Creators of Digital Worlds

A Montreal based VFX studio, combining more than 35 years of experience in Visual Effects, CG Environment, Matte Painting and Concept Art.

vfx │ matte painting │ cg environment

matte painting

Full CG Environment

Full CG Environment

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STARNO produced an historical reconstitution of Malaga city, Spain, in 1862.

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STARNO is proud to have produced historical visual effects on the Netflix series Alias Grace.

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STARNO had great pleasure of working on the movie La Bolduc.

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STARNO worked on the movie “Ashes in the Snow” which takes place in Siberia in 1941. We added snow to several shots, which had none to very little snow on set.

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STARNO created awesome set extension shots for the movie “Pawn Sacrifice”; New York City, Santa Monica and Moscow with historical reconstructions of the 1920’s, 50’s and 70’s.

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We created the restaurant called Dancing Zorba's for both, day and night versions for the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. It goes unnoticed that we have completely redone the building’s facade, including the neon sign.

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STARNO delivered these historical re-enactment matte paintings of the city of Paris and the Versailles castle in 1650 for the TV show Versailles.

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We have also had the pleasure of creating beautiful concept art of China in ancient period, along with set extension matte paintings for the movie “Outcast”.

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Our team has taken great pleasure in recreating for the documentary “Raising Pompei”, this historical site in Italy, where the tragedy has yet to occur.

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STARNO team created a retro futuristic matte painting of New York City in the 50s for the movie The Tin Wife.

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STARNO team created this heroic science fiction matte painting shot inspired from the movie Blade Runner and with many layers of set extension and comp enhancements, achieved a wonderful and breathtaking look development for a possible CG environment.

Our recent Projects

our office

STARNO headquaters in Montreal, Canada

Our services

What we love to do

Creating VFX and photo realistic images is our passion. Whether it's for matte painting work, beautiful concept art or invisible set extension, our Montreal based studio handles all aspects of the process, from early sketches to final work.


We create all kind of VFX work. such as CG Environments, CG Assets, complex Camera Projection, Roto & Paint, Tracking & Match move

Matte Painting

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

Concept Art

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

Promotional Art

We create promotional art such as Movie Posters, Key Arts, Advertising Prints of all kind

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

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

About Us

Who we are

Starno is a Montreal, Canada based creative studio that focuses primarily on high-end photorealistic images. 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, CG Environment, Promotional art and Advertisement.

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

138 Projects done
496 Shots created
3 Years as a team
89 Happy clients

More than 35 years of combined experience

Our team members were involved in many projects in the past. Here are some of them.

  • The Arrival

    The Greatest Showman

    Matte Painting

  • 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




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 ENVIRONMENT ARTIST - Canadian citizens or permanent residents only [OPEN POSITION]

SENIOR MATTE PAINTER - Canadian citizens or permanent residents only [CLOSED POSITION]

SENIOR VFX COMPOSITOR - Canadian citizens or permanent residents only [CLOSED POSITION]

MID / SENIOR CONCEPT ARTIST - Canadian citizens or permanent residents only [CLOSED POSITION]

VFX PRODUCER - Canadian citizens or permanent residents only [CLOSED POSITION]
Contact Us

How to reach us

starno studio

Studio Address

420 St-Martin street
Montreal (Quebec), Canada, H3J 1W2

General Information

(General Information, Services request, Jobs Opportunities)

Miriel Robidoux

Executive VFX Producer

Frederic St-Arnaud

(Art Direction, Supervision, Business Information)

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