The Best Visual Effect Studios in NYC

Looking for a top visual effect studio in New York City?

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 New York City. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs.

List of the Best New York City Visual Effect Studios

  • 1

    Shoot You

    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.

    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

     

    Former clients
    BBC
    European Commission
    J.P. Morgan
    Aggreko
    CISCO
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    4.9
    4.9
    22 Clutch reviews
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  • 2

    Top Notch Cinema

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    T-Mobile
    Reese's
    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    6 Clutch reviews
  • 3

    Indigo Productions

    Indigo Productions is a media production company located in New York. Founded in 1991, Indigo Productions' team of about 20 employees specializes in video production and broadcast video. Indigo Productions provides services to clients in consumer products & services, media and education industries.  

    Notable Project

    Indigo Productions worked with a global investment firm to produce videos for the firm. The client wanted a video that would explain the organization's investment philosophy to prospective clients. Indigo Productions was able to successfully develop 6 videos that met the client's needs. Indigo Productions will continue to work on projects for the client in the future.

    "Indigo Productions did well from a project management standpoint. Things were organized and flexible when we needed them to be. From that perspective, it was great to work with them, as that was very important to us." - VP Digital Strategy, Investment Firm 

    Former clients
    United Nations
    Viacom
    Kellogg's
    Columbia University
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    20 Clutch reviews
  • 4

    MultiVision Digital Productions

    MultiVision Digital Production is a web video production and marketing based in New York City. Established in 2011, the team of nearly 10 employees provides video production, digital strategy, and content marketing services.

    Notable Project

    MultiVision Digital Production shot footage at women’s social community event then edited it into an engaging and immersive video. The client posted it on their social media accounts to increase their exposure and try to boost future attendance rates.

    "We have been able to use their video content multiple time across all of our digital platforms. We have noticed our membership increase since the videos went live." — CEO, Women's Social Community Event

    Former clients
    Hi-Chew
    Hartz
    Childrens’ Tumor Foundation
    Wolters Kluwer
    CGS
    FitLinxx
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place New York, NY
    4.9
    4.9
    24 Clutch reviews
  • 5

    Prosper Digital TV

    Prosper Digital TV is a full-service video production and marketing company of 8 members that's based in Brooklyn. Since 2012, they have provided video production, advertising, and broadcast video for mid-market firms, as well as both small and large businesses. Prosper Digital TV works primarily in the fields of advertising, business services, and education.

    Notable Project

    Prosper Digital TV was once tasked by a legal services firm to create a video that showcased their work. The resulting commercial produced by Prosper Digital TV ended up getting over 100,000 views on YouTube, with greatly increased demand for the product in the commercial and more conversions overall.

    "I was very impressed by the caliber of the actors and the crew. Their prices were also very reasonable, and the other companies in our award category paid much more to other agencies." - Vice President of International Digital Marketing, Legal Services Firm

    Former clients
    MTM
    Amalgamated Bank
    Accelerate
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 6

    Luminoustudios Inc.

    Luminoustudios is a production company based in Los Angeles with a second location on the opposite coast in New York City. The agency was founded in 2015 and maintains a team of 4 specialists.  Luminoustudios is entirely dedicated to providing full-service video production.

    Notable Project

    A social organization was hosting a summer camp and needed a team to produce a video to show prospective campers the experience in an appealing, compelling way. Luminoustudios storyboarded and scripted the video, then handled the end-to-end production process. Upon completion, they edited the footage and curated the audio to enhance the visual content they'd produced.

    "The students involved in the program and the one we focused on specifically thought the video was really authentic and presented their experience in a compelling way" — Senior Producer, Social Organization

    Former clients
    Polaroid
    StoryCorps
    Fiverr
    Google
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place New York City, NY
    4.8
    4.8
    13 Clutch reviews
  • 7

    Sinema Films

    Sinema Films, founded in 2012, is a video production company headquartered in New York City, with an additional location in Los Angeles. Their 20 employees mainly provide video production services, but they also do some branding. They work in the advertising & marketing and business services industries. 
     

    Notable Project

    Sinema Films did a beauty shoot for a wellness brand. The client wanted to do a social campaign, so they hired Sinema Films. The company helped the client with every aspect of content production, and the client saw an improvement in traffic and bookings while working with them. 

    “There was a lift in site traffic and an increased number of bookings during the campaign.” — Founder, Wellness Brand

     

    Former clients
    McDonald’s
    Nike
    Starbucks Coffee
    Beautyblender
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    40th Annual Telly Awards: Silver (Beautyblender)

  • 8

    Pluck. (A creative studio)

    Pluck. is a video agency headquartered in Los Angeles, with an additional office in New York City. Their team of around 5 employees provides video production, advertising, and broadcast video services.

