Location: Culver City, CA
The Emmy Award-winning Zoic Studios was founded by Christopher Jones, Tim McBride, Andrew Orloff, Loni Peristere, and Steve Schofield. The visual effects company is based in Culver City, Calif., with a shooting stage in North Hollywood and additional offices in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Motion graphics
- Digital compositing
- CG animation
- First unit production and post-production
- Advertising campaign design
- Editorial services
What to Expect
Zoic employs more than 150 people in five complementary divisions: digital production, project management, design services, media applications, and creative development. The studio continues to expand its operation and list of clients in the areas of film, television, video games, and advertising. Zoic won an Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects for the television series Firefly, and has produced work on the TV shows Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, and CSI and films District 9, Zombieland, and The Day After Tomorrow. Their work on video game advertising includes Dead Space 2, Army of Two: 40th Day, and Guitar Hero.
Entry-level and midlevel full-time positions within the studio include a diverse array of opportunities for copywriters, compositors (should be familiar with Nuke 5.1), Maya generalists, LightWave 3D generalists, and assistant editors, among others. Unpaid internships are available for college credit and require a four-month commitment of 16 hours per week. Senior roles require at least two years of film or episodic television production experience in your area of expertise—more for executive or department director roles—though a college degree is not mandatory.
In Culver City, the Zoic headquarters is nestled nicely among numerous media, entertainment, and creative businesses. Inside the airy, open office space, artists blend proprietary software with industry-standard 2-D and 3-D products. At the staff’s disposal are more than 100 terabytes of clustered storage and a 1,000-processor render farm. The full render and storage capacity of the California home base is accessible from the British Columbia studio via high-speed Internet and VPN connections. In North Hollywood, Zoic’s 5,000-square-foot shooting stage can be subdivided to fit the specific production needs of any client, and includes a motion-control rig and camera, including lighting, grip, and electric packages. There is also a 20-by-30-foot green screen stage. Additional in-house facilities include hair and makeup rooms, showers, patio, and lounge.
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