Recruitment Team

The Framestore recruitment team are an approachable group who are keen to hear from and meet talented individuals wherever and whenever we can. Feel free to reach out to us on LinkedIn to keep us up-to-date with your availability and progress, and to ensure that you are always informed of the latest happenings at Framestore.

Global Head of Talent

London

Amy Smith

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

I oversee all recruitment for the Film division at Framestore.

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that are particularly suited to Framestore?

The ability to handle constructive criticism is really important. We're always pushing the quality bar as high as we can at Framestore, and to do that people have to be willing to receive critique on their work and to want to keep pushing it to be better. Being able to demonstrate your own self-reflection on your work is key at interview stage for us. In addition we're looking for, people who we feel would work well in a team environment, who can communicate effectively both up- and down-stream, and who are incredibly passionate and talented at what they do. So you know . . . not much!

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

The opportunity to feel like I can make a difference. A lot of my role now involves working with the wider industry on initiatives such as our VFX Apprenticeship Scheme or the NextGen Skills Academy, which are legacy projects that will hopefully make an ongoing difference to education and skills development for the VFX, gaming and animation industries. It's something I really enjoy, and gives me the opportunity to work with other talented and like-minded people, which is always a pleasure.

What's your one guilty pleasure?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - can't believe I just said that out loud though...

Libby Watson

Senior Recruiter and Talent Manager

London

Senior Recruiter and Talent Manager

London

Emma Le Roy

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

Integrated Advertising, London: TV, Rides, VR, Commercials, Design, Framestore Pictures, Framestore Labs, and Stills.

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore?

Probably my first talent event which was FMX in Stuttgart. It was incredible to meet that much fresh talent in one place and see some really inspiring talks. Also the spaetzle!

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that are particularly suited to Framestore?

Communication is crucial - you don't have to be the loudest person in the room, but you do have to be able to talk about your work and what you do with passion. One constant attribute we look for is the ability to take feedback and not take it personally.

What was your first job?

I was a kids entertainer and FOH at a zoo! I was the poor soul who had to dress up in giant animal costumes and entertain/scare children at birthday parties. Free cake & ice cream though, so every cloud!

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?

I'm a huge foodie! I spend a lot of time exploring London, from trying niche pop-ups to hunting down the best buffalo wings (The Orange Buffalo, Brick Lane, FYI). I'm not the best cook myself but spend a lot of time baking then doing HIIT workouts to burn off all the cake!

Head of Recruitment

London

Ian Landman

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

Film, London

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore?

Sunset film screening at a Roman amphitheater built in the 1st century.

What was your first job?

Paperboy when I was 13, I'm very sorry to half the neighbourhood that never received their paper on a regular basis.

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that are particularly suited to Framestore?

Flexibility, as our project styles vary considerably. Keen to learn, as we're often experimenting with new technologies/workflows and someone who can eat a lot of toast. We like toast.

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

Hangry cat, loud neighbors, being behind the scenes and being a part of that magic - even in the smallest of ways - is an amazing feeling.

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?

All of the below  plus; exploring tiny London pubs, food markets and vintage fairs, learning guitar, crying at the gym, jazz & rock shows.

What's your one guilty pleasure?

Don't have one, don't feel guilty... spoonfuls of peanut butter, spare change pots on Monzo, fancy dress on the tube, toddlers falling over, becoming a prune in the bath, make believe apartment hunting & TOAST!

Senior Recruitment Manager

London

Toyah Dunningham

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

London Film: Texture, Lighting, Look Dev, FX, Environments, DMP Compositing, Line Production

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that are particularly suited to Framestore?

Obviously technical and artistic skills, but team-work and communication play such a big role in this industry. Everyone works collaboratively, so being able see that you would fit into a particular team is essential.

What was your first job?

I worked in a bridal shop, selling wedding dresses on a Saturday from the age of 14. I loved it!   

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

The people. I love who I work with - a great recruitment team and passionate, creative, talented artists. To be part of such amazing projects, supporting the teams I recruit for and helping individuals find a job they love is so rewarding.   

What's your one guilty pleasure?

Cheese! Anyone who knows me will be able to vouch for this. Mac and cheese, cheese fondue, cheese on bread, cheese and wine, cheese and fruit. Any and all, including the mouldy blue stuff!

Recruiter

London

Annie Barlow

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore?
Has to be the work parties and social occasions - although I can't say they are my most memorable!!  

