Looking for a top visual effect studio in Chicago?

If you've ever watched a Jurassic Park movie and wondered at how real the dinosaurs appeared or cringed as a dragon flew and breathed fire in Game of Thrones, then you've experience stellar visual effects (VFX). This computer-generated imagery (CGI) takes a scene in a video and adjusts the image to create an alternate reality. It's how actors can stand in front of a blank, green screen to record but the audience sees them in a spectacular location.

If your next video project requires VFX and you need more than out-of-the box animation and compositing software, find a visual effects studio on The Manifest.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top visual effect companies in Chicago. 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 Chicago Visual Effect Studios

  • 1
    $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 

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  • 2
    $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

  • 3
    $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

  • 4
    $50,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Sarofsky is a design and creative firm based in Chicago with more than 10 experts. They have offered video production, broadcast video, and graphic design solutions since their founding in 2009. They work with clients in the fields of advertising, arts, and consumer products.

    Clients
    Marvel Studios
    Warner Brothers
    Lionsgate
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Sarofsky provided creative solutions and studio production assistance for a marketing agency. The agency had a client that wished to work with Sarofsky. The project was a success overall.

    “She had a great project management style.” - Creative Director, Marketing Agency

  • 5
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Imagination to Capture is a video production company headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in Lombard, McHenry, and Wauconda, Ill. It was founded in 2015 and currently has a team of 2 employees. Imagination to Capture is entirely dedicated to video production services. They primarily work with small businesses.

    Clients
    Navistar
    Edisun Microgrids
    Glassdoor
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A real estate broker wanted to have a promotional video to attract and impress clients. Imagination to Capture came up with the concept and then filmed and edited an elaborate video with various camera angles that positively showcases the company to potential clients. 

    "The entire process was seamless and easy. I can't imagine anything that could have been improved on. It was a great experience all around." — Managing Broker, Realty Company

  • 6
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    2 East 8th Productions, LLC is a full-service media production house based in Chicago. The production house, founded in 2016, has a team of less than ten that provides video production services to midmarket and small companies in various industries that include advertising & marketing, arts & entertainment, and automotive.

    Clients
    Gino's East of Chicago
    The Second City Training Center
    The Comedy Bar
    SMS Assist
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A media production company hired 2 East 8th Productions, LLC to help them film eight episodes of their web series that they want to showcase at film festivals and distribute online. The company discussed what they wanted with 2 East 8th Productions, LLC, and the latter produced the episodes accurately. The resulting episodes exceeded the expectations of the company.

    "Their ability to find solutions and bring their own creativity to the project is what sets them apart from other companies." - Owner/Co-Founder, Media Production Company

  • 7
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Thatch Films is a studio based in Chicago and founded in 2015. With no more than 10 employees, they specialize in video production and broadcast video solutions for small and mid-market firms in the fields of advertising, arts, and media.

    Clients
    CASHE LLC
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Thatch Films produced a PV for a cashmere company. The video lasted one minute and showcased the brand of the company. The video was met with positive feedback after it was shared.
    “I was very pleased with them.” - CEO, Cashmere Company

  • 8
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Schiller Park IL

    Founded in 2017, #1NinjaPromo.io is located in Minsk, Belarus. With about 10 employees, they provide social media marketing, digital strategy, and content marketing services to midmarket and small businesses focusing on business services, information technology, and financial services industries.

    Clients
    Hycon.io
    Contentos.com
    Bitcoinoil.com
    Vertex.market
    Industries
    Notable Project

    #1NinjaPromo.io provides social marketing services for an interior design company. Besides Instagram help, they've completed a range of projects including strategy, YouTube videos. and offline event planning. Their work has brought in more customers from Instagram.

    "We've received 100+ clients from Instagram." –CEO & Co-Founder, Interior Design Company

  • 9
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Palatine IL

    Pepper Group is a marketing firm headquartered in Palatine, Ill. The 15-person team launched in 1994 and offers branding, direct marketing, PR and corporate communication, and marketing strategy. Their clients work in a variety of sectors, including IT, financial services, and manufacturing.

