Culver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios has hired veteran VFX supervisor Stephan Fleet. Fleet will work on projects across Zoic’s Culver City, New York and Vancouver studios. Fleet has held posts as a visual effects supervisor for such TV titles as Extant, The Whispers and Scorpion. He comes to Zoic from Encore Hollywood, where he served as executive creative director.
“We are thrilled and incredibly fortunate to have Stephan join the Zoic family,” said Zoic executive creative director/partner Chris Jones. “His command of the process and passion for pushing the art of the craft make him a welcome addition to the growing offering of our television division.”
“Zoic approaches all of their projects from a creative storytelling perspective and it really comes through in the work,” said Fleet. “I’m really looking forward to joining a team that is built on a foundation of partners who are doing what they are most passionate about on a daily basis.”
Growing up between Los Angeles and Poland in a highly creative family, Fleet developed an interest in storytelling at an early age. While earning an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, he amassed an in-depth knowledge of television development and production through a class and subsequent internship with producer Ian Sander. After spending a couple of years working in development, he leveraged his background in graphic design to apply his production knowledge to the world of visual effects as Master Key Visual Effects‘ vice president of operations. While there, he led a team of over 30 artists on a wide range of projects, including creating the VFX on the 2008 NBC thriller series Knight Rider. He made the move to Encore Hollywood in 2009 and since then has worked as a VFX supervisor and artist on an array of television series. He was later promoted to executive creative director. Outside of VFX, Fleet is a director and has several projects currently in development.