"Battlestar Galactica" Artists Recognized with 2008 Emmy® for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series

October 3, 2008 12:30 am

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The effects team that created the acclaimed episode "He That Believeth In Me" relied on NewTek LightWave 3D® for the award-winning visuals


Fiery explosion on the Ring Ship during the Emmy-winning episode.
Image courtesy of Battlestar In-House Visual Effects.


SAN ANTONIO, Texas – September 29, 2008 – NewTek Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today congratulated the production team of “Battlestar Galactica” for winning the 2008 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.

The "Battlestar Galactica" production team includes Gary Hutzel, visual effects supervisor; Michael Gibson, visual effects producer; David Takemura, visual effects coordinator; Doug Drexler, CGI supervisor; Kyle Toucher, CG artist; Sean Jackson, CG artist; Pierre Drolet, CG modeler; Aurore de Blois, senior compositor; and Derek Ledbetter, compositor.

"NewTek commends the Emmy-winning team for receiving this highest recognition from their peers," said Jay Roth, president 3D division, NewTek Inc. "We are gratified that LightWave has, again, played a part in an award-winning production."


Cylon missile hits the Ring Ship in the Emmy-winning episode.
Image courtesy of Battlestar In-House Visual Effects.


"In television, we're required to create incredible and often massive effects shots, all with a very short timeframe, a small crew and an equally small budget. LightWave is the only program that allows me to work with breadth and speed while still giving me quality results," said Gary Hutzel, visual effects supervisor and Emmy Award winner, Battlestar VFX. "With its broad range of built-in features and artist-friendly workflow, LightWave enables me to move quickly, render fast and create award-winning effects shots from start to finish, before the hammer falls."

In the Emmy-winning episode, special visual effects ranged from Starbuck's pristine and completely CG Viper to vast and dramatic space battles with cataclysmic ship explosions. The team also used particles to drive a swirling swarm of Cylon Raiders.


Hit by a careening Cylon raider, the space liner Pyxis disintegrates in a great ball of fire.
Image courtesy of Battlestar In-House Visual Effects.


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Article Comments

efron_241 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 October 2008

The series are GREAT.. but a BIG turn off was the episode on the old Capricorn where three Cylon women met the Human Bomber.. This was in a garage and despite the fact that it is a world that has advanced space technoligy there were cars from the 1980's I also do not like the fact they know lions and such.. That is bizar.

IO4 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 October 2008

This is my favourite series, so it was great to read this article. I'm amazed they created such fantastic scenes with such a relatively low priced software (compared to other 3d software that can do that stuff).

cobusp ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 09 October 2008

SPectacular CGI!! I agree with Efron, though: these guys have jumping technology, for goodness sake! And yet, they use normal, old-style cars, and phones that look like they date from the 1970's.

Revelation-23 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 10 October 2008

The thing about BSG is that it's not necessarily the future, it could be set in the past and we are the future of BSG's setting. I doesn't bother me to see transistor radios, the already mentioned phones or vehicles. Just because the series is set mostly in space doesn't mean it has to be all futuristic and high tech. Esepcially when the show itself is as good as it is, be it the writing, the music, the effect or the camera work, among other details.

jif3d ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 11 October 2008

Of course LW ROCKS !!! I use it every day and shows like BSG, Babalon 5, Sea Quest, etc, continue to prove it's place in the 3D market place and on the world stage, it's easy to use and get to professional results quickly, plus it's integration with other 3D program make it the ideal tool in every 3D artists arsenal...Get rendering & Cheers :o)