    Notable Project

    A transportation company hired Pluck. to create a brand video showcasing its services. They created a storyboard and filmed original content featuring the transportation company's customers. They had full control over the creative direction of the video, and the client appreciated that the video was delivered on time.

    “The quality of the video is excellent, and the feedback we’ve received has been very positive. We’re a small business and the video helps us stand out from our competitors.” - Owner, Transportation Company

    Former clients
    CapitalOne
    Indiegogo
    Apartments.com
    DealDash
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    IMA Outstanding Achievement Award (2011) , FirstGlance Hollywood Film Festival Best Director (2013) , Los Angeles ADDY Award of Merit (2014)

  • 9

    Colormatics

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    H&M
    The Macallan
    Fiverr
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Jersey City, NJ
    4.9
    4.9
    21 Clutch reviews
  • 10

    Tiny Giraffe Pictures

    Tiny Giraffe Pictures is a creative production company headquartered in New York City. The company primarily provides video production services but also does broadcast video and corporate photography. They have a team of fewer than 10 people who mainly work with small businesses; they also work with mid-market and enterprise businesses. The businesses they serve are in various industries including consumer products and services and e-commerce.

    Notable Project

    Tiny Giraffe Pictures did video production for a third-party beverage client of a market consultancy. The beverage client only had a patented product, but they had no branding or market strategy. The consultancy needed Tiny Giraffe Pictures to develop content for the client. The company collaborated with both the client and the consultancy to create the video; they provided the production teams, equipment, and space for the video. After working with Tiny Giraffe Pictures, the client’s visibility increased.

    “After showcasing the longer-form video, our client received several requests for products and began to build their brand presence. The social media cut of the video has helped increase online followers to more than 1,000 in just a few weeks.” — Founder and Principal, Marketing Consultancy

    Former clients
    Unilever
    Snapchat
    Resecurity
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 11

    Melty Cone Video

    Melty Cone Video is a video production company and agency in New York. Founded in 2014, they have approximately 10 employees and create videos for businesses, organizations, companies, brands, firms, and agencies in NYC and across the country. Services include full-service video production, social media video, web/digital video, broadcast video and animation video.

    Notable Project

    Melty Cone Video is producing a video for a high school. The client needed a video to help their enrollment process. Melty Cone Video has managed the entire project and took on tasks including filming students and developing the storyboard. 

    "They're [Melty Cone Video] very professional, organized, and responsive. When I send them an email, they get back to me within the same day.' – Principal, High School 

    Former clients
    People Magazine
    Expedia
    L'Oreal
    Scholastic
    Voya Financial
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    4.8
    4.8
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 12

    IGW (Infographic World)

    Founded in 2009, IGW is a visual marketing agency that works with midmarket and enterprise companies with a focus in the IT, advertising, healthcare, and business industries. With two locations – Great Neck, N.Y. and Delray Beach, Fla. – a team of 50 (including a marketing team of former LinkedIn & Facebook employees) leverages the science of visual learning to improve the marketing success of clients across the funnel.  Their specialties include social media marketing, content marketing, SEO, CRO, & visual content production (infographics, explainer videos & interactive content).

    Notable Project

    IGW developed a full-service marketing strategy for a tech solutions company that included supporting web design and maintenance, content creation, and search engine marketing. Their SEO and paid ad services were complemented by visual content and included CRO. As a result of their services, the client's organic traffic jumped and leads nearly tripled. 

    "We basically tripled our leads from empty wells. Also, organic traffic to the website went way up. We had a significant increase in the number of followers of our LinkedIn page too." – VP of Marketing, Tech Solutions Company

    Former clients
    Enterprise
    General Electric
    ESPN
    Johnson&Johnson
    Pepsi
    The Learning House
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    4.7
    4.7
    21 Clutch reviews
  • 13

    Bolex Brothers LLC

    Bolex Brothers LLC is a New York-based studio with 10 or more employees founded in 2013. They solely offer video production services for clients ranging from small businesses to large enterprises in industries such as advertising, arts, and health care.

    Notable Project

    Bolex Brothers LLC developed a video for an independent production house. Bolex Brothers LLC was tasked to produce a music video to be submitted in music festivals. The video was well-received.

    “They never say No to anything right away and always try to give it a shot first. That’s why we are in unison.” - Director & Executive Producer, Independent Production House

    Former clients
    MoMA
    Viacom
    Michael Kors
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 14

    Flow Video

    Flow Video is a video production agency based in Troy, Mich. Founded in 2016, their team of fewer than 10 caters to clients of all sizes across a range of industries. Additional services include branding, digital strategy, social media and content marketing, and SEO.

    Notable Project

    Flow Video provided video production services to a private school. The team orchestrated a live stream event honoring an outgoing colleague. Their work was successful, scoring a high number of streams and comments.

