented artists at Synaptic reached the high level of expectations that the show’s executive producers and I envisioned in preproduction and production,” Zimmerman said. “Working with the Synaptic team through to the finish line has been a great process.”

Source: Synaptic VFX

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.