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Top 40 Visual Effect Companies in San Francisco

May 2022

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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. 

List of the Best San Francisco Visual Effect Studios

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    • Scheduling

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    • Quality

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    • Cost

      4.8
    • NPS

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    • Undisclosed
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    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.

    Clients

    • CapitalOne
    • MassMutual
    • Mastercard
    • Indiegogo

    Industries

    Notable Project

    An athlete community platform wanted to produce a commercial that clearly described their products and services. They hired PluckStudio after listening to the vendor's process and witnessing their quality.

    "Patrick was extremely open to our input, and was an overall pleasure to work with!"

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  • 2
    • $1,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Levitate Video is a media production company based in San Francisco with an office in Boca Raton, Fla. Founded in 2009, their team of 33 professionals provide video production, broadcast video, and translation assistance to clients ranging from small startups to large corporations. They produce videos such as explainers, corporate videos, interviews, and others.

    Clients

    • Vogue
    • Proofpoint
    • Yodlee
    • Smith System

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Levitate Media was hired by a surgeon company to create videos that showed their company's vision. The video was required to utilize cloud sharing platforms, as well. 

    "They were able to take early concepts and give it life through video and the words of key opinion leaders."

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  • 3
    • $25,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    ALCHEMYcreative is a San Francisco-based video production company that started in 2010. Equipped with 9 employees, this firm provides video production and content marketing services to mainly mid-market and enterprise companies. They focus on commercial video, corporate video, and documentaries, with skills in 2D animation and motion graphics.

    Clients

    • Adobe
    • Salesforce
    • Advance Auto Parts
    • Walmart

    Industries

    Notable Project

    ALCHEMYcreative produced a short sizzle film for the annual kickoff event of a software company. They drafted the script, sourced and created the graphics, and tied everything together into a video.

    "Huge praise to the team for embedding themselves in the Salesforce brand!"

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    • Scheduling

      4.9
    • Quality

      4.9
    • Cost

      4.7
    • NPS

      4.9
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    • $10,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Sausalito, 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
    • NBCUniversal
    • Ad Council
    • AARP

    Industries

    Notable Project

    A solar development company engaged with Explainly for their video production services. The team provided them with storyboard development, scriptwriting, voiceover, and post-production work.

    "They did a phenomenal job of providing us with great content and opportunities for changes along the way."

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  • 5
    • $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

    • Castlight
    • Koniku
    • Shadow
    • Cloud Technology Solutions.

    Notable Project

    Cowan Agency provided media production services for a non-profit membership organization. They recorded video and photographic content at a symposium and posted their work on the organization’s website.

    "Fern and his team captured every moment of the event, and the summary video is one of the best we’ve ever had."

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  • 6
    • Undisclosed
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Lafayette, CA

    10 Plus Brand, Inc., an advertising company, was established in 2011. Their small team is located in Lafayette, California. The company focuses on advertising, branding, logo, video production, and more.

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    Notable Project

    10 Plus Brand, Inc. is providing marketing and web design services for a consulting services firm. The team is responsible for designing the client's brand identity and website, creating content, and more.

    "Their ability to create interesting and useful blogs on a monthly basis is impressive."

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  • 7
    • Scheduling

      5.0
    • Quality

      5.0
    • Cost

      4.7
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $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
    • NapTime Studio

    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

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  • 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
    • Walt Disney
    • Microsoft
    • Samsung

    Industries

    Notable Project

    Capitola Media created a video for a university’s ethics center. They handled pre-production, managing makeup, set, and music. Their team also edited the final product for social media and the website. 

    "Their team was very pleasant to work with and everything was on time."

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  • 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

    • Google
    • YouTube
    • Samsung
    • Discovery

    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

     

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  • 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

    An AR tech company hired ZeroOne Digital to produce cinematic trailers. The team covers production and postproduction while in keeping with COVID-19 protocols.

    "They’re very fast, reliable, and agile and their positive, can-do attitude makes them a joy to work with."

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  • 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
    • True Botanicals
    • Google
    • Facebook

    Industries

    Notable Project

    A consulting firm hired Wild Road Films for video production, graphic design, animation, and audio editing.

    "I have nothing but praise for the quality of work and creativity, and respect their work ethic."

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  • 12
    • Scheduling

      4.5
    • Quality

      5.0
    • Cost

      5.0
    • NPS

      5.0
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    • $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 wireframes, 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."

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  • 13
    • Undisclosed
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • Alameda, CA

    BrightSource Productions is a video production agency. Established in 2011, the small agency is located in Alameda, California. Their team provides video production.

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  • 14
    • Undisclosed
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • Oakland, CA

    Small video production company Steven Poe, is based in Oakland, California. The team offers video production and AR/VR development.

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  • 15
    • $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

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  • 16
    • Undisclosed
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • Hayward, CA

    Kauzmic Interactive is a video production agency established in 1989. Their small team is based in Hayward, California and provides video production.

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  • 17
    • 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.

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  • 18

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    • Undisclosed
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • Berkeley, CA

    Jed Riffe Films + Electronic Media, a video production company, was founded in 2000. Their small team is in Berkeley, California. The firm offers video production.

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  • 19
    • $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

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  • 20
    • $10,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Video production agency Lukas Production Inc. Is located in San Francisco, California. The agency specializes in video production and broadcast video and is small.The agency was founded in 2018.

    Industries

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  • 21
    • 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.

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  • 22
    • 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.

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  • 23
    • $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.

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  • 24
    • $250,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Small UX agency Milkinside, is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2018, the team provides ux/ui design, product design, Artificial Intelligence, graphic design, and more.

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  • 25
    • Undisclosed
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • San Francisco, CA

    Launched in 2019, Arch Collective is a marketing strategy company. In San Francisco, California, their small team focuses on marketing strategy, content marketing, conversion optimization, digital strategy, and more.

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  • 26
    • $10,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • San Anselmo, CA

    Based in San Anselmo, California, Level Set Films is a video production company. They provide video production and were launched in 2016.

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  • 27
    • $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
    • Sony

    Industries

    Notable Project

    A blockchain firm hired Prolific Studio to create an explainer video for their crowdfunding campaign. The team revised the client's outline, and they provided product screenshots before finishing the project.

    "They were able to deliver much quicker than promised."

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  • 28
    • $1,000+
    • 2 - 9 employees
    • Walnut Creek, CA

    MG Media Creative is a social media marketing company. Launched in 2018, the team focuses on social media marketing, video production, digital strategy, content marketing, and more. Their small agency is based in Danville, California.

    Clients

    • Gregoire Restaurant
    • The Clift Royal Sonesta
    • Downtown Mountain View Business Association
    • Blaine Bartlett

    Industries

    Notable Project

    MG Media Creative has provided social media marketing for a software company. The team manages a series of posts and campaigns, increasing leads and online presence. 

    "The responsiveness of the team to our ideas while being experts is impressive."

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  • 29
    • Undisclosed
    • 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.

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  • 30
    • $1,000+
    • 10 - 49 employees
    • Mountain View, CA

    Pitch Deck Edge is a small graphic design company. Founded in 2020, the team provides graphic design, video production, product design, and business consulting. The company is based in Mountain View, California.

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