Posts Tagged ‘on TV’

TurboSquid Sighting: SURVIVOR

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 by

When the hit CBS TV show SURVIVOR needed a 3D model to promote its 24th season, naturally they turned to TurboSquid and chose a CheckMate Pro model by veteran artist Massimo Righi.


Alligator 3D model by Massimo Righi


“TurboSquid is the only place I go to buy all our 3D models,” says Jon Lee, Senior Creative Director Promo Animation at CBS. You can see the alligator in action around 1:40 in this promotional video from the CBS site.


TurboSquid on Big Love

Friday, June 24th, 2011 by

The acclaimed HBO series Big Love aired its series finale in March 2011. As the series’ characters discuss their futures in the main house’s living room at the end of the episode, the camera backs out a window to gradually show the house’s exterior amid fall trees and parked cars.

Production studio Encore Hollywood created this final scene with the help of several TurboSquid models.


TurboSquid Visits CNN

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 by

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of visiting with one of our top customers: CNN. CNN isn’t just a single news channel. Its family includes the CNN Airport Network, CNN International, Headline News, CNN Espanol and five foreign news channels, just to name a few. I got the Grand Tour of the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, GA with David Price, the US & International Product Manager for Graphics and Post.

David Price with me in front of the CNN Center. Due to overcast skies we look composited, but we were actually there.

The CNN offices are beautifully appointed, but mostly I was impressed with the sheer scale of the operation. Everything at the CNN facility is big, from the giant CNN logo outside to the massive offices filled with staff, all busy with a variety of news-related activities. CNN shoots a number of its shows in studios within the building, but that’s only after the staff has researched the news, collected and catalogued live feeds from around the world, and generated both still and animated graphics for any one of their hundreds of shows.

One of many live graphics control centers at CNN

CNN uses a number of TurboSquid models ranging from globes and maps and war-related scenes to space vehicles that have launched (or crashed) lately, and even sports items like baseballs and stadiums. Anything that’s in the news is bound to show up in 3D form sooner or later. The 3D team even produces the live graphics that move around and behind the lower-third banner area.

Image courtesy of CNN

The news teams at CNN often have only a few hours to put together a 3D scene. Whenever there’s breaking news, TurboSquid is one of their first stops.

TurboSquid on “Bones”

Friday, April 8th, 2011 by

The production crew for the popular TV drama Bones has once again used 3D models from TurboSquid as part of the crime-solvers’ repertoire. In the April 7 episode, The Feet on the Beach, a lawn mower by jknott and iw43d’s male anatomy model play an important role in graphically reenacting, and thus solving, the crime.

U.S. viewers can watch The Feet on the Beach at You can also watch all Bones episodes at the show’s website.

TurboSquid on Conan Show

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 by

On March 9, Team Coco used yet another TurboSquid 3D model on TBS’s Conan show, this time in a sketch starring Pee Wee Herman (actor Paul Reubens). This 3D model usage follows in the footsteps of Conan’s Creepy Taiwanese Videos series, which used a number of TurboSquid models.

Wellcraft Speedboat by Animation Effects

In the sketch, Pee Wee Herman water skis his way on to the stage while pulled by a virtual speedboat from TurboSquid. You can see the full clip at the Team Coco website.

Andy and Conan await Pee Wee's arrival via boat in background.


TurboSquid on ‘Bones’

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 by

A TurboSquid model was recently used as part of the graphics in the Fox TV show Bones, a drama where crimes are solved using computer graphics. In the March 10 episode The Killer in the Crosshairs, a 3D scope was used as part of a demonstration of how a “smart bullet” could hit a target hidden around a corner.

Leupold Mark IV Bors Scope

You can see the episode The Killer in the Crosshairs on the Fox website.

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