Last fall Engine Room Exec. Producer Michael Caplan, put on the Visual Effects Supervisor hat in support of the CBS/Warner Bros. new hit series "The Mentalist". The show, which recently reached number one in viewer ratings, follows the story of Patrick Jane, played by Simon Baker, as he works with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on solving high profile cases that require his razor sharp skills of observation. The episodic, currently in production on its fourteenth installment, was recently singled out by viewers in receiving the People’s Choice Award for Best New Show.
"The Mentalist" in-road originated through Caplan’s long standing professional friendship with the show’s Executive Producer Chris Long. Having worked together on numerous episodics together over the years, an Engine Room collaboration was natural. The visual effects work requirements within the production range from creating complex digital matte paintings to the everyday production fixes that every show on the air today relies upon.
While keeping up with the ongoing schedule requirements of a run-away hit has been demanding, Caplan and a focused team of Engine Room artists have enjoyed the work tremendously. "It’s always exciting to work on a show that receives both critical acclaim and ratings success and on top of that it’s truly a pleasure collaborating with longtime friends & colleagues to deliver a great product. We look forward to many more episodes and seasons to come" says Caplan.
Besides CBS’s "The Mentalist", Engine Room provides ongoing Visual Effects vendor services to several new programs as well as some longstanding favorites including: the WB’s "One Tree Hill", Disney Channel’s upcoming "Jonas" which stars the Grammy Nominated Jonas Brothers, Disney XD’s new upcoming series "Zeke and Luther", NBC’s "Chuck" and MTV’s new upcoming reality show "The Phone".