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20 animated submissions for upcoming Oscars

Not sure how many of you have been following this story, but a whopping 20 feature films have been submitted for the Animated Feature film category for the upcoming Oscars. This is great news for the industry as it means we’re well on track to getting five nominees qualifying for the category at the awards next February (we normally only have 3!).

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Thu 19 Nov 2009: 10:47am

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Hollywood producer, Charlotte Huggins to discuss 3D breakthroughs in film and TV.

For those in the film industry, this may be an interesting event for your December diary. The Institution of Engineering and Technology is holding the inaugural John Logie Baird event on the 8th December entitled ‘3D – Back to the future’.

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Wed 18 Nov 2009: 4:45pm

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Free Advanced Lighting Tutorial

We have just made a great new free tutorial available to you all: Advanced Lighting for VFX Artists. This is ideal material for VFX artists who wants to improve your lighting skills.

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Fri 13 Nov 2009: 1:53pm

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How to Become a World-Class Animator

Thanks to everyone who attended my "Becoming a World-Class Animator" webinar last night - it was great to get a chance to speak to all of you!  We're going to make the presentation available in the Escape Studios Free Resources section of our website soon - so make sure that you keep an eye out for it.

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Fri 13 Nov 2009: 12:34pm

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Upgrade to Maya, 3ds Max and SoftImage 2010 apps and save up to 59%!

For those of you wanting to get their fingers on the latest versions of Maya, SoftImage and 3ds Max, you can now get considerably more bang for your buck with our new Upgrade Promotion. #

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Fri 13 Nov 2009: 10:45am

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Good times for anyone training to be a games artist

Very recently there has been a release of two games engines that you can use at home.

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Thu 12 Nov 2009: 8:29am

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CG Whiz shortlist to follow

So the CG Whiz competition has finally come to an end. We’ve been blown away by the number of entries we’ve received and the quality of the submissions.

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Mon 9 Nov 2009: 4:06pm

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CG Whiz update

The deadline has passed, and we’re now reviewing all 136 entries we received. We’ve been amazed by both the number and quality of the submission, so well done to all who’ve entered.

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Sun 8 Nov 2009: 10:03pm

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Online Maya courseware at The Arts University College at Bournemouth

Hi all,

I recently caught up with Paul Hilton, Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Animation at The Arts University College at Bournemouth. AUCB recently purchased our online Maya coursware for themselves and their students, so I asked Paul how they were finding the experience:

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Fri 6 Nov 2009: 1:10pm

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V-Ray® for Autodesk® 3dsMax® Service Packs Officially Released!

The newest build of V-Ray has officially been released! You can now upgrade your version with new Service Packs and get brand new and modified features for free.

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Fri 6 Nov 2009: 1:00pm

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Western Spaghetti

All the talk of stop motion animation last week got me thinking, so I went in search of some great examples of this type of work. This Western Spaghetti viral is awesome. 

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Mon 2 Nov 2009: 2:19pm

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Last call for entries

We’re almost at the end! The CG Whiz competition ends at midnight tonight, so if you’re going to enter act now. We’ve had a tremendous response so far, with over 125 entries posted here.

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Fri 30 Oct 2009: 5:01pm

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Just two days to go...

Just two days to go...

There’s just two days until the end of the CG Whiz competition, so if you’re going to enter you’d better post your videos soon! We’ve had 96 entries so far, will yours be joining them? Remember, the deadline is Friday 30th October, and to enter you need to post your entry to this video. Don’t leave it until the last minute, get posting now!

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Wed 28 Oct 2009: 4:41pm

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The Tate Movie Project – Tate teaming up with Aardman Animations

Now this is what we like to see – children getting involved in animation from a young age. This week we heard that Tate is teaming up with Aardman Animations, the team behind Wallace and Gromit, to create a new film.  And,  they want children to help them brainstorm. Check out the video on our YouTube channel.

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Thu 22 Oct 2009: 5:38pm

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CG Whiz - deadline approaching

CG Whiz - deadline approaching

There’s just a week to go until the end of the CG Whiz competition. We’ve had 74 entries so far – is yours one of them? Here’s a couple to give you an idea of what other people are doing: 

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Thu 22 Oct 2009: 5:18pm

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Old-school animation: Fantastic Mr Fox

Towelling for grass, cotton balls for smoke and cling film for water – Wes Anderson has reverted to traditional forms of animation in his new film Fantastic Mr Fox.

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Mon 19 Oct 2009: 4:21pm

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New online courses: VFX Advanced Shading and Lighting

We’ve got a couple of exciting new online courses coming up for slightly more experienced CGers.  The Advanced Lighting and Advanced Shading modules are aimed at people with a bit of Maya knowledge, having completed the Maya Core program.

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Fri 16 Oct 2009: 10:53am

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October's Free Tutorial: Advanced Shading

We are so excited about the launch of our brand new Advanced Shading online course, we decided to give you access to over an hours worth of free tutorials from it. You can sign up and start learning right away; all you need to do is register on our website to access our online learning centre, then follow the instructions.

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Fri 16 Oct 2009: 10:46am

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Amazing Student Software Offer

If you have seen our website you should know that Autodesk have a pretty fab student offer on at the moment. If not, check it out here.

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Wed 14 Oct 2009: 3:31pm

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We’ve reached the halfway point

We’re halfway through the competition and we’ve already had 49 entries – a great response, but we’re still keen to see what everyone else is working on.

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Wed 14 Oct 2009: 3:19pm

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