Get your popcorn ready 🍿 The moment all Marvel fans have been waiting for has arrived …. Endgame has FINALLY hit cinemas around the World TODAY and it’s already smashing box office records.
The film raked in $148 million in just 45 hours in China and $169 million globally on the first day of release (aka since last night!) Now even if you aren’t a Marvel fan, you’ve gotta admit that’s impressive.
It’s also a hit with the critics, watch the video below to see some of the press highlights from this week & remember…. #dontspoiltheendgame 🤫
Everyone put your tools down and take a second to have a go at this. To celebrate the release of Avengers: Endgame, type ‘Thanos’ into google, click the gauntlet and see what happens….. oh go on.
Tribeca Film festival
We’re all over it – the festival features several projects that Framestore’s worked on and celebrates our incredibly varied work from VFX and immersive experiences to colour grades. Here’s a quick overview below.
The Dead Must Die – Game of Thrones
The Magic Leap encounter for GoT will open for a limited time allowing vistors to experience the mixed reality game. It combines mixed reality content with practical, animatronic pieces allowing players to walk through the a set that resembles King’s Landing.
The feature film, directed by Juan Cabral will premiere at the festival. Framestore worked on two key sequences, the first being a hyper-realistic ski jump in the film’s climactic scene and the second a super-fine detailed shot of the Earth.
Based on the comics by Garth Ennis, The Boys is an eight-part series featuring VFX work by Framestore’s television team. The series will premiere at the festival and will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video 23 July.
… and last but not least, our very own Beau Leon (LA), graded three films that are also premiering at the festival, including 17 Blocks, Gay Chorus Deep South and The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion.
Our favourite green lizard armed with his Thanos’ Gauntlet is receiving some good press:
LBB – GEICO Prepares for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in Comedic Spot with Framestore
Shots – Framestore Pictures and GEICO get ready for Avengers: Endgame
Broadcasters, PBS Vermont came to our studio and interviewed Chloe Grysole about the unique artistic talent in and around Montreal, delving into the thriving VFX industry and the immense work Framestore has been involved in.
They also caught Animator, Gabriel Giroux-Veilleux to find out what his typical day entails, and took a cheeky snap of one of our artists, Daniel. Look out for the story on Qulture website soon!
Modelling & Texture artists took a trip to the Thierry Mugler exhibit at the Musee de Beaux Arts Montreal for some inspiration this week.
Meanwhile in LDN, a group of college educators spent a day in the office to attend a series of presentations from various department heads across the company, learning how to better prepare students for work in VFX. Here they are with Andrew Schlussel, Director of Global Talent Development … and our good friend Paddington🐻
While we’re on the subject of training… two Framestore heroes Molly Haviland and Paula Huelin Merino have been training hard and will be limbering up for the London Marathon this Sunday 28th April
If you’d like to support Molly and Paula’s efforts, please donate to their personal pages by clicking on their names. We’re sending you both all the luck from Framestore and congratulations on reaching your targets for such a worthy cause. You got this 👊
In LDN, the first Urban Sketching class got underway with a group of framestorians creating their masterpieces at Gray’s Inn Walks Gardens.
FMX is Europe’s biggest conference dedicated to the digital visual arts, new technology, and the VFX business. We’ve got a hoard of Framestorians from MTL and London representing us, with presentations from Theo Jones (Christopher Robin), Ahmed Gharraph (Creatures in Houdini), Christian Kaestner (Mary Poppins Returns), Annie Barlow, Syntyche Bio (Recruitment) and a panel discussion on emerging talent featuring Andrew Schlussel.
See the full itinerary of what’s going on here. Keep an eye out in next week’s round up for pictures of the event!
Framestore’s got (even more) talent
Attention all, Hayley Hornibrook (LDN) has written her first novel, AND she’s only gone and got it published. AND she’s sold copies across the world! Hawk Lore: Initiation is the first of three in the Hawk Lore Trilogy. Read the blurb below.
In 1735, the Great Wave hit shores and changed the course of history.
Two hundred years later, a mysterious visitor to the small town of Pryder sets H’atoria Adaraya upon an unexpected path.
In a land where the cleansed earth makes the unimaginable possible,
energy is the currency, sexuality is power, and intuition is key.
Hawk Lore: Initiation is the dark tale of a land run by women.
You can purchase the novel on Amazon Prime UK here or for our friends overseas, here.
The calm after the FLAMEstorm
Flamestorm are well and truly back, winning their first game of the season. Here’s what went down in Regent’s Park against Adam&Eve DDB’s Paddington Pirate’s:
“The first innings didn’t go our way but we managed to get some runs on the board to keep us in it. Managing to fight back and take the lead in the second, we batted around the order and made an amazing double play with a catch from Jakub relayed back to 1, we never looked back.
We kept building the runs and after agreeing to stop after 6 innings we came into bat needing just one run to win the game. Playing it safe we loaded the bases and a strong line drive through 3rd and short closed it out.
Final score Adam & Eve “Paddington Pirates” 24 – 26 Framestore 🔥🌩️
This week’s MVP was Nicolas Sauval for 3 home runs and some great work in the outfield. I’d also like to shout out to everyone that’s joined the team in practice and in last nights game I couldn’t ask for more and can tell we’ve got a great season ahead!”
Now, I’m not competitive at all, but SUCK IT Adam&Eve DDB. On to the next win……
At 28 CL, we’re proudly showcasing our newest addition to the staircase: a signed Avengers: Endgame poster by the Russo brothers.
Wherever you are in the world and whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend!