The CG/VFX List

By Alastair Macleod - al at mocap dot ca

This is a curated list of VFX companies and individuals, with a focus on building asset or providing front end services such as 3d scanning, motion capture and asset creation rather than vfx shops that primarily work on shots.

The motivation behind this list is to help connect reputable companies and individuals with clients and to help spread common knowledge within the industry regarding who to go to get things made or work done.

If you have any suggestions for companies to add, please submit them here.

About me:  I am a Motion Capture specialist working in Los Angeles.  I mostly work at production companies (ESC, Image Engine, Weta, Laika…) and have occasionally work for service companies (Audiomotion, House of Moves).  I am currently working at RYOT Films in Playa Vista California.

Legal:  Any opinions listed are the opinions of the individual.  Nothing stated should be considered an endorsement.  No warranty for the validity of the information is given and all liability is waived.  If you have a bad experience with someone who gets a favourable listing here, please don’t blame or sue me - but please let me know so I can make a note or even remove the listing.

Multiple listings:  Some companies may fit in to many different categories, they will be listed in their primary area of expertise with other services offered as a note.


Table of contents

Asset Creation

Full Service

Pixomondo

Gradient FX

CounterPunch

TurboSquid

Concept Art

Matchmoving

Yannix

3D Scanning, Photogrammetry, Retopology

PixelGun

Sample and Hold (London, UK)

Modeling

Texturing

Rigging

Animation

Animators

Motion Capture Facilities

Motion Capture Clips

Motion Capture Vendors

Animation Vertigo

3x3 Motion Capture (Suits)

Mocap Solutions (Markers)

Mocap Hardware

3D Printing

Autodesk Fusion - $60/mo, $495/yr

Blender

http://www.meshmixer.com/

Ultimaker 2+

Thingiverse

Schools

Production Tools/Websites

Video Hardware

Free Online Resources

Individual Artists

Books

Other Links


Asset Creation

This section lists companies or individuals who can help with asset creation, from designing the initial concept through to delivering a film, tv or game ready production asset.  Websites that sell assets may be listed here too.

Full Service

The following companies or individuals can take a character description and a rough drawing on the back of an envelope and deliver a fully rigged and textured asset ready for production use.

Pixomondo

Originally known as a previs company they have expanded into other areas.

Al

They do great work and are very well known in the industry.  They likely will only work with big budget projects I expect.

Gradient FX

Asset creation and VFX.  Originally from Germany and has offices in Venice and Montreal.

CounterPunch

Full service asset creation through to final delivery.

Al

I worked with counterpunch when they were doing the Barbie Video Logs along with House of Moves.  They do great work for asset creating, faceware based face animation and other services.

TurboSquid

Website where you get what you pay for with assets on this site.  Often good as a starting point to build from.

Concept Art

George Hull

Aaron Simms

Matchmoving

Yannix

A very well known and reputable matchmoving company.

3D Scanning, Photogrammetry, Retopology

PixelGun

A major player in 3D scanning.  They have a mobile which is based in San Francisco but moves around America and is frequently in LA.  

Al

I’ve not used them personally, but I have seen inside their mobile rig and it’s very impressive. I would certainly use them as an option for 3d scanning people.

Sample and Hold (London, UK)

https://scanlab.ca

Modeling

Texturing

Rigging


Animation

Animators

Motion Capture Facilities

Animatrik - Vancouver BC

AudioMotion - Oxford, UK

Centroid - Buckinghamshire

House Of Moves - Los Angeles, California

Emily Carr University - Vancouver BC

The Sawmill - Vancouver BC

EA Capture Lab - Vancouver BC

Motion Capture Clips

The following websites provide motion capture animation clips.

Motion Library

Carnegie Mellon

Mocap Data

Mocap Club

Mocap Online

Motion Capture Vendors

Animation Vertigo

Philippines based motion capture data cleanup company

Al

My go-to company for doing motion capture cleanup. Tell Marla I said hi.

 

3x3 Motion Capture (Suits)

Norma provides suits and markers for most of the industry.

Al

Don’t let the terrible website fool you - this is where most people go to get their mocap suits made.  Norma does great work.

Mocap Solutions (Markers)

They sell the “X” markers.

Al

I’ll usually get suits from Norma (3x3) and markers from these guys - but both vendors sell both. The Mocap Solutions suits are fairly new, I’m not sure how they compare to 3x3.

Mocap Hardware

Vicon

Natural Point

Motion Analysis

XSens

Perception Neuron

NCAM

Manus

Leap Motion

Nansense


3D Printing

Autodesk Fusion - $60/mo, $495/yr

Joseph

“The full construction history and timeline to go back and make changes I find extremely useful as it makes it so much easier to make tiny tweaks to your model as you find the sweet spots of your printer.”

Blender

Simon

Learn the Boolean modifiers to combine simple solids into complex shapes, very fast and fluid and you can step into the verts if you have to

http://www.meshmixer.com/

Ultimaker 2+

Al

This is the printer I have and it’s been great.

Thingiverse

Al

Download stuff to print from here.


Schools

These schools are the best of the best, IMHO:

Gobelins - France

Gnomon - Los Angeles

Full Sail - Florida

Bournemouth University - England

Filmakademie - Germany

Lost Boys Studios - Vancouver, Montreal

Ringling - Florida

Savannah College of Art and Design - Georgia, Hong Kong

Vancouver Film School - Vancouver BC

Sheridan College - Wyoming

University of Southern California - Los Angeles

California Institute of the Arts - Los Angeles

These school are also worth checking out:

Think Tank Training Centre

Dundee University

Rigging Dojo - Brad Clark

Capilano University

I would not recommend the Art Institute.


Production Tools/Websites

https://www.draw.io/ - Flowcharts

https://asana.com/ - Project Tracking

https://basecamp.com/ - Project Tracking

https://trello.com/ - Task Management

https://slack.com/ - Messaging

https://fonts.google.com/ - Free Fonts

http://paletton.com/ - Color Pallette

https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/ - Python Editor

https://processing.org/ - Simple Graphics Programming

https://www.anaconda.com/download/ - Full python install, great for machine learning

https://opencv.org/ - Computer Vision Library

Video Hardware

https://www.aja.com/

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/

http://www.gefen.com/ - Great video systems, cables, switching

https://www.paralinx.net/products/ - wireless

https://teradek.com/ - wireless

https://shop.redrockmicro.com/ - camera mounts

Free Online Resources

These resource provide royalty free assets for download:

https://unsplash.com/ - Images

https://www.wildtextures.com/ - Images

Individual Artists

Austin Eddy, Artist

James Stewart, Sculptor

Janelle Schneider, Artist

Delphine Doreau, Artist and color expert

John Albiston, Photographer

Books

Shot By Shot


Other Links

I don’t know anything about these companies, but am listing them for future reference:

http://www.believe.tv/contact/ - Chile