The week of prequels, sequels and threequels (27.08.21)

Spider-Man: No Way Home

This week saw the official trailer drop, featuring plenty of stand out work from our MTL artists! The trailer packs in all kinds of hints that some familiar faces might make a return, as Peter Parker’s world descends into multiversal madness. It’s said to have been watched a stunning 355.5 million times in just 24 hours, surpassing the record previously held by Avengers: Endgame. Check it out:

The King’s Man

The Kingsman prequel gets a new lease of life in the latest trailer release this week, and the film of course features work from our LDN film crew. It’s rude, it’s bloody and we love it. If red band, age-restricted content is your thing, YouTube demands you can only watch it on their site HERE.

Here’s a cleaner version, that doesn’t refer to Rasputin’s nether regions:

Downton Abbey Sequel

This week at CinemaCon, Universal revealed the release date and title for the Downton Abbey sequel would be, … drum roll please……………………………………………………….. Downton Abbey: A New Era. Spiffing.

Our LDN artists are currently hard at work on the project which will hit cinemas in March 2022. Follow their twitter account to stay up-to-date.

The Matrix Sequel

Also ready and waiting for a big title reveal was Warner Brothers’ Matrix 4, which has been dubbed The Matrix: Resurrections. Word is that our LDN team have been working on something real special for it.

Slated for release on December 22nd, attendees were also lucky enough to see the first trailer which has already been hailed as “extremely impressive” and “absolutely stunning”.

No Time To Die in Zurich

It’s not like James Bond needs much of an excuse to suit up, but we expect he’ll be looking pretty sharp for the Zurich Film Festival on September 28th, where No Time To Die will have its Swiss premiere. It’s the first time a Bond film has EVER been in official selection for a film festival – could it have something to do with our LDN VFX experts having their hands all over this one? Here’s the trailer to catch that drama one more time before the release:

Don’t Look Up

In other news, Netflix have announced the release date for Don’t Look Up – a dark satire from director Adam McKay (The Big Short) that stars Jennifer Lawrence and Leo DiCaprio and features some out-of this-world VFX courtesy of our MTL wunderkinds. You can watch it from the comfort of your own home as of December 24th, or in an actual real-life cinema from December 10th.

Cowboy Bebop

Set to premiere on November 19th, Netflix have released some sweet first-look images of Cowboy Bebop, a major new episodic project based on the classic 90s anime. Our NY team is leading the work on the show, with a helping hand from the LDN team. Read the full scoop here


The LA team’s work included environments, CG elements and heavy compositing across the two latest spots for Pedigree, ‘Vampire’ and ‘Alien’. Have a watch and read more on the work the team did here.


Teaming up with Director, Ben Strebel and Saatchi & Saatchi, our LDN IA artists were responsible for the compositing and vibrant colour grade in this light-hearted EE spot.


The thrill of the ride

Our LDN Rides team have been working on some incredibly exciting projects including the queue media for Universal Orlando’s new thrill ride VelociCoaster. Their work is praised for combining Jurassic icons with storytelling and technology, keeping visitors informed and entertained as they wait in line. Have a read here.

LBB Q&A: Jennifer Siegel

Framestore Pictures MD Jennifer Siegel (NY) sat down with Little Black Book to share where her passion for the industry first began, how she first learned to produce, and just how vital communication skills are for the role. Have a read here.

Launchpad Competition Awards Ceremony

Our Launchpad teams have, sadly, reached their last day of the competition, submitting their final trailers today for our Framestore judges to decide on the winner. You can catch the teaser trailers over on our Insta story highlights.

Don’t miss the awards ceremony – where we’ll reveal the final trailers and the winning team – on:

Thursday 2nd September
12pm (MTL), 5pm (LDN)

An internal email will be sent with detail of how to join the zoom.


Flamestorm defeated Quarto (76’ers) and Hearst (Honey Badgers) in the playoffs last weekend, making them the League AND Season champions!

We’d like to thank the players and the fans this year for consistently coming out after a tough 2020. We couldn’t have done this without the enthusiasm and commitment of everyone involved. We’ll see you guys next year on the field!!

Semi-final score: Flamestorm 11 – 3 Quatro 76’ers
Final score: Flamestorm 20 – 10 Honey Badgers

Here’s what a winning team looks like:

That’s it for this week! A reminder that the UK will be OOO this Monday 30th as it’s a bank holiday.