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...

Senior Recruitment 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!

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!

Launchpad 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.

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. 

Senior Recruitment Manager

Montréal

Bonnie Dorais

Which areas of Framestore do you recruit for?

Modelling, Rigging, VR, Groom and CFX

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

How does Framestore differentiates itself from other studios?
What makes me want to stay at Framestore?

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

Someone who is able to communicate ideas clearly, while challenging themselves on a technical level and pushing their knowledge further.

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

My team and the projects we have in recruitment. Knowing that we are looking for amazing talented individuals that will help us make even better movies!

What was your first job?

Working in reception for a tanning salon. Which, to this day, is the job that taught me the most, including customer service, sales, patience, being responsible, proactive and lot more.

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

Professional photography

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.

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...

Recruitment Coordinator

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.

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