    "Flow Video really bought into our vision of what we wanted the video to be, and they made it happen." — Chief Development Officer, Private School

    Former clients
    Bloomfield Hills School
    Jofee
    What's Your Craft
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Somerset, NJ
    5.0
    5.0
    8 Clutch reviews
  • 15

    Anideos

    Anideos is a New York-based Animation Studio. They were founded in 2019 and have a team of 50 employees who specialize in explainer, traditional 2D, 3D, and custom animation styles. Besides animation services, Anideos also offers website and mobile app development services. From individuals and small businesses to large organizations, Anideos caters to clients from all major industries.

    Notable Project

    Anideos produced a 20-second animated video to quickly and clearly describe a vaccination record company's services. After receiving a storyboard, the team produced the video, which featured stick figures to satisfy the client's gender- and race-neutral requirement. Anideos completed the project in four days and exceeded expectations. They delivered an animated video that effectively communicates the client's services and received positive feedback.

    "They were great at following up via telephone and provided an incredible audit trail via email." — Board Chairman, Vaccination Record Company

    Former clients
    Talent Book LLC
    Teem
    Serge Bov Bola
    Vax Global
    Roche
    Stanford University
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Islandia, NY
    4.8
    4.8
    9 Clutch reviews
  • 16

    BluLux Media

    BluLux Media is a video production and animation agency based in New York with more than 10 experts. Founded in 2006, they excel at video production solutions for clients ranging from small firms to large businesses in the fields of consumer products, business services, and more.

    Notable Project

    BluLux Media provided social media marketing solutions for a natural hair app startup. The startup was in need of a professional video that would convey their platform well. The startup is impressed with how BluLux Media handled the project thus far.

    “As I mentioned before I had a POC that was able to capture my feedback and any concerns.” - Founder, Natural Hair App Startup

    Former clients
    Johnson & Johnson
    Unliever
    Boston Consulting Group
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 17

    DanDJ Lab Inc.

    DanDJ Lab Inc. is a production studio based in New York. The studio, founded in 2018, is a one-man freelance enterprise that provides video production services to small and midmarket clients and companies in various industries.

    Notable Project

    A media company hired DanDJ Lab Inc.'s Dan de Jesus to create appetizing food video content that will act as visualizations of the menu to replace restaurant menus. As part of the engagement, Dan will be the director, director of photography, set designer, and creative designer of the production. Dan delivered work that exceeded expectations.

    "We consistently get incredible reviews of the work that Dan created for the company." - Owner, Media Company

    Former clients
    BEHR
    Statefarm
    Crate & Barrel
    Apartment Therapy
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    4.9
    4.9
    6 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Webby Awards: Nominee for Apartment Therapy's "House Calls with the Plant Doctor" (2019) , Webby Awards: Nominee for kitchn's "The Cooking School Series" (2020)

  • 18

    Clutch Creative House

    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. 

    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

     

    Former clients
    Be All
    ERVE
    eToro
    Bancor
    hereO
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    7 Clutch reviews
  • 19

    CRC Media, LLC

    CRC Media, LLC is a boutique creative agency founded in 2011. Based in New York, they have a team of around 20 employees. They provide mainly video production services, along with advertising support. 

    Notable Project

    CRC Media, LLC has created 10 videos and commercials for a cybersecurity company. In addition to reviewing the script, they produced animated storyboards and multiple drafts of the final products. Their videos generate thousands of views for the client. 

    "Final product is always more than I ever dreamed." – Head of Product Marketing, Cybersecurity company

    Former clients
    pontis
    KeyBank
    FedEx
    Nike
    Twiggle
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    5 Clutch reviews
  • 20

    Azai Studios

    Azai Studios is a digital design and branding agency headquartered in New York City, with an office in Dubai. Founded in 2014, the small team of 3 specializes in branding, digital strategy, and UX/UI design. Their work focuses on hospitality and leisure, real estate, and advertising and marketing.  

    Notable Project

    Azai Studios worked on branding and web development for an information-sharing startup. They designed materials including letterheads, email signatures, and logos. They also developed wireframes and mockups for the client’s website. The client appreciated their responsiveness throughout the project.

    “The site hasn't gone live yet, but we're very happy with their work internally; we've received lots of positive feedback from testers. They were very responsive to all our iterations and requests throughout the process and exceeded our expectations.” – Founder/CEO, Information-Sharing Startup

    Former clients
    Riya
    Hotel Chantelle
    Bond Communications
    Suite 303
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 21

    Raxo

    Founded in 2012, Raxo is located in New York. Their team of 20 employees provides branding, marketing strategy, and UX/UI design services.

