The week we’re in the top spot (04.12.20)

Televisual Facilities 50

This week Televisual released their annual Facilities 50 Poll, and we’re thrilled that our peers have only gone and put Framestore as the top spot in the Peer Poll! Equally exciting is the fact that the cover features His Dark Materials AND both HDM and The Crown are covered in the ‘in post’ section. Pretty impressive if you ask us.

Alien Worlds

The new speculative nature series, Alien Worlds is trending at no. 3 for most-watched on Netflix both in the UK and the US. The LDN IA team designed and modelled the creatures and worlds, bringing them all to life in 30 minutes of fully-CG nature programming.

And the show’s led to some great Twitter reactions:

Aaaaand my personal favourite:

That would be Framestore who made the flailing penis blobs, Gareth. And we love ’em.

Farewell, Work Holiday Parties

Framestore worked on the finish and vintage colour grading for this MillerLite commercial, an artist commission for the LACMA. The artist, Alex Prager, draws on pop culture tropes to create a simulation of office holiday parties in a piece that is currently on display at the museum.

We can safely say these low-key office parties don’t look like any sort of party Framestore has hosted.

Mo’s Best Buds

The next installation of the Sky Collector campaign, Mo’s Best Bud, was released last week and sees the main character go on an action-packed adventure to collect everything he loves which includes some fully-digital F1 cars, care of the LDN IA team.

His Dark Materials

Mulan minus the moolah

If you haven’t already seen it pop up on your Disney+ subscription, you can now watch the kick-ass live-action remake of Mulan without spending any additional dolla. If you need a reminder of the action, here’s the final trailer:


Jingle Jangle

Before & afters spoke to VFX Supe, Carlos Monzon, Anim Supe Eric Guaglione and VFX Supe (both MTL) on the making-of the totally adorable Buddy 3000 from Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. Read the article here

Lovecraft Country

Check out this in-depth vid with Grant Walker on how the gruesome monsters of Lovecraft Country were made.


Ahead of his Web Summit presentation, Mike McGee contributed an article to Blooloop which detailed how theme parks can adopt AR as a way of extending the world-building done using big IPs.

What we’ve been up to

VES Virtual Webinar: Jingle Jangle

Carlos Monzon and Eric Guaglione took part in a special VES panel Q&A alongside David E. Talbert and Overall VFX Supe Brad Parker. You can watch the session HERE.

His Dark Materials

Telly trade mag Broadcast put His Dark Materials at the top of its VFX pile this month, and included comments from VFX Supe Russell Dodgson, VFX EP James Whitlam and Global MD, Film, Fiona Walkinshaw. Read the article here.

VFX in 2021: What Works, Who Works & What’s Changing Forever

“Change brings opportunity.” CD & VFX Supe, James Rogers joined a panel on how 2020 will impact change in 2021 within the VFX industry. [Thanks to remote working] now there is more of an appetite to embrace new techniques that can be part of the workflow and make you more efficient – a little icebreaker that 2020 provided.

The panelists who joined James:


Ivan Moran was at b’Ars last Saturday as he revealed the creative process on Project Power — from early concept art through to the show’s final explosive VFX. 

Web Summit

“We are in a world of building worlds” CCO, Mike McGee speaks at this year’s Web Summit virtual conference to discuss what goes into creating a universe beyond the flatscreen for audiences.

Relaunching the Creative Industries

Head of HR (MTL), Véronique Hébert Jean-Mary, CRHA joined other industry professionals to discuss how talent is at the core of the successful relaunch of the creative industries.

Company Bake-off Competition

Theme: Festive Showstopper

December is the month to indulge in your festive favourites. We invite all employees from all offices to get baking, and send in your masterpieces (hot messes count).

We welcome all interpretations of this year’s theme Festive Showstopper. Enter HERE.

You’ve been [Framed]

This week we spoke to Lead Compositor, Laurianne Proud’hon (MTL), who worked on some of the major sequences for The Midnight Sky, including all the incredible sequences of the sick Earth and contaminated sky. Read more on Laurianne here.

Become a Mentor

NextGen are currently working with ScreenSkills to deliver an exciting new remote mentoring programme (ScreenSkills NextGen Prospects) that brings together industry professionals with aspiring Games, Animation and VFX students, early career starters, and those wanting to break into the industry.

You could help make a difference to budding talent by sharing your professional experience, industry insight, and personal development. Register here if you’re interested!

XVFX Visibility Project

XVFX is a community within Access:VFX which supports communities of colour in the VFX, games and animation industries. They are looking for people who are willing to be featured in a series of social posts raising the visibility of minority groups within our sector. See below if you’d like to be involved!

That’s it for this week, catch you next week for more Framestore [mis]behavin’.