A Second Chapter
Foundation Season 2 debuts on Apple TV today! Based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, Foundation chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilisation amid the fall of the Galactic Empire. Our FPS and VFX teams in MTL, LDN and MUM, have delivered an extensive array of complex work, spanning creature design, vast environments, monumental structures, infinite desert landscapes, crowd simulations, multiple universes, and thrilling space battles.
A Tasty Trailer
The first Wonka trailer has arrived ! Led by Production VFX Supervisor Graham Page, and featuring work from our concept art and FPS teams, alongside our VFX crews in LDN, MTL and MUM. The film promises a visual feast spanning delightful character design, sumptuous environments and eye-popping simulation work. Director Paul King raved to CBR about the VFX in the film.
Wonka hits the big screens on December 15th!
London Turns Pink
This week saw a wave of pink as Barbie held its LDN premiere, following fabulous screenings in LA and Sydney. The unstoppable Barbie marketing team were at it again, turning notable landmarks pink in honour of the event, including a hot pink TARDIS on the banks of the Thames.
Warner Bros. also treated us to “I’m Just Ken”, the latest original song released from the official “Barbie” soundtrack, performed by Ryan Gosling. The soundtrack also features artists such as Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish. Barbie is set to hit the big screens next week, and we can’t wait!
VFX Supervisors Stephane Nazé and Alexis Wajsbrot have always been in our hall of fame, but this week they joined the team at New Rockstars to discuss their teams’ virtuoso work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3. Join the 173,000 people who’ve already given the video a watch by clicking here.
Lionesses in Little Black Book
ITV Creative and Framestore talk to LBB about the ‘Pride Has Arrived’ campaign that brought real-life South African lionesses to England through the power of CG.
The LDN team’s work across the recent campaign for Sky Stream is included in Televisual’s Summer print issue:
ScreenRant showed some love for Paddington 2 this week, with a definitive list as to why it’s the greatest movie of all time.
Creative Circle Awards
Three Ireland’s ‘Jeff’s World’ has triumphed again, scooping Gold for ‘Best digital 3D animation CG in live action plates’ at the Creative Circle Awards!
Earlier in the day the Creative Circle 2023 New Creators Talent Awards took place with Nathan Clark, (Rigging Technical Director) winning ‘Most Promising CGI/VFX artist’.
Jessica Kersey-Preston (Animator), Chelsea Aston (Junior DMP Artist), and Jack Neale (Junior Nuke Compositor) were also recognised as Finalists in the category. Over at Company 3, Dominic Phipps took home the award for ‘Most Promising Colourist’. Congratulations to all our artists on these fantastic achievements!
Principal Software Developer Will Myles delivered a talk at Develop:Brighton, highlighting the growing trend in using real-time engines as part of the filmmaking process, and explores the current applications for real-time engines in Virtual production. Well done, Will, Skye and Ellie!
LDN’s Simon Devereux and Vincent Aupetit attended the BeYou Festival with Access:VFX this week – Simon hosted a fireside chat with Vincent about all things FPS and pre-production.
Contagious x Cannes Lions
On Wednesday evening Contagious returned to Chancery Lane to host ‘Cannes Deconstructed’. The post-Cannes Live event, saw the team share their thoughts on what mattered most from this year’s festival of Creativity.
It’s almost time to close the polls – place your votes for this quarter’s worthy winners.
Voting closes tonight!
In other news
The Framestore Podcast
Simon Devereux serves up a two part Pride special this week. Gabbi Segall, Studio Operations Lead (LA) and Jack Grealish, VFX Shoot Manager (LDN), get stuck into the Framestore Podcast ‘dailies’ questions, and share further thoughts on this years Pride event. Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
Sports Teams Hit a Home Run
MTL’s Framesquad brought victory home 44 -16 ! The team keeps getting better and learning how to play together. There are 3 games left in the league, and next week’s is going to be a tough one, so make sure to show your support!
LDN’s Flamestorm took on industry rivals as they played DNEG’s Double Sluggers. The game was tight all the way through, with Flamestorm starting their 7th inning 2 points behind at 20-22. The team rallied to win with a smashing final score of 28-24.
LaunchPad in MUM
Congratulations to our internal Roto to Paint launchpad in MUM! Run by Josh Barham, the scheme concludes this week and sees this lovely bunch graduate with an enhanced set of skills.
Sweet Treats in MTL
Last month’s bake sale brought in an astounding $1,460.00, with proceeds going to Les Productions Feux Sacrés, an organisation that helps finance Indigenous artists. Thank you to everyone who came and purchased one of the delicious offerings.
LDN Boule-d Over
The LDN DM team had their summer social last night and went to play Boules down on the Southbank – looks like a perfect summer evening!
That’s it for this week!