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CG Whiz 2011 is Now Open!

CG Whiz 2011 is Now Open!

We’re delighted to announce that CG Whiz 2011 is now open! We’re accepting entries from today for the competition, with the winner receiving a 12 week classroom course at Escape Studios and a 12 week placement with The Mill in either its London or LA offices. This is a once in a life time opportunity that could kick start the career of one talented young artist. If you don’t believe us, see what past winners Stu Schwartz and Adam Droy say about what winning has meant for them.

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Escape Studios’ Blog Factor

Escape Studios’ Blog Factor

A few weeks back we launched an internal competition at Escape Studios to get people’s creative juices flowing and find new budding literary talent. We invited people to write blog posts on anything they felt passionate about. It didn’t have to be CG related; it just had to be something which got under their skin enough to get them writing about it.

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Keeping Creativity & Your Animations Alive

Keeping Creativity & Your Animations Alive

One of the most entertaining parts of the Character Animation course that I teach at Escape studios is the lesson where the students invent, design and pitch an original animated character to myself and the rest of the class. The purpose of the exercise is to get students thinking not just about the technical side of character motion and action but also to think inventively and creatively. Can we invent characters as well as animate them? The visual effects industry is often demanding in terms of time and energy, and one of the best antidotes to the problem of "burn out" is to keep the creative spirit alive. After all, we all went into the arts to invent and create, not just to polish other people's ideas.

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Tue 11 Oct 2011: 10:33am

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Mimicking Tilt-Shift in AfterEffects

Mimicking Tilt-Shift in AfterEffects

My cousin - David Itzcovitz - went to Israel last month and he took a series of photos, which he then processed to give this strange look. The process he mimicked in After Effects is called tilt-shift and is usually achieved by using a tilt-shift lens (lensbaby). This puts the focal plane at a strange angle to the film and as a result, you get this strange depth of field effect which makes big things seem like miniatures.

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Shapes in Motion - Inspiring Animators

Shapes in Motion - Inspiring Animators

Shapes In Motion was founded in 2010 by Sarah Perry who is not just an actor but an acting and movement coach. Having met Sarah recently at Escape Studios I wanted to tell you more about the interesting coaching work she does with animators. Sarah has been working in the visual effects industry in various tutoring/coaching capacities on a freelance basis since 2008, with recent clients including MPC and Double Negative.

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Mon 10 Oct 2011: 10:38am

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News Round-Up: Monday 10th Oct 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 10th Oct 2011

Here is my usual Weekly Round-Up of News, with stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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Sun 9 Oct 2011: 9:56am

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CVMP - Last Call for Short Papers

CVMP - Last Call for Short Papers

It seems there is an abundance of technology conferences to choose from this year. For fellow technology enthusiasts out there, this is an exciting time, as we are treated to an ocean of updates, new releases and ground breaking developments. One conference we give a particular seal of approval to is the much anticipated CVMP (Conference for Visual Media Production), now in its 8th year running. This is a conference dedicated to the geeks of the visual media production industries, whether that is in film, broadcast or games.

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@Escape_Studios Follow: @I_Zer0

@Escape_Studios Follow: @I_Zer0

An extended conversation (more than 140 characters) with our Twitter followers. Five questions finding out more about them and what they feel about the industry, with @TobyJOYdigital our Social Media Manager.

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Fri 7 Oct 2011: 8:32am

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CG Whiz is Coming!

CG Whiz is Coming!

Those of you who follow us on Twitter will probably have noticed that we are soon to launch the third edition of our now famous CG Whiz competition. So, since the 'cat's out of the bag' already, I thought I might just get away with giving you a bit of an insight in what we have been cooking up for this year's edition of CG Whiz.

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Thu 6 Oct 2011: 11:28am

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Alembic the VFX Pipeline Overhaul...

Alembic the VFX Pipeline Overhaul...

What exactly is Alembic? I know that some of you will have a fair idea, but I can guess that an awful lot of you simply won't have the first idea about what it does and why it should matter to you.

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Get Involved With the V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Programme

Get Involved With the V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Programme

Last week, Chaos Group announced that their V-Ray for Softimage is now ready for public Beta testing. This is the latest rendering solution by Chaos Group, due to release towards the end of the year.

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Great Use of Mocap: Human Paint

Great Use of Mocap: Human Paint

I have been developing a new course here at Escape called VFX Animation Professional.

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Tue 4 Oct 2011: 9:16am

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The Power of Making

The Power of Making

To escape from the heat over the weekend, I went to a great exhibition at the V&A. If, like me, you like to know how stuff is made, this is the exhibition for you. It's called The Power of Making.

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News Round-Up: Monday 3rd Oct 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 3rd Oct 2011

Following on from last week's announcement about our Weekly Round-Up of news, here are the stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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Embree - Photo-Realistic Ray Tracing Kernels From Intel

Embree - Photo-Realistic Ray Tracing Kernels From Intel

Intel are releasing open source raytrace kernels for all to use called Embree. The official collateral says:

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Fri 30 Sep 2011: 10:12am

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Amazon Announce New Kindles & Kindle Fire

Amazon Announce New Kindles & Kindle Fire

Typical! You wait for a bus and three come at once. Yesterday, Amazon released details of not one, but three new Kindles, including a brands new tablet called the Kindle Fire.

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Fri 30 Sep 2011: 9:35am

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Fine Art – Your route into VFX

Fine Art – Your route into VFX

Not many traditional artists ever imagine that they’d be able to transfer their artistics skills from the studio to the computer but in fact it’s quite the opposite. The current growth of the VFX industry in the UK means there is a growing demand for fresh creative talent. Learning the skills is the easy bit; it’s the creativity that the industry is looking for and that really is something that you’re born with.

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Thu 29 Sep 2011: 8:24am

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The Foundry Announce New Product

The Foundry Announce New Product

Though a very powerful compositing tool NUKE has been missing a component many artist could benefit from. HIERO is a new product in development at The Foundry that hopes to provide the missing link for a more efficient shot management system in your VFX pipeline.

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Wed 28 Sep 2011: 11:53am

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Compositing Escapee Carlos Conceicao Gets Internship at The Foundry

Compositing Escapee Carlos Conceicao Gets Internship at The Foundry

I'm really pleased to bring you a first look at one of our student's work from our new Compositing Professional 18-week course. Carlos finished the course in August and after taking a well earned short break he has already secured an internship working as a Paint Artist on MARI at The Foundry.

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Wed 28 Sep 2011: 9:26am

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New Employment Legislation - How This Will Impact Your Business

New Employment Legislation - How This Will Impact Your Business

Over the last month the Recruitment team here at Escape have been working hard to make sure that our Freelancers and Clients are fully compliant with the new UK employment legislation that comes into effect on October 1st 2011.

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