Looking for a top animation company in San Francisco?

From ideation to creation, the animation production process has many steps, and an animation company can help you get them right. The process begins with storyboarding, then involves a scrip, design, voiceover and music, and animation.

Animation videos help you capture your audience's attention and are best for breaking down complex topics to communicate the main point memorably. Animation production companies transform your video idea into a reality. As video content becomes more popular, investing in a few animated videos is worth it to boost your marketing and sales efforts and communicate about your brand creatively.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top animation production companies in San Francisco. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs. If you need more support, tell us about your project, and we'll match you with recommended companies.

List of the Best San Francisco Animation Companies

  • 1
    $25,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Walnut Creek CA

    BX Films is a concept-to-consumer video agency based in Walnut Creek, Calif. founded in 2010. With a team of 12 professionals, they offer assistance in video production to clients from startups to enterprises, with a focus on advertising and marketing. They produce various video types, including commercial videos, brand videos, and explainers.

    Clients
    LARQ
    Stall Mates
    Cystereo
    Cisco Meraki
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A private equity firm commissioned BX Films to produce a video for recruitment purposes aimed at undergrad students. The video ended up being of higher quality than previous projects done by the firm, and it made candidates more interested in the firm than before.

    "From a project management standpoint, their team was awesome. The team at BX Films is organized, collaborative, and flexible. With video production, there are a lot of pieces and people involved. We really appreciated that they were willing to work with everyone’s schedules by getting different teams to participate. They were well-organized throughout the entire process." - VP of Marketing, Private Equity Firm

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  • 2
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Berkeley CA

    Studio B Films Inc. is a creative and video production agency based in Berkeley, Calif. With a team of 20 employees, they have provided video production, broadcast video, and advertising for midmarket and enterprise businesses since 1992. They work with clients in the IT, consumer products, and advertising industries.
     

    Clients
    Adobe
    Salesforce
    Publicis Group
    Grammarly
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Studio B Films Inc. created a video series for a public science center. They created drafts of the project during pre-production, filmed the video, and finished all of the editing and graphics work. Internal stakeholders were pleased with the final project, and the video series has already been used by over a million children across the United States.

    “We got a lot of positive feedback internally from the publisher; they were so happy with the work. We also got a lot of positive feedback from review panels and school districts on the quality of the videos and what they brought to the curriculum. The level of polish and engagement in the videos helped the curriculum stand out and sell as well as it has.” – Senior Producer, Science Center
     

  • 3
    $25,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    ALCHEMYcreative is a San Francisco-based video production company that started in 2010. Equipped with 9 employees, this firm provides video production and content marketing services to mainly mid-market and enterprise companies. They focus on commercial video, corporate video, and documentaries, with skills in 2D animation and motion graphics.

    Clients
    Adobe
    Salesforce
    Google Nest
    Advance Auto Parts
    Industries
    Notable Project

    ALCHEMYcreative produced a short video to support branding efforts for an auto part supplier. After collecting the requirements, they led the filming, performed still photography, and led multiple rounds of edits. After being presented internally, the video received great acclaim from the client’s employees and board of directors for its ability to capture the client’s aesthetic.

    “We appreciated that they were down to earth despite their creative talent. Although they listened to our input, they were innovative and were able to create a fantastic product.  We were lucky to connect with them.” – VP of Professional & Product Marketing, Auto Parts Retailer

  • 4
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Levitate Video is a media production company based in San Francisco with an office in Boca Raton, Fla. Founded in 2009, their team of 33 professionals provide video production, broadcast video, and translation assistance to clients ranging from small startups to large corporations. They produce videos such as explainers, corporate videos, interviews, and others.

    Clients
    Vogue
    Proofpoint
    Yodlee
    Smith System
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Levitate Video was subcontracted by a non-profit organization to explain their platform succinctly. Levitate produced the video, and the template was used by the organization's other branches to brand themselves as well.

    "Our member states love having the video, which is co-branded with their logos. We also love having it as a tool to better describe what we do." – Marketing & Communications Director, Non-Profit Organization

  • 5
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Jose CA

    Colormatics is a studio founded in 2014 in Jersey City, N.J. with no more than 10 employees. They specialize in video production, advertising, and content marketing services for clients in the fields of consumer products and business services.

