The Midnight Sky
Take a look at the first official trailer for the Netflix sci-fi drama which will hit your screens just in time for the Holidays on 23rd December. Well done to both LDN and MTL teams who been working hard to bring it to life.
After premiering at Sundance Festival to rave reviews, the new horror His House hits Netflix from today and puts a terrifying twist on the haunted house story.
The IA team in London delivered all of the film’s VFX work with Pedro Sabrosa at the helm as overall VFX Supervisor. More on the work that went into it coming soon.
Here’s the trailer again in case you missed it:
Harris and the Robots
The LDN IA team will provide a whole host of VFX for Sky Q’s ‘The Collector’ campaign over the coming months. The team conjured up epic portals for the first in the series, ‘Harris and the Robots’ which was released last week. Read more on our website here.
Art Department turns 10
To celebrate 10 years of our Art Department we did an instagram takeover of work across their illustrious history. Also be sure to check out this AMAZING video, which features some special birthday messages from our clients, colleagues and peers:
His Dark Materials
We got a great mention in Radio Times’ preview of His Dark Materials; “…instead of stepping back, Framestore take the opportunity to do more with the daemons they have, with Lyra’s shapeshifting daemon Pan showing off various new and beautiful animal forms in just the first episode.”
Read more from the article here.
Creative Director, TV, Russ Dodgson talks about how the creatures in His Dark Materials are brought to life in this BTS video shared by HBO: 1500 creature shots, 50 daemons.
While we’re still on HDM,
“Mrs Coulter is nothing without her Monkey”. Ruth Wilson, aka His Dark Materials‘ Mrs Coulter, personally thanks Russ Dodgson and the team at Framestore for the work on her daemon as she accepted her Welsh BAFTA.
We’re loving this Empire Magazine December cover interview with James Gunn featuring exclusive images of Suicide Squad, including Polka Dot Man, King Shark and Weasel.
100 Best Movies on Prime
Both Paddington and Paddington 2 made The Telegraph’s 100 best movies on Amazon Prime UK. Inside Llewyn Davis, Four Lions & Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are also mentioned on the list!
What we’ve been up to
ElGouna Film Festival
Annie award-winning Anim Supe, Meena Ibrahim (MTL) spoke at El Gouna film festival in Egypt about animating daemons for His Dark Materials.
Halloween Contest Winners
Thank you all for your efforts for this year’s Halloween competitions, the winners (including pet owners) will receive a small prize for being the gruesomest of them all. On that note, let’s take a look at this creative & creepy bunch:
All the way from the US, Data Services Assistant Pam Atadero takes the crown for costume, what a hot dawg.
Runner-up is VFX Prod Co-ord, Victoria Nieve’s adorable devil doggy!
The costume winner goes to Gabriela Salmero’s TERRIFYING vampire dog, obviously.
Lead creature FX TD, Mike Thompson’s disturbing (but brilliant) skull gave our judges pumpkin to talk about.
and for most creative artwork, Lead Animator, Marion Strunck’s horror short film, Working Late, takes the win. If you’re brave enough watch it here, password is: halloween.
Compositor, Monique O’Halloran stars as The Little Mermaid‘s Ursula, taking the lead for costume.
Layout TD, Cristina Barper’s pumpkin munching on another pumpkin wins the carving contest.
and last but certainly not least, Compositor Christopher Leloup wins the creative artwork contest with his spooky skeletal instrumentalist!
You’ve been [Framed]
Get your double hit of [Framed] this week with Head of Art Department, Martin Macrae (LDN) and Desktop Support / IT Manager Rishi Rajamahendra (LDN).
This week we celebrate 10-years of incredible work from our Art Department so it felt only natural to put the talented Martin Macrae in the hot seat. Read how Martin’s been getting on while WFH here.
Also this week – did you know Rishi Rajamahendra (LDN) can remove a sock with just his toes? Find out more fun facts from Rishi here.
Check out these shiny AEAF awards. Normally we’d have these proudly displayed in our offices for you to see, so since we’re WFH…..
His Dark Materials – GOLD in TV Series
Toyota Shortcut – GOLD in Commercials VFX
Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered – GOLD in Titles/ Openers
In Other News
A new meme is born
Leaving you this week with the latest twitter trend. After Kim K whisks her family away to a private island for her 40th the world of twitter have descended on this insanity, and thus a new meme is born.
Here’s the original tweet followed by some of the best Kim K Private Island memes.