Creator of Photorealistic Environment

Our recent Projects

Our services

What we love to do

Creating high end photo realistic images is our passion. Wether you need photo-real matte painting shots, beautiful concept arts or invisible set extension, our Montreal based studio handles all aspects of the process, from early sketches to final work.

Matte Painting

We create Digital Matte Painting, 2.5D Camera Projection, CG Environment, Set Extension, Backdrop, Backlot, Cyclorama

Adobe Photoshop    autodesk maya    Nuke Foundry

Concept Art

We create Characters, Creatures, Environments, Costumes, Vehicules, Props

Adobe Photoshop    autodesk maya


We create Photo-real illustration using photo-manipulation techniques and 3D elements, Poster Art, Key Art, Promotional Art

Adobe Photoshop    autodesk maya

Who love to work with us

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

regency entertainment    netflix    nbc    sony pictures    paramount television    abc    ubisoft    amazon studios

Film Industry

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

Game 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


Previsualization architectural project, Photo-realistic integration, High-rise rendering

About Us

Who we are

Starno is a Montreal Canada based creative studio focusing primarily on high end photo realistic images. Under STARNO‘s wing, you’ll find impressive talent and experience ready to roll on your project, from Digital Matte Painting, Concept Art, Key Art, Poster Art, CG Environment, Promotional art and Advertisement.

On time projects

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.

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.

Communicative team

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.

The team

Frederic St-Arnaud

Frederic extensive artistic and visual effects experience, spanning 20 years. For the past 16 years, Frederic was working for VFX studios as well as freelancing under the name of STARNO focusing primarily on digital matte painting, concept art and art direction. After many years of successful freelancing and great reputation, STARNO got incorporated in November 2015 for business venture.

His film credits include over than 50 feature films such as The Amazing Spiderman, Sin City, Elysium, The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, Resident Evil, Terminator Salvation, Babel, Silent Hill, Sky captain and the world of tomorrow, Once upon a time in Mexico, Spy kids 2 & 3, The Golden Compass which won the best Visual Effects oscar at the 2008 Academy Awards.



As an experienced producer and executive producer Melanie, works across both film and television. She has worked extensively with commercial and public broadcasters over the course of her career, and effectively balances her role across creative development, financing and production.

Melanie’s career began in 1998 at Technicolor as an Editor Assistant on both local and international film projects, she then worked at Buzz Image and Groupe TVA as a project manager. She joined STARNO at the early stage, her wise business advises and clever production strategies helped the company to become more organized and successful.


Joseph has been involved in many aspects of visual effects production ranging from modeling, texturing, compositing, rendering to matte painting tasks.

Having studied at the Montreal division of UQAT (Université du Quebec au Temiscamingue), Joseph's combined artistic background and techinal skills for visual effects and game production, enables him to streamline the studio pipeline in order to fully support the production needs as well as facilitate the creative process for the artists.


As Production manager, Isabelle oversees all projects with focus on the deliveries expectation, milestones, coordination with artists and clients as well as hiring and sales.

Most of Isabelle’s 15-years career has been spent in the show business industry, as a producer, publisher and singer for musical bands. Looking to broaden her understanding of production, she jumped at the opportunity to join STARNO.

We are proud of these numbers

33 Projects in 2016
7 Artists were involved in 2016
142 Shots created in 2016
366 Water gallons drank in 2016

35 years of combined experience

Our team members were involved in many projects in the past. Here's a list of some of them.

  • The Arrival

    The Arrival

    Matte Painting

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    Concept Art

  • Gods of Egypt

    Gods of Egypt

    Matte Painting

  • Race


    Matte Painting

  • Pan


    Matte Painting

  • Wild


    Set Extension

  • La Belle et la Bete

    La Belle et la Bete

    Art Direction

  • The Lone Ranger

    The Lone Ranger

    Matte Painting

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim

    Matte Painting

  • When We Were Boys

    When We Were Boys

    Art Direction

  • Miraculum


    Matte Painting

  • Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

    Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

    Matte Painting

  • The Amazing Spiderman

    The Amazing Spiderman

    Matte Painting Supervision

  • Elysium


    Matte Painting

  • Riddick


    Matte Painting

  • Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia

    Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia

    Set Extension

  • Red Tails

    Red Tails

    Matte Painting Supervision

  • The Three Musketeers

    The Three Musketeers

    Matte Painting Supervision

  • Jack the giant slayer

    Jack the giant slayer

    Matte Painting Supervision

  • Mirror Mirror

    Mirror Mirror

    Matte Painting

  • Death Race

    Death Race

    Matte Painting

  • Immortals


    Matte Painting

  • Rango


    Matte Painting

  • Resident Evil: Afterlife

    Resident Evil: Afterlife

    Matte Painting Supervision

  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

    Concept Art

  • Terminator 4

    Terminator 4

    Matte Painting

  • Amelia


    Matte Painting

  • Jonah Hex

    Jonah Hex

    Matte Painting

  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Matte Painting

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Matte Painting

  • Mr Nobody

    Mr Nobody

    Matte Painting

  • The Golden Compass

    The Golden Compass

    Matte Painting

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Matte Painting

  • Mr Magorium

    Mr Magorium

    Set Extension

  • Babel


    Matte Painting

  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill

    Matte Painting

  • Sin City

    Sin City

    Concept Art

  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

    Matte Painting

  • Racing Stripes

    Racing Stripes

    Concept Art

  • The Day after Tomorrow

    The Day after Tomorrow

    Matte Painting

  • The Bone Collector

    The Bone Collector

  • Spy Kids 2

    Spy Kids 2

    Character Animation

  • Spy Kids 3D

    Spy Kids 3D

    Concept Art

  • Nouvelle France

    Nouvelle France

    Matte Painting

  • Once upon a time in Mexico

    Once upon a time in Mexico

    Matte Painting

Useful definitions

For a better understanding

Babel Myth Matte Painting


Matte paintings (Matte arts) are used to create “virtual sets” and “digital backlots”. They can be used to create entire new sets, or to extend portions of an existing set. Traditional matte painting is done optically, by painting on top of a piece of glass to be composited with the original footage. Nowadays, matte painting is done in computers with the use of a tablet as a drawing device. In a digital environment, matte paintings can also be done in a 3D environment, allowing for 3D camera movements.
Waterfall Church Concept Art


A concept art is a form of illustration where the main goal is to convey a visual representation of a design, idea, and/or mood for use in movies, video games, or comic books before it is put into the final product. Concept Art is the illustrated visualization of ideas. These illustrations became necessary for developed visual properties. Concept art is the preliminary visual statement made in entertainment production. Before characters, worlds, or items are created, images are made to show what these things should look like, often based on a writers description.
Dark Angel Key Art

Key Art

The term Key Art is used to describe an artwork usually in the form of a one sheet (or the more widely used term ‘poster’) – used to advertise a film, stage production or tv series or a game. Once the Key Art is developed, it is applied to all the marketing & advertising material of that specific film, stage produciton or tv series – to create a single ‘visual look & feel’ for the audience to recognize. Studios often print several posters that vary in size and content for various domestic and international markets.

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? Are you an accomplished artist looking to join our team?

OPEN POSITION: SENIOR MATTE PAINTING / PHOTOSHOP ARTIST - Canadian citizens or permanent residents only

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Whatever your query is about, we will aim to get you the right answer as quickly as possible.

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