Los Angeles-based Romaire Studios, Inc. (RS) is one of the foremost providers of live-action creatures, characters and animated/non-animated props for the worldwide entertainment industry.
Formed in 2000 by Emmy-Award winning artist Lee Romaire, RS leverages Lee’s sophisticated artistic eye and passion for realism and performance.
RS originated as a boutique creature and character company, providing make-up, puppets and special effects for movies, TV and commercials. As we grew, RS secured working relationships with some of the biggest live-action entertainment companies in the world.
A decade ago, we set an aesthetic standard for the theme park industry by providing movie-quality realism to theme park animatronic human figures.
Today, Romaire Studios continues as an innovation leader because we bring art and technology to life.
The world’s biggest entertainment companies come to Romaire Studios for advanced Research & Development
We are known for making the impossible seem possible. Our innovative work is evidenced in several patents, and a few of our ground-breaking, in-house creations include: the smallest expressive animatronic face in theme park history and the first hand-held animatronic character, among others.
Our work is typically performed under strict material confidentiality to ensure maximum IP security.
Production: Engineering, project management and timely delivery
Our in-house engineering capabilities continue to expand and include:
CA-licensed mechanical engineering, in-house design capabilities and an engineering lead
Staff includes, several animatronic electro-mechanical designers and an engineer-in-training
Over 50 years of combined experience with prototypical and production animatronics
Specialized expertise with electric actuation, show-set and show-action integration
Extensive experience with rapid prototyping
Industry-leading analysis capability
We take project management seriously: We’ve invested in systems that help us precisely track the project process and ensure timely delivery.
Critical path scheduling at the work-package level using MS Project
ROM, parametric and detailed estimating
Industry-leading risk management
Performance: It all begins and ends with a good show
Our success depends upon creating a believable performance; therefore puppeteers, suit performers and animation experts are a vital part of our production team. Our performance partners are the best in the world, and we involve them early in our process to get the very best out of every character.
Our studio: a place where magic happens
Our prototyping, design and fabrication process happens right here at RS’ modern 7,000-square-foot Los Angeles studio.
Blue sky/concept development
Digital and traditional design
Digital and traditional sculpting
Mechanical design and fabrication
Research and development/testing
Live or pre-recorded performance