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Hungry Enough To Take On The Avengers?

Hungry Enough To Take On The Avengers?

You may think we are a little behind the curve with posting our views on the new Avengers Assemble movie. That, my friends, is where you are wrong. We don’t want to be just like everyone else. We want a new angle, something fresh, something different and something utterly delicious. If you are starting to wonder where we are going with this, do not fret! And after exerting all our man power with many hours of scouring we found the perfect piece.

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Thu 17 May 2012: 12:08pm

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Isn't It Marvel-lous?

Isn't It Marvel-lous?

We just can’t get enough of Marvel at the moment. And they are back again with one of the most popular characters coming back to the big screen, The Amazing Spider-Man.

This film has Andrew Garfield of The Social Network fame, starring as Peter Parker in an untold story that presents us with a different version of Spider-Man. It is due in cinemas from July 3rd, but you probably knew that already.

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Wed 16 May 2012: 5:05pm

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All The Best Things Are Made From SCRATCH...Cannes 2012

All The Best Things Are Made From SCRATCH...Cannes 2012

We would like to be one of the first to congratulate Assimilate for their success at the Cannes Festival 2012. Although the winning films are yet to be announced, several films on the competition's roster have been created using SCRATCH, Assimilate’s digital workflow and post-production tools. SCRATCH has been used on recent screen successes like The Artist, Thor and Underworld: Awakening as well as the films nominated at Cannes 2012.

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Wed 16 May 2012: 1:00pm

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Built by Self-Confessed Industry Nerds

Built by Self-Confessed Industry Nerds

With the divide between 2D and 3D becoming increasingly indistinguishable, I thought I'd share some information about an interesting alternative to Nuke’s default scanline render node and indeed much of Nuke’s current 3D shading tool set.

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Wed 16 May 2012: 12:00pm

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Head of Maya Development at The Mill

Head of Maya Development at The Mill

This year, Escape Studios is ten years old, and it’s a pretty big deal for us. It’s also a big deal for all of the students who we’ve trained over the years and are now dotted throughout the world of VFX. So, from now on, every week, we’re going to be launching a story from our escapee Wall of Fame which will showcase all of the escapees who have gone on to work on the biggest and boldest films, TV shows, commercials and games over the years. It’s a chance for them to step up and take a bow, albeit a virtual one.

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Tue 15 May 2012: 11:44am

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It's not just Mums that go to Iceland!

It's not just Mums that go to Iceland!

Honestly this is not about the supermarket chain Iceland but did you like what we did there? We do have our moments.
Anyway… in the past 10 or so years Iceland has become a hotspot for movie and TV shoots, and after seeing these photos we aren’t surprised!

0 Comments Olivia Grout

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Tue 15 May 2012: 11:30am

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Under the hood

Under the hood

As a follow-up to my post on learning resources for coding, I'd like to share our recent efforts to open source some of our in-house code.

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Tue 15 May 2012: 10:36am

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Think It's CG? Think Again...Part Two

Think It's CG? Think Again...Part Two

Welcome back to part two of our series on effects that you thought were CG.

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Mon 14 May 2012: 2:00pm

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Real-Time Path Tracing Bunny

Real-Time Path Tracing Bunny

Want to see a demo of how computer games will look in the not too distant future? You are in luck. Here is a big breakdancing bunny courtesy of Samuel Lapere. Forgive us, the quality isn't great but it's still pretty phenomenal.

1 Comments Mark Spevick

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Mon 14 May 2012: 12:00pm

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Marmalade sandwich anyone?

Marmalade sandwich anyone?

I am destined to never grow up and quite frankly I refuse to see why I can’t stay immature for my entire life. I loved every single aspect of my childhood but the most memorable things for me were TV shows. Saturday mornings you would find me virtually attached to the TV for cartoon after cartoon. And another thing you should know is that I have a penchant for all things a little kitsch and retro. So if you combine these two elements you will understand why it is not possible for me to contain my excitement, especially after hearing this news.

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Mon 14 May 2012: 9:30am

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Think it's CG? Think Again...

