Looking for a top visual effect studios?

Visual effects is the process of changing a live action shot by adding enhanced imagery. Some examples of VFX include flying on a broom in Harry Potter or a spaceship moving through space in Star Wars. For more complex and original visual effects, we suggest hiring a visual effects company. Good visual effect studios have experience with computer-generated imagery (CGI) and can help you create believable interactions through video.

That's why we've created this list of the best visual effects companies for you to review. Read through company descriptions, former clients, and notable projects to find the best fit for your business. (And, if you want personalized recommendations, tell us about your project.)

List of the Best Visual Effect Studios

  • 1
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    BluBlu Studios is a design-driven, award-winning animation production company that was founded in 2014. Their team of 30 specializes in animation, video production, commercials and explainer videos. They work with companies of all sizes in the US, Canada, Asia, Europe and Australia. Headquarted in Warsaw, Poland. Represented in the UK, Scandinavia, Japan, Germany, Austria, and Singapore.

    Clients
    Kiehl's
    Deloitte
    Wiley Publishers
    Riot Games
    Industries
    Notable Project

    BluBlu Studios partnered with a retailer where they helped to produce an explainer video for a new product. They helped write the script and animate the video. The project resulted in an increase in the level of customer sign-ups on the website. 

    "Since we uploaded this new feature, we’ve seen a notable increase in the number of signups we receive from our site." – CEO, Retailer

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  • 2
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Cincinnati OH

    Epipheo is a Cincinnati based video production agency. They were founded in 2009 and have a team of 60 employees who specialize in video production and market strategy for enterprise and midmarket clients in the IT, business services, and healthcare industries. 

    Clients
    Pepper & Wits
    Walmart
    Cintrifuse
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Epipheo created a video for a lab manufacturer. They made an animated video that demonstrated the benefits of a new product being released by the client. The client was very happy with the video and said that it had received a lot of praise from others in their industry.

    “The level of efficiency within their organization is unmatched. Our engagement was unarguably the most pleasant outsourced project I’ve ever worked on.” – Marketing Manager, Lab Manufacturer
     

  • 3
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Los Angeles CA

    Rip Media Group is an animation and video production company located in Los Angeles. Founded in 2007, they currently have about 15 employees who specialize in video production services for businesses of any size. The team creates 3D motion graphics, 2D animation, and live action videos amongst others for clients in the IT, medical, and business services industries.

    Clients
    Ben and Jerry's
    Harvard University
    Cisco
    Intel
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Rip Media Group provided full-scale production services for a food services company. After creating a script and storyboard, Rip Media Group directed and edited the animated explainer video for publishing on the client's website. They delivered impressive customer service and tailored content that helped to establish the client's competitive edge. 

    "Throughout the entire project they were extremely responsive and always reachable." — Co-Founder & CEO, Food Services Company

  • 4
    $1,000+
    250 - 999 Employees
    Alexandria VA

    Alconost Inc is an information technology agency based in Alexandria, Va., with another office in Belarus, that was founded in 2003. Their team of nearly 35 employees specializes in video production, translation, and advertising for small businesses.  

    Clients
    Kaspersky
    WebMoney
    Viber
    Atola
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Alconost Inc created a short promotional video for a brain training app. While the app hasn't launched yet, the client is happy with the results. 

    "Alconost delivered the work on time, and the budget was what we agreed on. Whenever I requested a change, it was done quickly." —Head of Marketing, Education App

  • 5
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Atlanta GA

    The DVI Group is a strategic video communications agency that has been in business for over 21 years. Company capabilities include live-action filming, 2D/3D animation, motion graphics, instructional design, static banners, and print campaigns. The DVI Group also uses the latest technologies and new insights to re-imagine what business video looks like. This means they can also offer interactive video, personalized video, sales enablement, and all production and post-production services critical to every type of content required.

    Clients
    UPS
    McKesson
    Delta
    Intercontinental Hotels
    Industries
    Notable Project

    An airline hired The DVI Group to transform written training manuals into educational videos for pilots. The DVI Group tackled this task by reading the training manuals, interviewing stakeholders such as trainees, and developing a storyline to present to the client. Next, The DVI Group wrote a script and produced about 10 videos.

    "Their ability to digest mass amounts of highly technical information allowed them to have intelligent and productive conversations with us in order to produce effectively engaging and informative video content. It's miraculous how much they were able to learn about our industry." – First Officer, Airline

  • 6
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Washington DC

    Social Driver is a digital agency founded in 2011 with a team of over 10 members. Based in Washington, DC, they offer web design, social media marketing, and digital strategy solutions for clients ranging from small firms to large businesses in the fields of health care and nonprofit, among others.

