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Autodesk and Escape Studios to Host Event at Aardman Studios

Autodesk and Escape Studios to Host Event at Aardman Studios

Autodesk and Escape Studios are hosting an evening event at the Academy Award winning Aardman Studios in Bristol.

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Mon 23 May 2011: 5:04pm

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Were You Fooled by CG?

Were You Fooled by CG?

Cadbury is getting a bit of a rep for ads that really catch the eye. First there was the gorilla playing along to Phil Collins; now its dancing clothes ad has left many of us wondering how it was made.

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Mon 23 May 2011: 10:21am

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Industry Coaching – Escapee Alexander Kubinyi Shares His Experience

Industry Coaching – Escapee Alexander Kubinyi Shares His Experience

A while back we told you all about our new ‘Industry Coaching’ scheme which some of our classroom students are fortunate to be part of. For those of you who don’t know, this basically means that some of the major post houses act as mentors for our students throughout the 12 or 18 weeks of classroom study that they embark on when they study with us in London. This means that they get professional feedback and expert industry advice relevant to the field they are going to work in. It’s no surprise to hear that our students are absolutely delighted with it. All of them are they working extra hard to impress but more importantly, they are getting front-line expertise.  We caught up with escapee Alexander Kubinyi who told us what the experience was like in his own words.

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Mon 23 May 2011: 10:18am

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Ubisoft Names First Three 3D Movies

Ubisoft Names First Three 3D Movies

Have you seen this article in gamesindustry.biz?

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Fri 20 May 2011: 10:54am

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Good God - Escapees Are Winners!

Good God - Escapees Are Winners!

A while back we featured a blog post about our escapees working on a short film called God View for the East End Film Festival. We are delighted to say that the film picked up best short film in the UK and so massive congratulations to Billy Lumley and all of the escapees that worked on it.

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Fri 20 May 2011: 10:21am

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Escape Studios Courseware On The iPad?

Escape Studios Courseware On The iPad?

We had an enquiry from one of our online students asking if she could view our online courseware on an iPad via the Skyfire app to view flash content... As we have not yet worked on mobile releases of our learning system (busy building fab courses), I thought I would take a look at it as I was kind of intrigued.

So I invest my £2.99 and loaded her up! I was amazed I could get in to our system and play the video content! Sadly my joy soon tempered when I could not make out the text in the 3DS Max interface. #disappointed!

The loading was also a little clunky to be honest, you would select a video to view and it would load a little window in the bottom left hand of the screen and find the video. Not elegant.

Not to be beaten I decided to look at some additional apps. Whilst I am sure there are others I came across iSwifter. It was also cheaper at £1.79 ;-)

So I was again a little disappointed, this time with the speed of scrolling in our system... However - once I played a video it was seamless, no drop outs excellent quality and I was really very happy with the results.

Whilst we do not 'officially support' the iPad or mobile devices, I now know at least I can grab iSwifter and load up a video with my iPad. If you do have an iPad and want to try this out iSwifter do allow you to take a peak so why not grab one of our free tutorials and give it a go?

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Fri 20 May 2011: 7:57am

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How 3D Glasses Helped Defeat Hitler

How 3D Glasses Helped Defeat Hitler

The new cinema buzz word at the moment is 3D... But did you know that this technology probably helped us win the war?...

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Wed 18 May 2011: 1:34pm

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Digital Domain IPO?

Digital Domain IPO?

We have talked recently about how well the UK is doing in VFX so it's nice to see some noise happening in the US also. Digital Domain saw its revenue from visual effects climb to $101.9 million last year - up 70% from 2009, according to its filing. Whilst DD have already had one attempt at going public in 2007, they seem convinced that now is possibly the right time.

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Tue 17 May 2011: 11:51am

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Meat Love

Meat Love

It’s always good when people respond to the blogs we write. The one I wrote last week about the MTV advert animation got a great response when we tweeted the link, with @anthonygelatka pointing me in the direction of another great piece of animation.

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Tue 17 May 2011: 11:49am

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Nuke 6.3 Beta Is Now Available

Nuke 6.3 Beta Is Now Available

Good news for NUKE users: The beta of NUKE 6.3 is now available. If you want to be one of the first to check out the new features in this version, then just contact us and we will arrange for you to be part of the beta program.

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Tue 17 May 2011: 11:11am

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Autodesk Maya 2012 Hot Fix 1

All Maya 2012 users will be pleased to hear that Autodesk have just released their Maya 2012 Hotfix 1.

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Mon 16 May 2011: 11:56am

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The BBC Visits Escape Studios

The BBC Visits Escape Studios

We were absolutely delighted when Iain Mackenzie of the BBC chose to come to Escape Studios to chat to Lee Dankin and Mark Cass about the state of the UK Visual industry, which is currently booming.

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Mon 16 May 2011: 10:25am

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Escape Studios' Website Awarded Best SilverStripe Website for Enterprise

Escape Studios' Website Awarded Best SilverStripe Website for Enterprise

We are delighted to announce that our website has received the "Best SilverStripe Website for Enterprise" award at the CMS Expo in Chicago last week. Our thanks go to the team at GPMD and Distinguished & Co who have worked so hard to make our site what it is today. 

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Mon 16 May 2011: 10:24am

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Gaming Gets Emotional With LA Noire

Gaming Gets Emotional With LA Noire

No doubt you’ve heard about Rockstar’s latest release LA Noire - apparently a completely new type of video game. Up until recently, most games have been all about hand eye co-ordination but in LA Noire, which is set in the late 40s, the main skill is about being able to judge body language and characters’ faces to figure out if they’re lying or not - or ‘emotional perception’ as some are calling it.

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Fri 13 May 2011: 11:56am

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Free Tutorial: Effects in V-Ray for Max

For those of you who want to learn V-Ray for Max, you’re in for a real treat this month. We’ve released a tutorial from our new V-Ray course which will be launched over the coming weeks. The tutorial has been taken directly from one of the major case studies within the course and this video is designed to demonstrates the power of V-Ray.

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Thu 12 May 2011: 2:02pm

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Pixar Release RenderMan Pro Server 16

Our friends at Pixar have announced the release of RenderMan Pro Server 16! 

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Tue 10 May 2011: 7:40am

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Augmented Reality... Kelly Brooks... Angels Fall...

Augmented Reality... Kelly Brooks... Angels Fall...

OK, so hopefully the title got your attention, and we can get past the Kelly Brook distraction - she's currently "fronting" a new marketing campaign from Lynx "Angels will fall" which is all relevant, honest!

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Mon 9 May 2011: 9:35am

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Back On The Road

The Escape University Tour starts up again this month after a short break for Easter. Last week, I was in Ipswich to speaking with students at the School of Arts and Humanities at University Campus Suffolk.

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Mon 9 May 2011: 8:40am

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Dogboarding. Confused? So Were We.

Dogboarding. Confused? So Were We.

Something fun for a Friday. I'm sure most of you have seen this by now as it has been shared on lots of social networking sites. For those who haven't, here is a cool short film by the directing duo Daniels - called Dogboarding. It's a quirky, original idea and great fun to watch.

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Fri 6 May 2011: 3:08pm

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