Looking for a top visual effect studio in San Francisco?

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 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 Visual Effect Studios

  • 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
    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

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  • 2
    $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
    HubSpot
    Stanford
    Morning Brew
    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

  • 3
    $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

  • 4
    $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
    H&M
    The Macallan
    Fiverr
    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

  • 5
    $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
    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

  • 6
    $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
    Coca-Cola
    Koniku
    Shadow
    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
     

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

    Founded in 2008, Capitola Media is a video production agency based in San Francisco, Calif. They work with midmarket and enterprise businesses primarily in the advertising and marketing industry. 

    Clients
    HP
    Disney
    Microsoft
    Samsung
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Capitola Media produced an introductory video for a university ethics center. They delivered on time, and the internal team was pleased with the final product.

    "The quality of the end product was much better than in past experiences." – Associate Director, University

  • 9
    $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
    Be All
    ERVE
    eToro
    Bancor
    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

     

  • 10
    $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. 

  • 11
    $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
    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

  • 12
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Digital Lamb Productions is a video production company with around 10 employees. They were founded in 2016 and are based in San Fransisco. They provide mainly video production and broadcast video services to primarily small businesses. 

    Clients
    Live Fit Gym
    Gap Inc
    Oakland Museum of California
    SLINK Jeans
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Digital Lamb Productions provides a range of video production support services to a music distribution company. They created reels of footage, product videos, and provide editing and production services. Their efforts have yielded positive results and continue to meet the expectations of clients. 

    "His work ethic and level of perspective is great." – President & Founder, Music Distribution Company

  • 13
    $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."

  • 14
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Jose CA

    Midsize logo company Citrus Animations Inc, is located in San Jose, California. They offer logo, video production, and other design and were launched in 2012.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    A production company hired Citrus Animations Inc for animated video. The goal is to deliver a high-quality 60-second animated video within the end client’s creative vision.

    "They have met the deadlines."

  • 15
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Evolve Media is a video production agency. They are located in San Francisco, California and New York, New York and have a small team. Their services include video production, broadcast video, and marketing strategy. The agency was founded in 2007.
    Industries
  • 17
    $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
  • 20
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Pablo CA
    Apptomate, a small video production company, is headquartered in San Pablo, California and New York, New York. Founded in 2014, the team offers video production.
  • 21
    $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.
  • 23
    $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
  • 24
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Video production agency 35Video is in San Francisco, California. The small company was founded in 2018. Their team focuses on video production, broadcast video, corporate photography, content marketing, and more.
    Industries
  • 25
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    San Rafael CA
    Based in San Rafael, California, L.inc Design is a small video production agency. Their services include video production, broadcast video, graphic design, and logo.
  • 26
    $1,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Jose CA
    June Spring Multimedia, a graphic design company, was established in 2013. The firm specializes in graphic design, mobile app development, web development, social media marketing, and more and has a midsize team.
    Industries
  • 27
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Oakland CA
    Advertising and video production company High Dive Studio was established in 2017. Their small team is headquartered in Oakland, California and offers advertising and video production.
  • 28
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Petaluma CA
    Senspoint is a branding firm. Launched in 2017, the team focuses on branding, event marketing & planning, video production, and web design. Their small company is Petaluma, California-based.
    Industries
  • 29
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    2 - 9 Employees
    Hayward CA
    Established in 1991, Kaneshige Design Associates is an advertising company. They are headquartered in Hayward, California and have a small team. The agency offers advertising, graphic design, print design, video production, and more.
  • 30
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA
    Form & Fiction is a small advertising company. The San Francisco, California-based company was established in 2013. Their services include advertising, branding, digital strategy, and video production.
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