Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Warner Bros. treated us to a second trailer for its upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, showcasing some of the VFX wizardry from our LDN and MTL teams, led by overall VFX Supervisor Christian Manz. We can’t wait for the film to arrive on the big screen next month!
We are excited to get a sneak peak of our LDN teams hard work on HBO’s upcoming horror comedy The Baby. The series follows 38-year-old Natasha who is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a horror show. You know what they say about baby FX – it’s all about the delivery.
Dark side of the Moon (Knight)
Could Marvel tease us any more? The studio released a new Moon Knight poster this week and we can’t wait to finally watch it on 30th March when episode one arrives on Disney+!
We are excited to work with Netflix on Slumberland, an upcoming American fantasy comedy-adventure film. Based on the comic book series Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay, the film follows a young girl (Marlow Barkley) as she discovers a secret map to the dreamworld of Slumberland, and traverses through dreams with the hope of reuniting with her late father. Starring the dreamy Jason Momoa, this one promises to be the opposite of a snooze-fest.
The School for Good and Evil
Our LDN and MTL teams are currently working on The School for Good and Evil which is an upcoming fantasy film, based on Soman Chainani’s hit middle grade six-book series of the same name. The story follows Sophie and Agatha, two best friends who are spirited away from their small village of Gavaldon and taken to the School for Good and Evil.
Spider-Man: No Way Home rewrites box office history
It’s official – Spider-Man: No way Home reached $1.85B at the box office worldwide and surpasses the original 1997/1998 global run of Titanic ($1.84B)! This is a huge achievement and a statement to the great work produced by Framestore. Read the full piece here.
Hummer’s crustacean celebration
Alex Thomas (LA) creatively directed a team on a new GMC spot for Hummer, just in time for March Madness. It features King (LeBron) James as the King of CrabWalk and a cohesive consortium of friendly CG crustaceans.
We’re Super Pumped about the first title sequence to be led and produced out of our CHI office! Jake Cuddihy and Chris Friesen steered the design team for the show depicting Uber’s notorious founder, creating hazy, shadowy scenes with bolts of long exposure bokeh and headlights, and mixing vignettes with a procedural, illuminating, glassy, data-driven San Francisco. You can catch new episodes on Showtime every Sunday night.
Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History
Congratulations to the team for brining Niffler to life on Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History staring Stephen Fry which has gone live on BBC iPlayer.
Escape from Spider Head
Completed by Method’s film and episodic teams in MTL, VAN and MEL Escape from Spider Head is an upcoming American sci-fi action film which follows two convicts, trapped in a facility that allows prisoners to reduce their sentence time by volunteering for experiments using emotion-altering drugs.
Little Black Book
US President of Advertising James Razzall spoke to LBB recently for their Bossing It series, explaining why culture is everything and the importance of giving your team freedom to grow. Read the full article here.
In Other News
Production panel in Montreal
Join us for an exclusive VFX Production Panel! From the client-side approach to production workflow, our team will provide in-depth insights into our current and upcoming projects, career and training opportunities and answer all your burning questions on the wonderful world of filmmaking. Sign up here.
Watersprite Student Festival
Nope, those aren’t the hallowed halls of Hogwarts – it’s Creative Director, Film (and Fantastic Beast-wrangler) Christian Manz giving a talk to students about his VFX career as part of this year’s Watersprite Student Festival in Cambridge. What’re the bets he inspired a few new VFX wizards?
World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day, our LDN team created some lovely content for you to share on your social channels. We’re proud to have brought so many colourful characters to life, taking them from page to screen. From comic books, to Ian Flemings’ iconic James Bond to a lost but lovable bear – there’s a story for everyone.
Support for Ukraine
Under his artistic pseudonym ‘Atara,’ our Senior Creative Technologist Johannes Saam has been working hard on a passion project to create a series of NFT artworks. A unique collection to support efforts in Ukraine launches today! Jump online to check it out here – all proceeds will be donated to humanitarian efforts.
Please find other initiatives that match raised funding in support of Ukraine below.
Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (UK) – donate here
John Lewis Ukraine Crisis Appeal (UK) – donate here
Save the Children Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund (US) – donate here
World Central Kitchen (US) – donate here
Operation USA (US) – donate here
Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal (CAN) – donate here
The UN Refugee Agency Canada Ukraine Emergency (CAN) – donate here
If you know of any other initiatives supporting the Ukraine then please send them our way and we will promote them in the Round Up.
Pancake day treats
To celebrate pancake day and being back in the office, our LDN team made the most of the 5th floor terrace and indulged some flipping delicious crepes.
Don’t forget, it’s international women’s day on Tuesday! Catch you next week!