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IndustryMotion picture, TV
Founded1998; 23 years ago (1998)
Headquarters160 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 5QA, United Kingdom, ,
United Kingdom
Number of locations
Key people
  • Film VFX
  • TV VFX
  • Feature Animation
  • Stereo

DNEG (formerly known as Double Negative) is a British motion picture visual effects and computer animation and stereo conversion company that was founded in 1998 in London.[1]

The company has received six Academy Awards for its work on the films Inception, Interstellar, Ex Machina, Blade Runner 2049, First Man and Tenet.[2] In addition, DNEG has received BAFTA awards for Inception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 , Interstellar, Blade Runner 2049 and Black Mirror's "Metalhead",[3] and Visual Effects Society awards for its work on films such as The Dark Knight Rises, Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Interstellar, Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049.

DNEG is headquartered in Fitzrovia, London, with additional locations in Vancouver, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Chennai, Montréal, and Chandigarh. They recently closed their operations in Hyderabad and Goa due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]



Double Negative first opened its doors in 1998 in London. Founded by a small group of industry professionals, including Peter Chiang (Senior VFX Supervisor), Matt Holben (Joint MD), Alex Hope (Joint MD) and Paul Franklin (Senior VFX Supervisor), Double Negative has grown from a small team in London to almost 5,000 members of staff worldwide.

Over the years, Double Negative has worked on over 200 movies and developed working relationships with a number of leading directors. Its first project was Pitch Black, released in 2000. Since then, notable projects have included Enemy at the Gates, Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,[5] Children of Men, Inception, Iron Man 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, John Carter, Green Zone, Interstellar, Ex Machina, Spectre, Blade Runner 2049, Avengers: Infinity War and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Double Negative's visual effects work has been honored with five Academy Awards, five BAFTAs and eight Visual Effects Society Awards.

International expansion

In 2009, Double Negative opened its Singapore office,[6][7] and closed it in March 2016.[8][9]

The following year, Double Negative set up its Feature Animation division to deliver animated feature films from its headquarters in London, working alongside IP creators and filmmakers.

Also in 2014, Double Negative merged with Prime Focus World;[10] the merged company was rebranded as DNEG.[11] The two companies announced the upcoming opening of a Mumbai branch following the merger.[12]

Since 2014 DNEG has opened new facilities in Vancouver, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Chennai, Montréal, Chandigarh.


In April 2013 the company launched DNEG TV, a new division dedicated to the creation of VFX for television, designed to allow television producers and networks access to Double Negative's team and infrastructure for non-theatrical projects.

Stereo conversion

DNEG's stereo team (previously Prime Focus World) was the first in the world to convert a full Hollywood film from 2D to 3D and has since become one of the largest stereo conversion companies in the motion picture industry.[13]

Television series

Years active Title Creator(s) Original network(s) Notes
Ongoing series
2014 – present Outlander Ronald D. Moore Starz
2017 – present Riviera Neil Jordan Sky Atlantic
2017 – present Strike Ben Richards and Tom Edge BBC
2018 – present Doctor Who Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber and Donald Wilson BBC One Series twelve, thirteen – present.
2020 – present Westworld Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy HBO Season three – present.
Completed series
2012 The Hollow Crown Rupert Goold, Ben Power, Richard Eyre and Dominic Cooke BBC Two (United Kingdom)
PBS (United States)
2013 – 2016 Mr Selfridge Andrew Davies PBS (United States)
ITV (International)
Series two–four only.
2014 – 2016;
Death in Paradise Robert Thorogood BBC One (United Kingdom)
France 2 (France)
Series three, four, five and seven only.
2014 Remember Me Gwyneth Hughes BBC One Miniseries.
2015 – 2016 Agent Carter Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely ABC Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
2015 Arthur & George Ed Whitmore ITV Miniseries.
2015 Bluestone 42 Richard Hurst and James Cary BBC Three Series three only.
2015 Childhood's End Matthew Graham Syfy Miniseries.
2015 – 2016 Home Fires Simon Block ITV Studios
2015 Jekyll and Hyde Charlie Higson ITV
2015 London Spy Tom Rob Smith BBC Two Miniseries.
2015 River Abi Morgan BBC One Miniseries.
2016 Hooten & the Lady Tony Jordan, James Payne, Sarah Phelps, Jeff Povey
and Richard Zajdlic
Sky One
2016 Love, Nina Nick Hornby BBC One
2016 Plebs Tom Basden, Caroline Leddy, Sam Leifer and Teddy Leifer ITV2 Series three only.
2016 – 2018 Stan Lee's Lucky Man Stan Lee and Neil Biswas Sky One
2016 The Tunnel Ben Richards and Hans Rosenfeldt Canal+ Series Two: Sabotage only.
2016 The Young Pope Paolo Sorrentino Sky Atlantic (Italy)
HBO (United States)
Canal+ (France)
2017 Black Mirror Charlie Brooker Netflix Only the episode, "Metalhead".
2017 Emerald City Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman NBC
2017 Inhumans Scott Buck ABC Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
2017 – 2019 Harlots Alison Newman and Moira Buffini ITV Encore
Starzplay (United Kingdom)
Hulu (United States)
2017 – 2018 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Ronald D. Moore and Michael Dinner Channel 4
2017 Will Craig Pearce TNT
2018 – 2019 Krypton David S. Goyer Syfy
2018 – 2020 Altered Carbon Laeta Kalogridis Netflix