    Clients
    EconPTW
    Permatron
    RegenX
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Pepper Group provided product marketing consulting to a FinTech company, cutting down the client's range of services to meet their customers' needs. They also built a corporate website, designing wireframes and conducting multiple feedback sessions. The client grew 20% year-over-year as a result.

    "Pepper Group is skilled at finding a deeper level of understanding and context. That sets them apart." – CMO, FinTech Company

  • 10
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Morr Creative is a digital strategy company. Founded in 2019, the team specializes in digital strategy, video production, branding, and content marketing. Their small company is based in Nashville, Tennessee and Naperville, Illinois.

    Notable Project

    Moor Creative produced a brand video for an executive coaching company. The team handled the setup, scheduling, and videographer acquisition. The project goal was to tell the client's story.

    "I have been pleased throughout the process. No complaints."

  • 11
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Yellow Box is a digital agency founded in 2010 with fewer than 50 employees. They offer digital strategy, email marketing, and web development solutions from their office in Chicago. They work primarily with small and medium-sized businesses.

    Clients
    SchoolSparrow
    Aristocrat Plastic Surgery & MedAesthetics
    THE 4 MORES℠
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Yellow Box provided content marketing services for a tech startup. The startup needed to spread awareness of their business. Yellow Box has significantly improved the startup’s digital presence, with videos garnering tens of thousands of views on social media.

    “It has been so successful.” - Founder & CEO, Tech Start-Up

  • 12
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    E3M Creative is a small video production company located in Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Delphi, Indiana and Lafayette, Indiana. Established in 2019, the team specializes in video production and advertising.
    Industries
  • 13
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Jump Point is a video production agency established in 2016. Located in Chicago, Illinois, their small team offers video production and corporate photography.
    Industries
  • 14
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Launched in 2008, ODDMACHINE is a small video production agency. Their services include video production. The company is based in Chicago, Illinois; Chicago, Illinois and Burbank, California.
    Industries
  • 15
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Alrojo Films is a small video production company. Founded in 2007, the company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Their team focuses on video production and broadcast video.
    Industries
  • 17
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    TimeZoneOne Inc is a Chicago, Illinois-based graphic design company. The small company was founded in 1993. Their team specializes in graphic design, marketing strategy, public relations, search engine optimization, and more.
  • 18
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    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Established in 1984, Production Craft Digital Video is a video production agency. The firm provides video production, broadcast video, content marketing, and public relations and has a small team. The firm is in Chicago, Illinois.
    Industries
  • 19
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Glen Ellyn IL
    TSEG is a midsize SEO company established in 2007. Their services include search engine optimization, pay per click, social media marketing, web design, and more. The firm is in Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Austin, Texas and San Diego, California.
  • 20
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    JTwo Films is a video production company founded in 2007. Their small team is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois. Their services include video production, branding, graphic design, and web design.
    Industries
  • 21
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Headquartered in New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois and Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, JConnelly is a public relations firm. The midsize team offers public relations, video production, content marketing, marketing strategy, and more and was established in 2003.
    Industries
  • 22
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Wilmette IL
    Coat of Arms, a video production agency, was launched in 2010. They are located in Helvetia, West Virginia and Wilmette, Illinois and have a small team. Their services include video production, advertising, branding, broadcast video, and more.
    Industries
  • 23
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Video production company ReelPaws is based in Chicago, Illinois. The agency offers video production, corporate photography, marketing strategy, content marketing, and more and is small.The agency was launched in 2012.
    Industries
  • 24
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    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Sosani Influencer Agency, a social media marketing agency, was founded in 2017. Their small team is headquartered in Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia. Their services include social media marketing, video production, branding, advertising, and more.
    Industries
  • 25
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    Barcelona Creative Group

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    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Burr Ridge IL
    Barcelona Creative Group is a branding agency. They provide branding, digital strategy, social media marketing, marketing strategy, and more and were launched in 1990. Their small team is in Burr Ridge, Illinois.
    Industries
  • 26
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    St. Charles IL
    Mynt Agency, an advertising company, is based in St. Charles, Illinois. The small team specializes in advertising, media planning & buying, pay per click, social media marketing, and more. The company was founded in 2015.
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