The week we choose sides (23.9.22)

Are you good or evil?

Netflix released the official trailer 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, as well as our hyper-talented FPS crew.

A story with the perfect pitch

Sony Pictures Entertainment is introducing us to Lyle, a crocodile who hits all the right notes in a newly released film clip. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile features work by our talented MEL studio and will hits theatres on 7th October. The wait is almost over!

As the cherry on top, Sony Pictures Entertainment also released the official film poster featuring lead actors Javier Bardem and Constance Wu.

Dream Big

Our LDN team joined forces with Saatchi & Saatchi to deliver ‘Dream Big’, a collaborative project between EE and Apple. Directed by the acclaimed Noam Murro, co-founder of Biscuit Films, the spot makes use of Framestore’s VFX prowess and the specialist grading skills of Jean-Clément Soret at Company 3, to showcase the new iPhone 14. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Reading with McDonald’s

In collaboration with Leo Burnett, our LDN team worked on this newly released McDonald’s Trust spot highlighting the company’s commitment to provide all children with books. The team beautifully animated several aspects of the spot including a bluebird and flowers, as well as the butterfly and crocodile shadows. The spot was elegantly graded by Simon Bourne at Company 3.



In conversation with SYFY Wire, Thor: Love and Thunder VFX Supervisor Jake Morrison revealed how pop star Taylor Swift inspired the screaming goats and includes a nice shoutout to our team at Framestore. Aaaaaah!

VFX Voice

Deputy Head of 2D Dominic Hellier spoke to VFX Voice about the work our MEL team created for Spiderhead.


This week, we’re happy to introduce you to Training Manager Jignesh Solanki who is passionate about portrait photography, has a soft spot for street-side junk food and someday wishes to hang with Wonder Woman (don’t we all?!)

In other news

Head of Animation Daniel Mizuguchi, Head of Production Jinnie Pak, and Senior Recruitment Manager Barry Crossan from the VAN studio attended SPARK: RELOADED on 17th September. It was great to meet with recent graduates and professionals in the VFX industry and tell them all about Framestore’s work and career opportunities. We look forward to attending the next SPARK event in November!

Naomi Stopa at Rise

VAN Head of Studio, Naomi Stopa, will participate in a roundtable conversation on 28th September. Along with other industry leaders, the roundtable will focus on innovation in media and entertainment. Make sure to secure your ticket here if you’d like to attend!

CAVE Academy Dailies with Binal Shah

Animation Supervisor, Binal Shah, of Animated Women UK and Framestore joined CAVE Academy Dailies this week and reviewed the work of upcoming VFX talent. Congrats on this great opportunity!

Kinsale Festival

Global Business Operations Director Lottie Cooper, New Business Manager Lorraine Fearon, and Producer Ben Stell are currently attending Kinsale Festival in Ireland. We hope you’re having a great time!

VES Pub Night

The September VES Pub night was a great success! The VAN VFX community is strong and attendees enjoyed a night out with old friends and new. The next VES Pub Night in Vancouver is October 25th, open for members and non members alike. Keep your eyes peeled for an invite in the upcoming weeks!

Apple Picking in MTL

The MTL social team organised an apple picking outing at Domaine LaFrance last week. Taking advantage of the sunny day, the team enjoyed picking and savoring incredible apples with family and friends. 

Catch up on SIGGRAPH 2022

If you missed this week’s SIGGRAPH review then make sure to watch the recording here on FTV.

That’s it for this week!