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. He directed Universal’s 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 was 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 studied Fine Arts and Architecture and served two years in the French Army before he moved to Paris. He was an editor for Canal + before segueing 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 there, 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. He has directed Cannes Silver Lion winner Haagen Dazs “Opera,” as well as commercials for Audi, Sega and Samsung. He also directed the visceral short film Carrot vs. Ninja, which debuted to a standing room only audience at Flux’s Film Series at The Hammer Museum and enjoyed a successful festival run.