A royally good cuppa
We’d like to share an open secret with you… Our LDN studio worked on this wonderful sketch to open last week’s Platinum Jubilee concert. Unfortunately, we’re not allowed to share this on our social channels yet but we’re immensely proud of everyone who went above and beyond to bring this beyond-special project to life. We’re not the only ones who were impressed either, with this charming image from the sketch shared in newspapers and magazines across the world, not to mention all the gazillions of social media posts, mentions and likes…
Take us back to 1899
Netflix also released a first teaser trailer for its upcoming mystery drama 1899 which features work by our London FPS team as well as a VFX wunderkinds in MTL, MUM and VAN. The show follows a group of passengers on a steamer ship who hail from a diverse mixture of backgrounds but are united in seeking a better life in the America. They encounter another migrant boat, the Prometheus, adrift on the open sea that turns their journey into a horrifying nightmare.
As well as the new trailer, Netflix also released a special featurette exploring how we used Europe’s largest LED Volume to bring the show to life. Watch the short film below to hear how the showrunners and cast responded to this incredible technology.
Fairy tale hero or villain?
School may be almost out for summer, but Netflix are only just getting started. The streaming platform released the official teaser for The School for Good & Evil which follows best friends Sophie and Agatha, who find themselves on opposing sides of a modern fairy tale when they’re swept away to an enchanted school where young heroes and villains are trained to protect the balance of good and evil. Check out the trailer below to get a sneak peek at the amazing work by our LDN, MTL and MUM studios.
You could be a sweet dream, or a beautiful nightmare
Netflix have been busy this week! We were treated to a first look at The Sandman, the episodic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s cult classic. The show features a rather dapper raven, wonderfully brought to life by the LDN and MUM teams and voiced by the brilliant Patton Oswalt.
Yes we Khan
Ms Marvel episode one hit Disney+ on 8th June. Featuring work from our teams in LDN and MTL it’s currently the highest-rated Marvel series, beating fan-favourites Loki and WandaVision. Make sure to check it out, with new episodes arriving every Wednesday.
Netflix’s Hustle (featuring work from our MTL studio) is officially streaming on Netflix and scoring some positive reviews left, right and centre. Make sure to give it a watch during your next movie night!
It’s fantastic to see the Kiyan Prince campaign Long Live the Prince up for a prestigious Cannes Lions Titanium Award. Congratulations to Engine London and our team on this news.
Noah Baumbach’s Don DeLillo adaptation White Noise – featuring work from our brilliant MTL team – is in the mix to appear at this year’s prestigious Venice Film Festival. With a cast that includes Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver, anticipation is sky-high for this one! Read more about it here.
Head of Immersive, US, Christine Cattano was tapped by VFX Voice for her expertise on the future of immersive entertainment and the ways in which VR/AR are rapidly gaining traction. Read more here.
Elsewhere, VFX Voice covered the brilliant work by our LDN and MTL studios on The Baby for HBO/Sky in this piece.
Befores and Afters
Christian Manz spoke to Befores & Afters about creating the manticores in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Check out the full piece here.
Alex Garland’s Men has been deemed the ‘most disturbing’ flick to ever hit the big screen, and we couldn’t be prouder of the LDN and MUM teams who brought this nightmare vision to life. Read more about it here.
Top Gun: Maverick
Sony Professional Cinema North America was joined by our colleagues at Company 3 at their incredible Top Gun: Maverick event. Held at the TCL Chinese Theatres, the screening was followed with a live Q&A session with members of the crew from the movie, including Director Joe Kosinski, Cinematographer Claudio Miranda, Jetcam Pilot / Aerial Coordinator Kevin La Rosa and Company3’s own Stefan Sonnenfeld.
In other news
A Framestore fan
It’s always nice to get a nod from the folks we work with, and director James Gunn has once again given us a generous tip of the cap for our work on The Suicide Squad, following another kindly soul’s suggestion that our work on Weasel is “the most believable CGI in years.”
MTL takes over Netflix
Two out of the three most viewed films of the last two years on Netflix are both Montreal projects: Red Notice and Don’t Look Up. Congrats to the team on making two super fun movies everyone is enjoying across the world.
VFX Supervisor Laureline Silan, Head of CG Mathieu Bertrand, CG Supervisor Eric Noel and Bonnie Dorais, Manager, Global Talent Development presented at the BCTQ Cafe this week, with Method Studios’ Natasia moderating Laureline’s panel.
Berkshire International Film Festival
Last week, New York-based VFX Supervisor Thomas Montminy-Brodeur spoke on a Post Production Powerhouse panel at the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFFMA).
The Other Art Fair
VFX Producer Massimo Meo was one of the artists that presented their work at The Other Art Fair in New York this past weekend.
Several of our offices took the opportunity to get together this past week and enjoy each others company.
Beer Friday in MTL
Our MTL studio shared some images of last week’s Beer Friday. It was the first official post-COVID Beer Friday, so the team even brought the kegs back for this special occasion.
Rooftop BBQ in VAN
The team in VAN got together for a fun-filled rooftop BBQ and shared some pictures to make us jealous. A great idea to enjoy the sunshine!
Summer Social in LA
Our studio in LA organised a summer social event last week including drinks and snacks. What a great group of people!
Christmas in July… Almost
The LDN studio celebrates it’s delayed Christmas party this week at LaLaLand with cocktails, tasty street food, and a busy dance floor.
More and more sport teams across our studios are getting together and celebrate successful wins.
Framestore (Flamestorm) vs Amazon (Amazeballs)
LDN’s softball team is back! Flamestorm brought the fun-duh in their first game of the season this year. What started out as a close game quickly turned into a run away grand slam, leaving Amazon in the dust. Special mention to MVPs this week: Nicholas (“Bendle”) Bendle for coming out swinging with some massive hits and Anna-Maria (“Glove”) Glover for her debut Flamestorm appearance and bringing an entire fan section! Honorable mention: It’s sad to see Nicolas Sauval go after many great seasons, but we wish him luck in the Montreal office and hope he’ll take softball across the pond for a Flamestorm MTL team! Final score: Flamestorm 29 – 10 Amazeballs
Soccer in MTL
Last Wednesday, our MTL soccer team won 7-2 against MPC. This Wednesday, the team finished with a result of 1-1 against Digital Domain. It was tight, especially since it was one of our players who scored in our own net for the other team. The team is now in second place and will face Mathematic next week who have never lost a game (YET). If you would like to support the team then make sure to join them for their next game on Wednesday, 15th June at 6.30pm here.
That’s it for this week! Please remember that our colleagues in MEL will be off on Monday due to the Queen’s Birthday (b/h). Catch you next week!