Welcome The Mighty Thor
Marvel treated us to a sneak peek at Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in Thor: Love and Thunder, where it seems like Valkyrie and Jane Foster/The Mighty Thor are running the show. The still also offers a first look at the Goddess Bast, played by Akosia Sabet. A huge shout out to the teams in London, Mumbai, Vancouver and Montreal whose incredible talent is being heaped into this one – we’re all champing at the bit for the 8th July release date!
A Fairytale in New York
The stars gathered in NYC to celebrate the US release of Downton Abbey: A New Era, which hits screens today. Huge congratulations to Patti Llaguno and the LDN team for turning back time once again.
Working with Publicis and headed up by a multi-skilled team including Directors William Bartlett and Simon Wood and Real-Time Supervisor Taekyu Yang, the team were tasked with creating numerous assets for the pre-launch of the Heineken Silver Beer. This was an original concept for the brand which sees them approach the Metaverse in a tongue-in-cheek way with the ironic release of a virtual beer served in their simulated brewery within ‘Decentraland’. Beautifullly graded by Company 3’s Steffan Perry.
Welcome to Spiderhead
We finally get a first trailer for Spiderhead, which includes a lot of hard work from our team in MEL. Like many pandemic projects it started, stopped and started again (and again!). Make sure to catch it on Netflix from 17th June.
Top Gun: Maverick earns standing ovation
The Top Gun: Maverick cast attended the film’s Cannes premiere on Wednesday, where the film received a FIVE-MINUTE standing ovation! The premiere was heralded by a flypast by eight fighter jets – a fittingly bombastic monument to what is already being hailed as one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters – read more about it in this Variety piece. For those of you in MTL attending the screening on the 29th, be sure to raise your oversized cup of soda to Ryan Tudhope and the team who worked so hard on this one!
A Burning Love
Warner Bros. revealed new character posters for Elvis ahead of the film’s release on 24th June. Austin Butler plays the icon himself while Tom Hanks brings his manager Colonel Tom Parker to life. Also featured in the trailers and these posters are Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley.
The film also received its first review by none other than Elvis daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.
Three Thousand Years of Longing
The first teaser and poster for George Miller’s epic fantasy romance Three Thousand Years of Longing has been released ahead of its highly anticipated trailer release today. Make sure to keep an eye out for it!
We’re overjoyed to announce that four of our projects have been shortlisted for the D&AD Awards including brand spots SHEBA: Hope Reef in the Computer-Generated category, Imaginary Iggy: McDonald’s festive 2021 campaign in the Characters & Creatures category and Toyota Never Stop in the Compositing category along with Kiyan Prince in the Use of Technology category. Kiyan Prince, #Wombstories, Don’t Choose Extinction and Toyota Upstream have also been shortlisted in several other categories including PR and Impact. Congratulation to everyone involved!
In other news
A phenomenal surprise
In LDN, we managed to pull off a surprise party for Mike McGee’s upcoming 60th birthday – quite a feat! It was a great celebration of one of our founders. Here’s to many more successful years filled with laughter, talented people, and creating stunning images!
Five Years of Chicago
Our CHI studio celebrated its five-year anniversary with an architectural cruise down the Chicago River. The day came to a glorious end and ended at Flight Club where the team was shooting darts.
MTL Studio Tour
Our MTL Production team put on a studio tour last Friday for colleagues old and new, which was followed by a few drinks in a local next door. With temperatures hitting 30°C in Montreal last week, the drinks seemed to have been much appreciated!
After two wins, our MTL soccer team lost against DNEG 3-1 this week. It was a tough but very good game with Noam scoring a goal. For now, the team is in third place (out of a total of eight teams in their division) after Mathematic Studio and DNEG.
Jules Thebault-Dagher and other members of the MTL crew assisted at the Gala ImagiNAD earlier in the week, congratulating and meeting students from the NAD school. The team had the chance to speak with some amazing emerging talent, as well as tell them more about Framestore’s work and company culture.
Beasts on the loose
Christian Manz attended Animex this week, giving attendees a glimpse into his work as overall VFX Supervisor onon Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
Animation Xpress EduSpark Summit
Last weekend, CG Supe Prashant Nair (MUM) delivered a presentation on the making of The King’s Man at the Animation Xpress EduSpark Summit.
That’s it for this week! Please remember that Monday is National Patriot’s Day for your colleagues in Canada.