[FRAMED]: Frédérique Gollain, Production Coordinator, MTL
[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?
Watching Bob Ross when I’m getting too anxious. It’s so relaxing, I recommend it.
What was your last brush with danger?
Trimming my cat’s claws. I almost lost an eye and became the next Nick Fury!
Your last brush with greatness?
I was the officiant at my childhood best friend’s wedding. I married her to the man of her life and it was the greatest privilege of my life so far.
Your worst character fault?
I’d say I’m quite insecure. I need a lot of confirmation but I’m working on it.
Your most shining quality?
I believe I’m a really good listener and I can actually keep secrets. When someone tells me ‘don’t tell anybody’ I do not tell anybody. Don’t ask me to give advice though…
You’re on the run from the law, where are you headed?
That would be too stressful. I’d turn myself in right away or hide in a bush.
Who’s your partner-in-crime?
My good friend Michael. We’ve done a few food crimes already… can’t tell you what they are… because they’re crimes… food related, yes… but they are still crimes.
Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly. With him by my side, I know we wouldn’t be in a cell for a long time and I’ll get to hangout with the ship members.
Your greatest achievement?
I once bought an inflatable camel for the pool. Best purchase of my life so far. I also have a Turkey hat for Thanksgiving that I’m quite proud of.
Most valuable skill?
I can fold my tongue. Pretty impressive, I know!
Go on, say something bragging:
I once had a crab named Crabby.
The DREAM project would entail:
Working with a talented and fun team on a super cool project that makes it onto the big screen.
Your career highlight to date:
As a big fan of Disney and Tim Burton, I worked on Dumbo. Watch out Neil Gaiman, I am coming for you next!
What’s your current view?
My cat looking outside the window.
Give us a desk tour!
I have my computer screen on a stand with pencils and a Dundie Award on the right side. Below my computer stand, I have some post-its and some coasters. Then, on my actual desk, I have my work laptop right in front of me and a notebook. I’m old-fashioned and love to take notes on paper. I also have a tiny rubber duck. Most of the time, my four-pawed friend Olive is also by my side.
What do you need to work on the daily?
My motivation to get out of bed.
Framestore is, to you, in three words:
Friendly, welcoming, passionate.
Best thing about your work environment?
Due to WFH, I find it a bit easier to have a work-life balance.
Framestore is great at:
Welcoming people and making you feel part of a great community.
Literature — I can read pretty much anything. Harry Potter is my feel-good book series. I also really like to read people’s suggestions.
It’s hard to pick just one, but I I’ll go with this one:
The original ‘picture’ is actually moving.
Fictional character you’d like to hang with?
I’d like to hang out with the HIMYM gang. My Cegep roommates remind me of them sometimes, so I guess I already do.
Happiness looks like:
Finding one last Fruit by the Foot when you thought you had none left.
If not here, then where?
Norway or any Scandinavian country. It’s so beautiful and a lot to discover.
What do you think of too often?
And not enough?
Couldn’t live without:
My family, adventures, good gin, sausage dogs, goats… I guess I can’t live without a lot of things.
If you ruled the world:
I’d ensure that the typical work week is four days and that everyone gets one statutory bank holiday per month to spend more time with family and friends.
Frédérique Gollain, you’ve been [FRAMED].