The cat’s out of the bag
Beast breaks out onto screens today, following its debut last night. Idris Elba led the star-studded cast to his home turf of Hackney for the premiere, joined on the red carpet by some of our very own: VFX Supervisor Enrik Pavdeja, COO, Film & Episodic, Lucy Killick and CG Supes Dan Neal and Stefan Putz.
It’s time to answer the call of the wild and find out why we’re roaring about this work from our LDN and MUM studios. Paws and watch this if you need a reminder.
For this Guardian piece, Idris Elba gives his top tips on avoiding being munched by a real-life lion, as well as lifting the curtain on some of the film’s VFX. More props for the VFX work of our LDN and MUM teams comes via video interview for Newzee below – skip to the three-minute mark to hear Idris say the film should be winning an award for the CG work!
7 days of Longing left
The wait is nearly over, with Three Thousand Years of Longing set to release next Friday 2nd September. If you’re not yet up to speed with this work out of our MEL studios, let us grant you these three wishes.
Jason Momoa takes us on a fantastical journey traversing dreams and fleeing nightmares in the secret world of Slumberland. Alas, there are still a few sleeps to go before this dream takes shape, but here is a teaser of what’s to come from our creative teams in MTL and MUM.
A new mystery is afoot.
This winter we set sail with Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar’s 1899. The eight episodes will follow the mysterious circumstances around the voyage of an immigrant ship, the Kerberos, from Europe to New York.
If that has left you curious for more clues on what to expect, here’s a first look into this work from our MTL and MUM studios and the volume technology used to create the world of 1899.
Siggraph and friends
Postperspective caught up with our CTO, Michael Stein, during the SIGGRAPH conference. The pair had an insightful discussion that touched on open-source software and the future of virtual production, including our FPS team’s trailblazing work in virtual cinematography and scouting. Catch up with the full interview below, and if you fancy another perspective, check out Michael’s conversation with Broadcast Tech
Covered our work on Dubai’s Museum of the future, which had us rocket launching guests into space. For the pioneering project, Creative Director Jason Fox, alongside VFX Supervisor Jay Khan, created a fully CG city of Dubai and designed the full sequence from ground to orbit. You can teleport here to read what they said.
Befores & Afters
Animation World Network
Held an illuminating interview with VFX Supervisor Pete Dionne about his team’s work on Thor: Love & Thunder. The franchise’s fourth outing features some innovative light work from our MTL and VAN studios. You might even say they hung the moon. Read about it here to find out why.
IndieWire have roared out the traps with a list of potential contenders for this year’s VFX Oscars, namechecking a slew of Framestore and Method projects in the process. Titles tipped as potential nominees include Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore, Top Gun: Maverick, Beast, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Men, Shazam! Fury Of The Gods, Three Thousand Years Of Longing, Thor: Love & Thunder and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. Kudos to VFX supes Ryan Tudhope and Enrik Pavdeja for getting shout-outs, too! Read the full article here
We’re happy to introduce you to Compositor Mayuresh Bhagawan Powar, who loves photography and literature, is an amazing chef, and recently bought his own flat (congratulations!).
In other news
Two good to miss
Cineworld are offering you a double dose of high flyer Top Gun: Maverick this week and next. If you missed its first flight, here’s your chance to re-live the action.
The MTL Tracking, Layout, CFX, Groom, and VisDev team met up on the terrace to enjoy sangria and lovely conversations with each other.
2022 London Advertising Softball League Playoffs
Last weekend Flamestorm took to the field in the LASL Playoffs. First playing a brilliant game against Google, where Flamestorm fended the number one team off until the bitter end when Google hit an explosive home run to win the game 12-9.
Then onto game two to determine 3rd or 4th place against MPC where Flamestorm easily took the win, making lots of double plays and hitting it out of the park with a final score of 9-3. This secured Flamestorm 3rd place in the playoffs!
Thanks to the whole team and the fans that came out this season to make it another great one. We’ll see you all next year on the field!
This coming week the LDN team will enjoy a summer bank holiday on Monday 29th. Then on Wednesday 31st, our MUM team will be taking time to enjoy the Hindu festival Ganesha Chaturthi, in honour of the God, Ganesha. Happy festivities to all!