What is the most common mistake you see candidates making?
I have noticed a lot of emails come in from Graduates of media degrees or people who have a 'strong passion' for the media industry but are extremely vague in their descriptions for what they want to become within the industry, candidates need to do their RESEARCH and look up what department they want to get into, whether it be creative, VFX Artist, Producer, Director etc.

What was your first job?
Retail sales job in a department store - that being BHS

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?
My colleagues, and seeing the work they do before anyone else!!

What's your one guilty pleasure?
Watching Police Interceptors and 'Can't pay? We'll take it away'  

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?
Normally lying in bed watching Police Interceptors or some sort of national service documentary such as 'Ambulance' or '24 hours in A&E with my cat - but when I do get out of bed, I love cooking, attending Boogie Bounce classes and in the summer I'm never far from some sort of Festival or live music shindig.

Talent Sourcer

London

Hurmus Kenan

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

Integrated Advertising, London: TV, Rides, VR, Commercials, Design, Framestore Pictures, Framestore Labs, and Stills.

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore?

Since I joined the team remotely, I've not had my infinitive memorable moment yet. However, I am really looking forward to making some more great memories and having some drinks with teams after work -  when we're all back in the office together

What was your first job?

Growing up, I was a child actor, so my first job was a role on Grange Hill - wow I'm really showing my age now. 

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that are particularly suited to Framestore?

Having a strong work ethic is what I always looked for as a Recruiter, so I carry this skill when I'm sourcing for my team and I also try to imagine what they would be like at the pub, at the end of the day with their team. You can teach skills, you can't teach personality. 

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

Knowing that I can make a difference to my team's daily work life. A Recruitment life is a hard life.

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?

You can find me doing a few things, Playing my PS5, watching anime and running after my lockdown toddler. 

What's your one guilty pleasure?

Crosstown donut..... if you know, you know. 

Head of Recruitment

Montréal

Benoit Debaecker

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

I oversee recruitment for our studio in Montreal. We focus on Film and also have an Immersive division.

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore? 

A week after I started working at Framestore, I was sent out to the Annecy Animation Film Festival in France. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with animators from all around the world, and to give my first talk in front of an international audience!

What was your first job?

I worked in a summer camp for orphans. The kids were amazing, well almost all of them! They convinced me that kids are great when they aren't yours :)

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that are particularly suited to Framestore?

Communication, collaboration and ability to take constructive feedback. Of course, we’re looking for talented artists with both technical and artistic skills but even more so, we’re making sure that each and every new hire fits into our dynamic, diverse and inclusive workplace. 

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

Definitely the people I work with at Framestore! They are all very passionate, and I learn new things everyday!

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?

I love to travel and discover new countries, new cultures and new people. That’s probably why I love recruiting, I’m travelling everyday whilst doing interviews with candidates from around the world.

What's your one guilty pleasure?

Falling in love everyday with buildings and apartments. I move almost every year because I enjoy designing and decorating new spaces. 

Lead Technology Recruiter

Montréal

Jules Thebault-Dagher

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for? 

Animation, Lighting & Lookdev, Texture, Pipeline TD, ATD and Render team.

What's the best question you’ve been asked by a candidate? 

"What do you like most about Framestore?" because I get the chance to talk about all the great things that have happened since I started working here, and it's also fun to hear what our HODs have to say. It can be the start of an epic inside joke.

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that is particularly suited to Framestore? 

A team player that is a good listener, creative and can take constructive feedback!

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning? 

Seeing my friends at work is the best.

What was your first job? 

I was a referee for my city football club.

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing? 

I love watching movies, playing on my PlayStation 4 or playing Dota 2, and when the weather is good : you can find me at a terrasse near the office.

Senior Recruitment Manager

Montréal

Tasha Kokinasidis

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for? 

Production.

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore? 

Meeting my colleagues for lunch, in person, after a long time working from home. Turns out everyone is taller than I thought.

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that are particularly suited to Framestore? 

I’m always looking for candidates who want to collaborate, learn and grow. Candidates who are open to some constructive criticism  no matter how much experience they bring to the team. People who want to see their colleagues succeed and in general are there for the team and not just themselves. 

What was your first job?

One of my first jobs was auctioning flights for a website. I had to come up with catchy phrases to get the bidding going.  It was a great summer job, and next to the best empanada shop, La Chilenita.

