The week Oscar’s in town (23.04.21)

Webby Award Nominations

A massive congratulations to the teams who worked on HBO’s His Dark Materials ‘My Daemon’ app, which has been shortlisted for two Webby Awards: Experimental & Innovation and Best Visual Design – Aesthetic!

You can help the project win by casting your votes here:
For Experimental & Innovation  https://bit.ly/3vb34wn
For Best Visual Design – Aesthetic: https://bit.ly/3gpNB7m


Oscar Award Ceremony

Get excited because the biggest night in film takes place this Sunday. Everyone cross your fingers that our work on The Midnight Sky wins this year’s statue for ‘Best Visual Effects’. Our LDN and MTL teams pulled out all the stops to bring George Clooney’s sci-fi epic to life, so here’s hoping those Academy voters know an amazing thing when they see it! 

Film bible Variety is kind rather hedging its bets and basing its official prediction on the BAFTA results but, hey, at least they think we should win.

‘If Clooney’s sci-fi adventure wins the VFX Oscar, it’ll be because of Framestore’s brilliant dancing blood in zero-G’
IndieWire


The Midnight Sky on BBC Click

Meanwhile, for those of you wanting further intel on the film’s VFX work, be sure to catch Saturday’s BBC Click, which will feature an interview with VFX Supervisor Chris Lawrence (LDN). 


Downton Abbey 2

Time to practice talking with a plum in your gob again; the return of Downton Abbey is official and tipped for a Christmas 2021 release…

In case you haven’t seen the first one here’s a reminder of the Crawleys and their entourage:


#crispIN or #crispOUT?

Thoughts on crisps in sandwiches? (I’m here for it). The LDN advertising teamed up with James Rouse once again to deliver VFX for third instalment of the new Walkers campaign. See the previous spots from the campaign here.


Press

Army of the Dead

The film’s not even out yet but our MTL team’s work on Army Of The Dead is the talk of the twittersphere – particularly the way we’ve artfully integrated the brilliantly badass Tig Notaro into the film at late notice.

The comedian was also trending on Twitter for being sexy AF, you can now refer to her as #HotTig.

From cool, to Carole… remember this gal?

Wellllll, it seems like Baskin’s back (alright?) for an unlikely crossover – one of her ‘pets’ were used by the VFX team to create ferocious zombie tiger Valentine. Read more here.


You’ve been [Framed]

He makes bangin’ egg-fried rice and and binges MTV’s The Challenge in his spare time. He’s also one of our expert speakers at this year’s highly anticipated Realtime Conference (check it out below). Meet Nèstor Prado, our Realtime Supe from the London office.


Coming up…

Realtime Conference

We’re dominating the virtual stage at this year’s RealTime conference. It’s well worth grabbing yourself some FREE tickets to next week’s events. Here’s what’s to come from Framestore:

27th APRIL
Global Real-Time Director Karl Woolley (LDN) will be joined alongside other industry experts to de-myth and demystify virtual production’s tools and terminology.

27th APRIL
A #familyphoto of our CCO Tim Webber, VFX Supe Theo Jones, Lead TD – Engine Grant Bolton, and Realtime Supe Nèstor Prado (LDN) who, together, will discuss how the future of filmmaking will involve game engines and VFX coming together, taking it to the next level.

28th APRIL
Our CaptureLab Supervisor Richard Graham (LDN) will sit on a panel to discuss building pipelines for virtual production.

Get your tickets for RTC here.


#InColour

London-based Simon Bourne adds a touch of colour-magic to UK rapper Little Simz’s new song ‘Introvert’.


Today marks 3 weeks until applications close, so if you know someone who’d kill it in this competition send them our way! Head here for details on the competition and how to apply.


That’s it for this week – catch you next time.