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New Free Maya Tutorial: Gimbal and Rotation Order

New Free Maya Tutorial: Gimbal and Rotation Order

This month, I am tackling some pretty technical issues that affect CG artists on a daily basis. I am going to walk you though the often over-looked issue of Gimbal, using a whole bunch of examples to explain what it is, what causes it and the issues it can have over our animations.

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Thu 7 Apr 2011: 2:13pm

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Record Number of Overseas Students

Record Number of Overseas Students

Did any of you read the recent article published on the BBC called "Record numbers of international students"? This is definitely worth a read.

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Mocha Pro Delivers on Deathly Hallows Part 1

Mocha Pro Delivers on Deathly Hallows Part 1

When Baseblack were tasked with creating individual effects and two full action sequences for the latest Harry Potter movie, they wanted to create a greater sense of realism and really enhance the story.

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Wed 6 Apr 2011: 12:12pm

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Chaos' Top Man Vlado Koylazov Talks to Escape

Chaos' Top Man Vlado Koylazov Talks to Escape

Chaos have been super busy working on their new V-Ray 2.0 for Maya, so when the opportunity came up to chat to Chaos’ top man, CTO Vlado Koylazov, we didn't hesitate to get the inside scoop. So, for the lowdown on where the new ideas come from, what's in store for future releases, and his favourite CG project, read on.

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Tue 5 Apr 2011: 5:35pm

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The Graduate Academy Challenge

The Graduate Academy Challenge

If you are looking for a way into the industry and think you have what it takes to prove yourself as one of the best creative talents in the UK, then check out The Talent Graduate Academy challenge.

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Tue 5 Apr 2011: 10:19am

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Silent Studios Show Our Students How CG and Digital Media Work Together

Silent Studios Show Our Students How CG and Digital Media Work Together

Silent Studios are by no means a big company. As a team of four, they are a tight knit unit comprising a Creative Director, a Music Director, an Art Director/Designer and a Composer. However, they have certainly made some noise (quite literally) in the world of digital media. The Creative Director, Nathan Prince, came to Escape Studios to talk to our classroom students about digital media and how CG is playing a massive role in what they do every day. Liam described Silent Studios as a design and music partnership that blends moving image, creative direction, graphic design, installation and musical composition. A little bit of everything then.

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Digital Compositor and Escapee Victor Perez Thanks Escape Studios

Digital Compositor and Escapee Victor Perez Thanks Escape Studios

When Victor Perez finished our 12-week Compositing for Production course last year, we knew that he was destined for great things. Since completing the course he has worked for an impressive range of companies - most of the post houses in Soho in fact - and is absolutely loving it.  Victor was born to be a compositor -it's just in his blood.  He's been hooked since his early days watching Star Wars. For Victor being able to use his artistic and technical skills to tell a story is one of the most important aspect of what he does -he's definitely in the right job then!

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iPad – is it CG Friendly?

iPad – is it CG Friendly?

Last year, Apple shook the tech world when it released the iPad, and it quickly became the must have gadget for 2010. Apple is now in the spotlight again with lots of hype around iPad 2. It's all very well lusting after one of these little babies, but for me, the real question is "what can a 3D pro like me actually use it for?".

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How Will the Budget Affect the Games Industry?

Reading the article about what the Budget has done for graduate recruitment made me think about how this might affect the Gaming Industry.  Gaming truly is part of our culture. It's everywhere, we have never had so many platforms and opportunities on which to play games and I think it's fair to say gamers have never had it so good. So, why is it such a bad time for the UK games industry?

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Fri 1 Apr 2011: 10:23am

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Be the First to Try out V-Ray 2.0 for Maya

Be the First to Try out V-Ray 2.0 for Maya

Chaos have just announced the much anticipated release of V-Ray 2.0 for Maya and are now calling for beta testers to test out all the new features and tools in this new version.

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Thu 31 Mar 2011: 11:15am

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25 Years of Pixar Animation

25 Years of Pixar Animation

I'm sure many of you will have seen the film medley that represents 25 years of Pixar Animation. Well, it's amazing to be reminded of all their fantastic work - not just the images and characters, but the stories also. They pretty much have it all. I would personally like to thank Pixar for The Incredibles, which for me is unsurpassed. Simply brilliant.

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StudioSysAdmin Event Wrap-up

StudioSysAdmin Event Wrap-up

Thank you to everyone who came along to last Thursday’s StudioSysAdmin event at Framestore. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, and gained a little more insight into virtualisation and PC-over-IP technologies.

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Tue 29 Mar 2011: 10:58am

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Escapees Work on God View

We're really pleased to show you the trailer of a new short film project by Billy Lumby titled 'God view'. Billy approached Escape Studios to help him out with some of the visual effects work on the project. I'm not going to give away any of secrets of the project but you'll see it's a great concept and some really interesting techniques were used to create the film's final look.

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BOXX's Entry-level Workstation Gets Editor's Choice Award

BOXX's Entry-level Workstation Gets Editor's Choice Award

The 3DBOXX 4860 may be BOXX's entry-level single CPU machine, but it performed very well in a recent review, picking up the Editor's Choice Award from 3D Professor.

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New Version of Smedge 2011 is Out Now

New Version of Smedge 2011 is Out Now

The long-awaited new version of Smedge has just been released, and it looks like Uberware have included some neat new features, worth taking a closer look at.

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Thu 24 Mar 2011: 11:36am

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Budget Brings no Relief for the Games Industry

Budget Brings no Relief for the Games Industry

We are always looking for a glimmer of hope with any budget... These days it's hard to find any. And that's certainly the case for the UK Games industry. I appreciate we are a niche sector, but the fact that we are a long established (in CG terms) and vibrant industry that allows us to lead the way just goes seemingly forgotten. The petition paperwork will have been 'filed' and once again we find that there is no support.

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Thu 24 Mar 2011: 11:30am

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Budget day - Tax relief for gamers?

Budget day - Tax relief for gamers?

Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, submitted a petition to Number 10 Downing Street yesterday, calling on the Government to introduce Games Tax Relief in the Budget on March 23rd. Richard also handed in a copy of TIGA’s publication Budget for Growth: Powering the Video Games Sector to Support the Economic Recovery to officials in Downing Street.

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Teradici and BOXX to Talk at StudioSysAdmin Event

Teradici and BOXX to Talk at StudioSysAdmin Event

There’s been a lot of talk about virtualisation and PC-over-IP lately, with a lot of studios asking what benefits it can bring to a CG pipeline. It’s a fair question that’s best explained by the experts, so we’ve asked Teradici to come along to this Thursday’s StudioSysAdmin event at Framestore, and shed a little more light on this emerging technology.

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Rushes Lead TD Mark Pascoe talks to Escape Students

Rushes Lead TD Mark Pascoe talks to Escape Students

This week Escape is very pleased to welcome Mark Pascoe from Rushes to speak to our current classroom students. Mark joined Rushes 5 years ago off the back of the Visual Effects Production Grade course at Escape, doing the Maya comprehensive course before that. He is currently in the Film and TV department at Rushes, taking up a technical role on projects. He has also been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Series.

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University Tour Update

University Tour Update

The tour continued with a whirlwind week of talks. Firstly I met with a small group of the Games Development students at the University of Westminster. They have a number of interesting courses there as well as some interesting research projects - I hope we can build on this initial meeting and I'll be able to tell you more about what they are up to in the future!

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