Suspension of belief is necessary for any film to transport its audience into another world. As a digital matte painter at Framestore, Charlotte Tyson is responsible for creating believable environments that help to do just this. In the past, she’s had a hand in creating the sunset beaches of The Great Gatsby to the cratered surface of Mars for The Martian, and most recently the lovely London skyline for Mary Poppins Returns. With a love of both maths and art, she graduated with a degree in architecture from Cambridge University, but it was only after speaking with a neighbour’s daughter about a career in VFX that Charlotte’s interest was piqued. Today, one of the most rewarding parts of the job is experiencing the thrill of seeing some of her work up on the big screen. Here, Charlotte talks about the industry’s gender imbalance; battling her perfectionist tendencies; and some of the realities of working on big budget films.