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November 27, 2014 9:31 am

Pan trailer

The first trailer for Pan, Joe Wright‘s upcoming Peter Pan prequel has been released, and it features two shots of mine, plus another couple that I helped out on.

Pan was my last show at Framestore, and I really enjoyed the short time I spent working on it. I’m sure there’s still a lot to do before the film opens in July, but the VFX team is well on its way, and from the looks of the trailer, they are going to do a fine job.

November 22, 2014 6:41 pm

Brian Cox and Framestore to make augmented reality installation

Brian Cox, ex D:Ream keyboardist turned poster boy for popular science, is to team up with Framestore, and film director Kevin Macdonald to produce a show for the Manchester International Festival, which tells the story of the origins of the universe using augmented reality. The show, entitled The Age of Starlight will use the newly developed Magic Leap system, which seems to be a suped-up version of Google Glass. (There’s not much on Magic Leap’s on website about what they do, but they seem to have good a good pedigree – the big names are Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop and Rony Abovitz of medical robotics company MAKO Surgical. There’s an interesting article in Gizmodo which gives a bit more detail).

Cox says that this will be more of an experiential art piece than the documentary style programs he is currently know for.

“Whereas in television documentary you’re attacking these ideas from a scientific perspective, in this case it’s much more of an emotional experience and I think it should be disorientating … I want people to stagger out and have to have a sit-down for a long time before they go home. Don’t forget, it’s an art installation. That’s what the Manchester International Festival does. It’s supposed to be beyond what you would get in a documentary. It’s not a science lecture, it’s not a science documentary. It’s a piece of art.”

Quoted in BBC News

I’m really excited by the idea of the this installation and might even have to take a trip to Manchester to see it if I get the chance. Look out for ticket information coming in Spring 2015.
Read the full article on BBC News.

November 9, 2014 9:37 am

virtual reality is at ‘year zero’

Framestore‘s Digital Creative Director Mike Woods appeared on BBC Click last week with some very interesting comments on the Oculus Rift and the future of virtual reality.

November 6, 2014 10:19 am

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 6:18 pm

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 8:31 pm

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 3:51 pm

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.

March 3, 2014 4:14 pm

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

October 10, 2013 6:50 pm

Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón‘s new cinematic thrill-ride Gravity opened this weekend to great critical acclaim. Framestore was the lead VFX vendor on this project, working for three years to develop the stunning long zero gravity shots that Alphonso required for the film. Along the way they developed some new, cutting edge techniques for matching the lighting of live action elements to fully CG environments, and have raised the bar for CG photo-realism. I had the opportunity to work on this film for a year, mostly involved in the dimensionalisation of the live action elements (mostly Sandra Bullock and George Clooney‘s faces), to match the stereoscopic 3D in the rest of the movie. I am immensely proud to have been a part of a project like this, I think the film is an absolute triumph, and I think it will be remember for a long time to come. Go see it!

FXGuide has a very detailed and fascinating article on how Framestore created the ground-breaking visual effects for Gravity. Read it here.

January 4, 2012 9:49 pm

Framestore does Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsAn interesting article from Computer Graphics World, looking at Framestore’s work on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Working in the Bournemouth office, I’m not always connected to everything that goes on in London, so I found this article especially interesting as it covers a lot of the work that I heard about but didn’t get to see in detail.

Full article here.