Making the impossible possible with El Ranchito

For Félix Bergés, President of El Ranchito, the key to the success of this Spanish visual effects studio can be summed up in three words: hard work, flexibility, and passion.

Founded in 2004, this leading company in the Spanish market has managed to become one of the most prestigious boutique studios on an international level, thanks to the effort and talent of its team. Led by Félix Bergés and Manuel Ramírez, President and Director of the studio, El Ranchito always seeks excellence in all its projects, taking on significant challenges resulting in incredible opportunities.

Félix Bergés.

El Ranchito's international career began with J. A. Bayona's The Impossible (2012). Thanks to this work, Bergés got his first international award: Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature from the Visual Effects Society (VES). The Impossible gave El Ranchito visibility beyond its borders and opened the door to international projects such as the long-running HBO Max series, Game of Thrones. The studio oversaw the mythical, Battle of Hardhome sequence for the fifth season and continued to build on its trusted relationship to produce the ‘white walkers’ until its final season.
According to Bergés, the definitive leap that established El Ranchito at the highest level, was the frozen lake sequence in season seven, for which they won an Emmy, two VES Awards, and a Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Award, and received much international recognition.
Since then, El Ranchito has grown into a company with a team of more than 200 highly specialized professionals capable of taking on increasingly large and complex projects.

Manuel Ramírez.

For Manuel Ramírez, who manages the firm's offices in Madrid and Barcelona, the recipe for success lies in the quality that El Ranchito offers its clients and their trust in its work. "In addition," he explains, "we have been part of Pitch Black since 2022, and the technological integration with the rest of the companies in the group will allow us to join forces and contribute to the very best and complex productions in the international visual effects industry.
El Ranchito's motto is to make the impossible possible, and one of its fundamental pillars is to achieve the best results in a close, flexible, and creative way. This work methodology has allowed the studio to maintain its essence and, at the same time, grow to become a key vendor in the international market. Their magnificent work can be seen in projects such as Stranger Things, The Mandalorian, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and most recently, Society of the Snow and Leave the World Behind. Work that has been recognized with two Emmys, six VES, two HPAs, nine Goyas, four Gaudí, an Excellence Award from the European Film Award (EFA) and a Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts.