September 29, 2004


LOS ANGELES - Brickyard VFX, with locations in LA and Boston, is providing visual effects for the new CBS drama, "CSI: NY," starring Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes.Like the other CSI franchises, the show follows a team of skilled investigators, who use forensics to reconstruct crimes.

"CSI: NY" is the first long-form project for Brickyard VFX. The assignment pairs the Brickyard VFX crew with former 525 Post colleague Mandy Sorenson. In addition, Kathy Siegel joins the company, bringing with her a background in episodic and commercial television.

Brickyard is working with CSI: NY producers to develop signature effects for the primetime series. The Jerry Bruckheimer executive-produced franchise, which started with "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and expanded in 2002 with "CSI: Miami," is known for its integration of stylish visual effects segments which aid in the dramatic storytelling.

In addition to the signature effects, Brickyard is creating a range of atmospheric and invisible effects, using 2D compositing and 3D animation tools, including Discreet Flame HD, GenArts' Sapphire Sparks for Discreet and NewTek LightWave 3D. Shots are being finished in HD for delivery on D-5.

Siegel is serving as VFX supervisor. Additional contributors include artists Patrick Poulatian and Geoff McAuliffe, and compositor Mandy Sorenson.