Visual Effects Company List

For my book Inside VFX, I have done quite some extensive research about the volatility of the VFX Industry. One would expect that the Visual Effects Society would collect such information. Unfortunately though, no such data gets “officially” tracked so we can only guess how many VFX companies open and close their doors each year. Which means that I had no choice but go digging myself. In countless hours I managed to gather all the data I needed to support my insights and trends about the VFX Industry. To clear up the data I had to exclude noise which means that I had to omit Optical and Special VFX companies. In the list below these kinds of companies are included again.

Feel free to download and play with the data as you please. If you publish new data based on my list though, I will always be grateful for a link back and for a notification in the comment section. If you find errors or companies that are not in the list, please post  ALL the corrections in the comment section – if possible with a webpage link that is supporting your claim. I cannot promise but will try to update and maintain the list whenever I can.

Data Sources: Wikipedia, IMDb,VfxTippingPoint

 

VFX Company
Founded

Ceased
Lifespan
Example Movie
Origin
Apogee1978199214Battlestar GalacticaUS
Atomix Inc.199419995Judge DreddUS
Available Light 1983200017StargateUS
Boss Films1983199714GhostbustersUS
Boy Wonder 200120043Bulletproof Monk US
Caliban Filmwoks199420028The PostmanUS
Centropolis Effects199620026Godzilla / The PatriotUS
The Chandler Group1989200213Batman Returns US
Charlex1977CommercialsUS
Colossal Pictures (In 1983 expanded into VFX / Last VFX production in 1993)1976199916Top Gun / Demolision ManUS
CRC (Cinema Research) 1978199618Honey, I Shrunk the KidsUS
DeGraf / Wahrman (dWi)198819913Jetsons: The MovieUS
Digital Muse199520005VFX for Star Trek TV-FranchisesUS
Digital Productions 198219864 The Last StarfighterUS
Buena Vista Visual Effects (Disney) 199019966Dick Tracy / The Nightmare Before ChristmasUS
Dream Quest Images / The Secret Lab (Disney)1979200324Armageddon / Reign of FireUS
D-Rez Hollywood199519994Judge DreddUS
Eastern Opticals (NYC)199019944Faces of Death IVUS
EEG (Entertainment Effects Group) 198219853Blade RunnerUS
EFX Unlimited Inc. (NYC) 1973199724The Lawnmower ManUS
Ferren & Associates 1978199315Star Trek V: The Final FrontierUS
Film Effects of Hollywood1953198027Star Trek - TVUS
Flat Earth Productions1995Xena: Warrior PrincessUS
Freeze Frame1972199119RoboCopUS
Gray Matter FX1997200811American GangsterUS
Introvision International1981199716Rambo IIIUS
Jack Rabin & Associates 1972198210Airplane!US
LA Effects Group198219864AliensUS
MAGI-Synthavision1972198412TronUS
Magicam 197519816Star Trek: The Motion PictureUS
Manex Visual Effects (dormant) / Mass Illusions / Cinergi F/X 1995200510What Dreams May Come / The MatrixUS
Master Film Effects197719869Airplane II: The SequelUS
Metrolight Studios1987200316 Total RecallUS
MGM/UA Optical Department1973198411A Summer Without BoysUS
Mirage VFX2009CommercialsAustralia
Modern Film Effects 1959198728American Ninja US
Motion Opticals1985199510Puppet Master 4US
Movie Magic 1980199717Back to the FutureUS
National Screen 1978199214King DavidUS
Netter Digital 199520005Babylon 5US
Pixel Envy199420028Galaxy Quest US
POP (Pacific Ocean Post)199420006Star Trek: First ContactUS
Praxis Digital Artists199419941No EscapeUS
Ray Mercer & Company1961198928The TerminatorUS
Omnibus / Robert Abel & Associates / Digital Productions 1971198716TRON / The Last Starfighter / Star Trek: The Motion PictureUS
Robert Greenberg & Associates (R/GA- digital studio)1977199417Superman / PredatorUS
Sidley Wright & Associates198719947The PagemasterUS
Station X Studios199720003Dogma / Dungeons & DragonsUS
Threshold Digital Research Labs199720047Mortal KombatUS
Total Optical Productions 197619761Eaten AliveUS
TNT Optical1989200819Beyond the StarsUS
Unitel Video 1982199917Star Trek - TV SeriesUS
Van Der Veer Photo Effects1964199228DuneUS
Warner Digital Studios199519972Mars Attacks / ContactUS
Westheimer Company1952199038Star TrekUS
Zoptic1978199517SupermanUS
Buena Vista Imaging1971200635ArmageddonUS
B/G/L Post1987200215Night EyesUS
