Blog

Our Graduates Make the Arch 21 Summer Exhibition 2011

Our Graduates Make the Arch 21 Summer Exhibition 2011

Some of our escapees are appearing in Arch 21 - an exhibition which is showcasing great student projects in architecture and VFX. Carlos Lora is one of the team responsible for organising Arch 21 (Pictured in the very centre) and was a student on our VFX for Production course which finished in April this year. Congratulations to you Carlos, it's quite an acheivement already!

If you're interested in Architecture and VFX, you should definitely go and have a look at the work being exhibited. With over 50 architecture students, graduates and VFX artists presenting their most recent work, it promises to showcase some amazing talent. The exhibition is at Blackhall Studios in Shoreditch from the 3rd to the 14th of August 2011 and is open from 10am to 8pm daily with the closing night being held on Saturday 13th of August.

1 Comments Miles Pettit

Posted by
Miles Pettit
Fri 12 Aug 2011: 1:04pm

Tags: , , ,

Compositing Course - New Dates Coming Soon

There are very few places left on our 12-week Compositing Course starting on the 15th of August - which is why we will soon be announcing some new 2012 dates.

0 Comments Miles Pettit

Posted by
Miles Pettit
Fri 12 Aug 2011: 11:30am

Tags: , , ,

The Barbican's Brilliant Animation Show: Watch Me Move

The Barbican's Brilliant Animation Show: Watch Me Move

Both animation enthusiasts and novices alike, will be delighted by The Barbican Centre's brilliant animation show Watch Me Move. From Winsor McCay's 1914 classic Gertie the Dinosaur, to Steven Spielberg's T Rex in the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, the exhibition educates and entertains in equal measure. 

0 Comments Toby Young

Posted by
Toby Young
Thu 11 Aug 2011: 1:52pm

Tags: ,

BlueBolt in the Running to Strike Television Gold

BlueBolt in the Running to Strike Television Gold

There is one television series that got us all excited here at Escape Studios this year. I am sure you can already guess which one it is... Yes, you got it, it was The Game of Thrones. There have been many discussions and debates about it over coffee in our office. So much so, that I decided it was time we featured BlueBolt on our blog.

0 Comments

Posted by

Thu 11 Aug 2011: 10:59am

Tags: , , ,

Free Webinar: Learn More About Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites 2012

Free Webinar: Learn More About Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites 2012

In honour of the recently released Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Escape Studios are hosting a webinar to highlight some of the nifty tools in this 2012 version. Maya guru Lee Danskin will be walking through how these artist driven tools can assist with multiple pipelines without compromising on creativity. With one click solutions that give faster results, this new edition promises to increase creativity, flexibility and productivity, and won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

0 Comments

Posted by

Thu 11 Aug 2011: 10:34am

Tags: , , ,

Motionographer: Inspiration for Your VFX Work

Motionographer: Inspiration for Your VFX Work

Some of you may already know this, but here is an incredibly useful website called Motionographer which I actually check daily.

0 Comments Miles Pettit

Posted by
Miles Pettit
Tue 9 Aug 2011: 10:45am

Tags: , , ,

Aardman Create the World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation

Aardman Create the World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation

Here is something cool to brighten your Friday afternoon and to prepare you for the weekend. It has been doing the rounds this week, and was even featured in the Metro earlier in the week.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

Posted by
Isabelle Duarte
Fri 5 Aug 2011: 1:23pm

Tags:

Escapee Helen Streeter Gets Job at The Mill

Escapee Helen Streeter Gets Job at The Mill

We are proud to congratulate Helen Streeter on her new position as a runner at The Mill. Helen recently completed the character animation course at Escape Studios, and worked hard on putting together a showreel demonstrating her animation skills. The Mill is one of London's leading VFX houses and recently re-opened its film division following strong successes in commercials and music videos. The biggest hurdle in visual effects is always getting that first job and we couldn't be more pleased for Helen - congratulations.

3 Comments alex williams

Posted by
alex williams
Fri 5 Aug 2011: 11:12am

Tags: , , ,

Hayes Davidson Put Our V-Ray for Max Course to The Test

Hayes Davidson Put Our V-Ray for Max Course to The Test

Matt Clinch is an Associate Partner at world renowned architectural visualisation practise Hayes Davidson; we asked Matt to give us some feedback on one of our recent online courses, V-Ray for Max, and here is what he had to say.

0 Comments Mark Cass

Posted by
Mark Cass
Fri 5 Aug 2011: 10:41am

Tags: , , , , ,

A Third of UK Children Still Struggle in the Three-Rs

A Third of UK Children Still Struggle in the Three-Rs

I was driving home from work last night, and as per usual, I tuned into the PM program on BBC Radio 4. Among the usual daily political squabbles about the Hacking Scandal, the debt crisis in America and the conflicts in Libya and Syria, there was a piece about the 2011 Sats results that caught my attention. Well, when I say "caught my attention", I actually mean that it left me reeling with anger and bemoaning the fact that we so often fail children. Let me explain...

