The week we make the Crew cut (9.6.23)

Behind the Sea-nes

Halle Bailey sat down with National Geographic this week to talk about all things under the sea. The video gave a sneak peak behind the scenes of The Little Mermaid, showing how Halle shot her underwater scenes.


Brian Cox narrates a series of ‘sliding doors’ moments between strangers in a new campaign for Santander’s UK corporate and commercial banking arm. Directed by Tom Hooper, the spot features compositing and environment DMP work by Framestore, which included transforming Warsaw into New York.

National Lottery

The National Lottery’s latest campaign is a joyful tale of love and winning that follows protagonists Edward and Isaac across three decades. Directed by Tom Hooper and created by adam&eveDDB, ‘Pockets’ features VFX by Framestore, and is an evolution of the brands award-winning festive ad ‘A Christmas Love Story’.

Sky Stream

Framestore’s long-standing relationship with Sky Creative continues with ‘Signs Alley’, the latest spot for Sky Stream. To represent the freedom and ease of the new streaming box, obstacles are transformed into bursts of colourful dust particles in the Sky spectrum colours. The spectrum burst was created in CG with the VFX complementing the in-camera practical effects. 

And Just Like That..

To commemorate the milestone of 25 years of Sex and the City and celebrate the upcoming season two premiere of And Just Like That, Max will provide fans with an opportunity to immerse themselves in TV’s most fabulous franchise with the And Just Like That…It’s Been 25 Years, A Sex and the City Experience.” To execute the experience, Max teamed up with our Immersive team to bring to life this experience, taking you on a journey through Carrie’s most iconic looks over the years. The pop-up experience is now open to the public in New York City’s Soho neighborhood until Sunday, June 11th.

Black Mirror S6

The sixth season of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror returns on June 15th with 5 ground-breaking new stories. Tune in to watch the amazing VFX work from our Episodic team and stay tuned for more BTS on the job!


Corridor Crew

CCO Tim Webber joined the Corridor Crew gang recently, discussing Framestore’s pioneering work on projects such as Gravity, The Dark Knight, Children Of Men and FLITE. As well as notching up an incredible 784k views in just one week, the piece helped give our FLITE trailer an added bump – notching up an additional 10k YouTube views! Watch the full piece here.

Befores & Afters

VFX Supervisor Ross McCabe (VAN) sat down with befores & afters to explore the art of eyelines in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair has published an exclusive first look at Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated new sci-fi venture, Rebel Moon, which features stunning work courtesy of our MTL, FPS, MUM and VAN teams.

Art of VFX

Production VFX Supervisor Stephane Ceretti spoke to Art of VFX about the emotional conclusion of the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy, and our work on baby Rocket.


SMASH Virtual

The CHI team presented their Virtual Production capabilities to Stellantis direct at SMASH Virtual in Chicago this week. They were joined by the heads of Advertising from Stellantis agencies across the US including Jeep, RAM Trucks, Dodge, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler and Fiat.

AI: Friend or Foe?

CTO Michael Stein attended HereEast’s LDN conference, where he delivered a talk on AI and its potential impact in the media and creative industries. Here‘s a handy recap of the event.

In other news

Hello, Mumbai

We’ve had 3 special visitors at our MUM studio this week – Sally Spencer, Global Head of Resourcing, Natalie Miller, VFX Producer & Nathan McConnel, Animation Supervisor.

Nathan gave a very interesting talk on ‘How to Create Believable Performances with Digital Characters’ led by examples from two of MUM’s most popular shows – Fantastic Beasts & Guardians of the Galaxy.

Welcome, Interns!

Our interns started their new roles in VAN and MTL this week, across Production, Modelling, FX, ATD and Compositing.

Flamestorm’s First Match

The sun was finally out in LDN and that can only mean one thing – it’s softball Time! Flamestorm started the season this week with a big VFX grudge match against bitter rivals MPC, and after falling behind early on managed to pull back to 21-21 by the start of the final inning. It went the distance with the winning run at the plate, but we fell just short 25 – 26 to MPC.

Congratulations to all our new recruits, and welcome back to our exceptional returning players, it’s going to be a good season!

Mermaids in MTL

MTL completed the Mermay drawing challenge, drawing a differently-themed Mermaid or Merman every day of May. Take a look at some of the works of art:

That’s it for this week! Don’t forget, Monday is a bank holiday for MEL.