Asylum Founder Nathan McGuinness Joins Double Negative Singapore

He will serve as creative director of one of Europe's largest VFX facilities.

Nathan McGuinness, founder, CEO and creative director of the recently shuttered Asylum VFX, has joined Double Negative Singapore as creative director.

Last month’s sudden closure of Asylum, a respected Santa Monica-based VFX house, surprised the VFX community. Asylum most recently worked on Unstoppable and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, partnering with Double Negative on the Disney film.

With a staff of more than 850, the majority of which is based at its London headquarters, Double Negative is one of Europe's largest VFX facilities. It opened a Singaporean operation in 2009, which it expects to grow to a staff of 100 by early 2011. 

Double Negative’s recent credits also include Inception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Iron Man 2. The company is now working on John Carter of Mars, Deathly Hallows Part 2, Captain America: The First Avenger and Paul.

"We've admired the work Nathan and the team at Asylum did for a long time and enjoyed the collaboration our two companies had in working on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice this year,” Double Negative managing director Alex Hope said. “We recognized kindred spirits during that process and were incredibly sad when we heard of its demise. We are so excited that Nathan is now joining Double Negative to creatively head up our operation in Singapore. Nathan’s enthusiasm and talent will assist us in continuing to grow the technical and creative capabilities of the company both in London and Singapore.”

Credits for Asylum also include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Master and Commander earned McGuinness an Oscar nomination for best visual effects and a BAFTA award in VFX for Benjamin Button.

Double Negative said McGuinness will maintain a presence in L.A., where he will continue to foster relationships with clients.