LONDON — Framestore has promoted (L-R) Grant Walker and Ahmed Gharraph to joint heads of CG in their London facility. The two will sit alongside Ross Burgess, head of animation, in the leadership of the creative studio’s advertising, television and immersive entertainment work.
The appointment marks the return of Ahmed Gharraph to Framestore after a two-year stint at ILM, where he was lead VFX artist on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, receiving a VES nomination in “Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature.” His advertising credits include work as CG supervisor on Mog’s Christmas Calamity, Sainsbury’s 2015 festive campaign; and the Shell V-Power Shapeshifter project.
Walker joined Framestore in 2009, and in his time at the company has worked across film, advertising and television, building a noteworthy portfolio as a CG artist with campaigns that include the VES-nominated Freesat’s Sheldon; he was also instrumental in Framestore’s digital recreation of Audrey Hepburn in Galaxy’s 2013 campaign Chauffeur, for AMV BBDO. Most recently, he was BAFTA-nominated for his creature work in the Black Mirror episode, Playtest.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Ahmed back to Framestore and to have such a strong joint leadership in place for our rapidly growing VFX team working across advertising, television and immersive entertainment,” says Helen Stanley, managing director, integrated advertising worldwide. “The breadth and depth of projects we are currently working across is not only exciting, but continually pushes us to raise our creative game in brilliant ways. With Grant, Ahmed and Ross at the fore, I’m confident that the quality of our output will go from strength to strength.”