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Calling all Animation Fanatics

In conjunction with their fantastic upcoming Ray Harryhausen – Myths and Legends Exhibition, the London Film Museum are offering the chance to meet the great man himself.

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Wed 19 May 2010: 9:09am

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Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta, one of the first and most influential fantasy artists in the industry, died last week aged 82.

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Wed 19 May 2010: 9:03am

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V-Ray for 3ds Max SP5 Released

Our friends at Chaos Group have just announced the release of the new Service Pack 5 for V-Ray for 3ds Max.

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Wed 19 May 2010: 9:01am

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Friday Fun - Illusion Contest

Really looking forward to next week because it's the start of the games course here at Escape Studios.  So, before the hard work begins for my students, here is a bit of Friday fun! Check out the impossible motion video.

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Fri 14 May 2010: 5:23pm

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FREE Tutorial: Professional Lighting for VFX

FREE Tutorial: Professional Lighting for VFX

This month's free tutorial is part of a series that discusses alternative methods of recreating naturalistic lighting in an exterior environment. Taken from our Advanced Lighting with Maya and Mental Ray course, this tutorial concentrates on optimising raytrace shadows within a manually lit scene, and will teach you how to add ambient shadows via a custom occlusion shader. This tutorial will give you the production level skills expected of a junior lighting artist.

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Fri 14 May 2010: 11:14am

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Satisfaction Survey: what it's really like working in the CG industry?

A couple of month's back we conducted a Satisfaction Survey which asked people what it's really like working in the CG industry.  The top prize for three lucky people was having a CG Master Class with Maya master Lee Danskin.  The guy's found it hugely helpful as Lee shared lots of top tips on how to make the most of Maya, dipelling some myths along the way!

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Fri 14 May 2010: 11:08am

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Fancy winning an iPod or an online 3D course?

Then take a look at Escape Studios’ Graduate Survey. If you’re a student or have graduated from a UK university we’re keen to hear how you got on finding a job, and how well you think your university prepared you for the world of work.

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Thu 13 May 2010: 9:54am

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Autodesk Subscription Payment Plans

If you’re like most of us, and love to get your hands on the latest Autodesk 2011 products but cringe at the thought of paying the total sum up front, then you may want to check this out. We’re now offering prospective Autodesk 2011 users the option of funding their set-up with subscription payment plans from Autodesk Finance.

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Mon 10 May 2010: 8:24am

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Pixels – a must see piece of work

Pixels – a must see piece of work

If you haven’t seen this already from our tweet a while back, you must check out this awesome piece of work from Patrick Jean.

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Fri 7 May 2010: 11:59am

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Storage Explored Part 1: Bandwidth Efficiency

Hello world!

We nerds are back to get deeper into storage and the various options and solutions out there. We're starting a multi-part blog series to try and help people get a better technical grasp over storage for media and entertainment. There's a vast majority out there that see storage as a mystic and cryptic situation; and we aim to help change that and aid normal people in their battles on the subject. We get a large number of enquiries about this at Escape Studios - and for too long, too many people have been purchasing the wrong hardware and software for the right purpose.

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Wed 5 May 2010: 4:38pm

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Get More Skills and Still Enjoy the Summer

If you want to gain some extra skills and enjoy whatever sunshine the British Summer has to offer, then one of our new short courses might offer a solution.  We've listened to lots of junior artists who wanted tuition on the subjects that really matter in the industry, which is why we've created the following intensive 4-day courses:

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Tue 4 May 2010: 5:28pm

Escape Studios meets Pixar’s Andrew Gordon

Following the Pixar masterclass, we asked Pixar’s Andrew Gordon to share his tips on creating a fantastic animated sequence and tell us how he came to work in the industry and at Pixar.

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Tue 4 May 2010: 3:32pm

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Pixar release Tractor!

Pixar have just announced the release of it's much anticipated Distributed Processing Solution for RenderMan and Other Applications!

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Fri 30 Apr 2010: 9:55am

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Framestore Senior Animator shares his Maya Tips

We've teamed up with 3D World to give you guys the chance to improve your Maya Skills.  Seth Gollub, senior animator at Framestore New York shares some of his Maya animation tips, letting us in on a few secrets along the way.

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Tue 27 Apr 2010: 5:55pm

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Chance to win online course access and feedback

Following the success of our 500 competition, we’re launching another one exclusively on Facebook. We’ve improved the prize as well – not only will the winner get three months access to an online course of their choice, they’ll also receive a free critique of their work by one of Escape’s tutors, all experts in their fields. Four runners up will also receive critiques of a piece of their work.

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Sixty Seconds with Featured Artist: Compositor Tara Roseblade

Sixty Seconds with Featured Artist: Compositor Tara Roseblade

The compositing industry is booming right now which is why we were grateful to Tara for taking a couple of minutes out of her busy day to answer a few questions about what it’s like working in the industry since leaving Escape Studios. Tara’s reel shows everything that a good junior compositing showreel should. It includes examples of roto, rig/wire removal, colour correction and some good CG comping.  Each shot is accompanied by a detailed breakdown - which is a great way of demonstrating these skills.

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Fri 23 Apr 2010: 2:33pm

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Looking to showcase your work?

We’ve heard of a great opportunity for any of you looking to showcase a short film you’ve been working on.

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Fri 23 Apr 2010: 2:26pm

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Expert training for modo enthusiasts

Expert training for modo enthusiasts

We have some exciting news for aspiring modo artists wanting to learn modo straight from the experts. Luxology's very own expert trainer, Andy Brown will be delivering an introductory two-day course at Escape Studios in June. This course is ideal for artists who are new to modo and want to learn more about the interface and efficient modelling and shading workflows. You will also discover how to accelerate the production process by utilising time-saving modo features like presets, assemblies and kits.

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Thu 22 Apr 2010: 5:02pm

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Register for your Free Tutorials

Make sure that you're registered to receive our free monthly tutorials because we have some amazing ones scheduled over the coming months.  The tutorials are different every month and cater for all levels of ability; some will be for those just starting out in the industry and others will be professional level, designed to help fine tune skills.

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Thu 22 Apr 2010: 12:30pm

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Interview with our CG Whiz – Adam Droy

Back in December, Adam Droy became the first winner of our CG Whiz competition for his fantastic showreel. Part of his prize was a 12 week classroom course here, which Adam started last Monday. We caught up with him to see how his first week had gone.

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