The trailer for Tim Webber’s directorial debut, FLITE, was released this week via The Hollywood Reporter. The short film is set in a futuristic London, and explores the underground practice of memory visualization. Film festival submissions have already begun, with FLITE in competition at BAFTA qualifying Carmarthen Bay Film Festival and Oscar qualifying ANIMATOR in Poland. Best of luck to Tim, Theo Jones, Simon Whalley and the rest of the Framestore crew.
Paddington Faces the Public Vote
Tune into the BAFTA TV Awards this Sunday on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, where Paddington at the Palace is up for the P&O Award for most memorable moment. It’s the only award of the evening that’s voted for by the public, so keep everything crossed for our loveable bear.
A Quick Dip Under the Sea
Following the premiere of The Little Mermaid this week, Disney released this exclusive clip of Under the Sea. Early reviews for the film describe it as “Disney’s best ever live action film” and “a tribute to all little girls to dream big”.
Laying New Foundations
Apple has officially announced that Foundation season 2 will be released on July 14th. Along with this exciting news, they have also released a captivating new trailer showcasing the groundbreaking work of our teams.
Based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, Foundation chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire. The series stars Emmy-nominated actors Jared Harris and Lee Pace, alongside rising talents Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey.
Our talented teams of sci-fi enthusiasts in MTL and MUM, led by VFX Supervisor Laureline Silan, have created stunning creatures and breathtaking environments.
Looks like the Gecko has finally met his match with none other than his longtime frenemy, Will Arnett. While this is the first time that GEICO has paired a celebrity with the Gecko, judging from their interactions, neither of them seem too thrilled about it. Our New York team brought the Gecko to life in all his VFX glory, via rigging, animation, lighting and compositing.
Who will come out on top in this battle to dominate the conversation?
New York-based ECD Corey Brown recently spoke to Little Black Book about his career highlights, creative inspiration, and his new role at Framestore for their series, ‘The Work That Made Me.’
VFX State of the Nation Panel
Fiona Walkinshaw took part in the “VFX State of the Nation” panel at The Media Production & Technology Show, the UK’s largest event for the broadcast media, production and technology industry. Hosted by Max Miller, Senior Reporter at Broadcast Tech & Sport Group, the panel discussed the evolving landscape of VFX companies, the challenges and changes experienced over the past year and the impact AI and Real-Time will have on our industry.
MTL is preparing for CAFÉ VFX, the leading visual effects and animation conference in Quebec, next week. Our studio is set to participate with an impressive lineup of events. Our recruitment team will maintain a presence at our booth throughout the conference, and we’re set to host a series of engaging panels and discussions.
On May 16th, Chloe Grysole will lead a panel with industry leaders, exploring remote and distributed production and the intricacies of global collaboration. Margot Ingrassia and Bruno LaFlamme will share interview tips with students.
On May 17th, VFX Supervisor, Christian Kaestner will engage in a panel discussion about the creative implications of real-time technology and virtual production, joined by industry peers from other studios. Maxime Masse, Global Head of Lookdev, will present on real-time asset optimization techniques, referencing “Army of the Dead” as a case study.
Discount codes are available for VES Members
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Our very own Director and VFX Supervisor Ben West will be teaching a masterclass on Visual Effects & AI in Cinematic Storytelling at the highly-regarded Maine Media Film School this June.
Meet Michel Waxman, Executive Producer at Framestore Pictures in LA. Fresh from judging Shots: The Americas Awards, she’d love to visit Miyazaki’s world of Ponyo and reminds us to “look both ways before crossing.”
In other news
Happy 10th Years, LA!
This week our LA studio gathered with colleagues and clients at Winston House to celebrate its 10 year anniversary! The last decade was made possible thanks to the passion and creativity of our team and the vibrant advertising and technology community on the West Coast. Cheers to the next 10!
Life at Framestore
We released this lovely video showing who we are, and what we do. The film has been really well received on our social channels, a massive thanks to all who agreed to be interviewed, and everyone who worked so hard to pull this together.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Screening
MTL and VAN had their Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 screening. The film was a huge success, bringing out cheers and tears from the teams that worked so hard on it. Amazing job, everyone!
Cinco de Mayo
MTL teams had a chance to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tacos, nacho chips, and guacamole all served fresh from Roi du Taco, a local restaurant. The party was elevated with the help of recruitment’s very own Jules Thebault-Dagher as the event DJ.
Kicking Off the Soccer Season in MTL
Our MTL soccer team is back and better than ever! After a successful turnout last year, we’ve expanded our roster and now have not one, but two teams competing in a mixed league for people in VFX and Gaming. Team 1 won their first game against Frontier 3:2, and Team 2 won 5:0 against Cloud Chamber. This season is shaping up to be quite promising!
Team 1: Luis Ramsauer, Sean Hoessli, Gary Vanhooland, Dan Batt, Jules Thebault-Dagher, Yohann Deberg, Sébastien Bacchia, Mahmoud Ellithy, Quentin Sanchez, Jason Murphy, Andres Salas, Leah Darrington, Massimo Partipilo, Jono Chamberlain-Webber, Joan Aznar Adrover.
Team 2: Laurence Drouilly, Molly Pinkerton-Jarvis, Marc-Antoine Deziel, Pablo Ehrlich, Yanis Levostre, Ferran Llacer, Tiana Maros, Jason Ethier, Jacob Leduc, Mark Bradley, Quentin Max, Lilyan Baltaze, Steven Fares, Shu Pan, Lucas Narjoux, Michael Elder.
LDN’s softball team, Flamestorm, kicked off the new season with a very wet practise to welcome their newest recruits. Best of luck for your first game!
Graduation Season with Framestore
School graduation season is starting in MTL and an amazing team had the chance to participate at the Gala ImagiNAD 2023. They assisted in the projection of cinematic and VFX student projects, and spoke to the students about the amazing opportunities we will have a Framestore in the coming year.
Form a BB-Queue
VAN enjoyed their first rooftop BBQ of the year this week. We hope that everyone enjoyed the sunshine, delicious food and great company (we’re not jealous at all)! A huge thanks to the VAN Operations team for organizing this event.
You’re all caught up for this week!