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Imaginary Forces Creates Super-Heroic Prologue & Epilogue For Feature Film “Zoom”

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Imaginary Forces Creates Super-Heroic Prologue & Epilogue For Feature Film “Zoom”

Official Press Release


Los Angeles, CA – Comic lovers are in a for visual
treat when they watch the first few minutes of the Tim Allen-starring
feature “Zoom.” Created by Imaginary Forces (IF), the prologue pays
tribute to vintage comic books of the 1970s with illustrations that come
to life. The design was led by IF Creative Director Karin Fong.


The pic is based on Jason Lethcoe’s graphic novel “Zoom’s Academy for
the Super Gifted.” In the big screen version, Tim Allen plays Jack,
formerly Captain Zoom, an out-of-shape former superhero who has lost his
powers and is reluctantly called back into action to turn a ragtag group
of kids into a new generation of superheroes in order to save the world
from destruction. The film also features Courtney Cox and Chevy Chase.


Through a dynamic, comic book-style sequence, the prologue introduces
the government reactivation of Team Zenith with the four young
superheroes being trained at the Academy, as well as the feud between
Zoom and his brother Concussion, who was a victim of a government
Gamma-13 radiation treatment gone awry.


For the design, Karin Fong worked closely with comic book illustrator
Alex Maleev whose credits include the Marvel Comics series “Daredevil.”


“It’s a ’70s comic book,” says Karin Fong, “since Tim Allen’s character
was a legendary superhero back in the day. We started with a basic
script and worked on the story as if creating pages for a Zoom series.
Working with Alex, a fantastic artist, was key. The spirit of those
classic comics had to come through. Lots of icons — explosions,
punches, bams! and booms! The sequence should read as a print piece that
unfolds — and not a Saturday morning cartoon. So the piece isn’t fully
animated. Instead, we used camera moves and limited animation to propel
the characters and the viewer through the still frames. It’s a hybrid
between reading and watching.”


The IF team also created the epilogue, which was designed to look like a
graphic novel. Introducing the new Team Zenith in a modern style brought
the film to the present day.


Zoom Prologue and Epilogue designed & produced by: Imaginary Forces (IF)

Creative Director: Karin Fong

Art Director: Jyoteen Majmudar

Designers: Karin Fong, Jyoteen Majmudar, Stan Lim, Bill Bak, Joan Lau,
Brett Krauss

Animators (Prologue): Stan Lim, Paul Yeh, Bradley Grosh, Arya
Senboutaraj, Ian Kim, Daryn Wakasa

Animators (Epilogue): Camille Chu, Paul Yeh, Sonny Chen

Illustrator: Alex Maleev

Colorists: Peter Pentazis, Richard Isanove

Editors: Justine Gerenstein, Danielle White

Inferno Artists: Matt Spencer, Nick Rubenstein

Producer: Kathy Kelehan

Production Coordinator: Alyssa Evans


Studio: Revolution Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment

Production Company: Team Todd

Director: Peter Hewitt

Producers: Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd, Julie Ragland

Post Production Supervisor: Erica Frauman

Editor: Larry Jordan


About Imaginary Forces


IMAGINARY FORCES (IF) is an entertainment and design company based in
Hollywood and New York. Its award-winning work spans the diverse
industries of feature film production, entertainment marketing and
promotion, corporate branding, architecture, advertising and interactive
media.


IF’s recent work includes identity packages for Lifetime, USA Network,
Animal Planet and MTV, as well as effective and compelling broadcast
advertising for Nike, Toyota, Pontiac, Smirnoff and Lexus. In
entertainment and media marketing, IF created campaigns for such films
as “Transformers,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “The Stepford Wives,”
“Signs” and both “Men in Black” films. The company also designed and
produced main title sequences for “The Break-Up,” “Ray,” “The Legend of
Zorro,” “Band of Brothers,” “Spider-Man,” “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the
Hat” and “Seven,” and produced the highly successful “Blade” trilogy.


Combining architecture and media, IF has developed branded experiences
for IBM, Morgan Stanley, Airbus Industries and the NFL’s Baltimore
Ravens. The studio is also a principal partner in United Architects
(UA), one of six finalists for the re-design of the World Trade Center
site at Ground Zero. Combining storytelling, filmmaking and architecture
to address the social, emotional, urban, national and international
issues, the UA model is now a part of the permanent collection at the
Museum of Modern Art. UA recently collaborated on an immersive
architectural media exhibit, “Bubbles in the Wine,” for the “New York,
New York” exhibition in the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The company also
designed and created projections for Director Julie Taymor’s operatic
production of “Grendel.”


For more information about Imaginary Forces’ capabilities, contact
Director of Business Development Danixa Diaz at danixa@imaginaryforces.com.

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