Heading to the Bake-Off
Last week, we sent various Framestorians to the VFX bake-off: the nerve-wracking process which decides which five films compete for this year’s Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Cross your fingers and send positive thoughts to the teams behind Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore (Christian Manz, Stephane Nazé, and Benjamin Loch) and Top Gun: Maverick (Ryan Tudhope and Bryan Litson), whose incredible talent, skill and artistry has delighted audiences the world over. The official nominees will be announced on Tuesday, January 24th.
We’re everyones fa-VES
Massive congratulations to our talented teams for their well-deserved VES nominations! The VES Awards recognise outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation worldwide in film, animation, television, commercials and video games, and the talented artists who bring this work to life. We’ve got our fingers crossed for the awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 15th!
Flying High with BAFTA
Our Top Gun: Maverick team continue their amazing awards season streak with a BAFTA nomination for Best Special Visual Effects! Congratulations to VFX Supervisor Ryan Tudhope and all who helped Maverick soar to new heights. The BAFTA winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday, February 19th.
The Apocalypse is Here
From the Emmy award-winning creator of Chernobyl and the creator of the acclaimed video game, the new HBO Original series The Last Of Us features some epic work from our VFX team in LDN and FPS. Reviews are also starting to flood in with The Guardian hailing it ‘one of the finest TV shows you will see this year’ and a rating of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. Congratulations to everyone involved – what a great way to start the new year!
Save the Date
Netflix released an official trailer including some of its upcoming titles to watch in 2023 and we can already tell that it’s going to be a fantastic year! Mark your calendars for three titles including Heart of Stone, Leave the World Behind and Rebel Moon which all feature Framestore’s hallmark photo-realistic VFX work from our studios in MTL, VAN, MUM, and MEL. We can’t wait to get our eyes on it!
Raise Your Arches
Framestore joined forces with Leo Burnett UK on McDonald’s latest campaign named ‘Raise Your Arches‘ and directed by cult British filmmaker Edgar Wright. The spot centres on the creative insight that the invitation to grab a Maccie’s is so universal, it can be communicated without a single word. Campaign named the spot its ‘Pick of the Week’ and David Reviews gave it 5 stars. Congrats to the team!
Huge congratulations to our extraordinary Beast team for their well-deserved nomination for Best Character Animation – Live Action: Alvise Avati, Chris McGaw, Bora Sahin, Krzysztof Boyoko, and Laurent Benhamo. The winners will be announced on Saturday, February 25th.
Befores & Afters
Creative Directors Gavin Fox, Henry Trotter and Executive Producer Lauren Anderson spoke to Ian Failes for the Before & Afters podcast. The episode focuses on their experience of designing the ‘Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination‘ exhibition for the Science Museum. Listen here.
UK Screen Alliance
The UK Screen Alliance featured Framestore’s work on The Crown Season 5 including iconic moments such as the Windsor Castle fire, the decommissioning of The Royal Yacht Britannia and the Handover of Hong Kong. Read more here.
In other news
MUM meets LDN
CCO Mike McGee, Global Marketing Director Steph Bruning, Creative Director Henry Trotter and Production Assistant Joshua Syratt embarked on a 4,470.75 mile journey to our MUM studio where they’re conducting various interviews to capture the life and working culture at the studio. Mike gave a talk today to the team highlighting the milestones that embody the spirit of creativity and innovation that put Framestore on the map and continues to drive our work today.
Last week, the MEL office launched their official return to office and enjoyed tasty pastries and fruit for breakfast. Donuts and sweets made the afternoon much more enjoyable and beer, wine and cheese platters rang in the end of the first work day back in the office. Here’s to many more!
VAN Canucks Game
On Wednesday, some of the VAN team, led by VFX Supervisor Mat Krentz and Head of Production Jinnie Pak, enjoyed a night out courtesy of the VAN Canucks as a thank you for all their hard work on the intro video. It was amazing to see the work on the jumbotron and have some good ol’ fashion Canadian fun! For the Canucks intro video, Director Mike Pohorly wanted to step up the action, and enlisted Framestore to help create some stunning VFX. The VAN team added a CG helicopter to a Mission Impossible like sequence that chases Canucks star Elias Peterson, designed a seamless transition through a wormhole with captain Bo Horvat, added tattoos of every opposing teams logo to a henchman, as well as a CG puck for a slow mo action save from Demko.
This week, the Framestore Podcast continues to look back at last year’s highlights with handpicked leaders from Film & Episodic, Advertising, Immersive. These episodes feature Sarah Cauchois, Managing Director of FPS, and Karl Woolley, Global Head of Immersive. Listen to what Sarah had to say on Spotify or Apple Podcasts and to Karl on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Our LDN studio was proud to host ACCESS:VFX for their first fundraiser event on Wednesday night. The evening that included networking games, raffle prizes and networking with aspiring talent raised over one thousand pounds that will go towards contributing to expanding ACCESS:VFX’s outreach activities to help the VFX, Animation and Games industry become more inclusive and diverse.
You’re all caught up for this week! Please remember that on Thursday, January 26th, our MEL office will observe Australia Day and our MUM office will observe Republic Day.