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The Best VFX Studios to Work For: The Ultimate List

by | Last updated Dec 11, 2023

Want to find the best VFX studios to work for?

In today’s post, we’ll cover the 25 top VFX studios based on their reputation, available career opportunities, and desirability as employers in the industry.  

Ready? Let’s dive in!

Top 25 VFX studios

Framestore

London, United Kingdom

 Founded in 1986, Framestore has become a power player in the VFX world. It has a range of subsidiaries, including Method, and has won BAFTAs as well as Oscars.

 The team has worked on some of the most highly anticipated films of 2023, including Barbie and The Little Mermaid. Its roster also includes Top Gun: Maverick, Paddington 2, His Dark Materials, and The Crown.

 It also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Chicago, Montreal, Mumbai, and Melbourne. 

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The Mill

London, United Kingdom

Falling under the Technicolor Creative Studios umbrella, The Mill is known for working with high-end clients. With a team covering 2D, 3D, design, color, and finishing, theirs is the largest in the visual effects industry.

Together, that team has created a realistic CG Albert Einstein for Smart Energy, a CGI Daniel Kaluuya for Xbox, and even a fully CG lion for ING. Other clients include Burberry, Ford, Chanel, and McDonald’s.

Office locations include Los Angeles, Chicago, Amsterdam, Paris, Seoul, and more.

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Zoic

Los Angeles, USA

With offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, Zoic has become well-known for its 3D, animation, compositing, and production management.  

The studio creates visual effects for advertisements, television, and film, and has been trusted by brands such as Ciroc, Lexus, and Nissan. You can see Zoic’s work in Fleishman Is in Trouble, Many Saints of Newark, Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and more. 

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Afterparty VFX

New York, USA  

This high-end visual effects and finishing studio is led by David Gaddie, a well-lauded director and VFX supervisor.  

Its work roster includes advertisements with brands like Moncler and Johnson & Johnson as well as productions such as The Survivalist and Dead Ringers

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Brainstorm Digital

New York, USA

While Brainstorm Digital offers several production services, the Emmy Award-winning studio specializes in films and television series. 

You’ve most likely seen at least one of its works, which includes The Greatest Showman, Wolf of Wall Street, and Boardwalk Empire. 

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Carbon

Los Angeles, USA

 Carbon’s virtual effects department has worked with a wide range of well-known clients, including Google, Porsche, and Sony. It’s also created music videos for the likes of Ed Sheeran and Major Lazer.

 The studio also has offices in Chicago and New York. 

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CHRLX

New York, USA

Originally known as Charlex, this studio has more than 30 years of experience under its belt and offers 2D and 3D effects. 

Brands CHARLX has worked with include Adobe, Google, Meta, and WhatsApp. 

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east side effects

New York, USA

With just two employees, east side effects is a boutique agency specializing in creating effects for film and video. 

They were recently nominated for a VES Award for their work on The Tragedy of Macbeth. Other works include When You Finish Saving The World, Severance, and Mother.

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Freefolk

London, United Kingdom

This Emmy-winning studio specializes in color grading, two- and three-dimensional effects, and more. 

Known originally as Finish, Freefolk now creates television effects for Netflix, Universal, and more as well as advertising effects for Cadbury, Amazon, BBC, and more. Its film credits include Whitney, Not a Pet, and Queen of Hearts.

In addition to London, Freefolk also has an office in New York.

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FuseFX

Los Angeles, USA 

With several awards on the shelf (including Emmys and VES Awards), FuseFX creates special effects for everything from film and television to commercials and virtual productions.

You can see the team’s work in shows such as Ms. Marvel, Pam & Tommy, and The Morning Show, as well as films like Tomb Raider and White House Down.

FuseFX also has studios in New York, Vancouver, and Atlanta.

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Hornet

New York, USA

This multi-disciplinary studio has been creating groundbreaking visual effects, including 2D and 3D animation, since its founding in 2001. It has been recognized by the BAFTAs, Clio Awards, Sundance Film Festival, and more. 

Hornet’s client roster includes Coca-Cola, Samsung, Amazon, Adobe, and Porsche.

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Imaginary Forces

Los Angeles, USA

Imaginary Forces has made a name for itself in the VFX world. It’s earned several awards for its design, content creation, and strategy. They pride themselves on cinematic content, whether it’s branded, advocacy, live-action, or campaign-based. 

The team has worked with well-known brands like Shopify, Expedia, and Chipotle. They’ve also created campaigns for Sonic Sea, an Emmy Award-winning documentary, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It also has an office in Manhattan.

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Ingenuity Studios

Los Angeles, USA 

For nearly 20 years, Ingenuity Studios has been a driving force in the film, television, music, and advertising industries.  

You can see its work on television in shows like Hacks, Love, Victor, and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Its film roster includes Get Out, A Star is Born, and The Craft. 

The studio has also worked with brands such as Honda, Pizza Hut, and Doritos.

It has offices in New York, Vancouver, Atlanta, London, and Los Angeles. 

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Method Studios

Los Angeles, USA 

As a subsidiary of Company 3, Method is an award-winning studio that works on projects across the world. Its specialties include CGI, motion graphics, compositing, and more.

Method’s feature film roster includes Top Gun: Maverick, Elvis, Thor: Love and Thunder. It has also racked up an impressive episodic catalogue that includes one of the best-known episodes of Game of Thrones (Battle of the Bastards) and Disney+’s Loki.

In addition to Los Angeles, Method has offices in Atlanta and New York.

