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Revamping of Escape Studios’ website

I’m sure you’ve all seen that our website’s undergone a bit of a makeover recently. We’ve added lots more news on our latest courses, free tutorials and information on events including the launch of our fantastic competition CG Whiz.

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Fri 2 Oct 2009: 12:41pm

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Are YOU a CG Whiz?

Enter our YouTube Competition and Win a Course at Escape and a Placement at The Mill

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Thu 1 Oct 2009: 8:35am

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Free Animation Video Tutorial now available from Escape Studios

Our September Free video tutorial is now available! This month, we are giving away an hour long tutorial from our Online Animation Course.

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Tue 29 Sep 2009: 10:00am

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Back to the future of 3D cinema

I’ve mentioned 3D movies before on the blog, but this week another article on the topic caught my eye. Pixar has said that it’s hoping 3D films will encourage people to watch movies at the cinema – rather than pirate copies or illegal downloads at home.

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Mon 21 Sep 2009: 9:02am

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Give us a break

I’ve been reading a lot about tax breaks in the past couple of months. First there was the anticipation and ultimate disappointment of Digital Britain, when we hoped that the games industry might get the tax breaks it needed. A missed opportunity, many said.

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Fri 11 Sep 2009: 1:16pm

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Showreel or Show off!

Many of our candidates present their CG work on a website or Blog. In most circumstances this method is totally acceptable – when we need to send a candidates details over to client at short notice this is the perfect method.

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Tue 8 Sep 2009: 10:23am

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Compositing Evening Course now on

We’ve got a new set of evening classes at Escape Studios , starting at the end of September. The Compositing Evening Course will allow experienced freelancers and amateur beginners alike to learn all they need to know about compositing in Nuke in twice weekly sessions, helping develop the skills required to becoming a top notch VFX compositor.

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Mon 24 Aug 2009: 5:14pm

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Autodesk Maya, now truly unlimited? – Maya 2010

Our friends at Autodesk have made some pretty spectacular changes to their Maya package by consolidating their packages in to one. Gone are the days of Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited, we’re now left with one standard solution. So it might come at a higher cost but is it worth it?

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Mon 24 Aug 2009: 9:20am

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The reality of being a Games Artist

I have just finished teaching the summer games course, an intense 3 days that serves as an introduction to games art production and the many tools that games artists use.

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Mon 24 Aug 2009: 9:05am

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The value of vocational training

An article appeared in last weekend’s Sunday Times discussing the fact that two of Britain’s former polytechnics have outperformed Oxford and Cambridge by getting more of their graduates into work than any other university. For years vocational courses, typically taught at newer institutes, have been stigmatised for their lack of academic prowess. However, employers in some industries, such as the computer graphics industry, prefer to hire candidates with vocational qualifications, so could this mean opinions are about to change? Universities are starting to understand that certain courses, which can be tailored to specific careers, will produce graduates with more relevant skills than those covering a broad range of theoretical topics, leaving students in a better position to find work after they graduate.

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Wed 19 Aug 2009: 2:17pm

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SIGGRAPH 2009 Round up

The games industry hogged the spotlight at this year’s SIGGRAPH. For the first time ever, two social games ran throughout the conference and SIGGRAPH’s annual CG showcase was spiced up with live games art and animation demos.

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Tue 18 Aug 2009: 8:30am

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Skillset funding back for second year

We have a dozen places available on our new Skillset VFX course. Funded by Skillset UK’s Film Fund, the places are free for wannabe graphic designers who apply before 21st August.

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Wed 12 Aug 2009: 8:14am

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The Artistic Hair Shirt

The artistic Hair shirt

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Tue 11 Aug 2009: 10:33am

Uxbridge College excels with Escape’s online Maya courseware

Top college places students on the path to employment with Escape Studios

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Fri 17 Jul 2009: 11:47am

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Colleges and Universities: the great resource debate.

I have been travelling around the UK countryside visiting academic institutions over the past six months. I have made many observations during that time, and feel it is time to share some of them.

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Fri 10 Jul 2009: 3:23pm

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Escape gives 3D artists the Nuke know-how

Escape Studios offers first visual effects course combining the best of Nuke and Maya 3D imaging software

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Wed 24 Jun 2009: 9:26am

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Games Magazine talks training with Escape Studios

When Edge magazine came along to talk to founder of Escape Studios, Dominic Davenport, Recruitment Director Paul Wilkes and Games tutor Simon Fenton, what one thing did they all agree on? That, becoming a games artist has never been trickier without the right training. You can read the full article in the June issue of Edge magazine...

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Fri 19 Jun 2009: 9:24am

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Traditional Animation makes a comeback

The first trailer for the upcoming Disney Feature The Princess and the Frog has just been released. It heralds a return to the hand drawn traditional animation that Disney is famous for. I for one am excited to see it and hope that it heralds the rebirth of traditional animation as a whole.

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Fri 19 Jun 2009: 9:18am

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Monsters vs Aliens: mixed bag

I watched Dreamworks newest animation feature, "Monsters vs Aliens" recently and found it to be both truly amazing and really bad. Some bits of animation were brilliant, funny and a joy to watch (such as the cracking the computer code dance scene), while others were disappointing (like the General's entrance and a lot of his dialogue). I felt that the story was just above average. Not bad and not brilliant.

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Congratulations! Adam Dyer wins access to our online Maya course...

In March this year Escape Studios  attended the International conference of Animation, Effects, Games and Digita Media, otherwise known as FMX. Packed to the brim with those who have set their sights on a career in CG we decided to give all attendees the chance to improve their skills and win access to our online Maya course.

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