Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning visual effects and animation studio DNEG, in coordination with the Government of New South Wales (NSW), today presented plans for a new visual effects and animation studio in Sydney, Australia. The new studio, which will be located in Pyrmont in Sydney’s Tech Central district, is set to open in early 2023 and will have a total capacity of up to 500.
As part of the announcement, DNEG has also confirmed that its new Sydney studio will lead the visual effects work for the highly anticipated George Miller film. madmax prequel, Furiosa.
“The opportunity to collaborate and partner with filmmakers of the caliber of George Miller, whose work I love and respect, is the driving force behind everything we do,” said Namit Malhotra, CEO and President of DNEG. “Expanding our filmmaker-centric approach to a fourth continent and establishing a substantial and lasting presence in Sydney that allows us to engage with Australia’s talented and experienced creative leaders, artists, technologists and production teams, brand another milestone in our mission to bring the very best visual effects and animation services to filmmakers around the world. My thanks to the producers for choosing DNEG as their partner on Furiosa, and to the NSW Government for their support and for giving such a warm welcome to our team.
Furiosa is the long-awaited return to the groundbreaking dystopian world that Miller created over 30 years ago with the madmax films, this time with an original, stand-alone action-adventure that will reveal the origins of the characters from the worldwide Oscar-winning hit Mad Max: Fury Road. Furiosa is produced in Australia by Miller and Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell and stars Anya Taylor-Joy in the lead role alongside Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke. The film is a Warner Bros. production. Pictures in association with Village Roadshow Pictures (USA) and is scheduled for release in 2024.
“From my very first call with Namit, I was amazed at how proactive, committed and focused DNEG has been in ensuring George and I have the visual effects team we need for this film. “Mitchell said. “I’m especially excited to be working with DNEG to create the visual effects for Furiosa in our home state of NSW as we wrap up what we believe to be the biggest production ever filmed in the state. I look forward to this and many future collaborations with Namit and his team.
DNEG Sydney will be a full-service VFX studio, conducting complex VFX projects for film and episodic projects, and will also house a new studio for Animation DNEGthe animation studio behind Kid Cudi’s beautifully stylized and animated love story entergalactic for Netflix.
Academy Award- and BAFTA-winning VFX supervisor (and Australian national) Andre Jackson moved from DNEG London to direct studio work as Creative Director for Sydney. With a career spanning over 30 years, Jackson served as VFX production supervisor for Christopher Nolan. Principle, which won him an Oscar and a BAFTA for Best Special Visual Effects. Prior to that, Jackson received an Oscar nomination for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road. He recently completed his work as VFX production supervisor for Nolan’s upcoming biopic. Oppenheimer.
“DNEG leads the charge when it comes to supporting some of the most creative and visionary directors in the industry, and together we create groundbreaking, innovative and inspiring VFX and animation work,” said Jackson. “I am delighted to take on this role at DNEG’s new studio in Sydney and to be back home, working again with George Miller after our work together on Fury Road. DNEG’s entry into
the Australian market will give us access to a new pool of talented people, including some of the most imaginative minds in the industry, and I’m excited to work with the new team we’re building to deliver truly inspiring effects.
One of DNEG’s first hires for the new studio is VFX Supervisor Dan Bethell, which joins Rising Sun Pictures. Bethell is a DNEG VFX supervisor on Furiosahaving already received an award from the Visual Effects Society (VES) for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road. Bethell’s previous credits as a VFX supervisor include Thor: Love and Thunder, Mortal Kombat, Extraction and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
DNEG’s expansion into Sydney is supported by the Australian state government of New South Wales (NSW) and its $250 million Jobs Plus scheme. Delivered by NSW investmentthe program provides eligible businesses with support to establish and expand their footprint in NSW, including relief from payroll taxes, infrastructure support and subsidized training programs, as well as the provision of space and accommodation free or subsidized public.
“Tech Central is Australia’s innovation hub and DNEG will be the next heavyweight to join a growing list of companies moving to Sydney. The new site will include a fully functional content services studio focusing on visual effects, animation, virtual production and games,” commented Dominic Perrottet, Premier of NSW.
NSW Minister for Business, Investment and Trade, Alister Henskens, said the support will help create 472 direct jobs and 554 indirect jobs by 2024 in the digital effects industry by creating new training opportunities and pathways,” noted Henskens.
The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and the Department of Home Affairs assisted DNEG with extensive advice and presentations, including to Australian industry and government, as part of the working group Australian world.
DNEG closed the announcement with a land acknowledgment regarding the traditional owners of the Sydney area, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.
DNEG Sydney joins a global network of studios and offices employing nearly 8,000 people in North America (Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver), Europe (London), Asia (Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai and Mumbai) and now in Australia.
DNEG’s current and upcoming projects on behalf of its Hollywood and global studio and production company partners include Slumberland, Dedication (Nov 23), 1899 (Nov. 16), Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads (December 23), The Witcher: Origin of Blood (December 25th), The last of us (January 15, 2023), Shazam! Fury of the gods (March 17, 2023), x fast (May 19, 2023), the flash (June 23, 2023), Oppenheimer (July 21, 2023), Coyote vs. Acme (2023), Meg 2: The Trench (August 4, 2023), Haunted house (August 11, 2023), Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (December 25, 2023), Nimona (2023) and Garfield (May 24, 2024).
Current DNEG career opportunities for Sydney and around the world are posted here.