Method Studios

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Method Studios
Los Angeles, California
Number of locations
New York City, USA
San Francisco, USA
Atlanta, USA
Vancouver, Canada
Montreal, Canada
Melbourne, Australia
Pune, India
Key people
Ed Ulbrich – President and General Manager, Visual Effects and VR
Eric Combrie – COO
Erika Burton – EVP, Global Features VFX
ServicesVisual Effects

Method Studios is a visual effects company launched in 1999 in Los Angeles, California with facilities in New York, Atlanta, Vancouver, San Francisco, Melbourne, Montreal, and Pune. The company provides production and post-production services including conceptual design, look development, on-set supervision, 3D animation/CGI, matte painting, AR/VR, compositing and finishing.[1]

Some commercial and feature projects produced by Method Studios have been recognized by award bodies such as the Visual Effects Society (VES) and Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP).[2][3] Some Method staff have been invited to speak at industry conferences such as SIGGRAPH, NAB, Collider and the VES Production Summit[4][5]


In late 2010, Method Studios was acquired by Deluxe to form part of the Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. This group includes other companies specializing in post-production such as Company 3 (color grading) , Encore (TV post-production and visual effects), and Beast (editorial). Method Studios co-locate with both Company 3 and Beast in Atlanta, share facility space with Company 3 in Los Angeles and New York, and share facility space with Encore in Vancouver.[6] In 2018 Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. acquired the award-winning VFX studio Atomic Fiction, and joined it with Method Studios.[7]
In November 2020 it was announced that Method Studios, along with Company 3 and several of Deluxe's other creative businesses, would be acquired by Framestore.[8]


Method Studios has collaborated on feature films with many top studios such as Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios and Paramount. In terms of commercial production, the company maintains working relationships with many award-winning directors such as Noam Murro, Tom Kuntz, Jake Scott, Nicolai Fuglsig and Mark Romanek. Commercial clients include Verizon, DirecTV, Kia Motors, Microsoft, Bridgestone, Chrysler and Canon through agencies David&Goliath, Grey, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Twofifteen and TBWA/Chiat Day and many more.[9]


Feature Films

Year Film Director Distributor Budget Gross
2008 Changeling Clint Eastwood Universal Studios 55 million 113.4 million
2009 Watchmen Zack Snyder Warner Bros. Pictures

