McLAREN Tooned 50

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After the success of last year’s series we’re working with McLaren again on another run of Tooned, this time for the F1 brand’s 50th anniversary.

We wrote the scripts, designed the characters, directed and animated the series, which is being shown on Sky Sports before each Grand Prix, as well as working as one long episode.

We also sourced the vocal talent, which includes Alexander Armstrong, the one and only Brian Cox (well, except this Brian Cox, not that one) and a host of F1 royalty, past and present.

Here’s what we’ve seen so far, plus the making of. Plenty more info over on the Framestore website too, and there’s a Storify of us taking the mascots to Goodwood here.

Making of

The Art of Tooned

WE STEAL SECRETS: The Story of WikiLeaks



We worked with Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney on his latest documentary, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, which follows the controversial whistleblowing site and its even more controversial leader, Julian Assange.

Our New York design team created over 35 minutes of rendered effects for the film, including it’s title sequence and visual representations of the exfiltration of top-secret data. There’s a full explanation over on Plus some interviews here and here.

NEW CINEMA Before the Flood

At the end of last year we told you about New Cinema, a collaboration with Eyebeam and The Creators Project that looks a new ways of presenting cinema. Here’s the latest experiment, which saw  us pool our knowledge of programming and CGI skills to turn probably the earliest form of storytelling, cave paintings, into an interactive experience.

The team — Eyebeam’s Nick-Fox Gieg and Ramsey Nasser, Google coders Alex Kauffmann and Boris Smus, plus our own David Mellor and Mike Woods — created this cinema-game mash-up called Before the Flood, which you can explore by walking around in front of a screen, created using the Unity game engine and floor-tracking software developed at Google. Take a look below or read more here.

AUDIBLE Digital Cube


We were approached to create an animation for this digital cube screen in Times Square directly by Audible. They wanted a 15 second animation that would illustrate a book genre using a smart phone’s headphone chords.  For this particular project, as you might guess, the theme was science fiction.

Framestore’s Design team in New York animated and directed the project. We looked for an opportunity to do something special with the merging corner to make it interesting for anybody looking up at that angle. We came up with the idea of creating a whole alien face made up of two halves that would join in the middle for a quick ‘blink’.  It was a bonus to see this piece in the middle of Times Square.

You can see it in action below, from hand-drawn design stage to the final working cube: