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News: NEW WORK: Zoic Studios Takes a Prehistoric Joyride for Trolli
News: NEW WORK: Zoic Studios Takes a Prehistoric Joyride for Trolli

Last Updated: July 7, 2015 5:07 pm GMT

(Los Angeles, California--July 7, 2015) Culver City, CA-based VFX shop Zoic Studios takes off on a blissful dinosaur adventure in the new :30 “Dino Trip” for Trolli out of Periscope, Minneapolis, MN. The spot features a peculiar man gleefully going about his day-to-day life while strapped to a T-Rex, making a supermarket run, going to work, going for a walk in the park, and taking a romantic stroll on the beach, all while blissfully unaware of the odd nature of his transportation. Click HERE to view the spot. The spot is the continuation of a campaign that launched in April, which included the :30 “Sour Brite Crawler Minis” and the :15 “Feed Your Sour Tooth” that aired in May 2015.

The Zoic team, led by Chris Korn, utilized a stop motion dinosaur to amplify the humor embedded in the awkward trek, starting in Z Brush to create an initial design and then crafting a stop motion armature based on those templates. Next, they pieced the armature together and built the sculpture on top of it, filled their mold with foam latex, and painted the final model. For animation, seasoned stop motion animator Kim Blanchette utilized stop motion animation software Dragonframe to create the desired aesthetic.

An early passion for stop motion animation spurred by King Kong combined with a background in makeup effects and prosthetics made Korn a fitting designer for this project. He notes, “It’s a really great change of pace to get out of the computer and physically create something with your hands and then animate it to come to life even further. Each step of the process was surprising and an enjoyable challenge.”


Client: Trolli

Title: “Dino Trip” :30

Agency: Periscope, Minneapolis, MN

Creative Director: Rob Peichel

Copywriter: John Sullivan

Art Directors: Justin Davis, Jen Neis

Agency Producer: Kelly Farley

Production Company: Central Films North

Director: Rodrigo Garcia Saiz

DP: Beto Casillas

EP/Producer: John Barreiro

Post Production: Whitehouse

Editor: Brian Gannon

Assistant Editor: Frank Sigwarth

Post Producer: Caitlin Morris

Executive Post Producer: Kristin Banstetter

VFX: Zoic Studios

VFX Executive Creative Director: Chris Jones

VFX EP: Matt Thunell

VFX EP/Head of Production: Ian Unterreiner

VFX Producer: Nick Vassil

VFX Coordinator: Yurika Mori

VFX Supervisor: Ryan McDougal

VFX Art Director: Nadar Husseini

Compositors: Giovanni Bucci, Derrick Ligas, Aziz Dosmetov, Brian Scott, Jessice Amzoll

Dino Puppet Design & Fabrication: Chris Korn

Dino Stop Motion Animator: Kim Blanchette

Dino Stop Motion Animator: Chris Korn

Flame Artists: Toby Brockhurst, Wes Waldron, Rob Winfield

Music Company: Echo Boys

Music Producer: Sara Davidson

Composers: Tom Lecher, Alex Berglund

Mixer: Chris Bartle

About Zoic Studios

Zoic Studios is a visual effects company based in Culver City, California, and Vancouver, B.C. Our team has a proven track record of success, crafting innovative visual experiences for film, television, advertising, video game and interactive projects.

“Visual Evolution” is our mission: to advance the story, art, and technology of the moving image. Masters in the fields of design, animation, compositing, and production management, Zoic’s reputation attracts rising talent and encourages a strong work ethic.

Zoic prioritizes research and development in service of constant creative growth, from in-house virtual production to real time rendering using game engine technology.