[FRAMED]: Jignesh Solanki, Training Manager, MUM
[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?
Having street-side junk food. I just can’t resist that when I’m out. And I am sure every Mumbaikar will agree with me on this.
What was your last brush with danger?
It was last December. I had a bang with one of the auto-rickshaw drivers and it did good damage to my bike. Luckily I was not hurt much, but it was a narrow escape for me.
Your last brush with greatness?
One of the places I visited in 2018, was an animal rescue & rehabilitation centre named Ahinsadham. I met a few veterinary and social workers selflessly working there.
Your worst character fault?
I trust people very quickly.
If you had taken a different path, what would you be doing now?
Photography or Music.
You’re on the run from the law, where are you headed?
Any beautiful Island on earth.
Who’s your partner-in-crime?
My two daughters.
What’s your favourite movie/TV show and why?
Toy Story, all of them. That is one of the main reasons I started learning Animation back when I was young.
Your greatest achievement?
Yet to come.
Most valuable skill?
Approachable and easy to talk to.
Go on, say something bragging:
That’s just not me, sorry I can’t brag about.
Name your vice/pet peeve?
When someone blocks the door in the local trains right when I need to get down to the next station… Again a very typical Mumbai-local thing.
The DREAM project would entail:
Provide a bouquet of training to people and make everyone feel that they have learned at least one new thing every day.
Your career highlight to date:
In my last job, I did set up a whole new training show and created various shots/assets for freshers’ training.
This week I learnt that:
All these questions in [FRAMED] are actually not soo easy to answer as I thought they would be.
What’s your current view?
I am in the new Mumbai office so everything is brand new here. Front I have the Comp team, to my back is the Tracking team and left is the Production room.
Give us a desk tour [personal items, tools, software]
Dual monitor, my laptop, a diary and a Framestore bottle with some warm water.
What do you need to work on the daily?
Good music, it charges me up.
Framestore is, to you, in three words:
Friendly, Creative & Balanced.
Best thing about your work environment?
The location of Mumbai — it is just in the right place with amazing facilities around.
Framestore is great at:
Building an amazing team. I have one of the best teams I have worked with by far.
Music & films.
Any portrait photograph with beautiful lighting.
Fictional character you’d like to hang with?
Happiness looks like:
Talking to my 2-year-old daughter and trying to understand her language & broken sentences.
If not here, then where?
Rajkot, Gujarat (especially the village side there is very peaceful!)
What do you think of too often?
Buying gadgets, especially nowadays.
And not enough?
Taking a vacation.
Couldn’t live without:
My family and close friends.
If you ruled the world:
With great power comes great responsibilities, but I would definitely try to bring more peace and harmony to people.
Jignesh Solanki, you’ve been [FRAMED].