The week we’re getting Oscar ready (11.2.22)

Bond for Glory

Huge congratulations to Creative Director, Film, Jonathan Fawkner and everyone who worked on No Time To Die for their Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects! This nomination is an incredible achievement and a testament to the great talent and work being produced at Framestore. No Time To Die wasn’t the only film nominated that our teams worked on – The Matrix Resurrections, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Shang-chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings also received nominations, and we congratulate each team that worked on these unique films.

Keep an eye out for Jonathan Fawkner at the awards ceremony on March 27th – you might spot him celebrating with some familiar faces.

Jingle Jangle at the BAAs

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’s storybook sequence is nominated for the British Animation Awards in the category of Best Design. Congratulations to the LDN IA team for this great achievement!

Men trailer drops

A24 treated us to a teaser trailer for Alex Garland’s most recent feature: Men. The film, which features incredible work by VFX Supervisor David Simpson and his LDN team will hit cinemas on May 20th, and tells the story of Harper (recent Oscar nominee Jessie Buckley) who, after a personal tragedy, retreats to the beautiful English countryside. As the creepy-as-heck trailer would suggest, things don’t exactly go as planned.

The Suicide Squad

It’s always nice to get a nod from Hollywood’s great and good, particularly when it’s director James Gunn. Gunn was in a philosophical frame of mind following this year’s Oscar nominations, and he congratulated us for our VFX work on The Suicide Squad.

Wonka

The release date for Wonka has been revealed this week – get ready to see more of one of our favourites, Timothée Chalamet, on March 17th 2023.


IA News

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

Our New York team worked alongside VFX Supervisor Lesley Robson-Foster on a number of scenes within the much-anticipated Season 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime Video. We’re excited for the premiere on February 18th to see how they helped to bring the 1960s to life!

Super Bowl Game

Our US teams have been sprinting to the finish line to deliver a host of this year’s Super Bowl spots. Stay tuned for more on how each came to life, but in the meantime you can check out what went live before the Big Game below.

Toyota ‘Brothers’

The Los Angeles team led by Alex Thomas worked on revisualisation of the early script iterations through to concepting treatments and all VFX executions.

TurboTax ‘Matchmaker’

James Rogers and the LA studio stepped in to navigate a host of digital visual effects that maintained a mechanical and in-camera aesthetic. Color by Beau Leon! Read the full piece here.

Oculus ‘Questy’s’

Aron Hjartarson oversaw the team in LA on a colourful story that introduced audiences to Horizon Worlds on Oculus. They lent their expertise on previs development, on-set supervision, and final execution of the spot, bringing the original puppets to life, then redesigning them as avatars for the Metaverse.

Repatha

Directed by Framestore Pictures’ Murray Butler, our New York-based team brought Sam, a quirky CG robot, to life for Repatha in the Because You’re Human campaign. Eager to boast about his perfection, Sam’s gold standard of health may not be achievable for us humans, but his engaging, motion captured performance inspires us to examine what is possible.


Method News

Candyman, candyman, candym…

VFX Voice takes a dive into the world of Nia DaCosta’s stunning Candyman reboot. The piece features shout-outs to Method Melbourne for their (VES-nominated!) contribution to this modern horror classic. Read the full article here.


Press

Art of VFX

Chris Lawrence, Chris Zeh and Gordon Curtis spoke to Art of VFX about the CG trickery behind The King’s Man, from throwing a digital Ralph Fiennes from a plane to climbing a wall of goats. Read about it here.

Animation World Magazine

MTL’s VFX Supervisor Adrien Saint Girons speaks to Animation World Magazine about how we untangled a creative web on Spider-Man: No Way Home. Read the full article here.


[FRAMED]

This week, we introduced you to Creature Supervisor Tom Ferstl who doesn’t shy away from boating on a crocodile river in Australia and Tracker Amit Kumar who had the opportunity to work on his favourite live-action/animated feature – Tom & Jerry.


Other news

Film Spotlight

Discover what some of our talented artists on Army of the Dead had to say about working on the film below.

Unmind

Start your wellbeing journey today! Use your Framestore or Method credentials to create your personal Unmind account here or download it from the Google Play or App Store

With Unmind, you have free and confidential access to expert tools, training, and exercises to help you look after your mental wellbeing. Mental health exists on a spectrum – from surviving to thriving – and we all have it, all of the time. Wherever you are on that scale, you deserve to have access to the right mental health support for your own personal journey.


Don’t forget – it’s Super Bowl Sunday this weekend!