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Framestore Montreal Adds New Key Hires

Company continues to expand its teams across creative, support, and production departments to service growing slate of film and TV projects; Kevin Mah joins as head of FX, Wassila Lmouaci and Marie-Ève Authier as VFX producers, and Sandra Najem as head of HR.

Framestore Montreal has announced four new key hires across its creative, support and production departments to support an increase in new film and episodic projects. Head of FX Kevin Mah joins the company from MPC, where he oversaw FX for several high-profile films, including the Oscar-winning 1917. His extensive experience will complement the company’s growing portfolio of FX-heavy work.

The studio has also expanded its pool of producers, with two key hires. VFX producer Wassila Lmouaci rejoins Framestore after five years at RodeoFX, where she worked on titles such as Lovecraft Country S1 and Ant-Man and the Wasp. VFX producer Marie-Ève Authier joins the team from Mr. X, where she most recently oversaw Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Sandra Najem has taken on the role of head of HR, bringing with her over a decade of industry experience.

Launched in 2013 with a core staff of 20, Framestore’s office now boasts over 800 employees; the company is actively looking to add an additional 100+ people across all departments. The company now has 20 film and episodic projects underway including Red Notice, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Moonfall, Fantastic Beasts 3, Netflix episodic project 1899 (shot on Europe’s largest LED volume facility) and Ms. Marvel for Marvel Studios.

“This past year has been a huge challenge for the industry, so it’s a testament to the strength and resilience of our team that we’ve been able to deliver amazing, high-profile projects from home and emerge from the pandemic with our biggest, busiest slate of projects yet,” commented managing director of film, Chloe Grysole. “As well as hiring across the board to meet demand we’re also proud of what we offer in terms of training and mentorship to help our existing team level up and develop. While it’s been a time of huge change - I don’t think anyone would have thought working from home would be an option for two years, but it’s now very much part of life for the foreseeable future at Framestore - it’s also a period that has helped us grow, learn and innovate.”

Framestore is involved in local diversity and mentorship projects in partnership with the Quebec Film and Television Council, which include enrolling a select group of artists in a women’s leadership program and mentoring aspiring VFX talent. In 2020, the studio won the Montreal International Award for Best International Talent Attraction and Retention Strategy. 

Source: Framestore