On a Friday afternoon earlier this year, motion design and VFX studio studio Mainframe uploaded an experimental film to Vimeo. Featuring everything from bouncy eggs and flaccid pencils to squidgy lightbulbs and weightless bowling balls, ‘For Approval’ subverted the functions of everyday objects with mind-bending results. By Monday, the film had clocked several million views online, bringing in new business with it. With its roots in London, Mainframe was originally founded 15 years ago, and opened their Manchester branch in 2008 under the watch of managing director Chris Hardcastle. Now a team of seven, the studio added software development to its bow after developing their very own animation plugin, MASH, from scratch. Opening up the potential to make more engaging and exciting computer graphics from 3D type to geometric objects, MASH is now integrated as part of 3D computer graphics software, Autodesk Maya. Stepping back behind the screens and software, Chris tells us more about working life at Mainframe.