November 7, 2014

Wes Anderson developing theme park?


Wes Anderson
, director some of my favorite quirky comedies (particularly The Darjeeling Limited, and Moonrise Kingdom), has revealed hopes to develop a theme park with Devo co-founder and composer Mark Mothersbaugh. Anderson and Mothersbaugh have collaborated on the soundtracks of several movies, but Mothersbaugh is a visual artist in his own right and has been developing a concept for a theme park.

“I hope to soon secure the means to commission the construction of an important and sizeable theme park to be conceived and designed entirely by Mark Mothersbaugh,” Anderson writes in the foreword to Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia. “For 40 years he has set about creating a body of work which amounts to his own Magic Kingdom, where the visitor is amused and frightened, often simultaneously.”

quoted in Dazed

While I can’t imagine this project will ever actually happen, I would be very interested in attending it if it actually did. I would certainly queue for a Life Aquatic themed roller coaster, or Fantastic Mr Fox teacups. Sign me up for the Kickstarter if it comes around.

November 6, 2014

Chappie trailer

The trailer for the new Neill Blomkamp film, Chappie has been released, and it looks really interesting. Blomkamp has made a name for himself with high-concept sci-fi, and it it seems as though Chappie will be addressing similar, apartheid-related themes, as his previous work. And in keeping with his previous work, the visual effects look simple, elegant and very well integrated.

The film will be released 6th March 2015, and I’m pretty excited to see what they make of it.

army of Paddingtons

An army of Paddington Bear statues has been set loose upon London. There are 50, custom painted statues designed by a range of celebrities and companies including Boris Johnson, IntelPeter Capaldi and The Telegraph. They have been dispersed around London as part of the promotion for the upcoming Paddington Movie, on which Framestore has been working for the past year. The Paddington Trail runs from 4th November – 30th December, and you can find them all on the Paddington Trail website. More info about the campaign at Time Out.

I’m excited for the Paddington movie. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Here is the latest trailer:

November 5, 2014

The Foundry in The Telegraph

VFX software company The Foundry, makers of my favorite compositing tool, Nuke, were featured in the Telegraph yesterday. CEO Bill Collis talks about Foundry products, and the future of the business as it moves into software for product design and visualization.

Now, Britain’s “best kept secret” is breaking out of VFX for the first time, applying its visual smarts to a brand new industry, Collis tells The Telegraph. “We’ve started working with the concept design world,” he says. “We’ve taken our VFX tools and our 3D knowledge and used it to create software for product designers.”

Unfortunately, the piece is fairly superficial. Certainly it doesn’t go into the kind of detail that someone familiar with the company, and interested in this new development, would like too read. Its really more of an introduction to The Foundry. But I’m in favor of anything that increases the profile of the top VFX companies and the amazing work that is done in this field, and its nice to see The Foundry getting some mainstream attention.

You can read the full article here.

Jan and Ravi get married!

My old and dear friends Janhavi Ramaswamy and Ravi Kasumarthy are married! I’ve known Jan and Ravi since my time at the NCCA in Bournemouth, we worked on our masters degree group project together. Since then, I have worked with them for a couple of years at Framestore, most noteably when we were part of the paint and roto ‘dream team’ (as we modestly called ourselves) on Robocop.
I’m really pleased for them and wish them all the happiness in the world.
But more importantly, I hope they come back to the UK soon. I miss them

October 31, 2014

Rocket poster

Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to work on Guardians of the Galaxy, but I did uprez the comp for this massive poster of Rocket Raccoon which now hangs in the foyer at Framestore. Makes me smile when I walk past it.

October 20, 2014

hear Paddington’s voice for the first time

Here’s a short featurette on the making of Paddington, Framestore‘s latest big animation film. It’s the first time you get to hear Ben Whishaw as the new voice of Paddington, following Colin Firth leaving the project. I’ve been watching this project develop at Framestore for the last year, and I’m really excited to see the finished thing. I think this featurette makes it look like a lot of fun.

October 16, 2014

ILM’s London office

ILM London

ILM officially opened their London office today. Here’s a sneak peak look inside.

August 17, 2014

Internet Story

Internet Story, written and directed by Adam Butcher is a quirky documentary that explores the story of an internet treasure hunt and the mysterious end that it came to when one person cracked the code. Although it is let down by some quite poor acting on the part of the treasure seeker, overall it is a well crafted an entertaining story, told in a quite unique and interesting way. I particularly like the bleakness of the ending, and that it doesn’t try to provide a neat answer to the story. Well worth a watch.

March 3, 2014

Gravity wins 7 Oscars

Alfonso Cuarón‘s space epic Gravity won 7 Oscars at last night’s 86th Academy Awards. Cuarón picked up the prestigious award for Best Achievement in Directing, and the film was awarded 6 technical achievement prizes including, most importantly, the award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, just as the VFX Predictinator predicted.

Pictured left to right, Framestore‘s visual effects supervisor Tim Webber and CG supervisor Chris Lawrence, along with animation supervisor David Shrik and special effects supervisor Neil Corbould shared the award.
Everyone at Framestore is very excited and proud of the contribution that we made to Gravity, and pleased to see Tim and Chris awarded for their amazing work.

Gravity Oscar Wins:
Best Achievement in Directing
– Alfonso Cuarón
Best Achievement in Cinematography
– Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Achievement in Film Editing
– Alfonso Cuarón
– Mark Sanger
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
– Steven Price
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
– Glenn Freemantle
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
– Skip Lievsay
– Niv Adiri
– Christopher Benstead
– Chris Munro
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
– Tim Webber
– Chris Lawrence
– David Shirk
– Neil Corbould