Spider-Man: No Way Home
The long-anticipated poster dropped this week for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Many fans were hoping the poster might reveal his rumoured co-stars, and though Tom Holland swears he’s the only Spidey in the film, the internet seems less than convinced. We’ll be first in line for tickets into the Multiverse to find out!
Downton Abbey: A New Era
We got a first look at next year’s Downton Abbey sequel, with new stills showing the returning cast as the Crawleys move into the roaring 20’s.
Did You (Red) Notice?
Red Notice arrives on Netflix today, featuring amazing work from our MTL team, lead by VFX Supervisor Rich Hoover (LA). From helicopter sequences to massive bridge explosions, a CG Paris and jaw-dropping stunts, the film features some action-packed sequences. Dwayne Johnson put his co-star Ryan Reynolds on blast this week, accusing Ryan of being not just a jewel thief, but a Netflix one too…
Framestore’s Festive Friend for McDonald’s
McDonald’s launched their Christmas ad today – our LDN team brought to life Iggy, the imaginary friend of a little girl named Matilda, and follows their Christmases as she grows up, set to an emotive cover of Cindy Lauper’s ‘Time After Time’ by pop star Mabel. The advert will make its television debut tonight after Gogglebox on Channel 4, but so far the reaction online is that this might be the best Christmas advert yet.
The Independent called the piece “tear-jerking”, while the Daily Mail noted the “heart-warming” scenes with “lovable” Iggy, whom advertising press The Drum hailed as “the standout character in the video”. Many outlets are comparing the advert to department store John Lewis’s Christmas adverts, which are famous for tugging on heartstrings each year.
Massive congratulations to VFX Supervisor Jules Janaud and the team.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here
Working with Director Mike Baldwin, Framestore’s LDN team created a medieval feel to the 2021 I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here advert featuring the show’s hosts Ant and Dec.
Working directly with Director Spencer MacDonald on VW’s new campaign, the LDN team highlighted the partnership between VW and MentalHealthUK to encourage everyone to #DownTools at the end of a long working day.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Outtakes
People magazine shared look at hilarious bloopers from Method’s Shangi-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings, which arrives on Disney+ today!
VFX Voice rounded up all the amazing work done to create No Time To Die, featuring a shout out to VFX Supervisor Jonathan Fawkner (LDN). Read the full piece here.
In Other News
Army of the Dead
VFX Supervisors Bob Winter and Joao Sita (MTL) will take part in a VES Panel on the VFX behind Army of the Dead. The event is Tuesday 16th Nov at 2pm ET / 11am PT / 7pm GMT. Free tickets here.
Media Tech Hub Conference
Pre-Production Supervisor Kaya Jabar (LDN) journeyed to Berlin for the Media Tech Hub Conference, where she discussed how virtual production and VFX are working together… or cannibalising each other.
FYI – BFI
MD Episodic James Whitlam’s (LDN) BFI London Film Festival talk is now available to watch on YouTube! Pull up a chair and catch up on the panel discussion on the possibilities that virtual production can open up for films and series at every budget level.
Academy of Arts University
VFX Supervisor Christian Kaestner (MTL) and recruitment dream team Benoit Debaecker (MTL) and Kathleen Ruffalo (US) had a FULL house of over 150 attendees listening in on their talk at the Academy of Arts University.
Solving RUBIKA’s Cube
The one and only Thierry Dezarmenien (Lead 3D animator) and our fabulous recruiters Alicia Pinet Boesten and Alana Shahbazian (MTL) did their first in-person presentation (since the pandemic hit!) at RUBIKA studios.
The Reel Deal
The Foundry revealed their 2021 showreel, featuring Flora and Ulysses and our ‘Upstream’ advert for Toyota.
LDN’s phased return to work date has been announced as Tuesday 16th November, when the first group of teams will be welcomed back to Chancery Lane. Thank you to the amazing Systems & Engineering, HR, and Facilities teams for making hybrid working a reality!
That’s it for this week!