Founded in 1989 by Sam Nicholson, a distinguished cinematographer and special visual effects supervisor and producer, Stargate Studios was conceived as a high tech production company offering visual effects and production services to the film and television industries.

Today, Stargate has 10 domestic and international studios with over 150 artists, supervisors, and producers covering all areas of digital production and visual effects. Stargate Studios provides a turnkey solution to high concept film and television production and is the only independent entity which blends all the available production technologies into one fully integrated, high tech production and editorial service.

1001 El Centro St
South Pasadena, CA 91030
P: 1626.403.8403
F: 1626.403.8444


Our Team


Sam Nicholson ASC
CEO & Founder

Al Lopez

Adam Ealovega
Creative Director

James Riley
VP Development

Jason Lucas
Chief Financial Officer

Martin Rushworth
Chief Technical Officer

Reid Paul
Head of Production

Pete Ware
SVP of Business Development


CaraVR for NUKE tutorial

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Its finally online !

The brand new CaraVR for NUKE tutorial created by our German artist Simon Formanski at Stargate Studios in Cologne.

caravr4nuke Simon Formanski

From the experienced learned in our projects we are very proud to have one of our talented artists presenting on Pluralsight, what can be achieved used cutting edge technology developed by The Foundry in the joint research project DREAMSPACE funded by the European Union.

“Pure Genius” Premieres on CBS!

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Stargate Studios proudly welcomes you to the premiere of Pure Genius on CBS, Thursday October 27th, 10/9c!

Pure Genius re-teams Stargate Studios with Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer Jason Katims, behind shows such as Parenthood and Friday Night Lights.

Stargate Studios designed and constructed the Visual Effects for this unique, ambitious series centered around a young Silicon Valley tech billionaire who builds the ultimate cutting-edge hospital that treats only the most rare and insurmountable medical mysteries—at no cost. Lending credibility to this new venture is a maverick surgeon who’s the first to discover that his boss’s mission is to get bureaucracy out of medicine, use the most forward thinkers in technology, and just save lives—including his own.

To learn more about this fantastic series, click here.

Malta team joins the #MissingType Campaign

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The Stargate Studios Malta Team has joined the rest of the corporate world in supporting the #MissingType Campaign.



We go through plenty of CG blood on a daily basis. If only that could save lives.

The #MissingType campaign is taking the world by storm, and we support this drive encouraging people to donate blood. Blood donations around the world have seen close to a 30 percent drop over the past decade. Without As, Os and Bs, we are nowhere.

El Príncipe is now in the US!

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#‎ElPrincipe‬ premieres in the US on Univision tonight.. Boasting an average 4,800,000 viewers in its first two seasons, ‘El Príncipe’ is the highest-rating series in Spain for the last three seasons.

Over the course of 31 episodes Stargate Studios Malta worked on hundreds of ‪#‎VFX‬ shots, helping the show’s creators tell an intriguing story of love and war.