Synaptic VFX has just been signed as a key VFX vendor for the new FOX TV series Hieroglyph, and has launched a branch office in New Orleans. Synaptic is coming off the success of the first season of FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, providing the lion's share of the series’ visual effects as the show's primary vendor. The announcements were made by Synaptic VFX co-founders Shant Jordan, Shahen Jordan, and Ken Gust.
British actor Max Brown stars in FOX TV’s 13-episode action-adventure drama series Hieroglyph, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. The show is currently in production. Set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality are intertwined, the show will follow Ambrose (Brown), a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), while navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies, and divine sorcerers.
Synaptic’s presence in New Orleans is a 2,200 square foot suite of offices at 400 Poydras Tower in the heart of the business district. The high rise features 24 hour on-site security, hi-speed fiber connectivity, and ready access to all of the famous food, history, and night life that make New Orleans such an attractive home for artists and filmmakers. The core team at “Synaptic VFX – NOLA” are state residents, allowing clients to take best advantage of Louisiana's tax incentive program.
In late January 2014, Synaptic VFX completed production of original visual effects for the first season of the hit FOX TV series Sleepy Hollow. Synaptic VFX is one of three visual effects vendors for the series, which 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 on Jan. 20th, carried FOX TV to a demographic ratings victory.
The diverse range of visual effects produced by Synaptic VFX that are regularly incorporated into Sleepy Hollow include set extensions, fluid simulations, head removals (for the Headless Horseman character,) CG prosthetics, etc. Each episode of the series can contain anywhere from 30 to 300 digital VFX shots.