|Gary Hutzel (visual effects supervisor)|
Crewmember Name: Gary Hutzel
Task: Visual Effects Supervisor. Gary Hutzel is responisible for many of the special effects and ship designs.
Crewmember Bio: Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Gary Hutzel originally began studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Gary Hutzel decided to change his career to the motion picture industry and moved to Santa Barbara, California to study photography. Gary Hutzel's Hollywood career began with a job as a driver and video camera operator for a commercial production house. It was there, at Filmfair that Hutzel became interested in visual effects. Gary Hutzel went on to freelance for CBS on the new Twilight Zone series before he was approached in 1987 to work on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Gary Hutzel stayed on The Next Generation for five years, then transferred over to a position on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Zoic Studios was initially indirectly involved in the Tom DeSanto Battlestar Galacitca continuation through one of Zoic's owners. While this project failed to get off the ground, Zoic were approached by series writer/producer Ronald D. Moore to handle the Battlestar Galacitca Mini-Series, based on work both Zoic's Visual Effects Supervisors Emile Smith and Gary Hutzel had undertaken on Star Trek. When the Mini-Series was given the greenlight for production, Smith was directly involved with Moore and Michael Rymer, the series' director, in extensive pre-visualisations which determined the look and feel of the mini and the series itself. Gary Hutzel acted as Zoic's Visual Effects Supervisor on the Mini-Series.
The effects produced for Battlestar Galactica range from completely rendering all space vessels and backgrounds for the series through to digital extensions of the sets themselves, digitally melding live-action shots with digital backgrounds that enable the production to present the cavernous interiors expected on a vessel the size of Galactica. As a result of their work on the Mini-Series, Zoic was awarded the 2004 Visual Effects Society's award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Television Miniseries, Movie or a Special. In Season 2, visual effects supervisor Gary Hutzel began building up an in-house effects team, which by Season 3 would produce over 70% of the show's effects shots. This allows them to produce more elaborate special effects for less money. The rest of the work is done by Atmosphere VFX
Zoic Studios was additionally responsible for many of the effects seen in Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Angel; Zoic was also involved in the effects for Serenity, the movie continuation of the short-lived Firefly TV series. Special effects credits include: CSI: Miami, FOX's Tru Calling (starring Buffy regular Eliza Duskhu), Century City, and UPN's short-lived remake of the Twilight Zone. Additionally, Zoic was working on effects for the aborted John Woo remake of the science fiction cult classic, Lost in Space.
Also a member of the Director's Guild, Gary Hutzel currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
IMDB Link: Gary Hutzel
Wikipedia Link: Gary Hutzel / Battlestar Wiki Link: Gary Hutzel
Official Website: Zoic Studios - official site
Trivia: Zoic was responsible for the insertion of Serenity (from Firefly). Serenity can be seen flying above Caprica City just prior to Laura Roslin learning of her terminal condition in the Mni-Series.
Zoic is likely responsible for the insertion of the original USS Enterprise from Star Trek, seen at the upper right corner of the last glimpse of the Fleet near the conclusion of the Mini-Series. This in-joke is in reference to Ron D. Moore and his history as a writer and producer for the latter Star Trek series of the 80's and 90's.
What he's doing now: Gary Hutzel is currently working on Scifi Channel's Battlestar Galactica
Interviews: Gary Hutzel GALACTICA.TV interview
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