VFX supervisor Chris Lawrence and animation supervisor Max Solomon join production VFX supervisor Matt Kasmir and special effects supervisor Dave Watkins on the ticket for this year’s VFX Oscar.
This marks Chris Lawrence’s fourth Oscar nomination, following nods for Gravity in 2014 (for which he won the award), The Martian in 2016 and Christopher Robin in 2019.
Framestore delivered 459 shots of world-class VFX for George Clooney’s dystopian sci-fi epic, The Midnight Sky, constructing the Aether ship inhabited by heroes Dr. Iris ‘Sully’ Sullivan (Felicity Jones) and Commander Adewole (David Oyelowo) as well as building the crisp Arctic environment inhabited by Augustine Lofthouse (Clooney).
Whether in space or on terra firma, this work demanded impeccable attention to detail so as to fully immerse audiences in Clooney’s ambitious vision for Midnight Sky.
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As well as intricate worldbuilding, the team deployed cutting-edge techniques to craft the The Midnight Sky’s intense and emotional setpieces, including a tense spacewalk involving a pregnant Sully (requiring utterly imperceptible digital face replacements) and the beautiful but nerve-jangling ‘ballet of blood’ sequence.
Fiona Walkinshaw, Framestore’s Global Managing Director, Film, said: “The team’s work on The Midnight Sky does exactly what the best VFX should do: it’s so good that you don’t even realize it’s there, allowing the film to envelop you whether you’re accompanying Augustine in the Arctic or out in the depths of space with the Aether crew. Chris, Max and their teams deserve our heartfelt congratulations for this spectacular achievement, and the entire company is rooting for them.”
Chris Lawrence, VFX Supervisor, n oted: “It’s a great honor to have had Framestore’s work on The Midnight Sky recognised for an Oscar nomination by our peers in the Academy’s Visual Effects branch. It was a huge, diverse team, spread around the world, working in very challenging conditions during 2020 and I’m happy that our beautiful work on the film has been singled out by AMPAS, BAFTA and the VES this year.”
In recent weeks, Framestore has been nominated for the ‘Outstanding Visual Effects’ BAFTA (also for The Midnight Sky) and nominated for no fewer than 12 Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards for work across The Midnight Sky, Jingle Jangle, Project Power, The Crown, Lovecraft Country and Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.