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hy*drau"lx, alternatively spelled HYDRAULX and Hydraulx, is a visual effects (vfx) company based in Santa Monica, California, known for their work in films such as Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers.


Hydraulx was founded in 2002 by Greg and Colin Strause, directors of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.[1] In 2005, the studio completed over 700 visual effects shots for feature films.[citation needed] The company is based in Santa Monica, California.[2]

In 2010, the company produced their own feature film, Skyline, which was also directed by the Strause brothers. That film would result in a lawsuit against the brothers by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The suit alleged that the brothers diverted resources meant for their work on Battle: Los Angeles to Skyline. Shortly after the release of Battle, Sony dropped their lawsuit, claiming they were satisfied that none of the brothers' work on that film ended up in Skyline.[3]

Hydraulx was one of thirteen companies that worked on the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger.[4][5]

In 2012 the company did effects work on The Avengers.[6]



Year Title Notes
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
2004 Torque
The Day After Tomorrow
16mm Mystery
2005 Constantine
xXx: State of the Union
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D
Fantastic Four
The Fog
Æon Flux
2006 Poseidon
X-Men: The Last Stand
Little Man
2007 Shooter
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Nancy Drew
The Invasion
The Seeker
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Directed by the Brothers Strause
2008 Jumper
Meet Dave
The Incredible Hulk
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Bedtime Stories
2009 Fast & Furious
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Aliens in the Attic
Case 39
2010 The Book of Eli
Tooth Fairy
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Additional visual effects
Iron Man 2
The A-Team
Get Him to the Greek
Knight and Day
Jonah Hex
The Town
The Social Network Additional visual effects
Skyline Also a production company
Directed by the Brothers Strause
Gulliver's Travels
2011 Battle: Los Angeles
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
X-Men: First Class Additional visual effects
Green Lantern
Captain America: The First Avenger
Take Shelter Also a production company
2012 The Avengers
Snow White & the Huntsman

TV series[edit]

Year Title Notes
2005–present Criminal Minds

Music videos[edit]



  1. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (June 25, 2014). "VFX House Hydraulx Aims to Expand Business Model With Production Services". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ "About Us". Hydraulx. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  3. ^ Yamato, Jen (March 18, 2011). "After $35M Opening, Sony Admits Skyline Didn't Steal From Battle: Los Angeles". Movieline.
  4. ^ Hogg, Trevor (July 27, 2011). "Raising the Shield: The Making of Captain America: The First Avenger". CGSociety.org (Society of Digital Artists). Archived from the original on July 29, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ McLean, Thomas J. (July 21, 2011). "‘Captain America’ Takes the Box Office Fight to 'Potter' Finale". Animation Magazine.
  6. ^ Seymour, Mike (May 6, 2012). "VFX roll call for The Avengers". Fxguide.

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