Imagica USA1964200137SolarmaxUS
Howard Anderson Company1954200450WindtalkersUS
ESC Entertainment200120054The Matrix 2 & 3US
Digital Filmworks1993200512The One US
The Orphanage1999200910 Sin CityUS
Pacific Title & Art Studio19992009 (reopened)Tropic ThunderUS
Illusion Arts 1983200926Star Treck FranchisesUS
C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures1994201016Doctor DolittleCanada
Cafe Fx / Computer Cafe1993201017Speed RacerUS
Asylum VFX1999201011Terminator SalvationUS
ICO VFX201020122Cats & DogsUS
Digital Domain [Bankruptcy in 2012. Bought out by Sun Innovation & Reliance MediaWorks] 1993TitanicUS
Rhythm & Hues [Bankrupcy in 2013. Bought out by Prana Studios]1995Life of PiUS
Banned from the Ranch Entertainment199520005CongoUS
Tweak Films200120076The Day After Tomorrow US
Giant Killer Robots1997200710Blade: TrinityUS
Matte World Digital1988201224Benjamin ButtonUS
Image Movers Digital (Owned by Disney)200720114A Christmas CarolUS
Meteor Studios 200020088Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)Canada
Fuel VFX
2000201212PrometheusAustralia
Das Werk1991200211The PianistGermany
H5B5 Media AG199720025Ice PlanetGermany
HDO / Digital Renaissance 199720014The Little VampireGermany
Effectory GmbH199720069LexxGermany
CinePostproduction2003201310Death Race 2Germany
DamnFX200520083Halo 3 Cinematic'sCanada
Dr D Studios200720136Happy Feet 2Australia
TVT Postproduction200020088Oliver Twist (2005)Germany
Imagi Animation Studios2000201010TNMTHong Kong
Crest Animation Studio2000201313Alpha and OmegaIndia
Foundation Imaging1992200210Babylon 5US
Frantic Films VFX Devision1997200710Resident Evil: ApocalypseUS
GVFX (Gajdecki Visual Effects)1991200413SlitherCanada
Intrigue FX1982200927300Canada
Roadrunner Network1989201223RPG MetanoiaPyhlipino
Vision Crew Unlimited199420028ArmageddonUS
VisionArt1990200010Independence DayUS
Amalgamated Pixels
1998201012The Final DestinationUS
Buzz Image Group1988201123The FountainCanada
Amblin Imaging199319952SeaQuest DSVUS
View Studio1993200815The X-FilesUS
Speedshape2002201210Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4DUS
Elektrofilm200220108BloodRayneGermany
Duran Duboi1983201128Gamer france
Vanguard Animation2002200511ValiantUK
BFC Berliner Film Companie 200220064Happily N'Ever AfterGermany
Tiny Juggernaut
2007201032012: Supernova
US
Santa Barbara Studios1990200212Spawn US
Mobility Inc.199720003FlubberUS
Pulse Imaging199820002Charlie's Angels US
The Aaron Sims Company2005The Amazing Spider-ManUS
Animal Logic1991 Happy FeetAustralia
Atmosphere Visual Effects2003 Battlestar Galactica RebootCanada
BAKED FX2005Games of Throne TVUS
Bandito VFX2006Animals in the Womb Extreme (Documentary)UK
Base FX2006LooperChina
Blue Sky Studios1987Ice AgeUS
Blur Studio1995BattleshipUS
BUF Compagnie1984Panic RoomFrance
Centro Digital Pictures Ltd1987Kung Fu Hustle Hong Kong
Cinesite VFX Ltd1995World War ZUK
Crew9722005The Looney Tunes ShowIsrael
Double Negative1998InceptionUK
Encore Hollywood1985The Hurt LockerUS
Flash Film Works1993Blood DiamondUS
Framestore1986The Golden CompassUk
Giantsteps2004Underworld: EvolutionUS
Hybride Technologies1991The Hunger GamesCanada
Lola Visual Effects / Hydraulx2002SkylineUS
Identity FX2004The Amazing Spider ManUS
Image Engine1995White House DownCanada
Image Metrics2000 The WolfmanUS
Industrial Light & Magic1975Star WarsUS
Intelligent Creatures2002Battle: Los AngelesCanada
Look Effects1998Black SwanUS
Luma Pictures2002GI Joe: RetaliationUS
Mac Guff1986Despicable MeFrance
Method Studios1998Men in Black 3US
The Mill1990GladiatorUK
Modus FX2007 Now You See MeCanada
MPC (Moving Picture Company)1984PrometheusUK
PDI (Pacific Data Images)1980201434ShrekUS
Pixomondo2001 HugoGermany
Plastic Wax1997Game Cutscenes Australia
Prana Studios2005Pixar's Planes India
Rainmaker Digital Effects1995Tropic Thunder Canada
Reel FX Creative Studios / Radium
1993Free BirdsUS
Ring of Fire Studios1996Spider-Man 2US
Rising Sun Pictures1995The WolverineAustralia
Robot Communications1986Space Battleship YamatoJapan
Rocket Science VFX2003Resident Evil: AfterlifeCanada
Rushes Postproduction197728 Weeks LaterUK
Scanline VFX1989PoseidonGermany
Sony Pictures Imageworks1992Spider-ManUS
Stargate Studios1989The Walking DeadUS
Storm Studio2001Kon-TikiNorwegian
