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Escape Studios in a Live Q& A at the Guardian

The chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’ve got more than a passing interest in the film industry. Alright, specifically the VFX part, but still, you’re keen to know as much as you can about the industry, and possibly how you can break into it (hopefully with our help…).

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Tue 8 Mar 2011: 12:15pm

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Top Ten Uses of Special Effects for Great Storytelling

Top Ten Uses of Special Effects for Great Storytelling

I came across an interesting little article yesterday on PodcastFilmReview.com about the top ten uses of special effects for story telling. It was refreshing to see someone looking at this from the angle of the story telling rather than just for the special effects themselves.

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Tue 8 Mar 2011: 12:00pm

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Double Negative, The Mill and Framestore Mentor Escape Studios Students

Just want to say a Big Thank You to Double Negative, Framestore and The Mill for the fantastic help you've given our students on the first stage of our industry mentored classroom courses here at Escape Studios.

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Tue 8 Mar 2011: 9:34am

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Red Carpet Day for Games at the BAFTA Awards

Red Carpet Day for Games at the BAFTA Awards

Is it any wonder that the games companies in the UK have a hard time? So many companies going out of business already this year (and it's only March) and seemingly no government support or tax breaks. Whilst computer games feature as heavily in many people's lives as film, I suspect that few know about the games BAFTA awards.

Well, it is red carpet day for the games industry on Wednesday 16th March 2011 and you can view the awards online starting from 8:30 PM. Will the awards ever make it to live TV? OK maybe not, we don't generally know these faces as they are not on the big screen. But give a thought for the awards, the games and the technology these guys produce - they need everyone's support... It's not like we don't play games right?

Has your favourite game been nominated? Check out the nominees here. For me in the family section it has to be Kinect Sports but good luck to everyone who has been nominated! 

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Tue 8 Mar 2011: 9:13am

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Escape Studios Launches New Search Function in its eLearning Platform

Escape Studios Launches New Search Function in its eLearning Platform

Over the past couple of weeks we've been busy working on our online learning system. "Really? I haven't noticed any difference", I hear you say... Well, it is true that most of the work carried out has been "under the bonnet", so you might not have noticed anything. The reason for sharing this with you today though, is that this work is enabling us to bring to you a number of new features and enhancements.

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Mon 7 Mar 2011: 10:50am

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UK Games Industry in Need of Help

We were all delighted for our friends at Double Negative on Sunday, as they scooped an Oscar for their VFX work on Inception, and the whole country was feeling a touch of national pride as Brits dominated the ‘big’ awards. No matter what your thoughts on the future of British film, it was certainly a good day to be a part of the UK film industry.

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Thu 3 Mar 2011: 5:30pm

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Autodesk Media 2012 Announcements!

Autodesk Media 2012 Announcements!

So Autodesk are at it again with a complete update of all their product line for Media and Entertainment. The update for Maya looks very good, with multi-threading in nucleus - a big plus! Check out the video at the top of this page - it shows the work being done on liquids . The viewport technology begun with viewport 2.0 in 2011. Obviously it was not that great in 2011 but it's a different story with this new 2012 version. All the good stuff is now in there: screen based ambient occlusion, motion blur, depth of field, they are all in the viewport.

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Thu 3 Mar 2011: 11:15am

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Nvidia Cleans up at the Oscars

Nvidia Cleans up at the Oscars

There may have been only one winner for the Best Visual Effects award at the Oscars, but it was the top line-up of nominees that gave NVidia a real cause to celebrate.

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BBC to Broadcast New Dinosaurs Documentaries

The BBC have announced that they are to broadcast a new series of famous dinosaurs documentaries. This will be a much shorter series than the original Walking with Dinasaurs - only 3 programs - but will feature all the 3D and visual effects wizardry you would expect from this program. According to Broadcasting News, it will feature photo-realistic fight scenes to give a "whole new perspective on dinosaurs".

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London VFX Houses Create Wizardry

It was great to see a write up in Variety about the big four post houses in the UK for more than one reason.

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Tue 1 Mar 2011: 7:47pm

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WETA Run Auction for Victims of the NZ Earthquake

WETA Run Auction for Victims of the NZ Earthquake

WETA are doing what they can for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake by hosting an auction on ebay of some famous collectibles. So, if you fancy getting your hands on some pretty cool and rare film memorabilia while doing your bit for charity, now is your chance. Check it out here.

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Mon 28 Feb 2011: 2:05pm

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Brit Success at the Oscars

Brit Success at the Oscars

The winners of the 2011 Oscars were finally revealed yesterday amidst the usual pomp and ceremony that we are accustomed to, and I have to say, it was a pretty good night for Britain.

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Mon 28 Feb 2011: 12:55pm

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Save 16mm Film

Deluxe Soho labs, formely known as Soho Images, have ceased taking orders for the printing of 16mm film!!

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Fri 25 Feb 2011: 10:50am

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Visual Effects Benefit from New Rules at the Oscars

No doubt you’ll all be looking forward to the Oscars this weekend. It's particularly significant if you’re a VFX fan, with five nominees in the Visual Effects category this year rather than three.

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The Future's Bright for our CG Whiz Winners

The Future's Bright for our CG Whiz Winners

Since winning our 2010 CG Whiz competition last year Stu Schwartz, Natalie Rocks and Justyna Galka have been on a world wind of activities.  Stu wrote a blog recently about how excited he is to start studying with us in our brand new LA campus .  He's also going to continue to blog about his experience on the course throughout his study so make sure you keep and eye out on our blog for that.

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Thu 24 Feb 2011: 11:40am

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Gut Wrenching Zombie Action from Axis Animation

Gut Wrenching Zombie Action from Axis Animation

I happened to click on this link in a newsletter from our friends at Axis Animation a couple of days ago. A nice animation to watch over your Corn Flakes!

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Thu 24 Feb 2011: 9:20am

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Kinect's New Underground Fanbase Gets Busy

There has been a bit of an underground homebrew fanbase for Microsoft's new controller, Kinect.

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Thu 24 Feb 2011: 8:03am

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ZBrush 4: Free trial versions now available

ZBrush 4: Free trial versions now available

Trial versions of ZBrush4 are now available. This is great news for anyone wanting to trial the latest release of Pixologic’s award-winning 2D/3D digital sculpting tool.

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Escapee Ricardo Viana Gives us the Low Down on our Online Mentored Course

Escapee Ricardo Viana Gives us the Low Down on our Online Mentored Course

Want to know what it’s like to do one of our Mentored courses? Well we caught up with Escapee Ricardo Viana to find out how he got on – all the way from sunny Portugal.

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