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Crafty Apes

Los Angeles, USA 

While it began as a VFX studio specializing in film and TV, Craft Apes now offers high-end CG commercials, film, television, music videos, and more.

They’ve worked on well-known television shows like The Last of Us, Stranger Things 4, and Yellowstone, movies such as The Menu, Licorice Pizza, and Spider-Man No Way Home, and commercials for Pizza Hut, Bud Light, and Sunday Night Football. 

In addition to Los Angeles, Crafty Apes’ offices are located in New York, Atlanta, Albuquerque, Vancouver, Baton Rouge, Montreal, and London. 

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DNEG

London, United Kingdom

Since 1998, DNEG has been creating stunning visual effects for feature films as well as episodic and multi-platform content. The studio has received several awards for its work, including Oscars, BAFTAs, and Visual Effects Society Awards.

You can see the team’s VFX most recent work in The Last of Us, Dune Part Two, and Doctor Who. In addition to London, the studio has offices located in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Sydney, and more.

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Nice Shoes

New York, USA

When it was launched nearly 30 years ago, NICE focused on non-linear post-production. Today, they’ve expanded to include production and post-production services, including VFX and CG. 

Clients of Nice Shoes include Downy, Food Network, Spotify, and Toyota, and they have been recognized by Cannes Lions, the Telly Awards, and Hatcht61.

Nice Shoes offices can also be found in Toronto, Boston, and Minneapolis. 

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Nomad

Los Angeles, USA 

Another award-winning editorial boutique, Nomad is at the front of the pack when it comes to visual effects.

It’s brought concepts to life for BB&T, Dove Ice Cream, Gatorade, Comcast, and Coldplay, just to name a few.

In addition to Los Angeles, Nomad offices are located in New York, Austin, London, and Tokyo.

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Ntropic

San Francisco, USA

For more than 20 years, Ntropic has worked with household brands to create content that works on every medium, including visual effects, motion graphics, and even augmented reality.

Ntropic’s client roster includes Hyundai, Budweiser, Toyota, Xbox, Olay, and even Google. 

The studio has offices all over the globe, including in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Vietnam.

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PhospheneFX

New York, USA

The award-winning Phosphene is great for those looking for an independent, well-known studio with Emmy and VES nominations under its belt. 

Phosphene has worked on a range of well-known films such as The Whale, In the Heights, and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. It has also created effects for some of the most popular television shows in the world, including Succession, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Billions. 

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Industrial Light & Magic

San Francisco, USA

Falling under the Lucasfilm Ltd. umbrella, Industrial Light & Magic has been creating visual effects since 1975. 

Since then, the studio’s artists and 1,200 employees have worked on some of the most iconic films in the world, including Jurassic Park and The Abyss. Its most recent work includes the likes of Avatar: The Way of Water, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and several Star Wars features.

Its award-winning team, which has received over 30 Academy Awards, spans the globe, with offices in Singapore, Vancouver, London, Sydney, and Mumbai.

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PowerHouse VFX

Toronto, Canada

Founded in just 201, PowerHouse has become known as exactly that in the VFX world: A powerhouse. Its team is made up of VFX supervisors, CG supervisors, VFX artists, and more, all of whom have decades of combined experience.

You’ve seen the studio’s television work without even realizing it in the likes of Stranger Things, Good Omens, and Mare of Easttown. But they’ve also worked on well-known feature films such as Old, In the Heights, and A Quiet Place. 

In addition to their Toronto office, PowerHouse VFX can also be found in New York. 

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Psyop

New York, USA

For more than 20 years, Psyop has been working toward its mission of “blurring the lines between advertising and entertainment” with visual effects. They have a robust portfolio, having worked with clients ranging from Aldi and Chick-fil-A to Mercedes and Sonos.

While it maintains studios in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Berlin, Stuttgart, and Hamburg, the company went completely Cloud-based in 2021. This allows them to work with clients – and each other – regardless of location.  

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Tag Collective Arts

London, United Kingdom

This studio was called Smoke & Mirrors until it recently united with four other studios (Rock Hound, Big Buoy, THP, and World Writers). Upon merging, they became Tag Collective Arts and can now work together to offer clients end-to-end production capabilities. 

Their visual effects resume includes a Nissan brand film, Toyota hybrid experience, and a few Dos Equis commercials.

Tag Collective Arts has offices all over the world, including New York, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Bangkok, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo.

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Technicolor Creative Studios

Los Angeles, USA

The parent company of well-known studios such as Moving Picture Company (MPC), The Mill, and Mikros Animation, Technicolor Creative Studios has a hold over the industry.

Their work includes film, television, advertising, and even games. Studios underneath Technicolor have worked on films such as Nope and Elvis; for brands like Cartier and Burberry; and episodes of Star Trek: Prodigy.

It’s also home to The Technicolor Creative Studios Academy, which offers junior artists a chance to learn the skills that will help them land their first job. 

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Over to you!

There you have it – these are the 25 best visual effects studios to work for.

Want to get in on the ground floor? Take a look at each one’s career for more information on how to land a job at each studio. 

 

 

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About Jasmine Katatikarn

Jasmine Katatikarn is the founder of Academy of Animated Art. She has 20+ years of experience in Feature Animation and VFX. Jasmine’s lighting credits include movies like Ice Age, Ferdinand, Peanuts, and Rio. Read more here.

Jasmine Katatikarn Headshot

About Jasmine Katatikarn

Jasmine Katatikarn is the founder of Academy of Animated Art. She has 20+ years of experience in Feature Animation and VFX. Jasmine’s lighting credits include movies like Ice Age, Ferdinand, Peanuts, and Rio. Read more here.

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