    Clients
    Elizabeth Dole Foundation
    Goodwill Industries International
    Honda North America
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Social Driver designed and launched a website for a nonprofit organization. Social Driver worked closely with the organization throughout the project, constantly guiding them during the process. The website has received positive feedback from the community.

    “They have a very effective in-house approach to project management, which guided us very well through the process of launching the website.” - Former Director of Communications, Nonprofit Organization

  • 7
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Kharkiv Ukraine

    Wow-How Studio is a video production and design agency that was founded in 2009. They are based in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and have over 30 employees who offer a variety of specializations. Wow-How Studio's services focus on creative video and design solutions that feature animated video production, animation design, 3D graphic design, as well as AR/VR development and design. 

    Clients
    Luma Health
    OptimizeMyAirbnb
    Weimei
    Mercedes-Benz
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A law firm in the US hired Wow-How Studio to create an introductory video for their unique legal services. After holding a creative session with the client, Wow-How scripted and animated a 90-second film that explained the practice and introduced the partners. The client was impressed with both the quality of their work and a fast delivery that outpaced the expected deadline.

    "Wow-How Studio did everything I asked. I got a great product for the price I paid, and they were a terrific partner." - Managing Partner, US Law Firm

  • 8
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Montréal Canada

    BKDSN is a visual content agency that was founded in 2007 and is based in Montreal, Canada. They have two employees experienced in video production, web development, and print design for various small, mid-size and large companies, primarily in advertising and marketing. Services include product visualization, computer-generated imagery, 3D modelling, compositing, and color grading.

    Clients
    Audi
    Rolaids
    EZ Stud Out
    Industries
    Notable Project

    BKDSN rendered 3D and CGI content for interactive promotional purposes for an automotive company. They also supported the client with web development and management. The videos created by BKDSN increased revenue, social media engagement, and product awareness and were used in sales pitches.

    “The videos for our 2012 product launches made a significant impact at a major trade show. During the event, the videos achieved impressive industry attention and helped us secure $10 million in new business. Our sales team continues to leverage those videos, which are currently earning tens of thousands of hits on YouTube.” – Marketing Director, Automotive Company

  • 9
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Kraków Poland

    Studio Pigeon is a full-service animation studio founded in 2012. The company has locations in both Krakow and Warsaw, Poland. Between these two offices, they employ a team of 23 that provides video production and graphic design services to mostly mid-size companies.

    Clients
    IKEA
    Microsoft
    UBS
    T-Mobile
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A gaming company needed help developing interactive stories for a children's app. Studio Pigeon created the GUI, illustrations, and promotional trailers for the iOS app.

    "We developed a great relationship with their team. The company’s approach to our partnership improved the quality of their service...We will work with them in the future for sure." — CEO, Gaming Company

  • 10
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Toronto Canada

    Signature Video Group is a video production company and content agency based in Toronto, Canada. This company was founded in 2009 and has three employees. Services provided by Signature Video Group include video production and content marketing.

    Clients
    Fallsview Casino
    Boston Pizza
    Ontario Tourism
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Signature Video Group took on a video production project for a home insurance company. The project involved planning shoots, filming, editing, and publishing the final videos. 

    "Their support for our team has had a huge impact on my staff’s stress levels just by being consistent and providing a vendor we can always count on for really high-quality work. They also go out of their way to source really cutting-edge camera technologies for our shoots, which helps make us look incredibly professional." Digital Product Analyst, Home Insurance Company

  • 11
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Indore India

    MotionGility, founded in 2015, is an explainer video company headquartered in Indore, India. Their team of 18 people specializes in video production, but also does some graphic design and logo design. Their clients are enterprise, mid-market, and small businesses in a variety of industries. The industries their clients are in include advertising & marketing, business services, and consumer products & services.
     

    Clients
    Solar Curtain
    Epris
    Abuzz Technologies
    Industries
    Notable Project

    MotionGility created a promotional video for a tech company. The client wanted to raise awareness of their product, and gave MotionGility a description of what they wanted in the video. The company developed a draft and many iterations in order to receive client feedback to create the final product. The client received positive feedback about the video. 

