June 4, 2009
Singapore – Leading visual effects studios Double Negative opened a studio at the Fusionopolis media complex in Singapore. The company is sourcing local talent who will have the opportunity to work on visual effects for major feature films. Recently, Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) and Double Negative jointly organised a strategic training program (STRAT) which involved taking 10 Singaporean CG artists and professionals to Double Negative London for ‘on the job’ training. The first team, who have now completed their training, worked on projects like Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Quantum of Solace, Hell Boy II amongst others. They have since returned to Singapore and are the first employees of Double Negative Singapore along with two supervisors from London. “By hiring locals, we bring the opportunity to work on high-profile Hollywood films. I think the spillover effects would be quite strong,” said Ken McGaugh, co-head of 3D at Double Negative. The effects company aims to work on Asian films in future as well.