The week we go (pistachio) nuts for awards (19.06.20)

D&AD Awards

A huge well done to all the teams at Framestore who worked on Apple Bounce and Wall Street Journal Read Yourself Better, which have both been recognised for their sublime visual effects in the D&AD Awards.

Creative Circle Awards

Last night Creative Circle awarded Silver in Best VFX for Politics. Tamed. and Bronze in Colour Grading for Simon Bourne’s work on Xibalba for Cerveza Victoria.

AICP Awards

It seems Apple Bounce is having a moment recently – big congratulations to the teams who worked on this project which has won an another award for Visual Effects!

Wonderful Pistachios

Directed by Anthony Gibbs and Chris Eckardt and completed entirely during COVID times, this spot tracks the growth of a pistachio from nut to seedling to tree. The real-life 8 year process is sped up into a 15 second time frame. Read more on our website here.

AICP Sponsor Reel

The reel, which plays at the start of each AICP Week virtual awards show, is a fully-CG showreel celebrating the sponsors of the 2020, directed by CD Ian Bradley (NYC). Watch the reel and read more about it here.


Lions Live

Cannes Lions MD, Simon Cook includes Framestore as one of the talks he’s most excited about at the virtual festival in this SHOTS article. CCO, Mike McGee and ECD Will Bartlett – along with the help of some well-known guests – will be hosting a session that demystifies the tech behind, and potential for, deep fakes.

09:10 (LA), 11:10 (CHI), 12:10 (NY, MTL) 17:10 (LDN), 21:40 (MUM)

Register to watch Lions live and check out the schedule.


Step aside for two Framestore Superwomen: New Business Manager, Lorraine Fearon (LDN) and Head of Production, IA, Abby Orchard (LDN). Both have been included on the 2020 Pitch Superwomen list for their exceptional work behind the scenes without sweating it – congratulations!

Talking of superwomen, check out the new promo poster for Wonder Woman 1984.

What we’ve been up to

U.S. President, James Razzall, joined a virtual CICLOPE Insight panel this week about how agencies, VFX and animation teams have adapted to the continuously shifting landscape, and what the road to recovery looks like.

SpiderMan: Far From Home

Like many festivals planned for this year, VFX Festival has gone virtual. This week VFX Supe, Alexis Wajsbrot (LDN) presented on how the team built the mind-bending Illusion Battle scene, delving into the ideas

Back to the Future

Andrew Schlussel (Director, Global Talent Development, LDN) sat alongside other industry professionals to paint a picture of what the screen industries might look like in ten years time, including VFX, games and animation.

Ben Kocic (LDN) spoke to students of Teeside Uni about his work at Framestore, first starting his career as a runner and today working as an Artist Tracker.

You’ve been [Framed]

Meet Frederikke Glick, Compositing Supervisor (MTL). Read about her killer culinary skills and career highlights to date here.

Life @ FS

Cast your eyes on the brand new Life, proudly showcasing the life, soul and beautiful people of Framestore.

We’re sure there’s plenty of memorable team, department and company events out there we’ve not thought of, so email with anything we’re missing – we’d love to hear from you! Keep it clean, kids.

Wanted: Mentors

Access VFX seeks to create a more diverse and inclusive environment across VFX, Gaming and Animation industries. You’ll be connected with a mentee and supported by Access VFX along the way. The best thing is you can mentor anytime and anywhere. Sign up to be a mentor here.

Lockdown Art

Have you been working on personal art during the lockdown that you’d like to share? This could be drawings, paintings, CG, video, audio, baking, crafting… anything that can be shared. Submit your artwork below and we’ll put it up on our gallery page for FTV!

That wraps this week of Framestore antics up – catch you next time.