Completed projects

Upcoming films

Year Title Director(s) Distributor(s) Notes
2021 Ghostbusters: Afterlife Jason Reitman Sony Pictures Releasing Installment of the Ghostbusters (franchise).
Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea Priyadarshan Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments

V Creations

Suresh Productions

The Matrix Resurrections Lana Wachowski Warner Bros. Pictures Installment of The Matrix (franchise).
2022 RRR S. S. Rajamouli Lyca Productions

Pen Studios

Pen Marudhar Entertainment

Moonfall Roland Emmerich Lionsgate Films
Uncharted Ruben Fleischer Sony Pictures Releasing
Death on the Nile Kenneth Branagh 20th Century Studios Sequel to Murder on the Orient Express.
Bullet Train David Leitch Sony Pictures Releasing
Jurassic World: Dominion Colin Trevorrow Universal Pictures Installment of the Jurassic Park (franchise).
Under the Boardwalk David Soren Paramount Pictures [18]
The Flash Andy Muschietti Warner Bros. Pictures Installment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom James Wan Warner Bros. Pictures
Slumberland Francis Lawrence Netflix
2023 Shazam! Fury of the Gods David F. Sandberg Warner Bros. Pictures Installment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
TBA Borderlands Eli Roth Lionsgate Films
Brahmāstra Ayan Mukerji Fox Star Studios

See also


  • Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
    • Won: Tenet (2021)
    • Won: First Man (2018)
    • Won: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
    • Won: Ex Machina (2015)
    • Won: Interstellar (2014)
    • Won: Inception (2010)
    • Nominations: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Iron Man 2, The Dark Knight
  • BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects
    • Won: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
    • Won: Interstellar (2014)
    • Won: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
    • Won: Inception (2010)
    • Nominations: Dunkirk, Ant-Man, Ex Machina, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, The Bourne Ultimatum, Children of Men, Batman Begins
  • BAFTA TV Craft Award for Best Special, Visual and Graphic Effects
    • Won: Black Mirror – Metalhead (2018)
    • Nomination: Emerald City (2018)
  • Saturn Award for Best Special Effects
    • Won: Inception (2010)
    • Won: The Dark Knight (2008)
    • Nominations: The Chronicles of Riddick, Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, John Carter, Ex Machina, Blade Runner 2049
  • Critics Choice Award
    • Won: Inception (2010)
  • Visual Effects Society
    • Won: Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project - Altered Carbon (2018)
    • Won: Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature - First Man (2018)
    • Won: Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature - Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
    • Won: Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature – Dunkirk (2017)
    • Won: Outstanding Created Environment – Interstellar (2014)
    • Won: Outstanding VFX in a VFX Driven Feature Motion Picture – Inception (2010)
    • Won: Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture – Inception (2010)
    • Won: Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture – Inception (2010)
    • Won: Outstanding Supporting Effects in a Feature Motion Picture - Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    • Won: Outstanding Created Environment - The Dark Knight (2008)
  • Advanced Imaging Society Awards
    • Won: Best 3D Scene of the Year - Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
    • Won: Best 3D Scene of the Year - Beauty and the Beast 'Be Our Guest' (2017)
    • Won: Best Stereography: Live Action - Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2015)
    • Won: Technology Award - DeepGen: Stereo Deep Compositing (2015)
    • Won: Technology Award - Hybrid Stereo Pipeline (2014)
    • Won: Outstanding Use of 2D to 3D Conversion – Gravity (2013)


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