    “The promotional video was well received.” — Owner, Tech Company
     

  • 12
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

    Kasra Design is an animation company that is located in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Founded in 2011, Kasra Design has about 16 employees that specialize in video production and broadcast video. The company has created more than 700 commercial videos such as animated explainer, corporate, 2D, and 3D videos and motion graphics. They work with a range of clients in a variety of industries.  

    Clients
    Commonwealth Bank
    Credit Suisse
    Panasonic
    IATA
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Kara Design created videos for a client's workshops and events. They produced two brand introduction videos in English and Indonesian that featured animation. The content received positive feedback for its streamlined messaging.

    "The team looks at feedback objectively and always tried to understand why I was making particular requests. They simplified the message I was trying to deliver and cleaned up our content." – Founder, E-Commerce Solution Provider 

  • 13
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Demo Duck is an animated explainer video company based in Chicago. Founded in 2011, Demo Duck's team of 16 employees offer video production services for clients from the advertising, education, and media industries. 

    Clients
    Geico
    Netflix
    Blue Cross & Blue Shield
    Northwestern Mutual
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Demo Duck partnered with a clinical pathology organization, producing various educational and promotional videos. Stakeholders consistently give positive feedback on Demo Duck's videos. The client was impressed by Demo Duck's ability to produce quality and unique work despite multitasking or difficult circumstances. 

    "Everybody really loves their videos, especially the editing, the production, and how they convey emotion. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback." - Senior Manager, Clinical Pathology Organization 

  • 14
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Newport Beach CA

    VeracityColab is a video agency located in Newport Beach, Calif. Founded in 2008, VeracityColab's team has over a decade of experience in video strategy and execution. The firm primarily works with mid-market and enterprise clients from the consumer products, business services, and healthcare industries.

    Clients
    Thermo Fisher
    Intuit
    BlackLine
    AT&T
    Industries
    Notable Project

    VeracityColab helped a gaming startup with a branding campaign, producing custom videos. VeracityColab provided storyboards, scripting, and editing services for all the videos. Many of the videos created by VeracityColab featured 2D or 3D animations. The client was impressed with the VeracityColab's video production skills. 

    "When it comes to video, they're very strong in everything, from lighting and technology to storytelling. We can tell that they're invested in our success. " - Creative Director, Gaming Startup 

  • 15
    $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
    Cisco
    VSCO
    JBL
    Fellow Products
    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

  • 16
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    New York NY

    A video animation and production company based in London, Shoot You Video & Animation Production was founded in 2000. Their team of over 50 employees operates out of additional offices in New York City and Amsterdam, serving primarily midmarket businesses across a range of industries. Additional services include digital marketing and content marketing.

    Clients
    BBC
    European Commission
    J.P. Morgan
    Aggreko
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Shoot You Video & Animation Production provides video animation services for a marketing agency's clients. The team collaborates on storyboards, scripts, and content, handling each aspect of production. They provide consistent, high-quality work.

    "There’s nothing we could ask them that we wouldn’t be confident they can do. They’re a talented team." — Senior Creative, Marketing Agency

     

  • 17
    $25,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Umault is a video production company based in Chicago. Founded in 2010, this company has six employees. Umault exclusively specializes in video production services for small, mid-sized, and larger businesses.

    Clients
    Dell
    MassMutual
    Deloitte
    APA
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Umault produced an 8-part video series for a management consulting firm. The project involve pre and post-production processes, including the creation of teaser trailers. The final videos were viewed hundreds of thousands of times, triggering a great increase in site views and inquiries for the client as well.

    "They created a masterpiece that I’m personally proud of. More importantly, it’s had a dramatic impact on our audiences, substantially more views than the platform we launched it on usually sees." - Research Director, Management Consulting Firm

  • 18
    $10,000+
    Freelancer
    Chicago IL

    Attack Studios is a video production company based in Chicago. Founded in 2013, the team of 2 specializes in video production, broadcast video and advertising.

    Clients
    AAA
    FEMA
    Nissan
    OREO
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Attack Studios worked on video production for a law firm. They developed a video game trailer, a trailer based on a convention and an animated video for a pre-recorded voiceover. The client was extremely impressed with the work the team produced.

    “Sometimes, their animations are so flawless that they look effortless. Out of all the videos on our YouTube channel, this video game trailer has the most views, as well as on our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.” – Director of Marketing, Law Firm

  • 19
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Diego CA

    Nanobot Medical Animation is a video production agency headquartered in San Diego, with additional offices in Kiev, Ukraine and Tallinn, Estonia. Founded in 2007, they have since grown their team to 17 specialists who provide video production and AR/VR development. They work with small, midmarket, and enterprise businesses in the health care industry.
     

    Clients
    Novartis
    Bayer
    Sandoz
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Nanobot Medical Animation created a video animation for a health care company. They worked with the client to develop a 2D rendition of the project, and then delivered the 3D final project, taking into account the company’s comments and requests. Internal stakeholders were pleased by the educational animation.

    “We have received a very positive feedback from our stakeholders who thought that the MoA video was educational and helped them to better understand our technology.” – Brand Manager, Health Care Company
     

  • 20
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Warszawa Poland

    ExplainVisually.co is a visual thinking agency based in Warsaw, Poland. The agency, founded in 2014, has a team of more than ten that provides video production and graphic design services. ExplainVisually.co serves enterprise and smaller-sized companies in the IT, health care & medical, financial services, telecommunications, energy & natural resources, and utilities industries.

    Clients
    IKEA
    Carlsberg
    Orange
    ING
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A general merchandise retailer hired ExplainVisually.co to help generate more awareness about their actions to prevent food waste. As part of the engagement, ExplainVisually.co analyzed, synthesized, and visualized the key information about the food waste prevention initiative. They then prepared hand drawings that presented this initiative on the walls of their shops. The wall drawings worked well as shoppers asked for more information from staff and congratulated them for having it.

    "Their fantastic flexibility and ability to prepare great visual synthesis." - Former Operational Community Manager, General Merchandise Retailer

  • 21
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Washington DC

    LAI Video capitalizes on the role video plays in marketing by specializing in video production. Based in the heart of Washington, D.C. with a second office in Chicago, LAI Video was founded in 2013 and has a team of 39 employees. They create videos for branding and communications campaigns, commercials, and events.

    Clients
    Real Estate Arts
    National Retail Federation
    DC Education Fund
    NRF Foundation
    Industries
    Notable Project

    LAI Video helped an education nonprofit partner recognize educational professionals at an awards ceremony by creating tribute videos for each recipient. The partnership began two years ago and requires producing eight, two-minute videos for the ceremony. To keep the videos unique, LAI Video used its trademark approach to gathering information: They interviewed each award recipient, pieced the information together to create a storyboard, held multiple video shoots, and wove the stories together. They orchestrated a surprise moment to capture each recipient being notified to show the real emotion and impact of the award. It created an unpredictable story with an authentic feel.

    "Their project manager will reach out to us months ahead of filming to start intro conversations. LAI is flexible and they always bring new ideas to the table. They’re customer-oriented and do a great job of implementing our insights into the final vision." – Development Manager, Education Nonprofit Partner

  • 22
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Canterbury United Kingdom

    Cartoon Media is a digital production company that has been offering video production, advertising, and broadcast production to their enterprise, mid-market, and small business clients in the marketing and advertising, education and financial services industries since 2012. Their 10 employees are based out of Canterbury, UK.

     

    Clients
    Siemens
    Allianz
    Hilton
    Notable Project

    Cartoon Media recently worked on video production for an electrical company. They created a marketing video with cartoon animations and live video showing a product in use for that client.

    “[Cartoon Media’s] workflow was exceptional on their behalf. Their communication skills set them apart. ” - Employee, Electrical Company

     

  • 23
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    New York NY

    Top Notch Cinema is a video production company based in Astoria, N.Y., with a secondary office in New York. Founded in 2014, this company has eight employees. Top Notch Cinema focuses exclusively on video production services, including scripting, casting, shooting, and editing for businesses of varying sizes.

    Clients
    T-Mobile
    Reese's
    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
    Notable Project

    Top Notch Cinema provided full-scale video production services to an insurance agency. They were responsible for creating a video advertisement to support the agency's digital and TV marketing campaigns. The client reported satisfaction with the final product.

    "The completion of the commercial was the best part. We’re happy with how the commercial turned out." - Owner, Insurance Agency

  • 24
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chernivtsi Ukraine

    Verstiuk Production is an animated video production agency that was established in 2016. They are based in Chernivtsi, Ukraine and have about 25 employees. Verstiuk Production services revolve around high-end animation production, including 2D, 3D, animated logos, and whiteboard videos.

    Clients
    Philips
    General Electric
    MyTaxi
    AAA
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A US insurance firm partnered with Verstiuk Production to create an explainer video for digital channels. As they prepared to launch a new mobile platform for claims and policy management, they needed an engaging introduction for the product. The team carefully crafted a storyboard and description of timing and style. Upon approval, Verstiuk created a fully scripted animated explanation for the new platform. The client especially appreciated the professional quality of their work, especially as an outsourced firm.

