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Zoic BC Launches in Vancouver

Award-winning visual effects house Zoic Studios has opened Zoic BC. The Canadian-based company is being launched to service Zoic Studios' ever-diversifying client base, and has proven to be a natural step in the company's evolution. Zoic BC has already completed the feature film PATHFINDER for Twentieth Century Fox and is working on two episodics: EUREKA for SCI-FI Channel and BLADE for Spike TV, both of which have proved to be successful for their respective networks.

Patti Gannon and Randy Goux, two of Zoic Studios' preeminent visual effects supervisors, relocated to the Vancouver area to set up the Zoic BC office. In addition to assuming creative director roles for the Canadian office, they oversaw the production and execution of 280 visual effects for PATHFINDER, directed by Marcus Nispel. Gannon subsequently began on-set vfx supervision for the feature ONE MISSED CALL in Atlanta, which Zoic will finish in BC in the fall and be distributed by Warner Bros.

In addition, Zoic Studios recruited some of the very best Canadian-based talent offered. Veteran visual effects supervisor Bob Habros joined the company to oversee the original series BLADE, while seasoned effects producer Patrick Mooney came on board to guide the production aspect of the fast-paced visual effects studio.

Zoic Studios rounds out its arsenal with 20 key local artists that consist of such respected talent as Kevin Little and Trevor Strand. Little is currently heading the 3D creation of the original "ashing" sequences for BLADE and Strand is leading multiple teams of compositors working on Tim Minears' original pilot DRIVE for Fox Television.

"Zoic's office in Vancouver is a natural progression in Zoic's evolution," says Zoic creative director/co-founder Loni Peristere. "The film and television clients we create with daily live and work principally in Los Angeles and Vancouver. Our greatest hope is that we bring more opportunity for work to the city by establishing the creation of make-believe as a fluid process that flows effortlessly between L.A. and Canada, and what better place to be a part of it than Vancouver, one of the most beautiful, and creative cities in the world."

Zoic's Vancouver office is set up on an invisible network between the two cities, which allows the teams to work seamlessly as one company using high-speed connections and video conferencing. The Vancouver studio occupies 4,000 sq. feet in the Sun Tower in the hip downtown neighborhood between Yaletown and the business district. At full capacity, Zoic Vancouver has workstations for more than 40 2D and 3D artists, who have 20 terabytes of storage and more 100 render nodes at their disposal. Additionally, the Canadian team can easily access and utilize the 100 terabytes of storage and more than 1,000 render nodes in L.A. using the high speed Internet and VPN connection established between the two studios. The Vancouver studio also offers an Avid edit suite, a screening room and a Frame Thrower 2k playback system.

Launched by executive producer Steve Schofield, and creative directors Chris Jones and Peristere, Zoic Studios ( is a leader in visual effects and CG animation in the commercial, feature film and episodic television arenas. In addition to studios in Los Angeles and Vancouver, the company offers an L.A.-based stage for greenscreen and other specialty shooting.

Feature films such as Serenity, Zathura, Talladega Nights and Pathfinder showcase the talents of the international Zoic team, as do TV episodic programs CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, CSI: MIAMI and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, and numerous commercials, including spots for HP, Mini, PSP, Lexus, Cadillac.