Zoic Studios has expanded its creative team, adding VFX Supervisor Chad Wanstreet to its Culver City studio, as well as promoting Nate Overstrom to Creative Director in its New York studio. Wanstreet has nearly 15 years of experience in visual effects, working across series, feature film, commercial and video game projects. He comes to Zoic from FuseFX, where he worked on top series including NBC’s “Timeless,” Amazon Prime’s “The Tick,” Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” for ABC and Starz’s Emmy-winning series “Black Sails.” Wanstreet thrives as a creative problem solver, fusing a streamlined pipeline approach with an impeccable attention to detail, partnering with directors to bring any visual concept to life. Overstrom has spent over 15 years of his career with Zoic, working across the Culver City and New York City studios, earning two Emmy nominations and working on top series including “Banshee,” “Maniac” and “Iron Fist.” He is currently the VFX Supervisor on Cinemax’s “Warrior.”
The growth of the creative department is accompanied by the promotion of several Zoic lead artists to VFX Supervisors, with Andrew Bardusk, Matt Bramante, Tim Hanson and Billy Spradlin stepping up to lead teams on a wide range of episodic work. Bardusk just wrapped Season 4 of DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow,” Bramante just wrapped Noah Hawley’s upcoming feature film Lucy in the Sky, Hanson just completed Season 2 of Marvel’s “Cloak & Dagger” and Spradlin just wrapped Season 7 of CW’s “Arrow.”
“Chad is a great fit for us and a nice addition to what has become a really strong creative team,” notes Zoic Executive Creative Director/Co-Founder Chris Jones. “Each of these artists share the same core values we established from our start in 2002 of bringing a tireless work ethic in pursuit of creative excellence. Congrats to Nate, Tim, Matt, Bill and Andrew. It’s an exciting time at Zoic and we couldn’t ask for better creative leadership.”
“Zoic’s dedication to design and visual storytelling is in their DNA and that is truly evident in their work,” adds Wanstreet. “I’m thrilled to be a part of a team that has creative intent at its core.”
About Chad Wanstreet:
Wanstreet leveraged his studies in architecture to launch his career in visual effects by bringing structural designs to life through architectural rendering software. He worked as a VFX artist in Detroit at Speedshape, working on projects for top brands such as Ford, GE and General Motors, eventually stepping up as a CG Supervisor. In 2014, he relocated to Los Angeles, joining Blur Studio and quickly stepping up as a lead artist. He worked on full CG in-game cinematics and VFX elements for game clients including Microsoft, Marvel, DC and 343.
Shifting to episodic, he joined Encore VFX as CG Supervisor, where he managed a team of 70 artists, delivering up to 100 shots daily. There he helped to develop and execute the creature-heavy aesthetics for “Arrow” and “The Flash.” He then spent a year as a CG Supervisor and eventually VFX Supervisor at FuseFX, working on series including “The Tick.”
About Nate Overstrom:
Overstrom has worked on dozens of projects that span across feature film, television and commercials. With well over a decade of industry experience, he is known for his mastery of CG and live-action compositing. He earned a BFA in Computer Art from SVA in New York, then went on to intern for Zoic in Los Angeles. He later moved back to NYC and spent two years with Look Effects.
In 2014, Zoic recruited Overstrom to spearhead its NYC studio as a VFX Supervisor. There his work has earned him multiple Emmy nominations as well as three VES Award nominations. He has lent his talents to numerous projects since joining Zoic, including the Amazon original series “The Man in the High Castle” which was nominated for a 2016 Emmy for “Outstanding Special Visual Effects.” Additional credits include “Homeland” and “The Defenders” in 2017, as well as “Manifest” in 2018.
The news comes on the heels of a bustling start of the year for Zoic across all divisions, including the recent announcement of the company’s second development deal, optioning New York Times best-selling author Michael Johnston’s fantasy novel “Soleri” for feature film and television adaptation as well as the addition of Daniel Cohen as Executive Producer, Episodic and Series in NYC and Lauren F. Ellis as Executive Producer, Episodic and Series in Culver City.