Frederic St-Arnaud

Frederic St-Arnaud

Matte Painter / Art Director at STARNO.NET

Montreal, Canada Area
Motion Pictures and Film

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Frederic St-Arnaud's Overview

  • Matte Painting / Art Direction at STARNO.NET
  • Matte Painting Supervisor at Rodeo FX
  • Matte Painting Teacher at UQAT University
  • Senior Digital Matte Painter at Rodeo FX
  • Concept Artist at War of God Production - Los Angeles
  • Matte-Painter Freelancer at Mokko Studio
  • Matte-Painter Freelancer at Meteor Studios
  • Matte Painting Supervisor at Digital Dimension
  • Matte Painter Consultant / Teacher and Artistic Director at Alpha-Vision
  • Matte-Painter Freelancer at FX Cartel
  • Matte-Painter Freelancer at Intelligent Creatures
  • Matte Painter / Concept Artist / Texture artist at Hybride Technologies
  • Character Animator at Fly Studio
  • 3D Artist / Concept Artist at Enzyme
  • Charactor Animator at Klik Animation
  • 3D Artist at Tube Image
  • Storyboard Artist at Jules Verne Production
  • Layout / Posing Artist at Cinar Animation

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Frederic St-Arnaud's Summary

Frederic St-Arnaud ( is a visual effect Matte Painting Artist and an Art Director, focusing since 17 years on high-end photo-realistic digital Matte Painting (also known as Matte Art or Digimatte), set extension and concept art in the film industry.

Credits includes: Pacific Rim, The Lone Ranger, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Silent Hill, Babel, Sin City, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Racing Stripes, Spy Kids 2 and 3, Once upon a time in Mexico, Nouvelle-France, The last sign, A different loyalty, etc.

Specialties: Matte painting / Set extentions / Concept Arts / Art Direction

Frederic St-Arnaud's Experience

Matte Painting / Art Direction


April 2012Present (2 years 6 months) Montreal, Canada Area

¤ PAWN SACRIFICE (Directed by Edward Zwick)
¤ ELYSIUM (Directed by Neill Blomkamp)
¤ DISHONORED (Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media company)
¤ ASTERIX & OBELIX: GOD SAVE BRITANNIA (Directed by Laurent Tirard)

VFX Art Director

Vision Globale

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

May 2013January 2014 (9 months) Montreal, Canada Area

¤ BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Directed by Christophe Gans)
¤ BRICK MANSIONS (Directed by Camille Delamarre)
¤ MIRACULUM (Directed by Daniel Grou)
¤ IL ETAIT UNE FOIS LES BOYS (Directed by Richard Goudreau)

Digimatte Artist

Industrial Light & Magic

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Entertainment industry

September 2012April 2013 (8 months) Vancouver, Canada Area

¤ THE LONE RANGER (Directed by Gore Verbinski)
¤ PACIFIC RIM (Directed by Guillermo del Toro)

Concept Art Teacher - Environment Design Teacher

Centre NAD - UQAC

Educational Institution; 11-50 employees; Animation industry

January 2011April 2012 (1 year 4 months) Montreal, Canada Area

Teacher at NAD Center / UQAC University in Concept Art / Environment Design.

Matte Painting Supervisor

Rodeo FX

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

January 2010March 2012 (2 years 3 months) Montreal, Canada Area

¤ THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN (Directed by Marc Webb)
¤ ABRAHAM LINCOLN - VAMPIRE HUNTER (Directed by Timur Bekmambetov)
¤ JACK THE GIANT KILLER (Directed by Bryan Singer)
¤ SNOW WHITE MIRROR MIRROR (Directed by Tarsem Singh)
¤ RED TAILS (Directed by George Lucas)
¤ THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson)
¤ IMMORTALS (Directed by Tarsem Singh)
¤ RESIDENT EVIL 4: AFTER LIFE (Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson)
¤ JONAH HEX (Directed by Jimmy Hayward)

Matte Painting Teacher

UQAT University

Educational Institution; 1-10 employees; Education Management industry

November 2009December 2009 (2 months)

Teacher at UQAT University for classes Introduction to Matte Painting in Environmental Design program.

Senior Digital Matte Painter

Rodeo FX

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

July 2007December 2009 (2 years 6 months) Montreal, Canada Area

¤ RANGO (Directed by Gore Verbinski)
¤ TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE (Directed by David Slade)
¤ AMELIA (Directed by Mira Nair)
¤ MR. NOBODY (Directed by Jaco Van Dormael)
¤ REPOSSESSION MAMBO (Directed by Miguel Sapochnik)
¤ JOURNEY TO MECCA (Directed by Bruce Neibaur)
¤ THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (Directed by Scott Derrickson)
¤ DEATH RACE (Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson)
¤ THE GREATEST JOURNEY TO MECCA IMAX (Directed by Bruce Neibaur)
¤ THE GOLDEN COMPASS (Directed by Chris Weitz)
¤ JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D (Directed by Eric Brevig)

Concept Artist

War of God Production - Los Angeles

March 2009March 2009 (1 month)

Concept artist for the movie War of God directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell) in Los Angeles.

