One of Australia’s longest-established visual effects studios is now formally working under the Framestore banner. 

Method Studios’ Melbourne office (formerly Iloura) is now officially part of Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA-winning creative studio Framestore’s global offer. The studio is now part of a global network that spans four continents, 11 studios and a multi-award-winning creative remit that encompasses film, episodic, advertising, installations, theme park rides and immersive entertainment.

The move marks the final phase of Framestore’s integration with Method Studios, having already brought Method’s film and episodic teams in Canada into the Framestore pipeline. The Melbourne team will continue to deliver the exciting slate of film and episodic projects they have in-hand, with an eye to working solely from the established Framestore pipeline as of January 2023. This forms part of a wider plan that has seen Framestore grow its global team of artists, producers and technologists by 40%, thanks to new and expanded capacity in Vancouver, Montreal and Mumbai, as well as the rapid growth of its successful Pre-production Services offer.

The Melbourne team is led by Simon Rosenthal, who is now part of Framestore’s highly skilled and experienced global management team headed by Chief Executive Officer, Film & Episodic, Fiona Walkinshaw.

“We’ve always admired the Melbourne team’s work, and partnering with them on Disney’s Christopher Robin showed us that they are kindred spirits in terms of outlook, ethos and commitment to excellence,” says Fiona Walkinshaw, Framestore’s Chief Executive Officer, Film & Episodic. “The team has a well-deserved reputation for superior, nuanced character animation and deft-touch VFX work, and all of this makes them a perfect fit for Framestore’s growing global offer. The fact that they’re such an established and respected part of Australia’s industry speaks for itself, and their deep understanding of the country’s production landscape will be a tremendous boon to our company and to our clients.” 

The Melbourne team’s most recent projects include Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis (out now), Joseph Kosinski’s Spiderhead (recently released on Netflix) and George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing.

Framestore’s wider slate of recent and upcoming film and episodic projects includes Top Gun: Maverick, Thor: Love and Thunder, The Little Mermaid, Moon Knight, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, 1899, Beast, Slumberland, His Dark Materials s3, Ms. Marvel, The School For Good and Evil, Outer Range, Foundation s2, The Wheel of Time s2, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Sandman and Men.

Tanya Combrinck
Author: Tanya Combrinck

Tanya is a writer covering art, design, and visual effects. She has 15 years of experience as a magazine journalist and has written for publications including 3D World, 3D Artist, Computer Arts, net magazine, and Creative Bloq.