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

Fun is what motivates me (and coffee, lots of coffee). Our team works hard, but there’s always a laugh to be had. I would also say that the connections we make in TA to candidates on a daily basis is always fun. Seeing where people’s careers can take them and working with them to find the right spot is super rewarding. 

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing? 

Running after two kids, renovating a house, going out with friends, warming up the same cup of coffee at least 3 times a day, and dreaming of the tropical vacation I will eventually make time for!

Recruitment Manager

Montréal

Bruno Filion

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

I recruit for the film division in Montreal and I oversee Compositing, CFX, Groom, Rigging, Modelling and the Render Wrangler and Data operations support roles. 

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore?

When I met my colleagues in person for the first time in the park this summer.

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that are particularly suited to Framestore?  

I look for someone who's passionate, hungry to learn and develop new skills and a team player.

What was your first job?

I worked as an office clerk for a custom broker/ freight forwarder in the logistics field.

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?

I'm an advid music lover and started a vinyl collection a couple years ago which I really enjoy. When I'm looking to relax indoors, I watch movies, series and play video games. I also really enjoy getting away from the city on the weekend and going on hikes/walks outdoors.

Recruitment Manager

Montréal

Kate Munro

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for? 

FX, CFX, Rigging and Environments. 

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore? 

Meeting my colleagues in Vancouver this summer. It was so fun yet strange to meet in-person after months of video chats. 

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that are particularly suited to Framestore? 

Asides for technical and artistic skills we look for friendly, collaborate people who are happy to share their knowledge with others.  

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning? 

The reason I love recruitment is that I love meeting new people! I’ve met so many bright, kind and hilarious candidates who have genuinely made my day.  

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing? 

Plotting my next trip, spending time with friends and family, rollerblading, trying new restaurants, going to comedy shows and complaining about going to the gym.

Recruiter

Montréal

Alicia Pinet-Boesten

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

I recruit for the runner positions, receptionists and for the Launchpad Internship in Montreal. 

What's the best question you’ve been asked by a candidate?

To describe what made me want to join the Framestore team. What is our work culture like? I like when candidates are not only interested in the role, but also their work environment. 

What is the most common mistake you see candidates making?

Most candidates think there is only one good answer to our questions during an interview, and it makes them nervous. Be yourself and your strengths will shine through.  

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that is particularly suited to Framestore?

I always look for someone that will fit in with the team and enjoy being part of it. They need to have a positive energy, be a team player, ready to work and learn. 

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

My team! We really have a great bond and energy. We laugh all day which makes the day go by very quickly.

What was your first job?

I was a cook and a waitress at a grilled cheese restaurant in Montreal. I worked with my best friend and my bosses were great! Even after two years of working there, I never got tired of a good grilled cheese.

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?

I usually hang out with friends, watch a lot of movies and order A LOT of food. I have a passion for cooking and love being outdoors, except for bugs...I don't like bugs.

Alana Shahbazian

Recruitment Coordinator

Montréal

Recruiter

Montréal

Margot Ingrassia

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

I’m in charge of the recruitment for the Environment/DMP Department in Montreal.

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore?

When I had the opportunity to go to the studio and attend an in-house shoot for our Launchpad Pro program. It was really fun to meet the team and see all the signed posters from the films we worked all over the walls !

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that are particularly suited to Framestore?  

Someone who’s flexible, especially because our Environment/DMP team is generalist so we need someone able to jump on different steps of the built of an Environment. And also someone who’s not afraid to ask questions, as our HoD loves to say « We’re problem solvers » so we always need to ask question to find the best solution together !

What was your first job? 

I took care of two little guys every day after school for almost 1,5 years. Not really restful but I have to admit : they could be cute (10% of the time!).

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?

I’m a yoga fan and I try to be as creative as possible ! I’m a part of an improvisation troupe and I attend live draw model sessions but most of the time you’ll find me on my couch, petting my little rabbit Kong.

Barry Crossan

Senior Recruitment Manager

Vancouver

Recruitment Manager

Mumbai

Nikita Nabanita

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

Film, Mumbai

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore?

I think we make so many memories every day that it's difficult to choose one.

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that is particularly suited to Framestore?

A combination of technical and soft skills. Someone who really wants to be part of the core team that constantly focuses on building the best studio and doing good work while being happy. 