Surreal World1995The 25th ReichAustralia
Tippett Studio1984 The Twilight SagaUS
Uncharted Territory1999AnonymousUS
Weta Digital1993AvatarNew Zealand
Worker Studio2009AnimationsUS
Zoic Studios2002District 9 US
Trixter Film1998Iron Man 3Germany
Rise Visual Effects2007Cloud AtlasGermany
Smoke and Mirrors1995Blade: TrinityUK
The Senate Visual Effects2002Total Recal RemakeUK
Prime Focus VFX1997201417DreddIndia
Reliance Media Works VFX2010Shark Night 3DIndia
Svengali FX2002After EarthUS
Furious FX2003Underworld: AwakeningUS
Def2shoot2002A TherapyFrance
Atomic Arts1994Abraham Lincoln Vampire HunterUK
nvizible2009Captain PhillipsUK
BarXseven2006Immortals Canada
At The Post1998300US
New Breed VFX2007Mirror MirrorCanada
Pixel Magic1985LooperUS
Cause+FX2011SpartacusNZ
Ghost VFX1999Olympus Has Fallen DK
Walt Disney Feature Animation / Walt Disney Animation Studios2003Tangled US
Whiskytree2007ElysiumUS
Incessant Rain Studios2008LooperNepal
Oktobor Animation & VFX1991Boogeyman / TV CG CartoonsNZ
Rodeo FX2006Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Canada
Flying Bark Productions2006Vic the Viking (Cartoon)Australia
La Maison2001Upside DownFrance
Make VFX 2001Now You See MeUS
Savage Visual Effects2007The Girl with the Dragon TattooUS
Soho VFX200247 RoninCanada
Sandbox F/X 2003In TimeUS
Prologue2010Now You See Me US
Alchemy 24 2007Now You See MeCanada
Celluloid VFX2008Underworld: AwakeningGermany
Mokko Studio2003Riddick (2013)Canada
Arri VFX / Arri Digital1996Cloud AtlasGermany
Exozet Effects1996Hänsel und GretelGermany
Gradient Effects2006Cloud AtlasUS
Evil Eye Pictures2004The AvengersUS
Lidar VFX Services2002The AvengersUS
Worldwide FX2001The Expendables 2US
Universal Production Partners1994Red Tails Hungary
Ollin VFX1998ZodiacMexico
The Base Studio2007Gulliver's TravelsUS
Digiscope1995The Hunger GamesUS
Geon Studios2009Gulliver's TravelsIndia
Hammerhead Productions1995Gangster SquadUS
Shade VFX2009The WolverineUS
Intelligent Creatures
2003Mr. & Mrs. SmithCanada
Digital Frontier2000Resident Evil: DamnationJapan
Arc Productions / Starz Animation Toronto20069Canada
Dexter Digital2012Mr. GoKorea
Aardman Animation2006The Pirates! / Flushed AwayUK
Mr. X Inc2001RoboCop (2014)Canada
Artifex Animation Studios2006LovelaceCanada
Digital Dimension1996Clash of the TitansCanada
Mikros Image1985Asterix at the Olympic GamesFrance
Oblique FX2008Source CodeCanada
Entity FX2001Riddick (2013)US
With a Twist Studio2005Hugo US
Brainstorm Digital2005The ImmigrantUS
Gravity1996Tower HeistUS
iloura1999TEDAustralia
FIN Design2001AustraliaAustralia
The Embassy2002District 9Canada
Spin VFX1987Games of ThronesCanada
Absolute Post2007Everyone's Going to DieUK
Golden Square Post Production1999The Talented Mr. RipleyUK
Munky2005Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon GodUK
Union Visual Effects2008Black SeaUK
Plug Effects2007The Smurfs 2France
Digic Pictures2002Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Hungary
Pixion2002Don 2India
Platige Image1997Melancholia Poland
Asymmetric VFX2007 Mr. Magorium's Wonder EmporiumRushia
Bazelevs VFX / Production2001Night Watch / Wanted / Apollo 18Rushia
Infinia2004Julia's Eyes Spain
The Chimney Pot1995ControlSweden
Sinefekt1983G.O.R.A.Turkey
1000 Volt2005The Butterfly's DreamTurkey
Ilion Animation 2002Planet 51Spain
Ambient Entertainment1998Boo, Zino & the Snurks Germany
Jim Henson's Creature Shop1999Around the World in 80 Days US
Peerless Camera Company1991Twelve Monkeys UK
Polygon Pictures1983Star Wars: The Clone WarsJapan
Wildfire Visual Effects2007Oldboy US
Comen VFX2007House at the End of the StreetUS
DigiPost1990SpartacusNZ
Main Road Post 2006Stalingrad (2013)Russland
Computer FX Ltd / Primal Pictures1983200017Max HeadroomUK
Digital Pictures1983The Road to WarUK
The Computer Film Company (CFC) [Bought out by Framestore]1978199719Event HorizonUK
Pixar Animation Studios (founded as The Graphics Group)1979Toy StoryUSA
DreamWorks Animation (DWA)1994Kung Fu PandaUSA

Disclaimer: The data above is subject to change without notice and without obligation to do so. The Author reserves the right not to be responsible for the correctness and completeness of the data above.

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