Framestore has created a live VFX animated ‘Vladimir Putin’ using performance capture technology for a new BBC chat show where the Russian president quizzes guests in a live studio chat show format.

Framestore’s tech enables a 3D digital cartoon of Putin to walk around and sit behind the desk, interviewing real human guests in front of a studio audience, all in real-time. Vladimir Putin is written and performed by Natt Tapley.


The first guests in episode one are Alastair Campbell and June Sarpong. 


Created by Jasper Gibson (The Poke), Joel Veitch ( and Simon Whalley (Framestore), Tonight With Vladimir Putin (2×12’) was produced by Phil McIntyre Television and Framestore for BBC Two.  The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown and the Executive Producer for Phil McIntyre Television is Lucy Ansbro. Lindsay Jex is the Series Producer.


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