A Message to our Clients and Partners


"Press release September 2021, MONTREAL, QC - STARNO.net is thrilled to announce that our talented team of visual effects artists will be joining the Rodeo FX family. Frederic St-Arnaud, founder and president of Starno, with more than 25 years of experience, will now head the matte painting department at Rodeo. In merging these mighty creative teams from both studios, the Matte Painting department of Rodeo Fx will continue to evolve as one of the best in the world.

“We were really on a roll, had the wind in our sails at STARNO.net... and then Sébastien [Moreau, CEO of Rodeo FX] arrived with a really interesting proposition,” says Frederic St-Arnaud. “We’d worked together years ago and had a great rapport so when he approached me and offered a return to Rodeo with the ambition of making a super high-end matte painting department, I was excited.” At Rodeo’s humble beginnings, Frederic worked as a matte painter as the company grew from 5 employees to 85. After that period, he left to pursue his own career around the world in some of the most renowned visual effects companies, and eventually came back to Montreal to start his own boutique studio.

“Frederic is an excellent artist and we have a great relationship so it’s a powerful merging of talent to bring our two teams together at this stage, especially when things are moving ahead so quickly for both of our companies. The potential is endless,” remarks Sébastien Moreau, CEO of Rodeo FX. A versatile studio, STARNO.net has just wrapped up a project with a major Montreal film studio and has several virtual production projects on the go. STARNO’s employees and its current projects will be relocated inside Rodeo FX."

STARNO.net will now stop to operate. This website and the media social sites will remain open but STARNO.net team will no longer be available for projects.

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

570 Projects done
1944 Shots & Images created
5 Years as a team
209 Happy clients

More than 20 years of experience

Frederic St-Arnaud is a business entrepreneur and a Visual 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.
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STARNO.net has stopped to operate since September 2021. This website and the media social sites will remain open but STARNO.net team will no longer be available for projects. Please use Linkedin.com private messages in case you want to reach out Frederic St-Arnaud. Thanks for your understanding.