12 VFX Facilities in Los Angeles | Film Budget

List of 12 Los Angeles VFX Facilities – Film Budget – Line Producer – Film Production Services

We decided to assemble a list of 12 leading VFX facilities in Los Angeles in the face of the turmoil in the CGI industry.   Due to competition and increased pressure on the film budget of most motion picture productions, companies have had to outsource and cut rates extensively.

In the face of the visual effects industry contraction and mounting challenges to the current economic model, we are glad to see these companies maintain their California based roots.   We hope they continue to employ local filmmakers and artists in the field of computer generated imagery, animation and vfx work.


Eden FX

1438 N. Gower Street Building 50 & 16, Box 19, Hollywood, California

(323) 993-7050 ‎ · edenfx.com


S4 Studios LLC

5657 Wilshire Blvd #290, Los Angeles, CA

(323) 937-2100 ‎ · s4studios.com


Prime Focus Global Integration

1800 Vine St # 100, Los Angeles, CA

(323) 461-7887 ‎http://www.primefocusworld.com/


Point360 West

12421 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

(310) 481-7000 ‎ · west.point360.com


Scanline VFX La Inc

12910 Culver Blvd # C, Los Angeles, CA

(310) 827-1555 ‎ · scanlinevfx.com


Rhythm & Hues Studios

2100 E Grand Ave, El Segundo, CA

(310) 448-7500 ‎ · rhythm.com



941 North Mansfield Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

(323) 606-5050 ‎ · yuco.com


Steele VFX

5737 Mesmer Avenue, Culver City, CA

(310) 656-7770 ‎ · steelevfx.com


Look Effects, Inc.

Suite F, 12910 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA

(323) 469-4230 ‎ · lookfx.com


Zoic Studios

3582 Eastham Drive, Culver City, CA

(310) 838-0770 ‎ · zoicstudios.com



727 South Main Street, Burbank, CA

(818) 531-7200 ‎ · icovfx.com


New Deal Studios

4105 Redwood Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

(310) 578-9929 ‎ · newdealstudios.com


These visual effects companies work on a wide range of movie productions with both large film budgets and those with a more modest indie film budget supporting their vision.   A good visual effects team can contour a proposal for any size move and offer a wide range of visual effects imagery.





‘The Mind of The Married Man’ / Producer / Unit Production Manager

FilmBudget.com founder, film and television producer Jack Binder produced the HBO critically acclaimed tv series ‘The Mind of the Married Man’.    The tv show ran for two seasons before Binder went on to produce the New Line Cinema release of ‘The Upside of Anger‘ starring Kevin Costner, Joan Allen, Evan Rachel Wood, Kerri Russell, Erica Christensen and Alicia Witt.

HBO subsequently wished to finance a third season before Jack moved on to produce “Man About Town‘ starring Ben Affleck and then ‘Reign Over Me‘ starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle for Columbia Pictures.   The tv series was controversial for its dealing with marriage issues in a comedy program.    Here is the opening title sequence of ‘The Mind of the Married Man’.


The Mind of the Married Man







Filmbudget.com is the international leader in worldwide film budget and schedule line producer production services for indie film and studio production.   For film budget production services in Europe, Australia, Canada, The United States, Latin America, Eastern Europe and worldwide, veteran line producer Jack Binder provides twenty-five years of extensive experience on major Hollywood studio and indie film production.

Top 10 VFX Visual Effects Companies in Feature Film | Film Budget Inc

Compiled by:   FilmBudget.com  – the global leader in worldwide film budget and schedule production services for the motion picture industry.


Top 10 VFX Companies in Feature Film

Avatarmotioncapture1. INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC San Francisco, CA
“Star Wars,”” Indiana Jones,” “Jurassic Park.”

2. WETA DIGITAL New Zealand
“Lord of the Rings,” “Avatar”



4. ZOIC STUDIOS Culver City, CA

5. DOUBLE NEGATIVE London, England

“Harry Potter,”  “Inception”

6. FRAMESTORE LONDON London, England

“Clash of the titans,” “Captain America.”


“Watchmen,”  “Alice in Wonderland.”

8. SVENGALI FX  Santa Monica, CA


10. METHOD STUDIOS   Los Angeles, CA

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Paris Project Co-Production Platform – Paris Cinema Festival 2011

Paris Cinema IFF 2011 – July 2nd to July 13th, 2011

Paris Project Co-Production Platform

The Paris Project Co-Production Platform remains Europe’s leading co-production venue, surpassing rival countries programs.  With 350 projects submitted Paris continues to attract top films to its presentation.


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The ideal film budget range for acceptance runs from $300,000 to $3 million with at least seventy percent of film finance set up.   The Paris Cinema platform runs from July 4 to July 7, 2011 and runs simultaneously with the Festival Paris Cinema which runs from July 2nd to 13th, 2011.   Fifteen foreign projects have been selected and are in the works for film finance from French and European sponsors.

Program details and listings can be found here.


Paris Cinema IFF is supported by

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Paris Project – Paris Cinéma IFF155, rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, FranceTél : 33 (0) 1 55 25 55 26 / Fax : 33 (01) 1 43 67 09 50Email : parisproject@pariscinema.org






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3 Top Film Finance Expert Sources

The film financing market is showing signs of life again. Pre-sales and negative pick-ups were up and funding every range of film budget at the Cannes Film Festival and the Cannes Film Market.

So we thought it might be helpful to our readers to list three sources for film finance information to assist in finding financial sources for film funding of your film budget toward the greenlight required for motion picture production. While certainly not a complete list and we will be posting more here are some key resources to get your film budget the critical investor, financier or lender required to get your film made.

