Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was born and raised in the southwest of France, where he grew up loving comic books and movies. Today he is a director renowned for both dramatic storytelling and beautiful visuals, accentuated by his expertise as one the world’s premier visual effects artists. His directed Universal’s highly anticipated April release The Huntsman: Winter’s War, starring Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain. The film is the prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, for which Cedric was VFX Supervisor, Creature Designer and 2nd Unit Director. Snow White and the Huntsman earned Cedric and his team an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. Cedric was also 2nd Unit Director on Disney’s blockbuster Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie. And he played key roles as a visual effects artist on The Ring, One Hour Photo and Pirates of the Caribbean, both Dead Man’s Chest and Curse of the Black Pearl.
Cedric got his start studying Fine Arts and Architecture before enlisting in the French Army. After two years, he got bit by the entertainment bug so he dropped his gun, packed his bags and moved to Paris. Cedric went to film school by day and worked in television by night, eventually as an Editor for Canal +. Editing segued to visual effects, and after freelancing at various postproduction houses in France, Cedric got the call to move to California to help run Method Studios. As Chief Creative Officer, he was honored with AICP and CLIO awards, as well as a Visual Effects Society (VES) nomination, all while working closely with many of the industry’s top directors. In 2007, Cedric began his own directing career at Psyop, an award- winning shop that he co-launched.
Cedric has directed award-winning commercials including the Cannes Silver Lion winner Haagen Dazs “Opera,” an emotional plea for one of nature’s endangered. His visceral short film Carrot vs. Ninja debuted at Flux’s standing-room-only Film Series at The Hammer Museum and enjoyed a successful festival run. Most recently, Cedric has directed playful commercials for Audi A6—“Visual Music,” and for Sega—“Streets of Fire.” The Audi spot renders the music of a classical pianist into colorful moving shapes seen on a ride in the new A6, while the Sega commercial trailer creates a foreboding cityscape that’s offset with the reassuring arrival of Sonic in his Sonic Lost World video game.
Cedric resides in Los Angeles with his wife and son.