    "They are responsive, technologically sound, and cost effective, delivering great work at a good price." - Creative Director, Marketing Agency for US Insurance Firm

  • 25
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Pittsburgh PA

    Covalent is a video production company located in Pittsburgh and Berlin. Founded in 2012, they have between two and nine employees specializing in creating unique and impactful stories for small, midmarket, and global companies, usually in education, finance, and healthcare. Services include video production, experiential marketing, VR, and drones.

    Clients
    Westinghouse
    The Ellis School
    Yelp
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Covalent produced two animated videos for a third-party client of an advertising and marketing company. They prioritized clarity and storytelling in their work to convey the value of a new healthcare brand. Working closely with their partner on revisions, they demonstrated a commitment to quality and a strong understanding of the end client’s needs.

    “In the world of technology, one of their greatest strengths is their people skills. They’re honest and willing to have hard talks with us without hiding information. The team is full of engaging artists, always thinking about the process, not the product.” – Owner & Chief Creative Officer, Advertising & Marketing Company

  • 26
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    St Kilda Australia

    Dream Engine is a video production and marketing strategy firm based in St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 2001, their team of 5 serves clients in the advertising, and education sectors. Services include corporate video, motion graphics, and filming.

    Clients
    The Good Guys
    IBM
    Infosys
    BBC
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Dream Engine created a video for a dementia research organization. It created a sense of emotional engagement and the team was considerate throughout the process.

    “Everything surprised me in a lovely way.” – Communications Manager, Dementia Organization,

  • 27
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    St. George UT

    Ydraw is a marketing and animation firm located in Saint George, Utah. Founded in 2011, Ydraw's team of 26 employees has nearly a decade of experience specializing in video production. The firm works with clients of all sizes from the advertising, business services, and consumer products industries. 

    Clients
    Amazon
    Oracle
    Disney
    Dell
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Ydraw produced whiteboard videos for a B2B travel software, creating five 1-2 minute videos for the client. Each video featured hand-drawn animations and illustrated better business concepts. Ydraw managed the sound effects and editing for all five videos. The client was impressed with the quality of each video produced.

    "All videos are in the process of being released, but everybody who has seen them so far has been impressed with the production quality. The concepts that are illustrated in the videos are clear to the viewer, which is what we struggled with." - CEO, B2B Travel Software 

  • 28
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Luton United Kingdom

    mhf creative is a video production company founded in 2013. Based in Luton, England, their team of fewer than 10 offer solutions in video production and corporate photography for small and medium-sized businesses in the fields of advertising, financial services, and business services.

    Clients
    NuBreed Events
    Egencia
    Expedia
    Industries
    Notable Project

    mhf creative produces videos for an events agency. The agency needs live newsrooms, interview videos, and webcasting for their events, and has constantly partnered with mhf creative for their assistance. One of mhf creative's contributions helped turn a 2020 conference fully sold-out.

    "(mhf creative) are professional and engaging. We would not have them as our number 1 go to for event video production, live recording and photography otherwise." - CEO, Events Agency

  • 29
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    London United Kingdom

    TopLine Film is London-based video company of 33 employees. Founded in 2008, they deliver diverse types of videos including corporate, branding, training, and explainer. The company has an animation focus in 2D animation, motion graphics, 3D animation, and green screen animation segments.

    Clients
    American Express
    BAFTA
    Trustpilot
    AutoTrader
    Industries
    Notable Project

    In working for an insurance company, Topline Film developed a global recruitment video that involved working on-location in the client's city and office. The highlight of the project was the freeform interviews Topline created to foster a relaxed and non-scripted feel. Various internal leads (including the CEO) reacted positively to the video and praised Topline for their approachability. 

    "I’ve always been pleased working with them. They’ve always been happy to run with whatever brief we gave them." – Marketing Manager, Insurance Company 

     

  • 30
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    London United Kingdom
    RD Content, a video production agency, is headquartered in London, United Kingdom; Downtown Core, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. They provide video production, digital strategy, and marketing strategy and were launched in 2009.
    Industries
    Notable Project

    An interior design company partnered with RD Content in order to produce a video that showcased who they were as well as their services on offer.

    "The on the spot engagement was very impressive and we were made to feel very relaxed when interviewing."

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