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The Escape Studios Advisory Board – Supporting Aspiring VFX Talent

The Escape Studios Advisory Board – Supporting Aspiring VFX Talent

Delivering the most up-to-date curriculum to our students is always at the heart of Escape Studios’ training. To achieve this we rely heavily on our industry connections to keep us tuned into the latest trends, technologies and processes at use in the current VFX climate, helping us develop and deliver the most relevant training for those looking to forge a career in VFX. To help us with this, we’ve appointed an Advisory Board of top industry figures who share their thoughts on what’s happening in the industry, where it’s headed and what’s required from VFX artists at this time.

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Fri 12 Jul 2013: 4:51pm

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Congrats to all our Escapees who helped make ‘Man of Steel’ possible

Congrats to all our Escapees who helped make ‘Man of Steel’ possible

By now, we’re guessing, many of you VFX fans out there will have seen Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. If you haven’t, we’re sure you have a valid excuse. And for those of you who have, you may have noticed the epic credits list for the VFX department in particular. As we respectfully stay at the end of the movie to watch the credits roll, we’re always proud to spot names we recognise among the list – the names of our graduates.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Thu 11 Jul 2013: 5:12pm

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Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks

Be careful, this one might give you nightmares...

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Tue 9 Jul 2013: 3:46pm

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Yet another killer update from Zbrush!

Yet another killer update from Zbrush!

Pixologic just last week released yet ANOTHER free update to Zbrush, it’s called ‘Zbrush4r6’, and to be honest It still amazes me that they are able to provide such innovative updates for free, especially as this one is nothing short of game changing!

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Tue 9 Jul 2013: 9:41am

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CGI VFX Making Of HD Marmalade Identity by Schoenheitsfarm.

CGI VFX Making Of HD Marmalade Identity by Schoenheitsfarm.

Here is a really tasty behind the scenes look at how a talented group of German artisans and technicians, have explored and discovered the wide variety of professional creative services that they’ve come to offer.

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Mon 8 Jul 2013: 5:05pm

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London Film & Comic Con - what's it all about?

London Film & Comic Con - what's it all about?

We got to Earls Court at around 9am on Saturday morning and paid £12 for entry (this was strictly an admission fee, no photo or autograph opportunities/food or drinks included!) and by 11am the queue was truly immense, given that it was blisteringly hot outside, the early birds definitely got the worm!

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Mon 8 Jul 2013: 10:44am

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Douglas Engelbart, what would we have done without you?

Douglas Engelbart, what would we have done without you?

Yesterday the world was saddened by the news that Douglas Engelbart, famous for developing many basic computing technologies but most of all for inventing the computer mouse, has passed away at the age of 88.

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Fri 5 Jul 2013: 12:01pm

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How far would you go for your dream job?

How far would you go for your dream job?

One would certainly expect that creatively editing footage is a very valuable skill to demonstrate to a prospective employer in the VFX industry, especially so when that prospective employer is DreamWorks Studios, the position? Post-Production Assistant.

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Thu 4 Jul 2013: 11:57am

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John David Wilson - Animation Legend

John David Wilson - Animation Legend

The art world was moved last week, as we were informed of the death of iconic English animator, John David Wilson, at the age of 93. Wilson was a household name in the animation world and is well known for his work during the 50’s and 60’s.

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Wed 3 Jul 2013: 2:42pm

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The Last of Us Concept Art

The Last of Us Concept Art

The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game which gives us a different look at a post-apocalyptic world. Here is a great series of concept work from the game and what strikes me is the beautiful lighting and attractive quality given to this ‘end of civilization’ setting.

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Tue 2 Jul 2013: 11:20am

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NEW Webinar: The Role Of A Compositor With Davi Stein

NEW Webinar: The Role Of A Compositor With Davi Stein

When it comes to VFX, Compositors are the masters of make-believe. They're the magicians who create the illusion of reality in every CG shot. They can look at a shot and tell you exactly what's wrong with it and the best way to correct it. In essence, they are true artists with an eye for beauty and their devotion to it means we get to watch something stunning every time.

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Mon 1 Jul 2013: 2:34pm

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VFX Supervisor Steve Begg speaks at our next open day

VFX Supervisor Steve Begg speaks at our next open day

Like all our Open Days here at Escape, the next is set to be even more epic than the last. On July 10th we’ll be joined by industry legend Steve Begg, who’s 27 years' of experience in the industry is quite intimidating. VFX Supervisor on titles such as Skyfall, Batman Begins, Casino Royale, The Golden Compass, Red Dwarf, Aliens... the list goes on… Steve has a great many anecdotes to share, as well as some golden nuggets of wisdom!

0 Comments Claire Vandenbroecke

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Mon 1 Jul 2013: 11:06am

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What is VFX? Dig a little deeper with Mark Spevick

What is VFX? Dig a little deeper with Mark Spevick

Ever found yourself watching something with really cool effects and were left wanting to know how on earth they made that? If the answer is yes, then you’re not alone. We meet people like you every day here at Escape, and it’s your curiosity in the mechanics of VFX that shows you have the right aptitude to take it in and understand the technology behind it. VFX artists are curious beings by nature, who love experimenting with new technologies and ideas. It’s why they have so much fun in their day jobs.

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Fri 28 Jun 2013: 12:17pm

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That's off the wall!

That's off the wall!

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s a real interesting music video by Electro artist Yuksek, for his song "Off The Wall",

It's sure to get your toes tapping and your brain wondering at the video which is jam packed full of hand manipulated props, instruments and body parts that are brought together and combined with a mirror image.

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Fri 28 Jun 2013: 11:00am

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MARI Mania!

MARI Mania!

For those of you out there who use MARI, some fantastic new additions to its functionality are now available for download and I highly recommend them!

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Thu 27 Jun 2013: 10:30am

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Time Lapse Mayhem!

Time Lapse Mayhem!

I do love a good time lapse, and here’s one to feast your eyes upon! This amazing video was completely shot on Tokyo’s fully-automated Yurikamome transit system by an artist  who goes by the user name darwinfish105 

0 Comments mark spevick

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Wed 26 Jun 2013: 12:00pm

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Awards galore for Discovery Channel's Maya Animated Idents!

Awards galore for Discovery Channel's Maya Animated Idents!

Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet idents won a Cannes Lion: Bronze in the design category for Animal Planet. I’m also proud to say our Animal Planet ident has won Gold at PromaxBDA US as well!

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Mon 24 Jun 2013: 3:20pm

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Escape Students go to Peerless!

Escape Students go to Peerless!

Escape Student Sokratis Synitos writes... 

"For what started out as a small tour, yesterday’s visit to the Peerless Camera Company ended up a truly historical journey!

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Fri 21 Jun 2013: 10:36am

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Small Soldiers - How was it done?

Small Soldiers - How was it done?

Small Soldiers was, no sorry –IS, in my book anyway - an awesome film, sure I may think that way because I’ve adorned it in a proverbial cloak of nostalgia, but regardless, I am part of a generation that found itself moved and entertained by the ongoing battle between the Gorgonites, led by the valiant Archer, and the antagonist Chip Hazard’s Commando Elite.

1 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Thu 20 Jun 2013: 11:38am

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Origami Anatomy!

Origami Anatomy!

Made a 3d model lately? Try downloading some of these templates... then print them out (yes, onto paper) and with a good old fashioned combination of glue and patience, you too can make these awesome sculptures of the anatomy human body.

0 Comments mark spevick

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Thu 20 Jun 2013: 10:13am

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