Charles Howell joined Framestore in 2000 as a VFX coordinator after studying music at Leeds University. Over several years he gained invaluable experience in-house and on-set for a wide range of VFX productions including Thunderbirds and Alien Vs. Predator.
Framestore was founded in London in 1986 and now employs more than 700 people across London, New York, Los Angeles, and Montreal. The company writes, produces, directs, animates, and color grades for its advertising clients. It also crafts interactive installations and digital experiences and is a pioneer of real-time animation, giving brands such Beats by Dre and Coca-Cola the ability to produce commercials instantly. Framestore has created some of advertising's most iconic characters, including Geico's famous gecko, and worked on huge global campaigns for brands such Pepsi, Guinness, and Levi's.
At Framestore, Howell has since produced a huge variety and volume of visual effects shots for numerous projects, including Fernando Meirelles’s The Constant Gardener, Stephen Frears’s The Queen, and Timur Bekmambetov’s Wanted. He created the lead CG characters of Iorek, Ragnar, and a host of other armored bears in Chris Weitz’s The Golden Compass; the CG Vipers and CG environments for the climatic showdown in Mike Newell’s Prince of Persia: Sands of Time; and CG effects, environments, and characters for David Green’s comedy Your Highness.
Most recently, Howell was the senior producer on Alfonso Cuaron’s space epic Gravity, which has been nominated for multiple Oscars and Baftas. The groundbreaking techniques involved were wholly produced and realized by the Framestore team. Howell brings an obsession for preparation, relentless scheduling, and extensive film production experience to all his projects. He enjoys tennis and jazz when he is not adjusting his schedules.
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