Michael Stein has indeed been named the organization’s newly appointed technology officer. Stein joins Disney after serving as the head of the technology studio at Walt Disney Imagineering, the company’s theme park design and technology business.
Stein will be in control of global strategy and R&D at Framestore, an Oscar, Emmy, and BAFTA-winning creative business which has worked on movies such as “The Suicide Squad,” “No Time to Die,” and “The Crown,” among others.
Stein has worked in visual effects, gaming, animation, and theme park rides, as well as attractions that employ augmented reality, virtual reality, and real-time, as well as a variety of tech-driven creative projects.
He formerly worked at Pixar and MPC on films such as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo,” and “The Jungle Book.”
“Framestore has a fantastic heritage, and now is an exciting moment to be a part of the company’s story,” said Stein in a statement. “I agree in science’s transformational advances, and this feels like a positive step at the appropriate moment in terms of opening up new avenues and chances for world-class VFX and engaging, immersive narrative.”
“Demand for material, the rise of new studios, and the growing interconnectedness of sectors including as cinema, television, rides, and games mean the environment is more convoluted and fascinating than ever.”
“Michael was the obvious frontrunner in our global search for a CTO due to his drive, experience, talent, and insight,” stated Framestore CEO William Sargent. Michael has made a name for himself, much like the people he will be working with at Framestore, by finding creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems and forging a path that investigates the connections between different technologies and specialisms rather than viewing them as barriers. We’re overjoyed to have him on board, and even more so to see what he can accomplish for us as artists and as a company.”