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Mantra for Maya & Other Renderers

Mantra for Maya & Other Renderers

I have been looking at Maya to Mantra today, and thought: "Great! Means that sometime soon we'll be able to try out Houdini's Mantra Renderer in Maya".

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Wed 13 Jul 2011: 11:54am

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Terrence Malick: Visionary Genius or Boring Pseud?

Terrence Malick: Visionary Genius or Boring Pseud?

His films certainly divide modern critics and audiences alike, which is perhaps no surprise. In a Hollywood saturated with formulaic product for multiplex audiences, his films are an anomaly, breaking from a conventional narrative and featuring extended, languid shots of the natural world that often serve to emphasise his character's - and therefore Man's - insignificance in the face of events.

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Tue 12 Jul 2011: 11:38am

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Free Maya Tutorial - Creating Realistic Materials

If you want to replicate the complexity of real world objects, you need to create materials that mimic them and this month's free tutorial will show you exactly how to do that. A car body is made up of lots of materials or layers, like metal and paint. If you want to create a rusty car you'll need more materials to create the common signs of deterioration. Many Maya users will be familiar with the 'layered shader' and 'layered texture' nodes. This tutorial asks what happens if you are using the MIA material and rendering in Mental Ray.

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Mon 11 Jul 2011: 2:28pm

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New Bridge Between MARI and NUKE

I’ve just finished speaking with Jack Greasley at The Foundry. He shared some interesting information about the latest version of MARI and the bridge between NUKE and MARI. See what he had to say…

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Mon 11 Jul 2011: 1:04pm

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The Harry Potter finale: 2D or 3D?

The Harry Potter finale: 2D or 3D?

After years of waiting, Harry Potter finally nears the end with the last instalment which premiered in London last week. Warner Brothers' decision to convert the final Harry Potter film into a 3D format left many of us concerned the magic would be lost.

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Mon 11 Jul 2011: 12:23pm

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Massive Savings on NUKE and MARI

Massive Savings on NUKE and MARI

Most compositors out there want to be using NUKE, and those who are would love to be using NUKEX. Now's the time to update your workflow and take advantage of these special promotions by The Foundry for their award winning NUKEX and MARI products.

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Fri 8 Jul 2011: 11:22am

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Hollywood Composer Hans Zimmer on Writing for 3D

Hollywood Composer Hans Zimmer on Writing for 3D

Behind every great director is a great composer; where Steven Spielberg had John Williams and Sergio Leone had Ennio Morricone, it might be said that Christopher Nolan has Hans Zimmer.

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Fri 8 Jul 2011: 9:56am

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A Crowded Market?

A Crowded Market?

For many years now Massive has owned the crowd sim market space, especially at the high end of VFX. Of course some of the larger post-houses have written their own tools, but the availability of any other commercially viable product has been limited.

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Fri 8 Jul 2011: 9:00am

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Private Colleges Set to Undercut on Tuition Fees

Private Colleges Set to Undercut on Tuition Fees

Did any of you read this recent story (Private college undercuts on tuition fees) published on the BBC? If you haven’t, it basically focused on the emergence of competition in the education sector from private colleges. The journalist, Sean Coughlan, took the example of the ifs College of Finance in London who recently announced that they would be charging fees of £5,750 to £6,000 per year.

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Thu 7 Jul 2011: 2:17pm

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Escapee Showcase: Jonny Harris

Escapee Showcase: Jonny Harris

Here's another escapee reel for your viewing pleasure.

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Thu 7 Jul 2011: 12:34pm

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Animation Escapee Becomes a Ninja

Animation Escapee Becomes a Ninja

Another escapee from our Character Animation Course has just secured a position in the games industry. Congratulations to Pedro Cabeleira who began an internship this week at Ninja Theory in Cambridge, working on Cinematics for one of their new games.

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Wed 6 Jul 2011: 7:55am

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My Animation Talk at Annecy

My Animation Talk at Annecy

The Animation Festival ‘Annecy’ invited me to give a talk about my career as an animator and to lift the lid on a few Animation Mysteries as well. As much as I love working at Escape Studios, it was great to talk about my life as a freelance animator and some of the jobs that have shaped my career like ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ and ‘The Lion King’. It was also nice to see that people were interested in this too!

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Tue 5 Jul 2011: 10:13am

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New: Key Compositing Concepts Webinar

New: Key Compositing Concepts Webinar

There are some key compositing concepts that every artist just starting out in the industry should know about. That’s why I have decided to put this webinar together. I will walk you through those concepts, concentrating on a shot that involves Roto, Paint and Rig removal. This is something that I cover in great detail in the Compositing for Production Course that I teach at Escape Studios. I teach about all the techniques that our students will be required to use when they get a job in the industry. This practical knowledge is essential and my aim for this webinar is to give you a taste of these techniques helping you to stand apart from the competition.

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Tue 5 Jul 2011: 9:43am

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3D Creative Director at The Mill Comes to Escape

3D Creative Director at The Mill Comes to Escape

We’re getting pretty excited here at Escape Studios and looking forward to July 12th, when 3D Creative Director at The Mill, Jordi Bares, will be taking part in our special VFX Open Day.

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Mon 4 Jul 2011: 11:29am

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The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

Those of you who, like me, enjoy beautiful photography are in for a real treat with this one. Louie Schwartzberg has spent a life time filming flower pollination in its most minute details and his work is of breathtaking beauty.

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Thu 30 Jun 2011: 12:07pm

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Would You Pay For Your Own Training to Get Ahead?

Would You Pay For Your Own Training to Get Ahead?

Would you pay for your own training to get ahead of the competition and secure a better job? Well that’s one of the hot topics in our new Creative Futures Report which launches today.

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Thu 30 Jun 2011: 10:25am

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Online Mentored Student Spotlight: Miska Janhunen

Online Mentored Student Spotlight: Miska Janhunen

Finland native, Miska Janhunen had been working for his family’s visual design firm as a Webmaster for some time, but he harboured a dream of working in VFX. For years he has been trying to find time and flexibility to study CG. “Because of my location and current situation in life, it felt more or less ‘mission impossible’. Then, in the autumn of 2010, I found Escape Studios’ Online Mentored VFX course and all the pieces fell into place.”

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Tue 28 Jun 2011: 1:48pm

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DNeg Snaps up Two VFX Professional Escapees

DNeg Snaps up Two VFX Professional Escapees

When I see students go from first day newbies to fully-fledged VFX artists I can’t help but feel that they absolutely deserve it. After weeks of rigorous training learning how to create believable CG, the moment comes when they start looking for a job. And that’s exactly what happened to Pasquale Riefoli and Maria Busco who have both secured jobs at Double Negative!

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Mon 27 Jun 2011: 5:25pm

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L.A. Noire in 7 Years!

L.A. Noire in 7 Years!

So how long does it take to make a console game? Of course it varies from project to project but Team Bondi are no strangers to long haul development.

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Mon 27 Jun 2011: 4:25pm

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Join us at this Year's Pixar RenderMan User Group Meeting

Join us at this Year's Pixar RenderMan User Group Meeting

We are delighted to announce that Pixar and Escape Studios in association with the VES will be hosting the London RenderMan User Group meeting on Thursday, July 21st at 6:30 pm. In a break with the usual tradition, the first of this year's RenderMan User Groups is actually taking place in London, ahead of the Siggraph RenderMan UGM.

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