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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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Mon 21 Mar 2011: 12:18pm

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Coming Up: Live Twitter Q&A with The Mill’s Steve Venning

Want to get an insider’s view on all things VFX? If the answer’s yes, then our next Twitter advice session is right up your street. 

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Mon 21 Mar 2011: 10:23am

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Changing Workflows Within the Post Pipelines...

Changing Workflows Within the Post Pipelines...

I noticed this over at JupiterJazz: AtomKraft Beta2. It's a massive plugin to Nuke enabling a whole host of 3D rendering type workflows. Believe it or not, it puts control of final renders and outputs in the hands of the compers!

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Fri 18 Mar 2011: 10:19am

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Illusion VFX Work on New Fantasy Epic

Illusion VFX Work on New Fantasy Epic

Illusion VFX have just finished work on their latest project, a teaser short for a new fantasy epic, Mrs. Peppercorn's Magical Reading Room, creating four VFX shots in just 3 months, a really impressive feat.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 4:12pm

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Games BAFTA's Announced Last Night

Last week I mentioned the 'red carpet day' for Games companies at the BAFTA's. Well, The awards ceremony was last night and the results are in!

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 12:38pm

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Find Out About New Job Opportunities via Twitter

Find Out About New Job Opportunities via Twitter

As most of you know, the UK Visual Effects' industry appears to be in a very healthy position at the moment.  Many of the large post houses in Soho are in the middle of long term projects and most studios are commenting on the lack of available freelancers. As a result, the Recruitment team here at Escape has never been busier!

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 11:33am

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Tech Industry will be Affected by Mega Japanese Earthquake

After the shocking events that hit Japan there is of course a severe knock on effect to our industry in terms of technology.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 9:24am

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Create Lens Flares Easily with Optical Flares Plug-in

Create Lens Flares Easily with Optical Flares Plug-in

Do you use After Effects? Do you spend a lot of time designing and animating lens flares? Then Optical Flares might just be the plug-in for you. We’ve just added it to our Techstore, and we think it is pretty cool.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 8:21am

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Add Realism to Composite Shots with 220 Organic Effects

Add Realism to Composite Shots with 220 Organic Effects

OK, so Sapphire is not a new product. It has been used by a lot of the top studios like Framestore, MPC and The Mill for some time now. But is it new to our Techstore range, so we thought we’d make a bit of noise about it.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 8:21am

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New Way to Sculpt and Model with 3D-Coat

New Way to Sculpt and Model with 3D-Coat

It’s not often that I come across a new product that shows me a completely different way of working… We’ve been checking out 3D-Coat and have come to the conclusion that it might just provide something quite special in terms of modelling and sculpting.

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Tue 15 Mar 2011: 9:47am

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University Tour Under Way

I have been out on the road over the last month visiting universities across the UK, as part of our university tour, and wanted to give you an update on my progress so far. It's been a bit of a whirlwind, but meeting up with such enthusiastic and creative people is never a chore - you come back full of ideas an imbued with the same enthusiasm

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Mon 14 Mar 2011: 1:53pm

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The Foundry’s Storm: Free Trials Now Available

The Foundry’s Storm: Free Trials Now Available

The Foundry’s new RED Digital Cinema product Storm has been released, and we now have free trial licences available for those of you keen to test it out.

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Mon 14 Mar 2011: 1:46pm

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Share 3D Designs in Interactive PDF Files

Share 3D Designs in Interactive PDF Files

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of new plug-ins and products starting to emerge. Some good, some not so good. But a few of them have really caught our eye, so we’ve decided to add them to our Techstore range. It means that there’ll be a lot of new additions for you to check out over the next few days.

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Fri 11 Mar 2011: 12:49pm

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Review Diary: Zbrush for 3D Artists Part 1

Review Diary: Zbrush for 3D Artists Part 1

For those of you who are starting to learn ZBrush or want to improve their ZBrush skills, we have an exciting new review of our ZBrush for 3D Artist online course for you to read. CreativeBloke.com has been reviewing the courses and published the first part of his review diary on this course.

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Kuro Dragon Produces Its First Kids TV Title Sequence

Kuro Dragon Produces Its First Kids TV Title Sequence

Last night I caught up with Stuart Howard, the Managing Director of a start-up VFX studio that’s doing some great work.

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Thu 10 Mar 2011: 2:50pm

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Escapee Ben Cantor Gets Dream Job at MPC

Escapee Ben Cantor Gets Dream Job at MPC

We’re always pleased when our students start work in the industry working for their dream company or in their dream job. That dream recently became reality for Ben Cantor

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Thu 10 Mar 2011: 10:48am

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Prepare for Your First Compositing Job With Our New Free Webinar

Prepare for Your First Compositing Job With Our New Free Webinar

If you’re an aspiring compositor who would like to know more about what the industry is going to expect from you, then sign up for my new webinar, entitled:'Entry Level and Junior Roles for Compositors".

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Thu 10 Mar 2011: 9:38am

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FxFactory Pro: 170 Plug-ins in One Box

FxFactory Pro: 170 Plug-ins in One Box

FxFactory Pro's plug-ins are brand new to Escape Studios, and we are pretty excited about adding this clever package to our software range. FXFactory Pro is basically a bundle of 170 plug-ins which have been developed by Noise Industries specifically for CG artists who work with Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects.

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Wed 9 Mar 2011: 4:42pm

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Wimbledon in 3D... Really?!

I don't often get completed 'weirded out' by news announcements, but this one really made me stop for a second. Sports Business News published a story yesterday about this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament being shown in 3D. According to them, "The 3D coverage will be produced in partnership with the BBC, the host broadcaster of the tournament, and will also be offered to international broadcasters. Sony will also work with theatrical distribution partner SuperVision Media to take the action into cinemas".

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Wed 9 Mar 2011: 11:51am

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Free Tutorial: Volume Caustics for the Maya Expert

Free Tutorial: Volume Caustics for the Maya Expert

This month’s free tutorial is aimed at the experienced Maya user.  It has been designed by Mark Spevick, our VFX tutor, to help you master some of the advanced tools which can sometimes be complex and take a while to get to grips with. 

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Wed 9 Mar 2011: 11:23am

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