The week we’re shell-ebrating (26.5.23)

We Can Halle Believe It’s Here

Disney’s The Little Mermaid hits the big screen today! Here’s a special message from director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca to everyone at Framestore who gave their skills and their time creating Ariel and her home, friends, and family. Massive congratulations to Andy Kind, Pablo Grillo, and our talented artists across LDN, MTL, and MUM.

Some of the LDN team attended a cast and crew screening over the weekend to take an early look at the long-awaited film, and the MUM team have their screening this evening.

Hi Barbie!

Margot Robbie graces the cover of fashion bible Vogue, and, along with Greta Gerwig, Ryan Gosling and production designer Sarah Greenwood, gives the world the inside scoop on Barbie, which we learn is “a mad fantasy of gorgeousness” (obvs) and taps something Gerwig describes as “authentic artificiality.”

If this trailer is anything to go by, we’re hooked! We can’t wait to see what the skilled sorts in FPS, MTL and MUM brought to this wonderful panoply of pink.

After a week of teasing, Dua Lipa has finally released her disco single, “Dance the Night,” for the upcoming Barbie movie, where she will make an appearance as a mermaid Barbie.

Aaaand… Action!

Netflix introduced their newly appointed Chief Action Officer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a video roundup of Netflix’s upcoming action films and series, offering fresh glimpses of “Heart of Stone.”

A Wheel-y Early First Look

Exclusive first-look images from Amazon’s Wheel of Time S2 appeared in Entertainment Weekly this week, ahead of the Season 2 premiere on September 1st. Hopefully we’ll get a trailer soon, showing off the VFX from Andy Scrase, Patti Llaguno, and the LDN team.

Curtain Call for Mrs Maisel

All episodes of Prime Video’s beloved The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are live for its fifth and final season, and Frametore’s New York-based VFX team was tasked with fully recreating scenes of Times Square in the 1960s. The team incorporated classic cars, time-accurate ads, and pedestrians to bring the hustle and bustle of the city to life in a historically accurate and photoreal way.


Animation Xpress

Managing Director, Mumbai, Akhauri P. Sinha spoke to Animation Xpress about his career in VFX and his vision for the future. Read the full article here.

FX Guide

The folks over at FX Guide reviewed our work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol, 3 – take a listen here.

Below the Line

Marvel Studios VFX Supervisor Stephane Ceretti spoke very highly of our fantastic work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, and the process of getting multiple VFX houses to work together. Read the full piece here.

In other news

Visitors in VAN

VAN had a great time hosting Chief Creative Officer Tim Webber and VFX Supervisor Theo Jones. The team also enjoyed a social hour up on the rooftop with some margaritas and home made pizza from Chef Joe De Michelis. *Chef’s Kiss* 

Tim and Theo weren’t the only visitors in VAN this week, as the studio also welcomed a group of students for a tour. It was amazing to witness the genuine enthusiasm and keen interest from the students and be able to provide more information on the amazing culture and training that Framestore has to offer. We are also thrilled that Launchpad is starting for the first time in VAN next week! 

VFX 101

On Wednesday night the LDN Advertising team hosted a VFX 101 session for agency and production company staff. The event offered an in-depth look at the latest post production process covering VFX, CG and colour grading, presentations on current and future tech showcasing use of deep fake, shooting in the volume and AI, plus breakdowns of some of our award-winning commercials.

Life Drawing in VAN

We hope that all the participants enjoyed the camaraderie and creativity in the VAN life drawing classes over the past month. A huge thanks to the Training Team and the VAN Operations Team for organizing these fun classes. 

IA Catch Up

Johannes Sambs and Suzanne Jandu held a well-attended catch up for the LDN IA team this week, presenting delivered work, work in progress and talking about potential future endeavours

LDN Bake a Difference

LDN held a bake sale this week, raising over £250 for Mencap, a national charity which aids people with learning disabilities. Looks like a Wonka-worthy display!

Flamestorm Update

Flamestorm had a successful third practice this week, where they trained their rookies and the returning members. Next week is their last practice before the first game of the season on the 8th June. Best of luck!

You’re all caught up for this week! Don’t forget that LDN, and the US have national holidays on Monday.