- Visual Effects Boutique

Based in Montreal and Focusing primarily on VFX, CG Environment and Concept Art work

A Message to Our Clients and Partners About COVID-19

STARNO is maintaining our services and we are fully operational. We are well prepared and have significant experience in successfully serving clients remotely as our services are fully digital. Our Information Technology team have employed proactive measures to ensure that our workforce can work from anywhere and many of our services and meetings can be performed virtually using the same security level that we have in our studio. We are optimistic that by working together with you, we can preserve your safety and ours, and help curtail the spread of coronavirus. Sincerely, Frederic St-Arnaud, President 💪🙂👍

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Creators of Digital Worlds

Starno is a Montreal, Canada based VFX boutique studio that focuses primarily on Environment work for several industries. With STARNO's along your side, you will find talent and expertise to support your every need. Including Digital Matte Painting, Concept Art, Compositing, Key Art, Poster Art, Skybox, CG Environment, Promotional art and Advertisement.

Who loves to work with us

Our clients are typically Visual Effects / VFX Studios, Film Productions, Game Studios, Advertising Agencies and Architecture Agencies. Together we collaborate to work on projects for companies such as :

regency entertainment    netflix    nbc    sony pictures    paramount television    abc    ubisoft    amazon studios     appletvplus    warner Brother Games Montreal    eidos montreal     canal plus    mels montreal    rodeo fx     les films seville    Sony Television    Activision     starz

Film Industry

Matte Painting, Set Extension, 2.5D camera projection (Nuke and Maya), CG Environment, VFX, Previz and Postviz concept art, Backdrop, Cyclorama

Gaming Industry

Skybox, digital Matte Painting and CG Environment, Concept Art, Key art / Poster art, Cinematics, In-Game, Virtual Reality / VR projects


Photo realistic illustration and digital Matte Painting for advertising purposes such as TV Commercials, Prints, Web, Magazines, Etc


Architectural Previsualization, Photo-realistic integration, High-rise rendering

Superior results

We take pride in the work we do for our clients. We produce results rapidly and have one of the fastest development cycles in the industry. We invite you to browse our portfolio for a sample.

Professional experience

We have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Our team has more than 35 years of combined experience under our belts in our respective areas of expertise. Each of us brings a unique perspective to the table.


We work with companies of all shapes and sizes and recognize no two projects are the same. We make ourselves available for questions and schedule regular progress calls to check-in and make sure we’re all on the same page. And we’re always available via email.

Time Management

Managing your project's scope is about maximizing your budgeted time, money and resources to carry out the necessary steps on the way to reaching your goal.

We are proud of these numbers

423 Projects done
1056 Shots & Images created
5 Years as a team
183 Happy clients

More than 20 years of experience

Frederic St-Arnaud is a business entrepreneur and a Visuel Effects artist of more than 20 years of experience. As a successful and renowned talented artist, Frederic focused since 1998 primarily on digital Matte Painting (also known as Matte Art or Digimatte), set extension and concept art in the film industry building a strong reputation in the VFX community. He founded his own VFX company in 2015 named STARNO and today, he still continues to work with passion in the industry accompanied by his team of faithful artists.

His film credits include over than 70 feature films such as The Amazing Spiderman, Sin City, Elysium, The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, Resident Evil, Terminator Salvation, Babel, Silent Hill, The Golden Compass which won the best Visual Effects oscar at the 2008 Academy Awards. [IMDB Frederic Profile] and [Linkedin Frederic Profile]

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Matte paintings (Matte arts) are used to create virtual sets. We use this term when we create an entire set using mostly photo manipulation and 2.5D techniques.


A set extension is the digital extension of an existing set or a part of a set built especially for a project using generally the same techniques than matte painting.


CG Environment is the application of computer graphics to create full 3 dimensional sets in visual effects / VFX (films) and video games.


A concept art is a form of illustration where the main goal is to convey a visual representation of an idea for use mostly in games and films or other media before it is put into the final product.


Our compositing services: Seamless Integrations, Rotoscopy, Chroma Key, Camera Mapping, Tracking and Camera match move, Color Grading and Matte Key.


The term Key Art is used to describe an artwork used to advertise a film, stage production or tv series or a game. Key art is the art of high end illustration for marketing campaigns, including movie posters.


A skybox and a cyclo is a method of creating backgrounds to make a computer and video games level look bigger than it really is. We can also apply these techniques to VR (virtual reality) and VFX projects.


Also called back-cloth, a backdrop is a painted cloth hung at the back of a set or a stage as part of the scenery. Today, backdrops are digitally painted and then printed on canvas for multiple purposes.

Join Us

As we grow, we are always looking for talented individuals to join our team, whether they are recent graduates or experienced professionals. Are you an experienced artist looking for the next step in your career? Do you want to work on feature films, television shows, games and advertisement projects?

3D GENERALIST ARTIST - Canadian citizens or permanent residents only [OPEN POSITION]
SENIOR MATTE PAINTER - Canadian citizens or permanent residents only [CLOSED POSITION]
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How to reach us

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Studio Address

4710 St-Ambroise street, #334-A
Montreal (Quebec), Canada, H4C 2C7
Phone: 1 (438) 375-7302

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