The week we sign off for 2022 (22.12.22)

We’re coming for you, Oscar

We are incredibly proud to see three films featuring our teams’ work in this year’s VFX Oscar shortlist. The titles are:
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore, which was led by Production VFX Supervisor Christian Manz and features the talents of our LDN, MTL and FPS teams. Top Gun: Maverick, piloted by Production VFX Supervisor Ryan Tudhope and delivered by the MTL team under the Method Studios banner. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, which was conjured by VFX Supervisor Alexis Wajsbrot and features work from our teams in LDN and MUM. A huge congratulations to the brilliant artists, producers and technologists whose amazing work helped get these films to this stage. Fingers crossed for the bakeoff!

The last hurrah

UK audiences are finally getting the chance to catch up with His Dark Materials S3 with first episode appearing on telly and the whole box set available on iPlayer. The final season of His Dark Materials was a truly monumental project for us: a five-year, 5,100-shot journey that took in talent from LDN, MTL, MUM and NY. A huge congratulations to the many, many artists, producers and technologists who worked so hard to raise the bar for episodic VFX, and made the world of His Dark Materials so thoroughly spectacular. Reviews are also starting to come in with the Guardian hailing our “astonishing CGI”, calling it “superlative”. The writer also gave a special mention to our Design team, whose work on the Angel sequence has been described as “a delicately animated sequence of diaphanous spirits in a starry skyscape”.

White Noise is coming to Netflix

December 30th sees the release of White Noise, Noah Baumbach’s audacious adaptation of the famously-unfilmable novel by Don DeLillo. Tune in for a darkly comic feature that pits day-to-day mundanity against real-life horror, and marvel at some incredible VFX work courtesy of our teams in MTL and MUM. Hats off to VFX Supervisors Phil Brennan and Jonathan Fawkner who saw this one over the line!

Well Loki here

Disney+ released a trailer including upcoming shows in 2023, including a first look at the highly anticipated second season of Loki! The new season follows the God of Mischief as he travels through time and causes chaos in different eras and realities. The show is scheduled to land on Disney+ in 2023!

Yes we Pan

Also part of the 2023 teaser was the world’s first brief peek at Peter Pan & Wendy, which features mesmerising work courtesy of our MTL and MUM studios. This one features some seriously incredible work, and we can’t wait to see more in the new year! Director David Lowery (The Green Knight) is similarly chuffed with how it’s looking, having said “I’ve never been as in love with a movie as I am with this one.”


The Greatest Storyteller

Framestore teamed up with Fold7 to deliver Audibleā€™s latest heartwarming campaign ā€˜The Greatest Storytellerā€™. The spot highlights the power audio books can have on a person’s emotions and how to master them successfully. The spot received its final grade from Company 3’s Jean-ClĆ©ment Soret.


Press

Televisual

We have some great news Framestorians! We took the 1st place in Televisual’s Peer Poll (voted for by the Facilities 50 post houses) and the 5th place in the Producers Poll (voted for by Producers). Congratulations to everyone who helped us to make this possible!

Televisual

Televisual’s newest print issue features our work on ASDA’s ‘Have Your Elf a Merry Christmas‘ campaign.

CBR

CBR recently revealed their top 10 title sequences of 2022. Our work on the 1899 title sequence was ranked 7th amongst other strong contenders. Congratulations to our hard working Design team!


In other news

Akhauri at Kochi Design Week

MD, India, Akhauri P. Sinha was at the Kochi Design Week festival on Saturday, December 17th to explain the role of VFX in storytelling and how it’s helped shape some of Framestoreā€™s leading projects – right from the scripting to the post-production stage. 

MUM holiday decorations

The MUM studio had their Holiday celebrations today including a Christmas decoration competition. All teams were given a selected number of days and a fixed budget to come up with their own Christmas-themed decorations. Each team brought their A-game on and had great fun creating some of the most beautiful and stunning looking Christmas decor which they set up next to where their respective teams sit. The Roto & Tracking team secured theĀ 1st place,Ā the CFX & Compositing team cameĀ in 2nd place and the Prep/Paint team came inĀ 3rd place.Ā What a wonderful way to finish this successful year!

Fun night at Mile X Arcade

Last Thursday, the MTL Paint/Roto and Layout teams enjoyed a fun night out at Mile X Arcade. The teams entered many friendly competitions including car racing, pong and an epic showdown for the MTL Kombat crown.

Christmas Jumper Competition Winners

We would like to thank everyone whoĀ participated in the Christmas Jumper Day and helpedĀ raise money forĀ Save the Children, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world. We’re excited toĀ announce this year’s winners for the Craziest Christmas Jumper: StandishĀ Millennas, Senior VFX Producer, LDN and Adrian Sutherland, Compositing Supervisor, VAN.Ā Congratulations!

Cake our breath away

This year’s festive bake off included some truly amazing (and delish-looking) entries, with fierce competition from our studios around the world. The 1st place went to Rachel Williams (LDN) and her Snow Globe Cakes, the 2nd place went to Meghan Pangiochi (LA) and her Snowman Chocolate & Raspberry Cake while 3rd place went to Jayshri Dudhya (MUM) and her Frosty Santa Fondant Cake.

Congratulations to the three winners and make sure to take a look at all the other 23 mouth-watering submissions below!


Please remember that all our offices will be closed on Friday, 23rd December.
VAN, MTL, LA, CHI, NY, MEL and LDN studios will be closed on Monday, Dec 26th.
MTL, MEL and LDN studios will also be closed on Tuesday, Dec 27th.
VAN, MTL, LA, CHI, NY, MEL and LDN studios will be closed on Monday, Jan 2nd.

That’s it for 2022 – we’ll see you in 2023!