[FRAMED] exists to shine light on Framestore’s most fascinating cast of characters: its people. Presented with a probing list of questions and a demandingly short deadline, this feature puts the hopes, dreams, and desktops of our MVPs on the digital wall, for all to see. Welcome to [FRAMED].
What are you guilty of?
A bank heist? But don’t tell anyone…
What was your last brush with danger?
When I didn’t share my dessert with the dog.
Your last brush with greatness?
I’m proud of the work I’ve done on two seasons of the Netflix/SYFY TV series, Happy!. It was an incredibly tight schedule to create something utterly & mind-blowingly bonkers.
Your worst character fault?
Holding grudges, first impressions are very important.
Your most shining quality?
I’ve been described as a swan in the past; I have an elegant disposition on projects whilst frantically kicking my feet below the surface. Whatever gets the job done right.
You’re on the run from the law, where are you headed?
Probably to catch some rays in my back garden right now — there’s nowhere for me to run in lockdown!
Who’s your partner-in-crime?
100% my pet greyhound. He’s my work manager.
What’s your favorite movie/TV show and why?
I have a long list of favourite movies, but one of them would have to be Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Possibly a controversial choice but you really can’t fault Cate Blanchett’s superb acting.
Your greatest achievement?
Marrying my best friend. And the soppy award goes to…
Most valuable skill?
My friendly nature.
Go on, say something bragging:
I hate to brag.
Name your vice/pet peeve?
People who refuse to listen to anyone but their own voice. Collaboration is key to any success.
The DREAM project would entail:
Anything CG feature related. I’m a sucker for an animated feature film.
Your career highlight to date:
Producing my first animated feature film for Mattel in LA.
This week I learnt that:
I’m notoriously known for accidentally killing plants. I can finally grow them without over-watering them. And since the lockdown, I’ve been growing chillies in my front room.
Impressive. What’s your current view?
Working from home, I’m constantly watching the dog chasing his arch nemesis Sir Squirrel in the back garden.
Give us a desk tour:
I’m currently surrounded by my iPad, photos, and a yoga mat to remind me to switch off from the day-to-day madness of the world.
What do you need to work, on the daily?
Green tea, constantly. It’s an addiction.
Framestore is, to you, in three words:
Creative, inspiring and transparent.
Why, thank you. And the best thing about your work environment?
In the office, it has to be my department. I absolutely love the team I work with — such a talented and inspiring group of people. At home, it’s the opportunity to spend time with my family.
Framestore is great at:
Film. Hands down!
These particular snaps of my dog:
Fictional character you’d like to hang with?
Remy from Ratatouille. He could teach me a thing or two in the kitchen.
Happiness looks like:
Being content and appreciating what you have, especially in these uncertain times.
If not here, then where?
Scotland has my heart and soul — a beautiful place to live and visit.
What do you think of too often?
And not enough?
What I’m doing over the weekend.
Couldn’t live without:
My family. Cheesy.
How are you staying inspired by working remotely?
I’m constantly moving rooms in our house to find inspiration and to stay motivated. The glorious weather we are having is a godsend.
How are you spending your weekends?
On walks with the dog. Plenty of films and video calls with my family. It’s the only way to stay sane.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about yourself during quarantine?
I couldn’t work from home full time. I miss the social interaction with people.
If you ruled the world:
Uh oh. I hope you all have an exit strategy.
Anthony Eliot-Finch, you’ve been [FRAMED].