Paramount Pictures

130 million 185.3 million
Angels & Demons Ron Howard Sony Pictures 150 million 485.9 million
Invictus Clint Eastwood million million
2010 I'm Here million million
A Nightmare on Elm Street million million
The Sorcerer's Apprentice million million
Salt million million
Let Me In million million
Red million million
2011 The Green Hornet million million
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides million million
Tree of Life million million
X-Men: First Class million million
Captain America: The First Avenger million million
The Ides of March million million
Contagion million million
Tower Heist Brett Ratner million million
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 million million
J. Edgar million million
Jack and Jill million million
New Years Eve Garry Marshall million million
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Neveldine & Taylor million million
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Fincher million million
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close million million
2012 Man on a Ledge million million
This Means War McG million million
Wrath of the Titans million million
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Peter Lord million million
Dark Shadows Tim Burton million million
Men in Black 3 Barry Sonnenfeld million million
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Timur Bekmambetov million million
Ted Seth MacFarlane million million
Looper million million
Argo million million
Flight Robert Zemeckis million million
Cloud Atlas million million
2013 Beautiful Creatures million million
A Good Day to Die Hard million million
Iron Man 3 million million
After Earth million million
White House Down million million
The Wolverine million million
Riddick million million
Thor: The Dark World million million
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire million million
The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese million million
2014 The Monuments Men million million
Robocop million million
Divergent million million
A Million Ways to Die in the West Seth MacFarlane million million
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn million million
Hercules million million
Into the Storm million million
The Maze Runner million million
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Shawn Levy million million
2015 Jupiter Ascending million million
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Paul Tibbitt and Mike Mitchell million million
Mad Max: Fury Road million million
San Andreas million million
Ted 2 Seth MacFarlane million million
Ant-Man Peyton Reed million million
The Walk Robert Zemeckis million million
2016 Deadpool Tim Miller million million
Captain America: Civil War million million
Star Trek Beyond million million
Ghostbusters Paul Feig million million
Voyage of Time million million
Deepwater Horizon million million
Doctor Strange million million
Allied Robert Zemeckis
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
2017 Ghost in the Shell
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 James Gunn
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Transformers: The Last Knight
Spider-Man: Homecoming Jon Watts
Blade Runner 2049
Thor: Ragnarok Taika Waititi
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Jake Kasdan
2018 Black Panther
A Wrinkle in Time
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Tomb Raider
Avengers: Infinity War Anthony and Joe Russo
Deadpool 2
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Christopher Robin
Crazy Rich Asians
The Predator
Outlaw King
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The Christmas Chronicles Clay Kaytis
Welcome to Marwen Robert Zemeckis
2019 Velvet Buzzsaw
Triple Frontier
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Rim of the World
Men in Black: International
Spider-Man: Far From Home Jon Watts
Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
The Laundromat
It Chapter Two Andy Muschietti
Terminator: Dark Fate
Doctor Sleep
Jumanji: The Next Level Jake Kasdan
2020 Birds of Prey
The New Mutants
The One and Only Ivan
The Witches
The Babysitter: Killer Queen
Wonder Woman 1984
2021 Mortal Kombat
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
The Tomorrow War
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
2022 RRR
K.G.F: Chapter 2
Top Gun: Maverick


Commercial visual effects work produced by Method Studios includes Justin Timberlake's Filthy, Microsoft Surface: Combo, The Battle of Evony, Ford: Be the Guardian of Your Galaxy, and Nature Valley: Swimmer. They also did commercials for Fox NFL Sunday featuring Cleatus

Method Design

Method Design is a design arm of Method Studios located within their Los Angeles and New York offices. This group has completed main titles and design for feature films and episodic shows including Godless, American Horror Story, The Night Of, and El Chapo. In addition to the film and trailer markets, Method Design has also done extensive commercial design work with Method Studios' commercial visual effects and finishing teams around the world.[10]

Awards won

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • 2013, Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial - Chevy '2012 Silverado'
  • 2011, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Live Action Commercial - Halo Reach 'Deliver Hope'

AICP Awards

  • 2014, VFX - GE 'Childlike Imagination'
  • 2013, Animation - DirecTV 'Troll'
  • 2011, VFX - Halo Reach 'Deliver Hope'

Clio Awards

  • 2014, Silver winner for VFX - DirecTV 'Troll'
  • 2012, Gold winner for VFX - Jameson 'Fire'
  • 2007, Gold winner for VFX – Adidas ‘Carry’
  • 2005, Silver winner for VFX – Sears ‘Arboretum’

London International Awards[11]

  • 2013, Bronze for Music Video VFX - Deadmau5 'Professional Greifers'
  • 2013, Bronze for Commercial Animation - DirecTV 'Troll'
  • 2012, Silver for VFX - Kia 'Share Some Soul'
  • 2011, Gold for VFX - Halo Reach 'Deliver Hope'

Australian Effects and Animation Festival (AEAF Awards)

Hollywood Post Alliance Awards[12]

  • 2014, VFX - GE 'Childlike Imagination
  • 2012, Compositing - Chevy '2012 Silverado'
  • 2011, Compositing - Jameson 'Fire'

CICLOPE Awards[13]

  • 2014, Gold for Live Action VFX - GE 'Childlike Imagination
  • 2013, Bronze for Live Action VFX - DirecTV 'Troll'
  • 2012, Silver for Live Action VFX - Halo 4 'The Commissioning'

3D World

  • 2011, Best use of CG in Advertising - Halo Reach 'Deliver Hope'


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