Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is a French director and Academy Award- nominated visual effects artist, best known for his dramatic storytelling and stunning visuals as seen in films including Snow White and the Huntsman, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and Netflix’s action-thriller hit, Kate.
Born in the southwest of France to a physical therapist mother and fisherman father, Cedric had a passion for comic books and movies early in life, spending his days captivated with the Alpha Flight team, Wolverine, monsters, and the magic of film. He later pursued an education in Fine Arts and Architecture, and served two years in the French Army as a Commanding Officer. Following his time in the military, Cedric moved to Paris where he continued his studies in film at 3iS, International Institute of Image and Sound.
After several years freelancing in visual effects at post production houses in France, Cedric was tapped by Method Studios in Los Angeles where he eventually became Chief Creative Officer. He was honored with AICP and CLIO awards, as well as a Visual Effects Society (VES) nomination, serving as a visual effects artist on films including One Hour Photo, The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
In 2007, Cedric co-launched the Los Angeles branch of the award-winning shop Psyop, where he directed Cannes Silver Lion winner Haagen Dazs’ “Opera,” as well as commercials for Audi, Sega and Samsung and the visceral short film Carrot vs. Ninja, which enjoyed a successful festival run.
Cedric made an exceptional return to visual effects for Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012, serving as VFX Supervisor, Creature Designer and 2nd Unit Director, and earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects along with his team for their work on the project. In the role of 2nd Unit Director, his credits also include Disney’s blockbuster Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie.
In 2016, Cedric made his feature film directorial debut with Universal’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War, starring Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain.
His latest film, Kate, a gripping action-thriller starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Woody Harrelson. Released by Netflix in September 2021, Kate was a big Hit for the streaming platform and charted in the top ten of the most watched movies that year reaching over 56 million household in the first month after release.
A dual-citizen of both the US and France, Cedric is married to Sue Troyan with whom he shares a son, Taj Victory William Troyan. In addition to his passion for film, Cedric is an avid outdoorsman with a deep passion for Japanese culture. He currently resides in Los Angeles.