Zoic Studios

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Zoic Studios
Type Private
Industry Visual effects
Founded 2002
Headquarters 3582 Eastham Dr., Culver City, California, USA
Employees 150 staff
Website zoicstudios.com

Zoic Studios is an American visual effects company based in Culver City, California. They specialize in visual effects for feature films, episodic television, commercials, video games, advertising design, and interactive online media. The name "Zoic" is derived from a Greek word meaning "life", and is meant to connote "evolution".


Loni Peristere talking about Virtual Production in Television at FMX 2012

Zoic Studios is a visual effects company based in Culver City, California with a separate sister facility in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is a studio of creative artists, producers, and engineers.

Zoic Studios was founded by five partners in 2002 and began as a 15-person company working out of the Sunset Gower Studios lot. Their first project was creating visual effects for the action, western, science fiction television series Firefly, which featured their visual trademark shaky-cam effect.

In September 2002, they moved to their current 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) studio in Culver City, California, and the company has grown to house 150 employees. Zoic Studios currently boasts a delivery pipeline of 500 visual effects shots per week.

In 2006, Zoic founded Zoic BC, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Zoic BC can house up to an additional 100 employees at their facility in downtown Vancouver.


Zoic is a diverse visual effects company offering services ranging from first unit production services, visual effects supervision, concept and creative direction, editorial, motion graphics, in-engine game cinematics, full CG animation, post-production, project management, and production design capabilities for the entertainment industry.

Zoic employs a team of in-house engineers to support the pipeline toolsets used by the studio artists in both Culver City, CA and Vancouver, BC. The propriety virtual production pipeline called ZEUS (Zoic Environmental Unification System) is a pre-visualization process that supposedly combines the benefits of real-time compositing with an integrated editorial and CG pipeline.[citation needed]

The ZEUS pipeline was developed in-house in 2009. The system has been used for various broadcast applications with the most prominent being the television series V, PanAm and Once Upon A Time

Movies and television[edit]

Zoic has created visual effects for such popular TV Shows as Firefly (which earned the team an Emmy), Mad Men, Once Upon a Time, Falling Skies, True Blood, V, Fringe, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica. They have also worked on numerous feature films such as District 9, Zombieland, Spider-Man 2, The Day After Tomorrow, Van Helsing, Fast & Furious, RED and Limitless. List of projects:[1]















  1. ^ Zoic Studios at the Internet Movie Database

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