Film Industry Role: Choreographer
Major Works: Alice Through the Looking Glass (James Bobin, 2016), Muppets Most Wanted (James Bobin 2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon, 2015)
Francesca Jaynes, born in 1958, is an English choreographer and movement director who, for more than 30 years, has worked in many disciplines within the entertainment industry.
Her work in feature film covers multiple genres, from science fictions like “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (Steven Spielberg, 2001) and “Gravity” (Alfonso Cuaron, 2013), to musical films such as “De-Lovely” (Irwin Winkler, 2004) and “Muppets Most Wanted” (James Robin, 2014), to fantasy like “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (James Bobin, 2016). In addition to this wide-ranging experience, she works regularly in the theatre in musicals, opera, and plays, and also in television drama.
Jaynes trained at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts, and danced professionally for several years until she suffered a serious injury that led to a transition into choreography. After several years choreographing musical stage acts, she began working in television and later, in 1999, began a career in film, with Mike Leigh's “Topsy-Turvy”, for which Francesca was nominated for Best Film Choreography in the American Choreography Awards.
More recently, in 2015, Francesca was part of the Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and, in 2016, the Robert Zemeckis’ “Allied” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children”, from Tim Burton, with who she is also working in “Dumbo”, to premiere in 2019.