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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
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action
2004 Torque
2004 The Day After Tomorrow
2004 16mm Mystery
2005 Constantine
2005 xXx: State of the Union
2005 The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D
2005 Fantastic Four
2005 Venom
2005 The Fog
2005 Syriana
2005 Æon Flux
2006 Poseidon
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand
2006 Little Man
2006 300
2007 Shooter
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
2007 Nancy Drew
2007 The Invasion
2007 The Seeker
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Directed by the Brothers Strause
2008 Jumper
2008 Meet Dave
2008 The Incredible Hulk
2008 Wanted
2008 Australia
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2008 Bedtime Stories
2009 Fast & Furious
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine
2009 Aliens in the Attic
2009 Case 39
2009 2012
2009 Avatar
2010 The Book of Eli
2010 Tooth Fairy
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Additional visual effects
2010 Iron Man 2
2010 Marmaduke
2010 The A-Team
2010 Get Him to the Greek
2010 Knight and Day
2010 Jonah Hex
2010 The Town
2010 The Social Network Additional visual effects
2010 Skyline Also a production company
Directed by the Brothers Strause
2010 Gulliver's Travels
2011 Battle: Los Angeles
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
2011 X-Men: First Class Additional visual effects
2011 Green Lantern
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger
2011 Take Shelter Also a production company
2012 The Avengers
2012 Snow White & the Huntsman
2015 Beyond Skyline

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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