The Best Visual Effect Studios in The Bay Area

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.

List of the Best San Francisco Visual Effect Studios

  • 1

    BX Films

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    Cisco
    VSCO
    JBL
    Fellow Products
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Walnut Creek, CA
    5.0
    5.0
    13 Clutch reviews
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  • 2

    Rocketwheel

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    Amazon
    Salesforce
    Bloomberg
    Dell
    Fidelity Investments
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place San Francisco, CA
    4.9
    4.9
    23 Clutch reviews
  • 3

    Novaby

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    TOTO USA
    AirTerra
    Swire Hotels
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place San Francisco, CA
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 4

    Prolific Studio

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    Toyota
    Techcrunch
    Suzuki
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Palo Alto, CA
    4.8
    4.8
    5 Clutch reviews
  • 5

    Cowan Agency

    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.

    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
     

    Former clients
    Coca-Cola
    Koniku
    Shadow
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place San Francisco, CA
    4.8
    4.8
    6 Clutch reviews
  • 6

    Capitola Media

    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. 

    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

    Former clients
    HP
    Disney
    Microsoft
    Samsung
    Visa
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place San Francisco, CA
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 7

    The Explainer Video Company

    The Explainer Video Company, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., creates animated explainer videos for businesses of all types. The company was founded in 2007, and their team of less than 50 people does advertising, content marketing, corporate training, and video production.
     

    Notable Project

    The Explainer Video Company did video production for a healthcare business. The client wanted a video that would help them interact with their customers and build their brand identity. They wanted the video to explain the opioid epidemic and its relationship to physician and patient risk. The client created the script, and The Explainer Video Company created a storyboard, found a narrator, and did the animation and production. The client was happy with the results. 

    “Our videos turned out better than I expected. We've used them successfully to better explain our product to our customers.” — CEO, Healthcare Business
     

    Former clients
    HP
    Sony
    USPS
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Santa Clara, CA
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 8

    Zero One Digital Media

    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. 

    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. 

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place San Francisco, CA
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 9

    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 San Francisco, CA
    5.0
    5.0
    7 Clutch reviews
  • 10

    Production M

    Production M is a Los Angeles based video production company. They were founded in 2018 and have a team of four employees. They specialize in video production.

    Notable Project

    Production M made a short form show for a children’s media company. They produced the show to be aired on Facebook Watch. They provided the materials and talent, filmed the show, and edited it for the client. The client was impressed with the quality of their service.

    “The series has more than a million views. We were quite happy with that and our Facebook marketing efforts.” – Marketing Director, Children’s Media Company
     

    Former clients
    Trophy Smack
    Soul Pancake
    Firework
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Mountain View, CA
    4.9
    4.9
    6 Clutch reviews
  • 11

    Wild Road Films

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    Nama Fiji
    Google
    Facebook
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Berkeley, CA
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 12

    Explainly

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    Visa
    HubSpot
    Stanford
    Morning Brew
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Novato, CA
    4.9
    4.9
    18 Clutch reviews
  • 13

    Most Likely To

    Most Likely To is an advertising agency from San Francisco. It was founded in 2017 and now has a team of 6 that works on advertising, branding, digital strategy, media planning & buying, content marketing, and video production for companies of varying sizes.

    Notable Project

    A law firm needed help filling open positions and Most Likely To worked on the brand and online image in order to attract the right candidates. After that project, Most Likely To now conducts out of home advertising campaigns as well as managing their social media presence.

    "They keep us well-informed of all the metrics involved—from click rates to the number of impressions our outdoor advertising has seen. We have been very pleased with their results." — HR Generalist, Law Firm

    Former clients
    City of San Francisco
    HBO
    airbnb
    Domino's
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place San Francisco, CA
    5.0
    5.0
    7 Clutch reviews
  • 14

    Digital Lamb Productions

    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. 

    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

    Former clients
    Live Fit Gym
    Gap Inc
    Oakland Museum of California
    SLINK Jeans
    Real Money
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place San Francisco, CA
    4.9
    4.9
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 15

    Syiree International

     

    Syiree International is a design company based in Mumbai, India, with an office in San Jose, Calif. The company, founded in 2018, has a team of less than ten that provides, among others, web design, interior design, and brandin services to midmarket and other-sized companies in the e-commerce, advertising & marketing, arts & music, and business services industries. 

    Notable Project

    Syiree International was hired by a video game developer to update and improve its website to increase website traffic and game downloads. The resulting website was optimized and easy to maintain and update by the developer's team.  

    "Their team also went the extra mile to accommodate some last-minute changes as well." - Partner, Video Game Developer

    Former clients
    TVH
    Alcor Enabling Cloud
    ICICI Direct
    M-Educate Liberalize Learning
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place San Jose, CA
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 16

    WKND Digital

    WKND Digital is a digital agency based in Sacramento, Calif. in 2018. Their team of over 50 specializes in advertising, social media marketing, and email marketing solutions for clients ranging from small startups to large businesses.

    Notable Project

    WKND Digital provided social media marketing solutions for a logistics company. The solutions were carried out on Facebook and Instagram. This has resulted in a number of appointments being set for the company.

    “Their turnaround time for questions is faster than we have seen with any other digital marketing company. It is usually less than 1 hour.” - Owner, Logistics Company

    Former clients
    Coca-Cola
    Disney
    Nickelodeon
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place San Francisco, CA
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
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