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Free Tutorial: Mastering Dynamics in Maya

Free Tutorial: Mastering Dynamics in Maya

If you’re an aspiring VFX artist, knowing Maya inside out is an absolute must. On our VFX course, I make sure that every student has a good understanding of Dynamics and linking objects kinematically which are an integral part of the VFX pipeline. Not knowing these just isn’t an option. They form part of a basic skillset which post houses will expect you to know. That’s why, this month, I’ve created a tutorial which will give you two new skills you can add to your showreel. Being able to use Dynamics fluently will demonstrate to potential employers that you understand the key techniques in VFX and are ready to take your first steps in the industry. So what are you waiting for? Log on to our eLearning platform and add these skills to your existing toolset.

1 Comments Daniel Shutt

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Wed 8 Feb 2012: 2:30pm

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Reach for La Luna

Reach for La Luna

Ever since escapee Afonso Salcedo aka @fonziewonzie, tweeted about a cool Pixar Short animation he worked on called La Luna, I had been extremely keen to see this gem.

2 Comments Toby Young

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Wed 8 Feb 2012: 2:00pm

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Free Download: An Artist’s Guide to a Career in CG

Free Download: An Artist’s Guide to a Career in CG

Are you an aspiring CG artist who’s trying to get your CG career off the ground? Are you working in the creative industry and want to transfer your skills to VFX? We know how difficult it can be to make decisions and chose the right path, but that’s where our Careers Guide can help. By revealing the many opportunities that exist within the CG industry, the guide helps you overcome some of the hurdles you might face when you start making career choices.

0 Comments Bethan Lofthouse

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Tue 7 Feb 2012: 9:30am

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News Round-Up: Monday 6th Feb 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 6th Feb 2012

There's all sorts of goodies in this week's edition of my News Round Up: we have free sofware from DAZ3D, some cool VFX breakdowns, the usual Oscar related stories, and lots of lots of news on the state of the UK education system. Hope you enjoy it, and as usual, I welcome your feedback.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Isabelle Duarte
Mon 6 Feb 2012: 9:50am

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Escape Pod Reunion

Escape Pod Reunion

Back in 2005 Escape Studios took the bold step of not only training CG professionals, but employing those graduates in an experimental outsourcing project, which became known as the Escape Pod.

0 Comments Toby Young

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Mon 6 Feb 2012: 8:30am

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Week One: I am Primitive Man

Week One: I am Primitive Man

What have I got myself into?…” was the worrying thought running through my mind, as my second class in Maya Core reached the half-way point. This was the less than confident start to my personal experiment, where I’m hoping to demonstrate how Escape Studios can instruct a complete 3D newbie, and turn me into a (hopefully) competent Maya operator.

6 Comments Toby Young

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Fri 3 Feb 2012: 11:55am

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Electric Escapees

Electric Escapees

James Sindle first studied design at Kingston University, before training in CG here at Escape studios. Upon completion of his course James joined The Mill in 2007, he quickly then became a senior 3D operator leading multiple award winning commercials, before branching off last year with Lee Pavey, Dan Stanhope Marum and Giles Cheetham to form their own power house, the Electric Theatre Collective.

0 Comments Toby Young

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Thu 2 Feb 2012: 9:00am

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An Upgrade to V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max

An Upgrade to V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max has had a bit of a makeover, as Chaos Group integrate a range of new features that are sure to speed up your workflow considerably.

1 Comments Tim Flett

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Tue 31 Jan 2012: 10:00am

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Massive Discount on Motion Synthesis Software, Endorphin 2.7

Massive Discount on Motion Synthesis Software, Endorphin 2.7

Great news for all you animators out there, Escape Studios and Natural Motion are teaming up to bring you an incredible promotion on endorphin 2.7. Here's the deal: you can save up to 90% on this software if you buy before February 14th, 2012.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Tue 31 Jan 2012: 10:00am

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The RV/NUKE Integration Package from Tweak Software!

The RV/NUKE Integration Package from Tweak Software!

Tweak Software, the guys who created RV-image and sequence viewer software, have teamed up with The Foundry to build an RV/NUKE integration package that provides a beautifully seamless workflow between the two applications, which are said to deliver high-performance RV playback as you work in NUKE.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Tue 31 Jan 2012: 9:00am

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Escapee Amy Cuthbertson now Head of Tracking at Mill Film and TV

Escapee Amy Cuthbertson now Head of Tracking at Mill Film and TV

When Amy Cuthbertson finished her degree in Music Technology, she didn’t expect to find herself starting a career in CG, but that’s exactly what happened. Wandering around a careers fair, Amy spotted the Escape Studios stand, got talking about her love of animation and the rest is history, as they say.