1. Jeff Steele’s Film Closings – Jeff Steele is a film finance expert based in Venice, CA and Chicago. Jeff provides expert insight into the pitfalls and advantages of properly aligned financial documentation and managing expectations across the film finance process. Jeff is a strong proponent of hiring a professional line producer to create a custom and accurate film budget and schedule for any serious movie production seeking financing.

2. Film Finance Forum – Film Finance Forum is the preeminent conference for the film finance, movie and television production industry. Panelist relay their expertise on matters of the funding, production, bank lending, studio and independent film budget realities and marketplace analysis. Presenters range from studio executives to bank representatives. Filmbudget.com founder Jack Binder is a regular attendee to the conference. FFF operates in NY, LA, Cannes, Singapore, Moscow and other locations.

3. Film Finance Summit – Film Finance Summit is likewise a film industry leader in movie financing seminars and conferences. Past speakers include film financing attorneys, bankers, film tax incentives professionals and film producers. Filmbudget.com Founder, Producer Jack Binder has been a guest panelist for Film Finance Summit Conferences.

Filmmakers Michael Bay and James Cameron Talk 3D

Mega film budget Directors Michael Bay and James Cameron talk about 3D and its aesthetic value in filmmaking today.  Cameron comments on Bay’s great use of the spatial possibilities in 3D, while Bay describes how he has always shot with strong foreground, mid-ground and background and how this new technology allows him to maximize that technique.





Foreign Sales Agents and Film Finance Recommend a Custom Film Budget by an Expert

As Cannes kicks off it is again quite clear the message coming from the foreign sales agents and the film finance people. Consistently the message to producers is for them to obtain a quality, custom and accurate film budget and schedule from a hand crafted screenplay breakdown created by a seasoned line producer.

As foreign sales prices continue to fall and the dvd market shows further weakness, the clear implication is that the film budget must be reevaluated for todays economic reality. Early on the producers representatives are likewise insisting that they become more involved in the film budgeting process to ensure the filmmakers create a film budget and schedule that reflects the commercial aspects that the movie must achieve to gain financing.

FilmBudget.com is the international leader in worlwide film budget and schedule production services since 1997. Producing feature film and television productions since 1986, Producer Jack Binder is an expert in the field of studio and independent feature film and tv film budgets and schedules.

Top Five Reasons For an Expert Film Budget for Film Financing

The top ten reasons for a film budget from an expert for film financing:


1.  Quality Matters:  a quality film budget and schedule matters.   An inferior film budget is an obvious affront to anyone with any knowledge to whom it is presented.

2.  Accuracy is Critical:  accuracy is critical due the the fact of exponential calculations.  A small mistake or error in the film budget can expand to millions of dollars over the life of a movie.

3.  Your Film Budget is Your Calling Card:  your film budget represents you to investors, film financiers and distributors.  You are certainly judged on the film budget you present.

4.  You Only Get One Chance:  you may only get one chance at a film finance executive of movie investor.  One ought to put their best foot forward and shine in the highest light.

5.  It Not Your Money:  it’s not.   By demonstrating your ability to delegate to a professional with experience you are telling your investors that you are serious about being responsible

with the financiers money.


For a quality, reliable, custom and accurate film budget and schedule contact Filmbudget.com – the worldwide leader in international film budget and schedule production services.


a quality film budget matters for film financiers


Film Finance Experts Agree – For a Film Budget You Get What You Pay For

Film Finance Experts Agree – For a Film Budget You Get What You Pay For

Obtaining film financing for your movie production is a difficult task and not one a filmmaker will get many chances at with an investor.  Professional producers and directors understand this and do not take shortcuts with a film budget that would risk their integrity and understanding of the collaborative nature of filmmaking and the importance of delegating the critical work of the creation of a film budget to an experienced line producer with many years in the field.

As one industry professional who is well known and revered for his extensive film finance knowledge stated recently:

“If producers want to be taken seriously by any financier, then they need to have a budget, a schedule and a finance plan, which means who you hire to create these documents is just as important as the information they contain.”

Templates, online websites, cheap attempts to circumvent the quality work of serious veteran movie producers with the knowledge and understanding it takes to create a finance and camera ready film budget and schedule are looked down upon as almost laughable and insufficient to move a production forward.   A true film budget and schedule is one created by a line producer with expertise in the field of the production manager and film producer using all their skills on your project to determine the right cost.

Filmbudget.com is the international leader in worldwide film budget and schedule production services.  Since 1997.

Accept no imitations.

A film budget by a line producer is critical for film finance

The founder of Filmbudget.com is studio and independent film producer Jack Binder whose credits include Columbia Pictures ‘Reign Over Me’ starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle; New Line Cinema’s ‘The Upside of Anger’ starring Kevin Costner and Joan Allen. Binder also produces for The Walt Disney Studios, Home Box Office, Twentieth Century Fox and Lionsgate films amongst others in his 25 years of experience in the field of feature film and television production.

Top 10 Movies with the Highest Film Budget

The top ten movies that have the highest film budget for their production costs are listed below.  These production costs do not included marketing, finance costs, prints and advertising (P&A) or distribution costs.  The figures represent production film budgets only.


Top 10 Movies with the Highest Film Budget

Film                                                                Film Budget         Release Date

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End       $300 Million            2007
  2. Tangled                                                       $260 Million            2010
  3. Spider-Man 3                                               $258 Million            2007
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince          $250 Million             2009
  5. Avatar                                                        $237 Million             2009
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian      $225 Million            2008
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest  $225 Million            2006
  8. X-Men: The Last Stand                                $210 Million            2006
  9. Superman Returns                                       $209 Million            2006
  10. King Kong                                                   $209 Million            2005

The numbers above are estimates of the film budget for the specified motion pictureproduction.  The production film budgets listed are sourced

from publicly available information including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and IMDB.