    Notable Project

    Raxo revamped a production house's brand with new collateral design schemes, mission and vision documents, and a new web design. They've stayed on board to help develop and launch new and refreshed marketing efforts. Their work has doubled the client's web leads. 

    "They’ve refreshed our look and feel and doubled our web leads." – Marketing Manager, Production House

    Former clients
    BBC
    HBO
    Showtime
    Hugo Boss
    Yankees
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 22
  • 23

    Filmkraft

    Filmkraft is a video production company founded in 2016 in Brooklyn with over two employees. They are experts in advertising and video production solutions for clients ranging from small startups to large firms in the fields of advertising and consumer products.

    Notable Project

    Filmkraft produced videos for a music streaming app. The videos were to be distributed on the app’s social media channels. This has resulted in an improvement in engagements.

    “One of the most important questions I always ask is would you work with them again...and the answer is YES!” - Marketing Lead, Music Streaming App

    Former clients
    Vizrt
    Keepsake Frames
    Michelin
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    4.9
    4.9
    5 Clutch reviews
  • 24

    The Pollack Group

    The Pollack Group is an independent creative, digital, marketing and public relations agency based in Los Angeles with an office in New York. The agency, founded in 1985, has a team of more than ten that provides PR, social media marketing, video production, and branding services to midmarket and other-sized companies in the consumer products & services, business services, arts & entertainment, and other industries.

    Notable Project

    A luxury hotel chain tapped The Pollack Group to function as its PR and marketing arm. The services rendered in this engagement include overseeing marketing campaigns, producing videos, organizing events, overseeing the execution of B2B and B2C strategies, implementation of outbound PR for each hotel in the chain, managing the branding and positioning programs, and many others. The engagement has widened the exposure of the hotel chain and drew in important clientele.

    "They were able to identify the different brand legs for the entities and strategize for each identity. " - Executive and Property Manager, Luxury Hotel Chain

    Former clients
    AVIS
    BARR Center
    Barco Uniforms
    Bel Air Investment Advisors
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    4.9
    4.9
    7 Clutch reviews
  • 25

    Three Summers Creative

    Three Summers Creative is a creative marketing agency based in Somerville, N.J. The agency, founded in 2008, has a team of around ten that provides marketing strategy, video production, branding, social media marketing, and web design services. Three Summers Creative serves mid-market and other-sized companies in various industries. 

    Notable Project

    A nonprofit organization hired Three Summers Creative to help them rebrand the organization and develop strategies to increase attendance to their retreats and attract more donors. As part of the engagement, Three Summers Creative created a new logo, redesigned their website, implement a social media and email campaigns, and produce promotional videos. Because of the engagement, awareness about the organization was generated, their social media accounts attracted more followers, and there was a significant increase in donations and retreat attendance.

    "They are well equipped and a perfect fit for small businesses seeking to go to the next level." - CEO, Nonprofit Organization

    Former clients
    Verizon
    ADP
    Wolters Kluwer
    Computershare
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Somerville, NJ
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 26

    Wowbix Marketing

    Founded in 2015, Wowbix Marketing is a digital marketing, web design, and SEO company based in Paramus, N.J. They primarily work with small businesses. The team specializes in WordPress and Facebook Advertising, among other services. 

    Notable Project

    Wowbix Marketing provided SEO and social media marketing services to an e-commerce company. Their work increased sales and engagement. 

    "This is the first time where an agency really stepped up." – Co-Owner, E-Commerce Company

    Former clients
    LB Commercial Realty
    Mind Your Skin
    IVF Phoenix
    CodeYeti
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Paramus, NJ
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 27

    The Emotional Company

    The Emotional Company is a digital agency based in Atlanta with over two experts. They have provided web design, video production, and branding solutions to clients since their founding in 2018. They mainly work with small and medium-sized agencies.

    Notable Project

    The Emotional Company provided web and marketing solutions for a boutique vinegar line. The Emotional Company redesigned the label of their products and the company website as well. The vinegar company is happy with The Emotional Company’s work.

    “We have since been able to drive more traffic to our store and also we are seeing an increase in sales due to all these factors coming together.” - Owner & Founder, Boutique Vinegar Line

    Former clients
    Nobu
    The Orchard
    Bonobos
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Brooklyn, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 28

    StartupBug

    StartupBug is a software development and production firm founded in 2008 with no more than 50 members. They offer custom software development, branding, and SEO solutions from their office in New York. They work with small firms and enterprises alike.

    Notable Project

    StartupBug provided digital marketing solutions for a dry-cleaning business. The business was looking to establish a digital presence. With StartupBug’s efforts, the business now receives orders online.

    “Very effective, feedback was taken promptly and used.” - Founder, Dry-Cleaning Business

    Former clients
    Microsoft
    Johnson & Johnson
    AVG Antivirus
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place New York, NY
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
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