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Zoic Contributes VFX to new Battlestar Galactica Series

Emmy Award-winning Zoic Studios provided vfx to Sci Fi Channels new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, which debuts Jan. 14 at 9:00 pm/8:00 pm Central.

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 (VES) Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live-Action Broadcast Program. The series' regular time slot will be Fridays at 10:00 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.

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 exec producer Gina Fiore, CG supervisor Lee Stringer, compositing supervisor Patti Gannon and visual effects producer Matthew Gore.

Launched by exec 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.