0 Comments Miles Pettit

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Tue 31 Jan 2012: 8:30am

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“The Artist”: Hype or Genius?

“The Artist”: Hype or Genius?

Hype or Genius? That’s the question on many people’s lips – especially with so much speculation as to whether or not it will steal the show at the Oscars, and take the prize for best picture.

1 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Tue 31 Jan 2012: 8:04am

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News Round-Up: Monday 30th Jan 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 30th Jan 2012

This week, my round up of CG news features software and hardware announcements, interviews with VFX professionals, and some cool new VFX breakdowns. Hope you enjoy it!

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Mon 30 Jan 2012: 11:51am

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IKinema Introduce WebAnimate; Animation on the Go!

IKinema Introduce WebAnimate; Animation on the Go!

The guys at IKinema have an awesome idea in development that is making their award winning animation technology more available to the masses. For those of you who don’t know IKinema, it is a plug-in for Maya that lets you create full-body animations quickly and easily with brilliant realistic results. It is a time saving tool that eliminates the need for characterisation or special rigs as it does the hard work for you, letting you work directly onto a rig. You can combine multiple models into a single animation, retarget from any source to any target, customise or tweak motion capture and animation as well as retarget data inside Maya in real-time.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Mon 30 Jan 2012: 9:00am

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Quantum Hoax

Quantum Hoax

When five students from the Centre NAD University in Montreal Canada were given a film project, to create a viral hoax using CG assets integrated into live action footage, they could scarcely have predicted the success their movie would be.

1 Comments Toby Young

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Fri 27 Jan 2012: 12:26pm

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Webinar: Unlock the Secrets of Houdini...

Webinar: Unlock the Secrets of Houdini...

We now teach SideFX Houdini software on our Professional VFX Course, not just because it’s an integral part of the pipeline but also for its ability to create very cool animations that will enhance anyone's showreel.

2 Comments Mark Spevick

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Wed 25 Jan 2012: 12:00pm

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Let’s hear it for the girls!

So many of our escapees succeed in getting jobs once they've finished a course with us, and it’s so good to hear that lots of them are very talented young women. As a result, we thought some congratulations were in order, starting with Evgenia Golubeva who accepted the role of Director at Animated Storyboards, a fantastic position and one which we want to wish her every success in!

1 Comments Miles Pettit

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Wed 25 Jan 2012: 8:46am

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PC Pro Recommend Boston’s Quattro 1332-T

PC Pro Recommend Boston’s Quattro 1332-T

PC Pro recently took advantage of an exclusive opportunity to test-drive Boston's Quattro 1332-T, a machine that may challenge current misconceptions about micro-servers. The outcome was a positive one, where the team at PC Pro gave it their seal of approval, recommending it an ideal cloud platform. By combining qualities like high server density and low power consumption, this machine may give blade servers a run for their money.

1 Comments richard mcguinnesss

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Wed 25 Jan 2012: 8:45am

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The CAMERATRACKER for AFTER EFFECTS 24hrs Discount Offer

Attention all Adobe After Effects users, today may be your lucky day. The Foundry are running a massive discount on CAMERATRACKER, where you can save over 40% if you purchase a nodelocked version today. This offer is for a limited time, running over the course of January 24th only. The promotion will close at midnight tonight, where ever you are in the world.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Tue 24 Jan 2012: 2:04pm

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Cutting it in VFX - The Mill Explain What it Takes

Cutting it in VFX - The Mill Explain What it Takes

As Escape’s Recruitment Manager, it’s my job to know exactly what employers are looking for when they’re hiring candidates. The thing to remember is that it’s different for every company – you have to tailor your showreel and CV to the position and company you’re applying for (Tips you can check out here). We place lots of escapees and freelancers at The Mill and last week, I caught up with Claire Anderson their Talent Manager, who explained exactly what it takes to cut it at their company. For those of you eager to secure a position, pay attention and check out the interview.

1 Comments Garreth Gaydon

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Tue 24 Jan 2012: 1:39pm

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