Ian Spendloff is a highly experienced and dedicated Creative Director with a particular focus on character-led projects. He has created innovative concepts and narratives and designed engaging characters & creatures for a host of high profile projects, spanning film, tv and immersive entertainment.
Ian most recently worked on the Ms Marvel series. Ian created the opening sequence which is a mix of 3D and 2D hand drawn animation. He directed a series of bespoke 2D animated sequences seen throughout the show, creating a unique and charming animation style for the main character which is threaded through the series.
Prior to that Ian directed the hugely successful storybook sequences for Jingle Jangle/Netflix. These sequences, featuring intricately crafted CG characters in a beautifully emotional tale, were nominated for a VES and won ‘Best Design’ at the British Animation Awards 2021.
Ian previously worked on a fully CG theme park dark ride ‘Pearl Quest’, created for China’s Wanda Group. Framestore were granted full directorial & creative control of the project, which allowed Ian’s talent in re-imagining a classic Chinese folklore to shine out over eleven large-scale installation screens. The project attracted a VES nomination for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project” and has been hugely successful with audiences.
Over his career some highlights include his creative lead role in the making of Tooned, a character driven animated series crafted by Framestore in partnership with Formula 1’s McLaren. Tooned was a fan favourite and highly praised series, winning the Gold Clio, Eurobest and Lovie Awards, with the special edition Tooned 50 landing Ian a place in the D&AD book.