The week we Cannes make Trump say what we want (26.06.20)

Trumpin’ ell

We posted our deepfake of the president this week in anticipation of our talk at Lions Live where Mike McGee and Will Bartlett will be demystifying deepfakes.

Don’t miss the talk TODAY!
Friday 26th June
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.

Here’s a little sneak peak at the full deepfake intro for the session



CCO, Mike McGee and Exec CD, Will Bartlett talk to LBB on unlocking the potential of deepfake technology ahead of their presentation for Cannes LIONS Live later today. Read it here.

Life in Lockdown

Global MD, Fiona Walkinshaw spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the impact of COVID-19 on the VFX industry. Read the full article here.

Lady and The Tramp

Animation Supervisor, Arslan Elver, points out the character ticks developed by the animation team for Disney’s Lady and Tramp (out on Disney+ if you missed it first time around!) Read the article in Befores and Afters here

What we’ve been up to

Q&A: Gay Chorus Deep South

To celebrate Pride Month in the U.S. Carrie Hunter, Client Services Manager (CHI), hosts the director of GayChorus Deep South, David Charles Rodrigues, producer Bud Johnston, and Framestore’s Senior Colourist, Beau Leon (LA) in a panel discussion about how the documentary came to life, key creative decisions, and how we can help overturn some of the country’s anti-LGBTQ laws. Catch up with the webinar on FTV+ here or screen the documentary here.


Compositor, Prince Yiadom (LDN) features in part 2 of the BAME special AccessVFX podcast, featuring black & ethnically diverse members of the VFX and Animation community. The podcast covers advice for both studios and individuals.

Escape Studios

Andrew Butler, Lead Rigger (LDN) took part in a webinar describing the role of a rigger and explaining what is important to know when getting into the field.

You’ve Been [Framed]

Senior Exec Producer, Dez Macleod-Veilleux (NY), talks Michelle Obama, his last brush with danger and his love of dogs. Read more here.


Simon Bourne (LDN) grades this new spot for WhatsApp, ‘The Trip’.

In Other News

PicUp: PPE

PicUp is an environmental community project committed to creating a world with less litter on its streets. Lighting TD, Alastair Cross (LDN), along with the help of the PicUp team, have created a challenge dedicated to the litter we are seeing surrounding the pandemic: PPE.

Join the Litterati challenge to help them hit their target. Once they do, they’ll create a new photomosiac like this one from last year.

For more information and if you’d like to donate to their fundraising efforts for the NHS, head here.

Calling all FIFA Warriors

If you’ve got the skillz, or even if you don’t, Midtown Business Club are launching a summer FIFA tournament – it’s free to enter, open to all, and there’s no limit on the number of entries per firm. Enter by Tuesday 30th June and do Framestore proud people.

To enter, simply send the following information to

Gamer Tag (if you have one):

By entering you agree that your contact details can be shared with other players for the purpose of the tournament only.

The winner will receive an EASports gift card for the new FIFA 2021.

Toon Trend

Why Animation for Adults is the Fastest Growing toon trend

Glastonbury goes Virtual

Can’t stop, won’t stop… Glastonbury festival goes virtual. Fill your weekend with iconic sets on their dedicated channel.

That’s it for this week! A reminder that next week MTL have a holiday on Wednesday 1st July and the US holiday on Friday 3rd July.