    Clients
    Macy's
    Providence
    FTX
    Vanguard
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Colormatics produced TV ads for a freelancer marketplace platform. The platform needed direct response TV ads for their product. So far the metrics are incomplete but the platform is satisfied with Colormatics’ work.

    “I didn’t need to tell Colormatics exactly what we needed; they already had a basic understanding of our product and our objectives.” - Director of Brand, Freelancer Marketplace Platform

  • 6
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Fog Coast Productions is a San Francisco-based video production company that was founded in 2017. They employ a small team of 3 that works mostly in video production but also provides advertising, branding, and a variety of marketing services.

    Clients
    Google
    Glassdoor
    Mixpanel
    Lever
    Industries
    Notable Project

    An e-learning company wanted to create, improve, and promote their content online. Fog Coast Productions filmed, edited, and produced 50+ videos, interviewing customers about how to better use the e-learning platform. The videos promoted the brand on social media to encourage new users and increase the activity of existing users. 

    "Their work’s had a huge impact on how we’re able to interact with our followers on social media. Fog Coast provided a great product that functions as our best resource when advertising the company’s capabilities." — Director of Digital Engagement, E-Learning Company

  • 7
    $1,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Palo Alto CA

    Prolific Studio is a marketing firm based in Palo Alto, Calif. with over 50 members. Founded in 2018, they specialize in social media marketing, email marketing, and SEO solutions for clients that work in various industries, including real estate, arts, and business services.

    Clients
    Toyota
    Techcrunch
    Suzuki
    Sony
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Prolific Studio worked on multiple design projects with a digital marketing company. Prolific Studio provided the company’s clients with logo services, web development, and more. The clients are very satisfied with Prolific Studio’s work.

    “So far, my experience has been terrific with them.” - Owner, Digital Marketing Company

  • 8
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Novato CA

    Explainly is an animation company headquartered in Novato, Calif. and founded in 2018. The team of fewer than 10 employees provides video production services, with a specific focus on explainer videos. Their clientele is composed of enterprises, midmarket businesses, and small businesses in the advertising and marketing and arts, entertainment, and music industries.

    Clients
    Visa
    NBCUniversal
    Ad Council
    AARP
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Explainly produced an animated explainer video to generate leads. Their work involved writing the scripts and creating the visual design, and the deliverable led to an increase in both inquiries and revenue.

    "We have had numerous prospective customer and active customers tell us they were interested in evaluating [us] based on the Explainly video." – Sr. Sales Manager, Influencer Marketing Company

  • 9
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    A video production company based in San Francisco, Rocketwheel was founded in 2007. Their team of fewer than 10 employees primarily services enterprise and midmarket businesses in industries such as health care and medical, advertising and marketing, and business services.

    Clients
    Amazon
    Salesforce
    Bloomberg
    Dell
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Rocketwheel created an animated explainer video for a financial services company’s newest product. The video served to educate customers on the benefits and uses of the product. The team’s final product was visually appealing and effective.

    “The videos were extremely successful in the launch of our product. They allowed for much faster and greater adoption and were used extensively during the sales and implementation processes.” — Vice President of Marketing, Financial Services Company

  • 10
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Cowan Agency is a San Francisco based creative agency. They were founded in 2013 and have a team of three employees who specialize in video production, advertising, and branding.

    Clients
    Castlight
    Koniku
    Shadow
    Cloud Technology Solutions.
    Notable Project

    Cowan Agency created an explainer video for a health technology provider. The video was split into three parts, explaining the product generally, then how it works, and finally showing some user testimonials. The client used this video to explain their product at conferences and said that it has received a lot of praise.  

    “Since Cowan Agency and I worked on the project together, the end product is strong. It’s a high-quality, professional set of clips.” – Co-Founder, Health Technology Provider
     

  • 11
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Founded in 2006, Clutch Creative House is a video production and graphic design agency based in New York, New York. They also provide web design, advertising, branding, and UX/UI design services. 

    Clients
    Google
    YouTube
    Samsung
    Discovery
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Clutch Creative House produced a promotional video for a gaming company to promote a new product. The client was pleased with the end result. 

    "We were very pleased with how professional they were." – Creative Manager, Gaming Company

     

  • 12
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Rafael CA

    Zero One Digital Media is an entertainment company based in San Rafael, California that was founded in 2012. Their team of around five employees works with mostly enterprise companies, as well as some mid-market businesses, in the advertising, media, and arts industries. 

    Industries
    Notable Project

    Working with a software company, Zero One Digital Media provides ongoing video production, delivering everything from full-length documentaries to promotional clips for social media. The client praises their creativity and collaboration, as well as their deft narrative hand. 

  • 13
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Mountain View CA

    Picturelab is a video production company located in Mountain View, Calif. Founded in 2009, they comprise four employees specializing in storytelling, design, motion graphics, and live action video. They work with innovative clients, including global brands and startups.

    Clients
    Google
    Samsung
    Gong
    PagerDuty
    Notable Project

    Picturelab produced two videos for a facilities services company. One video was straightforward, describing the company's services, and the second was an attention-grabbing advertisement. The videos received positive feedback from both the internal sales team and clients.

    “The team at Picturelab is great! All interaction was professional and very easy. We found Picturelab to be extremely fast and creative! We are in the process of launching these videos. So far, we have received great feedback from our sales team and a few clients we have shown.” – Director of Marketing, Facilities Services Company

  • 14
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Novaby is a 3D/AR creative technologies studio based in Seattle and founded in 2018. Their team of more than 10 specializes in video production and AR/VR development solutions for clients in the fields of arts, advertising, and gaming.

    Clients
    TOTO USA
    AirTerra
    Swire Hotels
    NapTime Studio
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Novaby created a promotional game video for an educational gaming company. The video was to be published on both Google Play and the Apple App Store to advertise the game. The client was satisfied with the results.

    We found the workflow very effective.” - President, Educational Gaming Company

  • 15
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    IdeaMACHINE Studio is a small video production company headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. Their services include video production.

    Clients
    Google
    Amazon
    Facebook
    Pfizer
    Industries
    Notable Project

    An independent consultant was looking for a creative way to communicate with their clients, and their employees, so they engaged with Whiteboard Animation.Com for their animation video production services.

    "They have the expertise, creativity, and accuracy to deliver exactly what I’m looking for."

  • 16
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Santa Rosa CA

    Circa is a marketing solutions company from Santa Rosa, Calif. It was founded in 2009 and has a small team of 7 that handles an array of projects in advertising, graphic design, print design, branding, social media marketing, video production and more.

    Clients
    Ashby Lumber
    Autodesk
    Cokas Diko Home
    Digital Media Vending
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A cosmetics company was launching a new product and wanted a marketing strategy from the beginning. Circa developed a marketing plan for the product that had to be carefully advertised to a new demographic. This included social media and video content as well as print ads. 

    "They're extremely strategic and creative, putting a lot of work into their approach. They always go above and beyond and are some of the hardest workers I know. They’re passionate about their work and want to do it well." — Former VP of Marketing, Cosmetics Company

  • 17
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Berkeley CA

    Wild Road Films is a studio based in Berkeley, Calif. with more than two members. Since 2011, they have provided video production and corporate photography solutions for clients in various industries, including arts, IT services, and hospitality.

    Clients
    Nama Fiji
    True Botanicals
    Google
    Facebook
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Wild Road Films provided various video services for a sales training firm. These services included graphic design, animation, video editing, and more for a client. The firm’s client was satisfied with the results.

    “The client was extremely happy with the outcome.” - Sales Training Firm

  • 18
    $1,000+
    Freelancer
    Emeryville CA

    LV Production is a freelance video service provider based in Emeryville, Calif founded in 2015. They specialize in video production for clients ranging from small firms to large enterprises in the fields of business services, advertising, and arts.

    Clients
    Lamborghini
    Forgerock
    Black Serum Tattoo
    Fast
    Industries
    Notable Project

    LV Production produced videos for a law firm. LV Production not only produced a series of videos for the firm but also helped with the marketing strategy for Facebook ads. The firm is excited and positive about the project’s results.

    “They delivered incredibly high-quality work very rapidly, which was really impressive.” - Marketing Manager, Law Firm

  • 19
    $50,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    PasciVite is a small digital marketing agency headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. Founded in 2017, their main focus lines are custom software development and SEO, focusing largely on the IT services industry.

    Clients
    Kleiner Perkins
    Vitel Health
    Buzzsaw Media
    Copysmith
    Notable Project

    PasciVite assisted a media company with a security questionnaire. The team also helped create a security policy for the client, created the necessary documentation, and ensured compliance with all relevant guidelines.

    "They are extremely responsive and eager to help." – Owner, Media Company

  • 20
    Undisclosed
    Freelancer
    Santa Rosa CA

    Video Spark Productions is a freelance studio based in Santa Rosa, Calif. Since 2010, they have offered video production and corporate photography solutions for small and mid-market firms in the fields of arts, advertising, and business services.

    Clients
    Sally Christian Music
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Video Spark Productions produced videos for a music company. The company wanted to educational and performance videos to promote their YouTube channel. The videos have helped generate digital purchases and revenue for the company.

    “Apart from handling all the filming and editing, Video Spark Productions also helps us develop the script and story of each video.” - Business Manager, Music Company

  • 21
    $25,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Kentfield CA

    Artenergy is a Kentfield, California-based web design agency. The small firm was established in 2000. Their team focuses on web design, graphic design, branding, print design, and more.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    In need of a UI design for a touch screen POS project, a software company hired Artenergy. They were tasked with the wireframe, architecture, and designs that featured a user-friendly, modern and intuitive UI.

    "We were pleasantly surprised by their level of expertise and ability to understand customer needs."

  • 22
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Based in San Francisco, California, Bonfire Labs is a video production company. The small company was launched in 1991. Their team provides video production, broadcast video, branding, and marketing strategy.
  • 23
    $100,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Oakland CA

    Idea2Form is a full-service collaborative design studio founded in 2018 and based in Oakland, Calif. Their team of more than 10 offers branding, social media marketing, and web design solutions to clients that work in industries such as nonprofit, education, and arts.

    Clients
    Emerson Collective
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Elemental Excelerator
    California Community Foundation
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Idea2Form provided branding solutions for an entrepreneur social organization. The organization tasked Idea2Form with developing a design and communications strategy for their brand. Idea2Form helped secure funding for the organization for multiple years.

    “Idea2Form appears a values-driven firm that delivers fresh work for contemporary initiatives.” - Director of Partnership Mnagement, Entrepreneur Social Organization

  • 24
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Advertising company Across the Pond was founded in 2008. Their small team is located in London, United Kingdom; San Francisco, California and Singapore, Singapore. Their services include advertising, branding, video production, content marketing, and more.
    Industries
  • 25
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Jose CA
    IMediaBay is a midsize video production agency. Based in San Jose, California and Chennai, India, the company was established in 2013. Their team offers video production, ux/ui design, graphic design, print design, and more.
  • 26
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Santa Clara CA
    Located in Santa Clara, California, Spiral Moon Media is a video production agency. The small team specializes in video production. The firm was founded in 2010.
    Industries
  • 27
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Oakland CA
    Pixel Valley Studio is a small branding company and video production agency. Established in 1998, the firm is located in Oakland, California. Their services include branding and video production.
    Industries
  • 28
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    The Circle is an advertising company. Established in 2015, the team provides advertising, video production, and branding. Their small agency is located in New York, New York; Kyiv, Ukraine; London, United Kingdom and San Francisco, California.
    Industries
  • 30
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Moving Brands is a business consulting company. They are in London , United Kingdom; New York, New York; San Francisco, California and Zürich, Switzerland and have a midsize team that provides business consulting, ux/ui design, branding, digital strategy, and more. The agency was launched in 1998.
    Industries
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