The week we’re in a world of dreams (11.11.22)

Let’s join the fun

Get ready for Jason Momoa to take you on a fantastical journey into the secret world of Slumberland. The film hits limited theatres today before its release on Netflix and features the superb work by our geniuses in MTL, MUM and FPS. We cannot wait to see what you created!

Jason Momoa also attended the premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday and brought the Slumberland pig with him. Unfortunately, he couldn’t bring his own real-life pig to the premiere as he had hoped. What a fantastic pig-ture!

An epic return of royal drama

The fifth season of The Crown landed this week, with Framestore returning to deliver VFX and environment work across iconic moments such as the Windsor Castle fire, the decommissioning of The Royal Yacht Britannia, and the handover of Hong Kong. Congratulations to our LDN team on their amazing work!

A galactic Christmas

Huge congratulations to our teams who delivered The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special this week! It was a true multi-site show, and a complete success thanks to all the amazing talent involved! MTL was involved in building Knowhere, Groot and Cosmo, MUM helped in multiple departments including CFX, tracking and P&R, and VAN delivered the animation final for the whole project. The team in MEL took on 17 comp shots as we hit the last two weeks of the project as another and, of course, the LDN team delivered 230 amazing shots. Make sure to tune in to Disney+ on November 25th!

Gifts that Give

Framestore has partnered with House 337 to deliver VFX across Marks & Spencer’s feel-good festive campaign ‘Gifts that Give‘. Directed by Michael Gracey (the Greatest Showman), the campaign celebrates the generosity behind an M&S gift and will see the retail giant donate £1 million to the Neighbourly Foundation, a charity that supports local community causes across the UK. Framestore was tasked with embellishing a winter wonderland, brimming with christmassy nostalgia and the campaign was graded by Steffan Perry, at Company3.

The Alternative Christmas List

Framestore and Leo Burnett celebrate moments of togetherness in McDonald’s festive campaign, directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper. ‘The List’ tells the story of a little boy named Alfie, who gets carried away with the excitement of writing a Christmas List, before realising that it’s the little shared moments that really matter. Framestore’s work included creating the Christmas list in CG, and giving the ad a touch of festive magic by frosting up and replacing green trees, blowing leaves and adding an abundance of Christmas decorations. 

Unwrap the Magic

Holiday style just got magical as H&M’s festive campaign sees Framestore help transform ‘Brasserie Hennes’ into a disco-inspired snowscape for the holidays — it’s cosy, inviting and buzzing with festive excitement. 


The Lions Talent Report

The LIONS Talent Report explores lessons and guidance from some of the world’s best wordsmiths, art directors and titans of tech. Designed to offer a deeper look at some of the incredible creative talent featured in the LIONS Creativity Report, it profiles twenty-one people who made Lion-winning work possible including Executive Creative Director, Murray Butler. Huge congratulations on this achievement!


Abuzar Hasib, Lead Tracker, MUM

Meet our Lead Tracker Abuzar Hasib who has a deep fondness for the mountains, loves solo traveling and enjoys binging on historical-based movies and TV shows. 

Kate Holovchenko, Line Producer, MTL

We’re excited to introduce you to Line Producer Kate Holovchenko who loves to take on new challenges, enjoys being part of an international team, and has already called four continents home.

In other news

Stu Penn at ASFF

Despite being held up by a trip to Iceland (the country, for a shoot; not the shop, for profiteroles) VFX Supervisor Stu Penn delivered a virtual VFX masterclass for attendees at this year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival on Saturday 5th November. 

Engy Jarrouj at BFX

Talent Partner: Outreach and Inclusion, Engy Jarrouj, joined BFX during a panel called ‘Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in the Animation and VFX Industry’. What an amazing opportunity!

Get together in VAN

The VAN Comp and Roto/Paint teams celebrated a department get together this past Sunday and had a great time at the Greta Arcade Bar. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone!

No matter the weather

Rain or sunshine – the VAN Asset team will always get together and enjoyed a team day in the studio last Friday. Afterwards, they went out for drinks at Craft Beer Market near the studio.

Women’s Leadership Festival

Our MEL studio welcomed a VIP group of creatives from the Women’s Leadership Festival this week. Executive Producer Ineke Majoor and Head of Texture Kiersten Casey hosted the group and spoke about our recent work, screened our showreel and took part in a Q&A session which was part of the festival’s Creative Inspiration Day. This was the first event at our MEL office since March 2020 – here’s to many more!

Communications & Culture Survey

The employee engagement initiative is well underway, and several offices have finished their focus groups. Please remember to complete the communications and culture survey sent by CEO Mel Sullivan at the beginning of the week. The feedback from it will help inform many of the decisions we will take around communications and culture across the company. The survey closes on Wednesday 16th November, so please follow this link to have your say!

Halloween round up

This year’s Halloween celebrations are one for the books! If you’d like to take a look at more Halloween shenanigans in our studios then make sure to follow this link.

You’re all caught up for this week!