Grant’s career commenced upon completion of a Computer Animation Degree at Swansea Metropolitan University. He then trained with Escape Studios, gaining a placement at The Mill in 2006.
He joined Framestore in 2009 as a Senior Technical Director specialising in creature asset build, and has played a huge role in some of our biggest projects, including the recreation of Audrey Hepburn for Galaxy/Dove, the orcs in Coca-Cola ‘Siege’, and VES- and BAFTA-nominated Black Mirror episode ‘Playtest’.
After a nine-month stint in Film, working on the creature designs for the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending, Grant returned to Advertising to create Sheldon the Snail for Freesat – earning him his first of many VES nominations. Grant went on to become Senior CG Art Director in 2015, a role in which he led the design of characters and environments across London’s Integrated Advertising CG work, later stepping into the role of VFX Supervisor on Sainsbury’s ‘Mog’s Christmas Calamity’. Now Joint Head of CG, Grant is involved in a wealth of work across Framestore’s Advertising division, ensuring the highest standards of creature and character design are upheld.
Ahmed Gharraph returned to Framestore as Joint Head of CG in 2017, after a brief absence working on Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Lead FX artist at ILM, earning a VES nomination in the process for his craft. Known as a strong and charismatic CG lead across numerous projects, Ahmed’s Framestore credit list includes major advertising hits such as Sainsbury’s ‘Mog’s Christmas Calamity’ and Shell V-Power ‘Shapeshifter’.
After gaining a BSc in 3D Computer Animation at Swansea Metropolitan University, Ahmed moved straight into the CG department at MPC, in 2007. He built up his skills as part of the commercials team, helping to win numerous accolades, including VES Awards for the iconic Cadbury ‘Spots v. Stripes’ campaign. In 2011 he made his move into film, working at Double Negative on several high profile projects including Captain America, Skyfall, Godzilla and Thor: The Dark World. On the latter Ahmed worked closely with the Marvel VFX Supervisor to create and design many of the magical and environmental effects, before leading a team of FX artists in delivering an epic 200-shot sequence.
Presenting: The Framestore Zoo
Grant and Ahmed will dig deep into Framestore’s creature archives, presenting a menagerie of characters from standout advertising across the years. The two will discuss the challenges of creature creation, and how to overcome them; drawing on their experience recreating not just animals, but humans, as achieved for Galaxy/Dove’s ‘Chauffeur’ in 2013.