[FRAMED]: Nandini Nambiar, Lighting/Lookdev Artist, 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?

I buy more books than I can read.

What was your last brush with danger?

Going to pick up a take out from a very busy restaurant lobby.

Your last brush with greatness?

Whale spotting in Newfoundland.

Your worst character fault?

I tend to overthink things, especially this question.

If you had taken a different path, what would you be doing now?

I’m interested in art, architecture and social issues; it would probably have been a convergence of those fields.

You’re on the run from the law, where are you headed?

I love islands, I would choose either Newfoundland or Capraia, a small Italian island close to Corsica.

Who’s your partner-in-crime?

My boyfriend, we may have taken out the garbage past curfew a couple of times.

What’s your favorite movie/TV show and why?

I have an incredibly long ongoing list of favorite movies. Though my favorite TV show during the pandemic has been Schitt’s Creek, it is such a heartwarming show and I love all the characters and the styling.

Your greatest achievement?

Being me, where I am.

Most valuable skill?

I’m pretty good at learning languages.

Go on, say something bragging:

Many years ago, at a film festival, I had the chance to talk to Terry Gilliam.

Name your vice/pet peeve?

I have a hard time saying no to desserts.

The DREAM project would entail:

A good story, beautiful visuals with a strong art direction and a great team to make it happen.

Your career highlight to date:

My current (undisclosed) project is pretty exciting. Prior to this, I’m proud of working on the Lookdev of Ulysses in Flora & Ulysses.

This week I learnt that:

I’ve been attending a few talks for Black History Month and the social equity program at Framestore. It’s great to listen about the work that has been done and I’m looking forward to seeing the next steps.

What’s your current view?

My living room, a window and a tree where a squirrel couple live.

Give us a desk tour [personal items, tools, software]

A laptop, a monitor, a notebook, headphones, a few illustrations done by friends and a mug filled with tea.

What do you need to work, on the daily?

Collaboration with other teammates is essential.

Framestore is, to you, in three words:

Quality, integrity and collaboration.

Best thing about your work environment? (at home!)?

I get to spend a lot of time with my cat. He has never been happier.

Framestore is great at:

Aiming to do things right, technically and in taking care of employees.

Favourite artform?

I love visual arts and music. So I would pick cinema as it includes both.

Favourite image?

Lately this feed has been making me feel home sick in the best way: https://www.instagram.com/claudiacorrent/

Fictional character you’d like to hang with?

Amina from The Sleepwalker’s Guide to dancing by Mira Jacob.

Happiness looks like:

A sunny day.

If not here, then where?

Not sure, there are too many places in the world I haven’t had the chance to visit yet. Looking forward to be able to travel again.

What do you think of too often?

Probably work.

And not enough?

Remember to bring out the garbage before curfew.

Couldn’t live without:

Nature, culture and loved ones to share them with.

If you ruled the world:

I would work to develop stronger democracies and help push environmental and social justice.

How are you staying inspired by working remotely?

Listening to talks and podcasts. A silver lining of the pandemic is having access to events all over the world.

How are you spending your weekends?

Books, yoga and movies.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about yourself during quarantine?

We are a resilient species.

Nandini Nambiar, you’ve been [FRAMED].

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