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
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.