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Turncoat Pictures, we are dedicated to world-class Visual Effects that push the boundaries of possibility.


Our name reflects our revolutionary mindset—our ability to adapt to the rapidly evolving needs of our clients, change direction quickly, and take the necessary steps to turn that shared vision into a reality.


This pursuit of excellence is at the heart of everything we do. From blockbuster films to high-end TV projects, our radical commitment to delivering stunning, story-driven VFX sets us apart. Our nimble approach means we rally the right team, arm them with the best tools to cut through intractable problems, challenging budgets and fast-paced schedules to emerge victorious, delivering the best possible outcome for our clients.


Turncoat Pictures. Turning vision into reality.


What the Turncoat team did was nothing short of incredible.

Luke Boyce, director


Notable credits include The Matrix Resurrections, Noah Baumbach’s White Noise, Wolf Hound, Terrence Malick's The Voyage of Time and sense8.

Led by its founder Ryan Urban, Turncoat Pictures encompasses a diverse range of talent located around the globe. We pride ourselves on our vision and dedication, our resourcefulness and ingenuity, and our radical passion for revolutionary, story-driven Visual Effects.



Ryan Urban is an award-winning visual effects artist, supervisor and the founder of Turncoat Pictures. He has worked on a diverse range of productions that include blockbuster films, high-end episodics and national TV advertising.

After growing up in the Midwest, he ventured out to Los Angeles where he joined with teams at Warner Bros and Method Studios, working as a dedicated Compositor on films such as The Avengers, Wrath of the Titans, Cloud Atlas, Argo, This Means War and The Tree of Life, and on national TV ad campaigns like Halo Reach Deliver Hope, winner of the Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for Best Visual Effects.

Ryan then returned to Chicago to reunite with the Wachowskis on Jupiter Ascending and the Netflix series Sense8, stepping into the Visual Effects Supervisor role during Sense8's second season. He then joined The Mill as VFX Supervisor, where he led the charge for multiple teams—most notably the Nuke compositing team that executed LG World of Play and landed a VES nomination for Best Compositing.

As overall VFX Supervisor on the Sense8 Finale, the Netflix series Messiah, Showtime's Work In Progress from Lilly Wachowski, and independent films like Between Us, The Pretty One and Wolf Hound, Ryan rallied armies of VFX artists, production staff and vendors to the successful completion of countless VFX shots, elevating shows to the highest level of quality possible while faithfully adhering to budget and schedule.

This production-side and world-renowned facility experience culminated in the founding of Turncoat Pictures in 2015, where Ryan continued to play leadership roles on Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time, Pacific Rim Uprising and The Matrix Resurrections.


Ryan is an active member of the VES. He enjoys learning new techniques, arming the right artists with the right tools for the job, inspiring teams to work towards a common goal, and mentoring others in the field of story-driven Visual Effects.


Their layer of professionalism that they brought to the project really helped our film shine bright.

Michael David Lynch, director



Turncoat Pictures is a story-driven creative and consulting studio that specializes in Visual Effects for Film and Television.

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