Barbie x Time
Barbie makes the cover of Time. Tuck into the iconic mag’s cover story to find out how art and commerce intertwine, and how Greta Gerwig, Margot Robbie and Mattel execs went about a film that balances art, commerce, heart, reverence and iconoclasm. Read the article here, and catch up with the cast as they let their creativity run wild in the Barbie Challenge.
The Barbie marketing team have been killing it with promotion for the film, take a look at this Twitter thread detailing all the brilliant ways they’re bringing Barbie into the real world.
The AMPAS-ible Dream
Five Framestorians were invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) this week. Huge congratulations to Pete Dionne, Bryan Litson, Arek Komorowski, Bob Winter, and Arslan Elver! Read more here.
As VAN enters its final stretch on Rebel Moon, the team got together for a social and WIP screening of all their stellar work from Zack Snyder’s latest and greatest.
The Pride has arrived
With anticipation mounting for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Framestore has delivered this roarsome creative campaign for ITV. Directed and creatively led by William Bartlett, the film is a combination of both CG and real lionesses, the latter filmed against green screen on location in South Africa. Our team in London seamlessly integrated both the live-action Lionesses alongside a full CG Lioness asset across multiple environments.
Animation World Network
AWN sat down with VFX Supervisor Stephane Nazé to talk about the MTL team’s brilliant work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, digging into the work that went into Cosmo, Groot and the stunning Knowhere environment – read the article here.
Little Black Book
VFX Supervisor, Josh Simmonds shares insights into the process of bringing the key sequences of Sony Pictures’ 65 to life. Read the article here.
Wired’s definitive ranking of the best Black Mirror episodes sees ‘USS Callister’ from Season 4 in at number 2. Framestore delivered stunning 4K assets and edge-to-edge CG and anamorphic sequences, in a 270-shot, 74-minute, Sixties-inspired showcase.
In other news
Global Town Hall
Last week, CEO Mel Sullivan and Chief Creative Officer Mike McGee hosted a series of Global Town Halls, catching all of our studios up on Framestore’s recent deliveries, our work with Future Factor, and an AI panel with Lorna Dumba, Chief Creative Officer Tim Webber and James Rogers. Watch the Town Hall here.
This week’s guest is LDN’s Engy Jarrouj, Talent Partner: Outreach and Inclusion. In this two-part podcast, Engy discusses her experience joining the Global Talent Team at Framestore focusing on diversity and inclusion, outreach and co-leading our Social Equity Board.
This week’s co-host is fellow social equity board member, and Head of Technical Project Management, Dominic Nyarambi. Dom also joined Framestore last year, with an incredible track record in project management having spent time at Technicolor Creative Studios and a number of freelance positions.
LGBT+ Pride Drinks
LDN made the most of the good weather and celebrated LGBT+ Pride with some themed end of month drinks on the 5th floor. Some of the team are also representing Framestore in London’s official Pride parade this weekend.
Life Drawing in MEL
The MEL team attended Burlesque Life Drawing this week. The hosts made sure they had a fabulous time, making use of all the feathers and fans, fishnets and glitter!
After 3 wins on the run, this week LDN’s mighty softballers took to the pitch to face the TiPi Chiefs in what was to be a hard fought game. They kept it close through the first few innings but ultimately our bats just weren’t firing and TiPi got their first win of the season with a comfortable 23 – 11. Special shout out to Maggie Starzer for a beautiful fly ball catch on second base and Adam Smith for his big home run hit.
Mid-Season Soccer Scores
Both of MTL’s football teams are still going strong and we’ve reached the middle of the season. This week, Framestore team 1 challenged Digital Domain and won 5-3. Framestore team 2 put in some valiant effort against Gameloft but unfortunately lost. Some Framestorians came to encourage us and Taylor Holton took beautiful photos of our players in action.
MTL are looking for more women to join their mixed team! This is a great occasion to meet new people at Framestore and take part in a friendly and semi-competitive league. Be sure to reach out to Laurence Drouilly or Luis Ramsauer if you want more details.
VAN LaunchPad Presentations
As our VAN interns reach the halfway point, they continue to learn from the best of the best here at Framestore. This week, it was Vancouver’s Head of Tracking, Drew Shields.
That’s it for this week! Don’t forget – your colleagues in MTL and VAN have Monday off, in celebration of Canada Day, and the US will be out of office on Tuesday for their 4th July celebrations.