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February 7, 2008
ZOIC CREATES LARGER-THAN-LIFE 'AMERICAN IDOL' PROMO Zoic shot performers on its greenscreen stage and later combined the live action with heavily manipulated stock footage, making the competitors appear to tower above wheat fields and skyscrapers. The process involved detailed tracking and lighting matches, animated transitions and the use of Red Giant Software’s Magic Bullet to create a film-like finish.

According to Zoic’s VFX supervisor Andrew Orloff, the studio used Autodesk Maya 8.5 for the pre-viz and to transfer the motion control  moves. Compositing was accomplished using Adobe After Effects and Autodesk Flame. Zoic used NewTek LightWave to create the CG buildings. Color correction was performed using the Magic Bullet Looks Suite.

Murphy Gilson directed the project for Zoic and Barry Walton served as DP. Dmitri Gueer edited the promo. Steve Meyer served as lead compositor and Dayna Mauer, Philip Broste, Diana Hinek and Sarah Grossmann also performed compositing duties. Lee Carlton handled CG.

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