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We believe we are the answer to many producers without the giant budgets that the large VFX companies require. We have reduced our overheads and worked out more efficient ways of running our business to allow us to make a substantial saving for producers while keeping the quality extremely high. Whether you are looking to get more for your post-production budget or do not have enough for the large VFX companies we can get involved.

Our aim

Det East wants to carve out a niche in the film market for independent / lower budget / non VFX-reliant films, that require high-quality but cost effective post work; (Conform, Grade & VFX). We have handled 676 shots over two films in 8 months, so we know we have the capacity for medium-sized jobs. We can also help with the entire post production process and be involved from an early stage to make sure all the picture-post is as efficient as it can be, saving the producer time and funds that can be spent where they should be: Onscreen!


We are an official bedroom facility. For several years, talented artists have been working from their bedrooms to create outstanding work traditionally associated with big visual effects companies. There had to be a time when this bedroom industry broke free from the home and applied its efficient structure into a micro VFX company. We have zero legacy—that means we do not have expensive equipment that we are still paying off even though it is redundant. Our data infrastructure is completely solid state—this means no traditional hard disks, which makes our workflow faster and a more robust.

Who is behind Det East?

Det East was formed in 2012 by Diego Vazquez & Sam Smith. Diego is Det East VFX supervisor, Lead Artist and all-round film whizkid! Sam an ex VFX artist himself takes a fresh approach to running this company.

Diego Vazquez Lozano

Diego was born to be a VFX artist and filmmaker. With over 20 years experience, he has the perfect blend of technical and artistic qualities that award him the most incredible understanding of VFX and the filmmaking process. Having worked on major Hollywood feature films and many high-profile commercials and promos for the leading VFX companies in London & L.A., his experience is second to none. Diego has also directed two feature films, several commercials and pop-promos. Where required, we were able to take care of the entire production, giving us the opportunity to apply our efficiency methods.

Sam Smith

Sam is an entrepreneur with creative ambitions. He was also a VFX artist, which has given him substantial understanding of the industry and a perceptive approach to the running of a post-production company. Having worked as a designer for many years prior to Det East, Sam has developed a sharp and discerning eye and an intelligent approach to problem-solving; coupled with his remarkable transparency and focus, which make him a perfect guardian for our mission.