Matte-Painter Freelancer

Mokko Studio

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Media Production industry

March 2007December 2007 (10 months)

¤ SILENT HILL (Directed by Christophe Gans)
¤ MARS RISING (Directed by Michael Jorgensen, Jon Kalina, Francine Pelletier and Brian Murphy)

Matte-Painter Freelancer

Meteor Studios

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

July 2007August 2007 (2 months)

¤ JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D (directed by Eric Brevig)

Matte Painting Supervisor

Digital Dimension

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

November 2005July 2007 (1 year 9 months)

¤ RACE TO MARS (Directed by George Mihalka)
¤ THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Directed by Rachel Talalay)
¤ THE COVENANT (Directed by Renny Harlin)
¤ THE LEGEND OF SECRET PASS (Directed by Steve Trenbirth)

Matte Painter Consultant / Teacher and Artistic Director


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Architecture & Planning industry

June 2005October 2006 (1 year 5 months)

Artistic Director / Matte Painter Teacher and consultant

Matte-Painter Freelancer

FX Cartel

August 2006September 2006 (2 months)

¤ MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM (Directed by Zach Helm)

Matte-Painter Freelancer

Intelligent Creatures

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

March 2006April 2006 (2 months)

¤ BABEL (Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu)

Matte Painter / Concept Artist / Texture artist

Hybride Technologies

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

December 2001May 2005 (3 years 6 months)

¤ SIN CITY (Directed by Robert Rodriguez)
¤ SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL (Directed by Robert Rodriguez)
¤ RACING STRIPES (Directed by Frederik Du Chau)
¤ A DIFFERENT LOYALTY (Directed by Marek Kanievska)
¤ THE LAST SIGN (Directed by Douglas Law)
¤ NOUVELLE-FRANCE (Directed by Jean Beaudin)
¤ SPY KIDS 3 (Directed by Robert Rodriguez)
¤ SPY KIDS 2 (Directed by Robert Rodriguez)
¤ NAPOLEON - TV Series (Directed by Yves Simoneau)

Character Animator

Fly Studio

September 1999December 2001 (2 years 4 months)

Character Animator for TV Commercials

3D Artist / Concept Artist


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Management Consulting industry

September 1999September 1999 (1 month)

3D Artist / Concept Artist

Charactor Animator

Klik Animation

August 1998August 1999 (1 year 1 month)

Charactor Animator for the TV Series "Junior" and "The Klootz"

3D Artist

Tube Image

July 1998August 1998 (2 months)

Contract of 6 weeks on TV Spots for le Canal Famille.

Storyboard Artist

Jules Verne Production

August 1997December 1997 (5 months)

- THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF JULES VERNE (directed by Mark Roper, David McLeod, Gabriel Pelletier, Pierre de Lespinois)

Layout / Posing Artist

Cinar Animation

January 1997February 1997 (2 months)

- Arthur TV Series
Layout / Posing Artist

Frederic St-Arnaud's Projects

Frederic St-Arnaud's Courses

  • 1, Matte-Painting

    NAD Center

    • Matte painting Master Class by Yanick Dusseault

Frederic St-Arnaud's Languages

  • French

Frederic St-Arnaud's Skills & Expertise

  1. Matte Painting
  2. 3D
  3. Concept Design
  4. Nuke
  5. XSI
  6. Visual Effects
  7. Mental Ray
  8. Computer Animation
  9. Feature Films
  10. Digital Painting
  11. VFX Supervision
  12. Digital Matte Painting
  13. Film
  14. Art Direction
  15. Creative Direction
  16. Digital Sculpting
  17. Softimage
  18. UV mapping
  19. Houdini
  20. Motion Graphics
  21. Storyboarding
  22. Painting
  23. Premiere
  24. MEL
  25. Texture Painting
  26. Film Production
  27. Rigging
  28. Art
  29. Look Development
  30. Autodesk MotionBuilder
  31. PFTrack
  32. Color Correction
  33. Computer Graphics
  34. Realflow
  35. Renderman
  36. Special Effects
  37. Conceptual Art
  38. Stereoscopic
  39. Cinematics
  40. Rotoscoping
  41. Mudbox
  42. After Effects
  43. Character Rigging
  44. 3D Studio Max
  45. Shading
  46. 3D Modeling
  47. Rendering
  48. Photography
  49. Pre-visualization
  50. Commercials

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Frederic St-Arnaud's Publications

  • Starno Art Booklet

    • Blurb
    • December 20, 2010

    This book combines different illustrations from the last decade made by Frederic St-Arnaud. They are strongly inspired from matte painting and concept art domain showing many before and after images as well as few tutorials.

Frederic St-Arnaud's Education

NAD Center

1, Matte-Painting


Activities and Societies: Matte-Painting Master Class by Yanick (NAD Center, Montreal, Canada)


1 year, Cartoon Animation and 3D intensive program


Laval University

Bachelor, Communication Arts

September 1995December 1996

Activities and Societies: 1 year of Bachelor degree at Laval University

Frederic St-Arnaud's Additional Information


Photography, Fine Arts, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Trekking, White water Kayaking, Mountain biking, Travelling

Groups and Associations:

- CG society member at

Honors and Awards:

2009: Jury Member of CGtantra Matte Painting Challenge
2008: Speaker at the ADAPT Montreal Conference
2008: Coverpage artist of the book D'artiste Matte Painting II
2007: Endorsement for the coverpage of the book Digital Art Master volume 2
2007: Jury Member of the Unofficial Matte-Painting Challenge on
2007: Award Winner at Pixel Theory
2007: Excellence Award on
2007: Artwork "Decline of Babel Myth" released in the book EXPOSE 5
2006: Excellence Nomination Award for the book EXPOSE 4
2005: CG Elite on
2005: Award Winner for the book EXPOSE 3
2003: Award Winner at /
1997: Canada's Teletoon Animation Scholarship Award Finalist

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