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Pilot Season 2015 is Upon Us

Pilot season is here again, and with as many good shows on network television as we’re used to seeing on cable. It makes us think the revival of TV is here.

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After a long period of reality shows and “Who’s Got Talent” (although we really love those shows), we think the quality of episodics on television that include visual effects is at an all time high – i.e. Marvel’s Avenger offshoots, the History Channel’s Vikings, and HBO bringing it home with Game of Thrones.


This is a rich market of companies who are pushing the limits on what they can do on a weekly series. At times the entire cast and crew only have one week to learn lines, create the effects and shoot. They are competing with effects in films costing 10’s of millions of dollars and taking a year or more to shoot. Never-the-less, these wizards pull off amazing visual effects for each episode.

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Many of the series appeal to thrill-seeking consumers. With an appetite for horror, adventure and drama, loyal fans will sit through marathons on Netflix to catch up on past seasons. It is hour after hour of commercial free programs that overwhelm the senses. You know you’ve been there.

There are hundreds of Pilots on the list this Season hoping to make it to air. For all those waiting for the new season of their favorite show, get your La-Z-Boy centered. Don’t forget to break out the popcorn and grab your favorite drink. Get ready to consume more great effects and real entertainment without leaving your home. Of course if you’re watching shows like American Horror Story, you may not be doing a lot of sleeping.

american-horror-story-freakshow-a-creepy-poster-collectionLike we’ve said before, our hats go off to those high speed wizards that are mastering the effects for our home theaters. Keep up the great work!

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Pilot Season is Coming!

Has Pilot Season already begun? Some say we’re always in Pilot Season with television episodics now starting all year long. Nevertheless, it’s an extraordinary time as the hundreds of pilots get whittled down to about 70 for internal consideration, with a handful finally making it to air.


Many new shows have incorporated visual effects which is impressive due to the fast-pace and long-hours culture of filming for television. It takes an exceptional team of talented and dedicated producers, directors, supervisors, and visual effects artists to achieve incredible visual effects. It’s amazing when you think about it.

Some great examples are shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s Marco Polo. Although some may have a larger budget to work with, that doesn’t take away from the amount of work it takes to produce a visually stimulating series.


Other episodics that air on network television like Star Trek, CSI, Agents of Shield, Once Upon a Time, Sleepy Hollow and Grey’s Anatomy (which has been on air for 10 years!) have also produced great visual effects, and with stories that captivate their viewers. The proof is in their large following of fans. Television shows have always had a tighter budget and now with the right technology in place, coupled with a lot of hard work, they get it done.


It really is a fascinating market to be part of today. We continue providing our 3D scanning services for television series and films and love seeing how these characters, sets, and props are transformed. Our hats go off to the VFX Producers and VFX Supervisors that make it all work. These are the real magicians in the field. Keep those great shows coming.

To see a list of Network pilots in consideration for 2015, click here.


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The Journey from Pilot to Episodic


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What needs to happen for a Pilot to evolve into an Episodic? There are a great number of pitches that get whittled down to about 70 per network. After further filtering, about two dozen pilots are ordered per network to further evaluate. By the end of this process, only about 6 pilots go on to do a series. Survival rates are low in the first season with only a couple making a second season per network, according to a number of sources.

It is quite the undertaking for networks to go through this process each year. The upside is viewers like us get to see some amazing programs that are the best of the best by the time they make it to a second season. The downside is the colossal work that goes into these pilots, regardless if they make it to the TV screen.


With so many pilots on the front end, there is competition to produce great impressive work. You have everything from known talent, special effects, and visual effects to wardrobe, crew, and other things needed to complete a pilot.

We have provided 3D scans of characters, places, and buildings for several pilots and episodics and have seen the level of detail and dedication of each team. To continue being a part of this process, we are offering SPECIAL PRICING FOR PILOTS as they have smaller budgets, and we want to help them put together a show that will capture viewers early on and get it past the evaluation stage. There are many ways and opportunities to use 3D scanning technology.

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Good luck to all the companies working hard in this industry, and keep us in mind as part of your solution for success.


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Episodics On TV Have Become More Visionary

We have been honored to be a part of several new and returning episodics this year. The companies that bid on the pilots and jump into this market not only have nerves of steel, but have extremely creative ideas on how to bring the directors concepts and vision to life.

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The visuals need to be created at a fast pace in order to serve the episodic world. As the plot continues each week, so does constant planning and executing to get the job done. The trusted vendors and production houses are challenged with staying on target and within budget with their deliveries. Needless to say, their job is not an easy one.

Our hats go off to these tireless workers. They bring quality work that rivals film (with a lot less time and money) to our TV screens every week. Of course their mission is different than film, but their accomplishments are still amazing.

We find the episodic world to be fast and demanding, and a part of the industry that we cannot take our eyes off. If we start getting busy with film, commercials or game trailers, we still need to be on our game for the next character, prop or whatever the series calls for to scan and deliver on schedule.

The more vision and creativity the director and writers have, the more work that comes to our location. Even when there is no budget left, the sheer determination of the crew finds a way of getting it done. You can say it is the magic of visual effects, but it’s more so the magic of a truly gifted group.


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