Los Angeles, Calif. - The inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch event, in partnership with Audi, honored 42 emerging British talents in film, television, and video games. Among those honored were Framestore's Ben Lambert and Nathan Walster, the only two honorees from the field of visual effects (VFX), in addition to emergent writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, and composers, Lambert and Walster were the only two selected from the field of Visual Effects.
The event, at the Belasco Theater, was attended by HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Calif. The event was supported by leading film, television, and games companies, offering nominees an opportunity to meet leading practitioners in their craft, as well as exposure for their work, which was seen and distributed during the evening.
Ben Lambert is Framestore's head of vfx modeling and asset supervisor. A graduate of Bournemouth University's National Centre for Computer Animation, he joined Framestore in 2003. His film work includes: Troy
, Superman Returns, The Tale of Despereaux, Prince of Persia, and Avatar. His work in 2009/10 on Dobby the House Elf in
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 was recognized in a VES Award for Animated Character in a VFX Driven Film. He is working on Alfonso Cuarón's
Senior shader writer Nathan Walster is another alumni of Bournemouth University's NCCA, having graduated in 2004. He joined Framestore in 2006 and has worked as a technical lookdev and shader writer on features such as Sherlock Holmes
, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. He, too, is currently working on Alfonso Cuarón's
Of the practitioners selected, BAFTA says, "What they all have in common is that our panel has seen in them a real spark of talent and creativity and we should expect to hear more from them in the future."