Second vfx win in a row at the Academy Awards for the facility


DNEG - Oscars 2019 - First Man

DNEG has won the best visual effects Oscar for the second consecutive year for its work on director Damien Chazelle’s First Man.

DNEG’s VFX supervisor Paul Lambert and DFX supervisor Tristan Myles accepted the award for Best Visual Effects for their in-camera FX work on First Man, alongside miniature effects supervisor Ian Hunter and special effects supervisor J.D. Schwalm.

This is the fifth Academy Award win for DNEG, and its fourth in the last five years. DNEG has previously been recognised for its work on Blade Runner 2049, Ex Machina, Interstellar and Inception.

As the lead VFX partner on First Man, DNEG delivered around 430 VFX shots under the supervision of overall VFX supervisor Paul Lambert, who oversaw all the on-set VFX work as well as the VFX process in post-production.

Lambert said: “It’s such a great honour to have won this wonderful award. We did things a little bit differently in terms of the visual effects for First Man so being recognised by the Academy is all the more special.”

First Man still

The team used a blend of in-camera techniques, special effects, scale models, and never-before-seen footage from NASA’s archives to enable director Damien Chazelle to realise his vision for this biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong.

One of the VFX team’s biggest challenges was to create the most realistic and immersive in-camera FX, utilising the biggest LED screen ever built on a movie set.

DNEG CEO Namit Malhotra said: “It is a huge honour for the team’s work on First Man to be recognised with an Oscar.”