[FRAMED] Digital Matte Painter, Mahesh Desai, Mumbai

4 min readJun 6, 2024


If you could travel back in time, which film, TV series, advert, or immersive project would you love to have worked on?

Bambi Disney Animated Film — an all-time hit movie. I would have liked to work as a background artist in this film.

Which Framestore character do you feel you’re most like?

Rocket Raccoon — Funny and an action hero.

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

Cooper Station from the movie Interstellar.

Your career highlight to date:

Winning an Emmy Award for our work on Ms. Marvel!

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in VFX?

I have been fond of movies since childhood, so I was always interested in working in either pre or post-production of animation or live-action movies. And that’s how I eventually landed a career in VFX.

The DREAM project would entail:

I would love to do artwork for any Marvel or Disney movie

How do you explain what you do to someone who doesn’t work in VFX?

I simply tell people that I work on movies from Marvel, Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures… and after citing movie names of such big banner companies, they get a fair idea of what type of industry I work for and what my day-to-day job entails :)

Describe your career journey into the exciting world of VFX.

After completing my degree in Fine Art, I painted and drew for numerous clients as a side hustle. Soon after, I started working as a background and storyboard artist, which was the first step into my career in VFX. DNEG and The Mill Studio gave my career a boost. After that, I joined Framestore with a far more exciting journey ahead!

What does the day in the life of a DMP Artist look like?

A typical day in the life of a DMP Artist involves a technical approach combined with artistic vision, high-resolution texture, colour sense and appropriate perspective.

Framestore is, to you, in three words:

Technically strong, team-work and familial.

Best thing about your work environment?

A simple medium to achieve most things out of your career!

Framestore is great at:

Having a fantastic line of projects that are challenging creatively and technically supported by a good work environment.

Favourite artform?

Warli Folk Art — a tribal art form of India.

Favourite image?

John Singer Sargent ( Great Portrait Artist )

What’s your favourite movie/ series/ advert/ immersive experience and why?

Movies: Harishchandrachi Factory, A Wednesday, Talvar, Andhadhun and 12th Fail.

Series: Loki, Bodies, Reptile, Uincenzo, Dark, Lupin, Wednesday and Panchayat.

All of these are a must watch. Mind-blowing stuff!

What is the last piece of art that inspired you?

The Netflix series ‘Ripley’. It is a black and white series and the ideal composition photography in all frames in one of the greatest I have seen till date.

How do you unlock your creativity?

Every day when I walk into our office I automatically enter my creative zone because the office environment is such!

From where do you seek inspiration?

By kickstarting my day — you can get inspired just from your daily existence.

Who in the industry do you admire most and why?

Stan Lee, Steven Spielberg & James Cameron — VFX in the film industry is where it is today because of these filmmakers!

Share the best piece of advice you’ve ever received:

Keep calm and move forward in life with whoever stands by you through it all!

What tech/innovation could you not live without?

The Internet.

What tech/innovation deserves the hype?

Virtual Reality.

What tech do you need that hasn’t been invented yet?

A time travel machine.

Mahesh Desai, you’ve been [FRAMED].




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