Zoic Sees Future in Century City

Digital effects studio Zoic, which recently won Visual Effects Society awards for its work on The WB’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and SCI FI channel’s miniseries Battlestar Galactica, is taking on the law for a new futuristic show being produced by Universal television for CBS.

The one-hour television drama Century City takes place in the year 2030 and explores a legal climate where cloning, genetic profiling, mind-altering antibiotics and even virtual rape pose new dilemmas for the attorneys of Crane, Constable, McNeil & Montero. Eric Schaeffer and Hector Elizondo.

The series is exec produced by Paul Attanasio (Homicide: Life On The Street, Donnie Brasco), Katie Jacobs (Gideon’s Crossing, A Father For Charlie) and Ed Zuckerman (Law & Order, The Agency). It will air Tuesdays 9 p.m-10 p.m. beginning March 16 on CBS.

"Our challenge with Century City was to create seamless photoreal effects that help take the viewer into an imaginable, positive future without standing out as a digital treatment," says Zoic visual effects supervisor Emile Edwin Smith. The studio spent six months creating digital set extensions and other visual effects utilizing Lightwave and combustion. Jarrod Davis served as CG supervisor under producer Jennifer Arnett. Other team members included Aram Granger, Dayna Cernansky, Jarrod Davis, Patti Gannon and Kyle Toucher.