Culver City/Vancouver, B.C.-based visual effects house Zoic Studios receives two Outstanding VFX Emmy nominations for TNT’s Falling Skies and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Zoic Studios Executive Creative Director and Co-Founder Andrew Orloff serves as VFX Supervisor on both shows. Once Upon a Time and Falling Skies are filmed in Vancouver, B.C., and the visual effects are created by Zoic Studios in L.A. and B.C.
Says Orloff, “It's a great day for us. Working with the budgetary and economic realities of doing visual effects for a TV show, we're really proud to have figured out a formula that gives our best creative efforts to the shows we work on.”
ABC’s Once Upon a Time employs Zoic’s propriety pre-visualization process, Z.E.U.S. (Zoic Environmental Unification System). This process combines the benefits of real-time compositing with an integrated editorial and CG pipeline. Revolutionizing the approach to visual effects, Z.E.U.S. provides real-time camera tracking and rendering of the virtual environments on set, bringing unprecedented creative flexibility for the cast and crew working on the green screen stage. This technology provides Orloff and the entire Zoic team with the real-time feedback necessary to deliver film quality effects on a television budget and schedule.
TNT’s Falling Skies utilises various visual effects techniques to craft the alien characters that play a large role in the show. Zoic creates CG characters and uses motion capture technology to bring to life the wide range of creatures in the show.
Once Upon a Time has also received two additional craft nominations for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup and Costumes.