Location: Santa Monica, CA

Founded: 2002

Website: http://www.hydraulx.com

Hydraulx Visual Effects was founded by Greg and Colin Strause in 2002 and has quickly amassed an impressive list of clients. Hydraulx Filmz is the production division of the studio, helmed by the directing duo of the Brothers Strause (as they are known) and directors Shaun Silva and Scott Kinsey, AKA Goodfear.

Notable Products

  • Visual effects for feature films, commercials, and music videos
  • Hydraulx Filmz: commercial and music video production


What to Expect

Recent feature film credits for visual effects include Skyline (directed and produced by the Brothers Strause), Avatar, Knight and Day, Jonah Hex, Get Him to the Greek, and The A-Team. Commercials and music videos featuring the talent of Hydraulx artists also include work for Scion, Nike, 50 Cent, Tool, Linkin Park, and Aerosmith.

At the VFX wing of the operation, the company prides itself on finding and retaining top talent by offering the latest in software technology and investing in a wide range of applications, including Maya and Mental Ray. Positions in this division include work for traditional and 3-D artists, in roles such as FX/dynamics technical director, character rigger, animation modeler, flare/combustion cleanup artist, and character TD. Hydraulx Filmz uses the RED ONE digital camera with a diverse array of accessories, including nine different lens packages. Production crews are hired on a contract basis depending on the specific needs of the project, but full-time positions do exist for editors proficient in non-linear editing.

The Santa Monica studio is a bright, modern space where artists are grouped together in sections, rather than divided by confining cubicles; there are more glass partitions and windows than solid walls. Along with dozens of design stations with HD widescreen monitors, the Hydraulx studio also houses a kitchen, patio, and theater-style screening room with overstuffed lounge chairs



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