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Frederic St-Arnaud is a visual effects artist, focusing primarily on high-end photo-realistic Digital Matte Painting (also known as Matte Art or Digimatte), set extension and concept art in the film industry, since 1998. His film credits include Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Death Race, Babel, Silent Hill, Sin City, 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 Academy Awards in 2008 and more.

For the past 16 years, Frederic was working for VFX studios as well as freelancing under the name of STARNO.net. After many years of successful freelancing and great reputation, STARNO.net got incorporated in November 2015 for business venture.


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  Digital Matte Painter


  Digital Matte Painter

Best of Me

  Digital Matte Painter

Beauty and the Beast

  VFX Art Director


The Lone Ranger

  Digimatte Artist

Pacific Rim

  Digimatte Artist

Brick Mansion

  Art Director

Les Boys 5

  Art Director


  Matte Painter


Amazing Spiderman

  Matte Painting Supervisor


  Digital Matte Painter


  Digital Matte Painter

Abraham Lincoln

  Digital Matte Painter

Asterix and Obelix 4

  Digital Matte Painter


Red Tails

  Matte Painting Supervisor
(22 shots)

3 Musketeers

  Matte Painting Supervisor
(35 shots)

Jack the giant killer

  Matte Painting Supervisor
(7 shots)

Mirror Mirror

  Digital Matte Painter
(3 shots)



  Matte Painting Supervisor
(27 shots)


  Digital Matte Artist
(2 shots)

Resident Evil 4

  Matte Painting Supervisor
(44 shots)

Twilight: Eclipse

  Concept Artist
(3 shots)


Terminator Salvation

  Digital Matte Artist
(11 shots)


  Digital Matte Artist
(3 shots)

Jonah Hex

  Lead Matte Painter
(7 shots)

10 1/2

  Matte Painter
(1 shot)


Indiana Jones and the Kgd of the Crystal Skull

  Digital Matte Artist
(5 shots)

The Day the Earth
Stood Still

  Digital Matte Artist
(2 shots)


  Matte Painter
(23 shots)


  Matte Painter
(2 shots)

The Greatest Journey -
Journey to Mecca

  Matte Painter
(4 shots)

Changing Times -
Les Temps Changent

  Matte Painter
(17 shots)


The Golden

  Matte Painter
(10 shots)

Journey to the Center
of the Earth 3D

  Matte Painter
(8 shots)

Mr Magorium
Wonder Emporium

  Matte Painter
(3 shots)

The legend of
Secret Pass

  Matte Painter Supervisor
(128 shots)

Race to

  Matte Painter Supervisor
(63 shots)


  Matte Painter
(1 shot)



  Matte Painter
(1 shot)

Silent Hill

  Matte Painter
(2 shots)

Sin City

  Concept Artist / Matte Painter
(32 shots)

Sharkboy and Lavagirl

  Concept Artist
(61 shots)

The Covenant

  Matte Painter
(21 shots)

Wind in the Willows

  Matte Painting Supervisor
(33 shots)


Sky captain and
the world of tomorrow

  Matte Painter
(1 shot)


  Concept Artist
(23 shots)

Spy Kids 3
Game over

  Concept Artist / Matte Painter
(36 shots)

The Last

  Matte Painter
(2 shots)


  Matte Painter
(2 shots)

A different

  Generic Artist
(1 shot)


Once upon a time
in Mexico

  3D Artist
(22 shots)

Spy Kids 2 - the
island of lost dreams

  Concept Artist / Character Animator
(27 shots)

An Epic Life

  3D Artist
(5 shots)

The adventures of
the young Jules Verne

  Storyboard Artist
(144 shots)

Legend of
Sleepy Hollow

  Matte Painter
(1 shot)


> Freelancer - Matte Painting, Concept Art, Art Direction

April 2012 to present - Montreal, Canada Area

> Art Director

Vision Globale (Privately Held; 500 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
May 2013 to February 2014 - Montreal, Canada Area

> Digimatte Artist

ILM - Industrial Light and Magic / Lucas Arts (Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
September 2012 to April 2013 - Vancouver, Canada Area

> Matte Painting Supervisor

Rodeo FX (Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
January 2010 to March 2012 (2 years 3 months) Montreal, Canada Area

> Concept Art Teacher - Environment Design Teacher

Centre NAD - UQAC (Educational Institution; 11-50 employees; Animation industry)
January 2011 - Present (11 months) Montreal, Canada Area

> Digital Matte Painter

Rodeo FX (Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
July 2007 to December 2009 (2 years 6 months) Montreal, Canada Area

> Matte Painting Teacher

UQAT University (Educational Institution; 1-10 employees; Education Management industry)
November 2009 to December 2009 (2 months)

> Concept Artist

War of God Production - Los Angeles
March 2009 to March 2009 (1 month)

> Digital Matte Painter

Mokko Studio (Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry)
March 2007 to December 2007 (10 months)

> Digital Matte Painter

Meteor Studios (Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
July 2007 to August 2007 (2 months)

> Matte Painting Supervisor

Digital Dimension (Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
November 2005 to July 2007 (1 year 9 months)

