Lara Hopkins

LARA HOPKINS

GLOBAL RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT, FRAMESTORE

Over the last 25 years Lara Hopkins has worked internationally in production and talent management across most areas of animation and VFX including stop motion, cel animation, VFX + CG features, commercials and immersive projects.

Starting her career in production in Adelaide at claymation specialists Anifex, she then moved to Sydney to produce commercials at Animal Logic in the early days of digital VFX production. After a short stint at Advertising Agency Saatchi and Saatchi in Hong Kong, Lara joined Framestore in London as a Senior Producer in Advertising. In 2003 she moved to a CG artist manager role in Framestore’s feature film division, covering both artist resource management and recruitment in CG and compositing. Heading back to Sydney she became Studio Manager for Rising Sun Picture’s Sydney office, moving then to Dr D Studios to head up the recruitment team hiring over 1000 people to work on Happy Feet 2. She then returned to Framestore, moving to New York in 2012 to expand their film division, and also crewing Framestore’s new offices in Montreal, Los Angeles and most recently Chicago.

Lara is currently based in Sydney and consults exclusively for Framestore, supporting all of their offices working in advertising, feature film vfx, episodic and immersive. The favourite part of her role is to cast teams that work, with the right blend of technical and artistic skills as well as personalities. She is also passionate about supporting gender diversity in animation and VFX with a strong belief that the best teams are those that are balanced.