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


We work thoughtfully with you, our client (directors, producers, and storytellers), to turn your vision into a reality. We make sure the end product is well-formed and technically sound.


Would always bring back something that exceeded what we were looking for.

Samuel Jørgensen, director


Ryan Urban is an award-winning visual effects artist, supervisor and founder of Turncoat Pictures. He has worked on a diverse range of productions including major feature films, episodics and high-end commercials.

After growing up in the Midwest, he ventured out to Los Angeles where he worked at Warner Bros and Method Studios. He was a dedicated Compositor on films, such as The Avengers, Wrath of the Titans, Cloud Atlas, Argo, This Means War and The Tree of Life. He has also been a part of successful ad campaigns, including Halo Reach Deliver Hope, which won the Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for Best Visual Effects.

Ryan moved back to Chicago and reunited with the Wachoskis on Jupiter Ascending and the Netflix series Sense8. He moved into the Visual Effects Supervisor role during Sense8's second season. He joined The Mill as VFX Supervisor where he led multiple projects, most notably the team of nuke compositors on LG World of Play which scored a VES nomination for Best Compositing.

Ryan was the overall VFX supervisor on the Sense8 Finale, the Netflix series Messiah, Showtime's Work In Progress from Lilly Wachowski, and several indie films including Between Us, The Pretty One and Wolf Hound. Across the shows, he has led teams of artists, production staff and multiple vendors through the completion of the finished VFX shots. He elevates the shows to the highest levels of quality while consciously adhering to schedules and budgets.

Combining both his production-side and world-renowned facility experience, Ryan founded Turncoat Pictures in 2015, where he supervised the teams on Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time, Pacific Rim Uprising and The Matrix Resurrections from Lana Wachowski.

Ryan is an active member of the VES. He enjoys learning new techniques, aligning the right tools and people for the job, and mentoring others.


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

Michael David Lynch, director