USC Cinematic Arts

Framestore is one of the largest visual effects and computer animation studio in Europe, with more than 20 years of experience in digital film and video technology. Employing over 600 staff, the company works London’s Soho district, New York and Iceland.

In the late 1980s, two of the earliest companies in the world to begin developing and using digital film technology were FrameStore and The Computer Film Company (CFC), both of which started with just a handful of staff.

FrameStore specialised in working on television and commercials work, whilst CFC concentrated on film and film technology. Throughout the 1990s both companies flourished and grew, developing a reputation for creating some of the best work around. The two companies merged in 2001, becoming Framestore CFC, which in turn became simply Framestore in 2008.

The company has excelled in every area to which it has turned its talents, winning dozens of international accolades over the years, including two technical academy awards for our film scanning technology and an early compositing system, thirteen Primetime ‘Emmy’ awards and three BAFTA Craft awards. 2008 was a remarkable year for Framestore, with the company winning both the BAFTA and the Academy Award for Visual Effects in recognition of its creation of the polar bears and their environments in The Golden Compass. At the beginning of 2009 the company was nominated for the same awards for the work completed on The Dark Knight. In 2009 Framestore was the only UK facility awarded shots on James Cameron's Avatar, undoubtedly the most eagerly anticipated movie event of 2009, the film went on to win the 2010 Academy Award for Visual Effects. In 2012 Framestore was the provider of visual effects for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, which also gained a BAFTA nomination.