CHICAGO — Framestore kicked off the new year with three creative hires. Danny DelPurgatorio joins the studio as creative director; Krysten Richardson comes on boards as Flame artist; and Jordan Carroll joins the facility as CG lead/supervisor. The company’s Chicago office opened in May of 2017 and has grown rapidly, more than doubling its initial number of employees.
Photo: DelPurgatorio, Richardson & Carroll
DelPurgatorio is a longstanding member of the Chicago creative community and brings a range of experience to Framestore. He originally moved to Chicago in 2009 to work as creative director for Vitamin Pictures. With a background in illustration, he began his career as a creative director at Reel FX in Dallas.
In 2008, DelPurgatorio worked on the short film Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter for Warner Bros., Paramount, and DC Comics, a tie-in to Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation. Additional credits include work for Nike, Nintendo and Northface.
Richardson has been a frequent collaborator with Framestore’s Los Angeles and Chicago teams. Her portfolio includes work for brands such as Nike, Apple, Toyota, Sony, Gatorade and Doritos. She has worked as a freelance Flame artist at The Mill and Method, amongst other boutique VFX shops, and is the founder of a global group for female Flame artists called Ladies of Logik. At Framestore, she will supervise shoots and lead projects, while also working directly with clients to help fulfill their creative goals.
Carroll joins Framestore from The Mill Chicago, where he worked as a lead CG artist on projects for Disney, GMC and Chevrolet. Trained in visual effects at Savannah College of Art and Design, he began his career at Firstborn in New York City, before moving to Chicago. He will work across a range of pitches and projects, both supervising shoots and working directly on individual jobs, while also continuing to grow the office’s CG department.