Think it's CG? Think Again...

Special effects with computer graphics are all the rage recently. There are very few films produced these days without jaw dropping stunts courtesy of the digital department. But a lot of directors still prefer to shoot the real thing if they can as it nearly always looks better than the CG equivalent.

0 Comments Mark Spevick

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Fri 11 May 2012: 12:00pm

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Highway to the Danger Zone - ZBrush Webinar

Highway to the Danger Zone - ZBrush Webinar

We had the pleasure of working with the ever so entertaining Paul Gaboury, 3D Application Engineer at Pixologic, for a special webinar to showcase the newly added features in ZBrush 4R3.

2 Comments Olivia Grout

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Fri 11 May 2012: 10:59am

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Flying the flag...and carrying the torch.

Flying the flag...and carrying the torch.

As we all know the countdown to the 2012 Olympics is on, in fact it is at 77 days to be precise. The buzz of the Olympics is infectious and seems like a time for us to celebrate all things British, especially when it comes to VFX. So thankfully I found this in little beauty in the VFX news this week, the final version of Studio AKA’s introduction sequence for the BBC and their Olympic Torch Relay Coverage.

0 Comments Olivia Grout

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Fri 11 May 2012: 10:00am

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Dedication Required

Dedication Required

Ever wondered how much you change in the space of 4.5 years? Would you take a photo of yourself every single day and then animate it?

2 Comments Mark Spevick

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Thu 10 May 2012: 12:30pm

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Finger puppets? They Really Bring out the Kid in Me!

Finger puppets? They Really Bring out the Kid in Me!

Batman? The Dark Knight? Wonder Woman? Not really, but these incredibly detailed, hand-crafted finger puppet designs by Tamara Maynes recall iconic heroes and villains who we’ve seen in the pages of comic books and as blockbusters on the big screen.

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Thu 10 May 2012: 11:44am

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Our Second Visit to the Framestore London Studio

Our Second Visit to the Framestore London Studio

I have found that there are many advantages to studying at Escape Studios. Aside from the obvious vast amount of knowledge that you acquire, you also get to visit and meet some very cool places and people. Last Friday we had the pleasure of visiting Framestore for a presentation with Ben Frost and Chas Jarrett to hear about their experiences working on the second Sherlock Holmes movie - A Game of Shadows. In particular, they discussed with us the typical hurdles and constraints they came across and what we as VFX artists may expect to experience working in the VFX industry.

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Wed 9 May 2012: 1:00pm

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Gone to Where the Wild Things Are!

Gone to Where the Wild Things Are!

Yesterday Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the children’s classic book Where The Wild Things Are, died. Famous through his writing and illustrating, Sendak published a number of children’s books, wrote and designed three animated stories and his final book “Bumble Ardy” was an adaption of a collaboration between Sendak and Jim Henson from kid’s TV favourite Sesame Street.

0 Comments Mark Spevick

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Wed 9 May 2012: 10:38am

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Looking for new Worlds using the "Minority Report" Interface

Looking for new Worlds using the "Minority Report" Interface

NASA's Kepler Mission has been running since 2009 and is currently searching our region of the Milky Way for habitable planets. So far, it has spotted about 2,300 and confirmed 61 planets. Data artist Jer Thorp and John Underkoffler, the designer who created the interfaces in Minority Report, have produced a user interface that lets us find out how these new planets look.

1 Comments Emanuela Ferrante

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Wed 9 May 2012: 10:00am

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Coming Soon!! mocha Pro Event...

Coming Soon!! mocha Pro Event...

Last June Imagineer Systems and Escape Studios hosted a mocha Pro demonstration event in London to celebrate the success of this tracking software. Due to the success of that event we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting another one this year on May 30th 2012.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Tue 8 May 2012: 5:00pm

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V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max 2013

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max 2013

Back in February the lovely Tim Flett posted the news that Chaos Group were soon to be releasing an update for V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max 2013…well ladies and gentlemen today is that day. 

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Tue 8 May 2012: 3:00pm

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