2 Comments Isabelle Duarte

Posted by
Isabelle Duarte
Wed 3 Aug 2011: 4:46pm

Tags:

Free Tutorial: Paint Effects in Maya

If you want to create a seamless finish for your CG scenes, this is the video tutorial for you. This month, I've created a tutorial that explores how paint effects can be used to embed models into backplate environments simply and easily.

What's in this Tutorial?
First off, we'll take a look at paint effects and will explain how you can paint onto geometry. In order to do this, you’ll need to understand the importance of an object's UV which we will discuss as well. You'll then learn how to access a host of preset paint effect brushes that you can find in Maya.

0 Comments Daniel Shutt

Posted by
Daniel Shutt
Wed 3 Aug 2011: 10:20am

Tags: , , ,

It's All About The Showreel

It's All About The Showreel

Starting out in VFX can be difficult for junior artists, but the best place to start is your showreel. It needs to be compelling and to demonstrate all the technical skills that you possess.

0 Comments Miles Pettit

Posted by
Miles Pettit
Wed 3 Aug 2011: 8:20am

Tags: , , , ,

The Camera That Turns Light Into Living Pictures

The Camera That Turns Light Into Living Pictures

I have just come across what I can only describe as an awesome bit of kit! It's made by a company called Lytro, and it is a camera that lets decide the focus and depth of field of your image, after you have taken it! And that's just the beginning...

0 Comments Simon Fenton

Posted by
Simon Fenton
Wed 3 Aug 2011: 8:18am

Tags: , ,

A Lost Art?

A Lost Art?

My walk down memory lane continues... 

I went on a simulator ride called 'Slot Car Boogie' at the weekend. it was actually made by some old friends at Rocket Films in Bournemouth quite some years ago. 1996 I believe! Rocket Films are sadly no longer trading but it lead me to wonder who makes these kind of films today? It's hard to find any reference of it in the UK, which is a shame as we were obviously quite good at it.

This work would have been done on a Silicon Graphics machine running PowerAnimator. To put this into perspective, this would have cost around £60-80K for the SGI hardware and the software for just one artist... Oh, how lucky we all are now! 

If you know of any companies that do this type of work in the UK, do let me know.

As with most of my memory lane trips, the memories were normally pre Internet revolution. I have however found this on YouTube, Slot Car Boogie by the originator Ian Williams.

1 Comments Mark Cass

Posted by
Mark Cass
Tue 2 Aug 2011: 8:34am

Tags: , , , , ,

Escapees Move on up in The Industry

Escapees Move on up in The Industry

It seems that July was the month of good news for two of our escapees who have secured their dream jobs in the industry. Congratulations to escapee Andrew McGregor who has just landed a 6 month Camera Tracking Job at Framestore from August this year. Andrew studied our VFX for Production Course with tutor Mark Spevick and started working in the industry soon after as a modeller at Polar Media. He is now absolutely delighted to be part of the Framestore Team and can't wait to get started.

2 Comments Miles Pettit

Posted by
Miles Pettit
Mon 1 Aug 2011: 9:33am

Tags: , , ,

There's More From The Foundry on NUKE 6.3

There's More From The Foundry on NUKE 6.3

Jon Wadelton at The Foundry was kind enough to keep giving us more information about NUKE 6.3.  You can read what he had to say about the future of NUKE when he spoke to me last week.

0 Comments Tim Flett

Posted by
Tim Flett
Fri 29 Jul 2011: 10:37am

Tags: , , , ,

The Telegraph Interviews Escapee Alex Swan

The Telegraph Interviews Escapee Alex Swan

Louisa Peacock, the Jobs Editor at The Telegraph, recently interviewed one of our escapees who is working as a compositor at Framestore. Alex Swann loves his job and explained what a day in the life of a compositor entails – everything from roto all the way through to rig removal.

0 Comments Miles Pettit

Posted by
Miles Pettit
Fri 29 Jul 2011: 10:37am

Tags: , , , , ,

Memories of Digital Media World...

Memories of Digital Media World...

I had an email reminder today that Siggraph is less than two weeks away. It got me thinking about travel and how many of us probably miss the good old days when we would all go to Siggraph on our annual trip. These days, we are not only too busy, it's also harder to justify when all the information we could only find in trade shows is now available at our finger tips on the Internet. 

For some reason 'Digital Media World' popped into my head. Is anyone old enough to remember DMW? It was THE show to be at in Europe and was held in London every November. It was the trade show part of an awards ceremony called LEAF. I did a quick Google search, but couldn't actually find any links to DMW that I could point you towards - it's obviously that long ago!

2 Comments Mark Cass

Posted by
Mark Cass
Thu 28 Jul 2011: 11:12am

Tags: , , , , ,

IKinema Provide New Game Animation Experience

 IKinema Provide New Game Animation Experience

I’ve been looking at the latest version of IKinema, and I reckon those of you out there who work on game animation might want to take a look at it. If you don’t know what IKinema is, the official marketing description is “A full-body animation technology that allows effortless run-time control of characters during game play to achieve full adaptation to a scene giving users a new game animation experience”.

0 Comments Tim Flett

Posted by
Tim Flett
Wed 27 Jul 2011: 11:20am

Tags: , ,