What was your first job?

I worked as a Process Executive in Infosys, Bangalore.

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

Working in a happy, supportive and progressive culture as well as saying ‘Good Morning!’ with the biggest smile on my face to spread joy.

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?

I’m either planning a holiday or I’m already on holiday.

What's your one guilty pleasure?

Dancing and laughing as if no one's watching. 

Recruiter

Mumbai

Kajal Upadhyay

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

Compositing, Modelling and DMP

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore?

The day I joined and the festivals and the activities we celebrated together so far.

What are the attributes you look for in candidates that are particularly suited to Framestore?

I always look for someone who will be the best fit for the team and the Framestore culture. Candidates should have a positive vibe and the determination to learn and grow within a team.

What was your first job?

My first job was in a VFX studio and I was a part of the HR and Talent Team. 

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning? 

My job and team! We all share a great bond by working and having fun at the same time.

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing? 

I love to take pictures. Also, my husband is a great photographer, so he takes amazing photos of me.

What's your one guilty pleasure?

Tea and coffee! 

Recruiter

Mumbai

Ajay Suresh Gole

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

Production, Systems, FX and Lighting

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore?

I only started at Framestore recently but one of my highlights so far was definitely meeting our team in person.

What are the attributes you look for in candidates that are particularly suited to Framestore? 

This depends on the position we are hiring for but overall, we look for a person that has the right attitude. It is important that the person contributes to the team and wants to grow continuously.

What was your first job?

I was working as an IT Recruiter at a consultancy firm.

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

It’s exciting to come to work every day due to Framestore’s culture and the challenges I have to overcome on a daily basis.

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing? 

Going through the training programs to increase my knowledge and I love to watch films.

Recruitment Coordinator

Mumbai

Pallovi Bora

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

Roto, Prep, Tracking and Texturing

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore?

Everyday is a memorable moment at Framestore but my most memorable moment is whenever I have to push myself harder at work, my manager Nikita Nabanita is always there to support me and give me confidence.

What are the attributes you look for in candidates that are particularly suited to Framestore?

I look for candidates who are technically skilled, confident, self-motivated and want to contribute to their team. They have to be team players and fit the company culture.

What was your first job?

I was a recruiter at Life Line Solutions Consultancy Service.

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

For me, it’s important to get up and work. I live by a quote by Priyanka Chopra: “When opportunities come your way, it’s in your hands, what you make of them”.

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?

When I’m not recruiting, my current obsession is scrolling through Instagram reels to get inspiration for my own.

What's your one guilty pleasure?

I love food, especially fast food. 

Recruitment Coordinator

Mumbai

Srishti Kumari

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

I only recently joined Framestore. I’m currently learning a lot and I started to support the Lighting department.

What has been your most memorable moment at Framestore?

The day I joined Framestore.

What are the attributes you look for in candidates that are particularly suited to Framestore?

The attributes I look for in a candidate are the willingness and determination to learn every day. Framestore enables its employees to challenge themselves and do their best work.

What was your first job?

I worked as a graphic designer and photographer for a tea company. 

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

The fact that I can go to the office and challenge myself every day.

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?

You can find me scrolling through LinkedIn or Instagram, checking on industry updates or looking at graphic design and photography pages to stimulate my creativity.

Recruitment Manager - USA

Los Angeles

Kathleen Ruffalo

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

Integrated Advertising: Los Angeles and Chicago, all departments.

What are the attributes you look for in a candidate that are particularly suited to Framestore?

We are always looking for candidates that have experience with photorealistic VFX; and in Integrated Advertising we love meeting candidates who are versatile and can take a bit more of a generalist approach, without losing quality in their work.

What was your first job?

My first real job was working as a server in a donut shop, Honey Dip Donuts in Columbus, Ohio. This was back when you could still smoke in restaurants, so I would come home smelling of a mix of sugar frosting and cigarettes! I never really looked at donuts the same way again.

What motivates you to get up and get to work in the morning?

I love solving the challenge of how we are going to find the team we need to deliver a particular project; it's also about connecting talented people with a job they have been dreaming of, as well as with a company that cares about its employees.

When you're not recruiting, what are you doing?

Cooking, trying new beers (my future husband is a brewer, I'm not just a drunk! Ha!), hanging with my cat, watching TV or films, trying to convince myself that I like exercise...

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