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Junior Artists - Keep that VFX Shot Simple

A common misconception amongst Junior Artists when preparing their first reel is that they have to come up with some overly elaborate and complex VFX shot to wow future employees. These usually feature exotic spaceships, massive explosions and weapons of mass destruction. It doesn't have to be like that. So, what makes a good CG shot? I had a chat with our Training Development Director and Maya Guru Lee Danskin to find out.

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Thu 23 Sep 2010: 11:57am

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CG Whiz 2010 is coming! Adam Droy our 2009 winner tells all

CG Whiz 2010 is coming! Adam Droy our 2009 winner tells all

When Adam Droy entered the CG Whiz competition, he didn't believe he'd even make it to the runners up stage.  Like many, knowing that the competition was tough, he submitted his showreel and forgot all about it. When he got the call asking him to come along to the CG Whiz reveal event he was astounded, and when we called his name as winner, he just about managed to find his feet to collect the prize. 3D Artist caught up with Adam to find out what life has been like in the aftermath of winning the competition.  As a judge of this year's CG Whiz, we're excited to know what he's going to be looking for.

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Thu 23 Sep 2010: 11:27am

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Wireframes Structures Flavour of the Month

Wireframes Structures Flavour of the Month

It seems that monumental wireframe structures are the flavour of the month, and for those of us who are into lo-fi 3D geometry here's a real treat. Antony Gormley's new sculpture of a crouching man and Iceland's prototype for human pylons.

0 Comments Dom Davenport

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Wed 22 Sep 2010: 1:42pm

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Paul Franklin, VFX supervisor of Inception talks to our students

Paul Franklin, VFX supervisor of Inception talks to our students

Few VFX artists can claim to have as prestigious a career as Paul Franklin. From junior VFX artist to co-founder of Double Negative, one of London's most prestigious post houses, Paul has been on quite a journey. He's worked on some of the most memorable and successful films of recent times, titles such as Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Dark Knight.  His work has brought him nominations for an Oscar and two BAFTAs along the way.

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Wed 22 Sep 2010: 1:04pm

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: A Geek and Nerd References' Fest

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: A Geek and Nerd References' Fest

I went to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at the weekend and I was taken with the visual style of the whole movie. Eccentric humour aside, the movie was pretty simplistic as far as plot is concerned, but the aesthetic complexity displayed was pretty amazing. The use of augmented reality styling with major references to to the likes of the Tekken franchise were really interesting to see.

0 Comments Dom Davenport

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Tue 21 Sep 2010: 12:58pm

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

"Dad, can we go to the cinema?" Yes it was that time of the summer holidays when the children will do anything to get out of the house. I exclaimed "But we have already seen everything that's any good!"

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Tue 21 Sep 2010: 12:20pm

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Apple TV makes a play for online gaming

Apple TV makes a play for online gaming

Over the last few days Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have been strutting around like peacocks displaying their new technology at Tokyo Game Show (TGS). Even though the technology on display is extremely impressive and I personally can't wait for The Last Guardian to be released on PS3, my attention has been focused on Apple's new £99 Apple TV.

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Tue 21 Sep 2010: 8:09am

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Online courses updated to reflect the Maya new 2011 UI

Online courses updated to reflect the Maya new 2011 UI

If you are a user of any software package you'll know that at least once a year software developers deliver an update. Autodesk's Maya 2011 was no exception. 3D users had become accustomed to Maya's UI over the last 10 years but Autodesk thought it was time for a change, enter Maya 2011. So this release brings all sorts of challenges for the diehard Maya user, it has a new interface... I hear the screams of "where did you put that" and "what on earth does this icon represent"!

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 17 Sep 2010: 12:13pm

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In the dog house

I have just spent two nights in a row playing with an old friend until almost three in the morning. When I say friend, I mean Halo Reach. It has been like catching up with a really good friend you haven't seen in a long time. You pick up right where you left off, except this time my friend is much better looking and has more ideas. Ideas that I said to my wife needed to be explored in great depth. It's my job after all!

2 Comments Simon Fenton

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Fri 17 Sep 2010: 10:38am

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Bugs Bunny is making a 3D comeback

Hollywood's most successful cartoon rabbit is getting his turn to shine in the new 3D entertainment medium, as Warner Bros has confirmed the making of a 3D Bugs Bunny movie. It won't be the first time Bugs has been on the big screen. In 2003 he made a silver screen success out of Looney Tunes: Back In Action, and who could forget the time he starred alongside Michael Jordan in Space Jam? We spoke to Alex Williams our new Animation Tutor to get his opinion on 3D characters and whether this means that the animation industry is changing for good.

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Fri 17 Sep 2010: 9:30am

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Free Webinar: Next Gen Materials & Game Rendering Technology

Free Webinar: Next Gen Materials & Game Rendering Technology

I'll be hosting a webinar on 30th September and wanted to put a quick post together to invite you all. I'll share with you some of my thoughts on next generation materials and advances in game rendering technology. Hope you can make it.

0 Comments Simon Fenton

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Thu 16 Sep 2010: 9:00am

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Escape Studios announces winner of the CG Graduate Design Awards

Escape Studios announces winner of the CG Graduate Design Awards

Firstly a big thank you to all of you who entered our CG Graduate Design Awards. We were really impressed with the standard of entries and it made last week’s judging day with our friends at The Mill pretty tough.

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Phoenix FD First Upgrade

A few weeks ago I promised to have a closer look at the new Phoenix FD, to give you an idea of what it can do.

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Wed 15 Sep 2010: 8:10am

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IBC 2010 - Amsterdam

IBC 2010 - Amsterdam

I spent my weekend at IBC in Amsterdam, poor me I hear you cry!

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Tue 14 Sep 2010: 3:47pm

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The latest in Artificial Intelligence

The latest in Artificial Intelligence

We now offer a cool new artificial intelligence (AI) piece of software for game developers called xaitment.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Tue 14 Sep 2010: 10:01am

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V-Ray for 3ds Max Version 2.0 Announced

V-Ray for 3ds Max Version 2.0 Announced

I am sure most of you will have heard this week that Chaos have announced they will be releasing the long-awaited version 2 of V-Ray for 3ds Max.

1 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 10 Sep 2010: 5:09pm

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New Limbo Game: Scary, Claustrophobic and Beautiful

New Limbo Game: Scary, Claustrophobic and Beautiful

Following on from our looks or personality blog I wanted to share this game in case you haven't seen it all ready. For me, this game has the perfect blend: an incredible art style, ingenious game play and haunting sound.

0 Comments Simon Fenton

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Fri 10 Sep 2010: 11:29am

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Nvidia vs ATi: War over, in name at least

For the hardcore 3d artists who have been doing this for many a year, it's sad to see an iconic brand lose its identity after such a long and illustrious career. it has always been a love hate relationship for ATI/Nvidia among all 3D artists. I come from a time when graphics cards in PC's where absolutely atrocious; that was before VGA and when 4 colours was a big deal. There was I, with my silicon graphics 4D20 and a geometry engine running GL. How advanced was I?!

0 Comments Lee Danskin

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Fri 10 Sep 2010: 9:59am

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Escape opens the BOXX with Boston

We’re pleased to announce that we are now going to be selling BOXX Technologies’ machines exclusively in the UK. This means that people buying workstations like the 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme will now have access to next day shipping, reduced build times and local customer support.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 9 Sep 2010: 2:54pm

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