The week we welcome a new era (29.4.22)

Things will be great when you’re Downton

Downton Abbey: A New Era arrives in UK cinemas today, featuring some lovely work from VFX Supe Patti Llaguno and the LDN team. If you haven’t been keeping up with the Crawleys, take a look at the trailer and see what’s in store.

To celebrate its release, we get to know the actors a little bit better in a fun-filled game.

And elsewhere, entertainment industry mag Screen International reports that the film will see the second-widest UK opening of all time. It’ll screen at 746 locations – only pipped by No Time To Die (another Framestore title, *cough cough*) and ahead of previous record holder Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.

Come on Barbie, let’s go party

Warner Bros. confirmed that Barbie hits the big screen on 21 July 2023. Ken you believe it?! Directed by the brilliant Greta Gerwig, the film features a star-studded supporting cast that includes Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and Simu Liu. Talented folk from FPS, LDN and MTL have or will be involved, and we can’t wait to see their work!

The Baby is being delivered

Our LDN team delivered some great work for Sky/HBO’s upcoming TV series The Baby. The first episode was released in the US this week and attracted many glowing reviews. The series is due to be released for its UK audience in July. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet then make sure to check it out below!

New York Lottery

For New York Lottery’s latest campaign celebrating its $1MM Lucky Dog Scratch-Off Series, our NY studio marshalled the performance of a pack of pooches and their flopping tongues. In addition to clean up and beauty work on the dogs and limousine, the team added green foliage to give the scene a feel of summer, comped together takes of the overhead vehicle, and combined multiple shots of the dogs to get the PAW-fect performance.


Webby Awards

Congrats to our CHI studio on TWO WEBBY Award wins for their work on the OREO x Pokémon limited-edition 25th anniversary cookie campaign! Creative Director Timothy Williams and the animation team were tasked with building the incredible animated film made entirely from thousands of black-and-white “cookie pixels,” taking home a Video Animation (Branded) WEBBY and People’s Voice Award.

Autodesk Flame Awards

The Autodesk Flame Awards are back! Make sure to vote for your favourite Flame Artist today by clicking on this link.



Top Gun: Maverick blasted off at CinemaCon, where Paramount Pictures held the tentpole’s first public screening and generated rave first reactions which describe the film as “the perfect blockbuster.” Huge congrats to overall supe Ryan Tudhope and the MTL creatives who piloted this one to excellence! Read the full piece here.


CinemaCon attendees were also treated to a nearly two-minute trailer for Timothée Chalamet’s new film Wonka some 20 months away from its official release. Read all about it here.

In other news

BFI & Radio Times TV Festival

Russell Dodgson, overall Supe on His Dark Materials, will be in conversation with star Ruth Wilson as part of the BFI and Radio Times TV festival on 22nd May. Russ will join the show’s costume designer and puppeteer, as the panel digs into how the wonderfully wicked Mrs Coulter was brought from page to screen. Tickets are selling like hot cakes, so get on it fast if you want to join!

Heineken at Piccadilly

The LDN Heineken team went to Piccadilly Circus last week to see their work on the big screens. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Friday Social in VAN

Our VAN office enjoyed a lovely round of drinks and Giant Jenga at a Friday Social last week. We’re glad you had a great time getting to know your colleagues (in real life!).

Cinco de Mayo

Our LDN office came together for an early Cinco de Mayo themed drinks party including special guest Manpreet who came all the way from MUM. With him, he brought some delicious (and super spicy!) snacks which our LDN colleagues got to try as part of a Chilli Challenge.

Global Mentoring Programme

If you weren’t able to join Simon Devereux during his Global Mentoring sessions then you’re in luck! Find out everything you need to know including how to sign up to become a mentor here.

That’s it for this week! Please remember that your colleagues in LDN won’t answer your lengthy work emails on Monday due to the Early May Bank Holiday. Catch you next week!