Runner Development Programme
Runner Development Programme
What is a Runner?
Runners are essential to the smooth running of Framestore as a business. Whether they are providing assistance to our clients and employees, ensuring that our facilities and meeting spaces are clean and tidy, delivering messages or sourcing resources for our teams or simply making a cup of tea, our Runners are integral to everything we do.
Take a look at this video and our Periscope profile to hear some of our past and present Runners talking about their experiences.
Do I need a visual effects qualification?
There is no requirement to have a formal qualification to be a Runner at Framestore. All of our Runners are able to demonstrate that they understand the basics of visual effects production by including a portfolio/demo-reel with their application. Some have produced this portfolio through their studies at college or university while others have simply studied and practiced in their own time.
What do you look for in a Runner application?
If you are considering applying to be a Runner at Framestore then you will need to:
- Be hugely passionate and enthusiastic about a career in visual effects
- Be super switched on and able to deal with any problem that might come your way (how to carry a life-size plaster dinosaur head anyone?!)
- Give 110% to the job and be prepared to spend a lot of time pounding the corridors/pavements - this is definitely not a job for a couch potato
- Get tasks completed for people before they even knew they needed it doing
- Be genuinely fascinated by people and able to talk professionally and positively to anyone and everyone
- Have a fabulous sense of humour!
- Strive to be the best Framestore team there is
Will I be able to progress?
Working as a Runner at Framestore gives you the opportunity to see how the whole studio operates and gives both you and us the opportunity to work out your strengths and to find a role that will suit you moving forward.
It is important to us that our Runners have the opportunity to build a career at Framestore and we have a long history of Runners moving up in the company. In fact, several of our senior management team including our Director of Visual Effects started here as Runners!
In addition to your Runner duties you will be enrolled onto our Runner Development Programme. The programme takes the following format:
- A maximum 12 month contract (normally 2 x 6 month contracts) with a minimum of three shifts (24 hours) per week. Runner shifts cover a full 7 day week
- A dedicated mentor to assist you track your progress and work towards building the skills and knowledge required for junior roles
- The opportunity to be seconded to other departments in the business for up to 3 months at a time
- Access to online training resources and departmental overview talks/sessions
- Within our Film Division we have defined entry routes into either Paint and Roto or Tracking for our Runners
Runners working on a more ad hoc basis e.g. weekend Runners, holiday Runners etc. will not be included in the Runner development programme.
Mocap RunnersChristmas Runners
Hamish Ballingall, Runner on secondment with FX When I was a student I saw Guardians of the Galaxy and thought that this was exactly the sort of film I wanted to work on and within 1 year I was suddenly working on the second film; pretty lucky and awesome.
Paul Ashall, Tracker I was lucky to be seconded with the capture team working on the in-house motion capture stage and on set for various films. The great thing about being a Runner here is that these opportunities are always there if you have a good attitude and work hard for the team.
Aaron Baudin, FX TD When I was running I got the opportunity to go to Leavesden with the mocap team and help on set. At the end of the week I was also able to get in the suit and do some motion testing for the main bad guy in the film! On secondment I also got to work on The Martian. I was able to learn the pipeline and run shots working with an Oscar winning VFX Supervisor!
David Ross, Modeller On my secondment I worked on Guardians of the Galaxy for 3 months. It mostly involved small jobs on the modelling team but I ended up with my first on screen credit and a foot in the door of my target department.
Jack Elworthy, Capture Lab TD Secondments gave me the opportunity to go on set for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' which was an amazing experience that led to me becoming a full time member of our on-set capture team.
Can I afford to be a Runner?
All of our Runners are paid the UK Living Wage.
How do I apply and what happens next?
Please make sure that you complete our online application form if you would like to register your interest in running opportunities with Framestore.
Once we start recruiting you will be contacted by a member of our recruitment team either to let you know that you have been unsuccessful at this time or that we would like to invite you to attend an interview with us.
Interviews at Framestore are very informal and we won't expect you to sit any kind of test or try and put you off or be intimidating! We want you to show us the best you and will encourage you to tell us about your previous experience/studies and to really demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for our industry. Normally you will meet with a member of our facilities team in addition to someone from our production or crewing teams. Make sure you arrive a little early, dress comfortably (no suits required!) and have some questions prepared to ask us - this is your opportunity to find out more about us too remember! Normally we will follow up with you within a couple of days of your interview to let you know whether we would like you to join the team.
If you have any other questions about becoming a Runner at Framestore then please don't hesitate to contact our recruitment team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: we leave the application process all year round but may not be hiring when you apply. It is really important that once every few weeks you take the time to update your availability and/or other details with us so that we know whether you're still available when we are next looking.