> Artistic Director / Teacher / Matte Painter Consultant

Alpha-Vision (Public Company; 51-200 employees; Animation industry)
June 2005 to October 2006 (1 year 5 months)

> Digital Matte Painter

FX Cartel
August 2006 to September 2006 (2 months)

> Digital Matte Painter

Intelligent Creatures (Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
March 2006 to April 2006 (2 months)

> Digital Matte Painter / Concept Artist / Texture artist

Hybride Technologies (Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
December 2001 to May 2005 (3 years 6 months)

> Character Animator

Fly Studio (Privately Held; 15-40 employees; TV Commercial Industry)
September 1999 to December 2001 (2 years 4 months)

> Character Animator / Concept Artist / 3D Generalist

Enzyme (Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Management Consulting industry)
September 1999 to September 1999 (1 month)

> Character Animator / Concept Artist

Klik Animation (Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
August 1998 to August 1999 (1 year 1 month)

> Character Animator / 3D Artist

Tube Image (Privately Held; 20-100 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
July 1998 to August 1998 (2 months)

> Storyboard Artist

Jules Verne Production
August 1997 to December 1997 (5 months)

> Storyboard Artist / Layout / Posing Artist

Cinar Animation (Privately Held; 250-500 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry)
January 1997 to February 1997 (2 months)


2006: Matte painting Master Class by Yanick Dusseault (NAD Center - UQAC, Montreal, Canada)
1997: Cartoon Animation and 3D intensive program at ICARI (Montreal, Canada)
1996: One year of Communication Arts at Universite Laval (Quebec City, Canada)
1995: College of Fine Arts at Cegep de Sainte-Foy (Quebec City, Canada)
1992-94: Polyvalente Le Boise (Victoriaville, Canada)


2012:   The movie Rango won the VES Awards 2012 for Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture in which I participated
2011: Keynote Speaker at NSCC Nova Scotia Animedia Festival April 2011
2009:   Silver Honour at Campaign's Big Awards 2009 for the illustration Finantial Times -St-Bernard
2009:   Silver Honour at The Creative Circle 2009 for the illustration Finantial Times -St-Bernard
2009: Conference Speaker at School Design of UQAM University for the program Graphic Design and Culture
2008:  the movie The Golden Compass won an Academy Award in 2008 for Best Visual Effects in which I participated
2008:   BAFTA 2008 Award (British Academy Film Awards) for Special Visual Effects in the movie The Golden Compass
2008: Speaker at the ADAPT Montreal Conference 2008
2008: Coverpage artist of the book D'artiste Matte Painting II from Ballistic Publishing
2007: Award Winner at Pixel Theory 3D with the artworks "Decline of Babel myth" and "bear vs. hiker"
2007: Excellence Award at 3Dtotal with the artwork "Decline of Babel myth"
2006: Excellence Nomination Award for the book EXPOSE 4 with the artworks "Tourism on Venus" and "Time Square"
2005: CG Elite on www.CGchannel.com
2005: Award Winner in the book EXPOSE 3
2003: Award Winner at CGsociety with the artwork "Waterfall Castle"
2002: Award Winner of the Graphika Awards Contest 2002 with the Fly Studio team
1997: Canada's Teletoon Animation Scholarship Award Finalist


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Advanced PSD Mag

Matte Painting (UK)

Tout avec Photoshop

Matte Painting (France)

Starno Art Booklet


AkzoNobel Magazine

Issue #8 (Netherlands)

Zupi Magazine

Issue 01 (Brazil)

Imagine FX

March 2010 (UK)

PSD Magazine

April 2009 (France)

Die Worte der Schopfung


3D FX Magazine

November 2008 (Canada)

D'artiste Matte Painting


Journal Voir Montreal

August 2008 (Canada)

2D Artist Magazine

Issue 32 (UK)

Digital Art Masters

Volume 3 (UK)

PSD Matte Painting


Journal La Nouvelle

Janvier 2009 (Canada)

Digital Painting 2


PSD Magazine

Psd01 2008 (France)

X Fun Magazine


3D World Exhibition

August 2007 (UK)

CG Chosen

August 2007 (USA)

Expose 5


2D Artist Mag

January 2006 (UK)

60 Unite for Children

APAG Editions(France)

2D Artist Mag

Issue 26 (US)

Expose 3


Mark Brandis

Delta VII(Germany)

National Geographic

August 2000(USA)


Khuantru.com Interview

Interview August 6 2011

SWL Interview

October 15 2010

Art-Spire Interview

December 23 2009

CG Arena Interview

October 30 2009

CG Tantra Interview

Janurary 13 2009

Quiver Interview

June 20 2009

Templates.com Interview

September 2 2008

FX Mogul Interview

July 8 2009

CG Society Interview

Janurary 5 2007

3D Total Interview

May 10 2005

CG Underground Interview

September 23 2006

CG Networks Interview

July 24 2006

Reality Distorted featuring work

July 6 2011

Slixart featuring Starno Booklet

February 20 2011

Sci Fi Short Story Featuring work

Issue #8 (Netherlands)