The week we’ve been expecting you (13.09.19)

Downton Abbey

Dust off your tweed jackets and polish your silverware: the star-studded, global-phenomenon that is the Downton Abbey movie is out for release TODAY. Framestore added a special blend of VFX magic to help the movie ‘gleam and sparkle’ (& look out for the impressive CG Kings Cross). Where the tea cakes at?

Need a quick refresher of series 1-6? Vanity Fair have it covered

His Dark Materials

The release date for BBC and HBO’s upcoming series has been announced, airing on BBC1 and HBO on 3rd & 4th November. Get excited.


This week VFX Supe Christian Kaestner, Exec producer Coline Six and CG Supe Ben Magana (MTL) were on cloud 9 at the premiere of The Aeronauts at TIFF, alongside the client and Rodeo team.

Our MTL counterparts worked on the breathtaking cloudscapes, vast scenic environments and an entire 19th-century CG London.

We’re in the Endgame now

We released our Avengers: Endgame Show and Tell and the good people are loving it. Within a day it had reached over 30,000 and today has climbed to over 208,000 views. Here’s the breakdown of how we created over 300 shots for the record-breaking film

Cue the VFX appreciation for our Smart Hulk and those CG suits:

Money Supermaaaaaaahhhhh-ket

Bears is the third installment of Money Supermarket’s ‘Get Money Calm’ campaign. Framestore created photoreal CG bears as well as the final tranquil paradise sequence, and Simon Bourne added some of that colour magic.


ShotsFramestore bears the weight for latest MoneySuperMarket spot


Framestore worked on Sci-Fi, See, depicting a future dystopian society where survivors of a deadly virus have had to adapt to life without the power of sight. Directed by Francis Lawrence (of The Hunger Games films) and hitting Apple TV+ on November 1st. Check out the newly-released epic trailer:


Congratulations to our Lead Developer, Claude Dareau (NY) who features in Qualcomm as Developer of the Month! Read his interview to hear about the projects he’s worked on, his tech heroes and what inspires him and his team.

The Capture

Framestore’s job on the BBC’s six-part surveillance thriller The Capture was to ensure the tech, tools and techniques used in the show were presented in the most realistic way. Read more from Broadcast Now here

Top 100 movies of the 21st Century

MEGA DEAL. Three films we worked on have made the Guardians top 100 movies of the 21st Century. The Dark Knight (2008), Paddington 2 (2017) AND Gravity (2013) all made the cut.

Make-a-Wish Foundation

As part of the make-a-wish foundation, Rays of Sunshine organised for Evan, his family and volunteers of the charity to visit our LDN office. Greeted by our Creative Development team, Evan had the chance to build his very own VR game as well as trying out the games we’ve created over the years. The development team got to work on his vision and by the end of the day Evan and the team were able to try out his fresh new idea: The Thor Hammer game.

See Evan’s Thor Hammer game in action:

Framestore Connect

The MTL office hosted a Connect event which aims to familiarise Partners of Framestore employees with the job market in Quebec. Participants were given the opportunity to take part in workshops which looked at reviewing CV’s and interview preparation and practice in one-on-one meetings with the MTL Recruitment team.

Tropic Like it’s Hot

The 5th Floor Cafe in LDN has seen a lot of action over the past 7 days. Last Friday in London we saw summer out, Tropical style. Featuring a steel band, many Rum Punch and much leis.


The LDN office celebrated all their hard work on Lionsgate Entertainment World with a well-deserved wrap party.

Lady and the Tramp

With the film due to release on Disney + in just two months, employees once again filed to the cafe to celebrate the incredible work they’ve delivered for Lady and the Tramp

Access: VFX

Access: VFX are looking for industry professionals to sign up to be mentors to aspiring young people. It’s all handled online so minimal commitment and you can mentor anyone from anywhere – what’s not to love! While we’re especially looking for mentors in the US and Canada, anyone from anywhere can become a mentor.

Sign up here! Go on, you know you want to.

Mindfulness workshop

This week in LDN, Framestore welcomed James Milford from Mindfulness in the Workplace to host a talk on Introduction to Mindfulness. The workshop provided employees with a range of practices varying from stress reduction to mindfulness based cognitive therapy.

That’s it for this week, Happy Friday the 13th!