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How's your artistic vision?

How's your artistic vision?

2D whiz Simon Richardson gave us a window of time recently to get our hands in his brain, and find out exactly what it takes to be a compositor. This unsung art form is one of the most important in VFX and more often than not, a viewer will have been fooled by the artistry of a compositor before any acting in a scene has even happened.

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Mon 27 Jan 2014: 2:42pm

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VFX and the Awards Season: Time for those Visual Effects Society Nominations!

VFX and the Awards Season: Time for those Visual Effects Society Nominations!

With VFX heavy films receiving a huge amount of positive reception in the 86th Academy Awards nomination lists, we’re seeing more people than ever with a keen eye on the 12th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards nominees. The leading titles recently announced are 'Gravity', 'Frozen', 'The Croods' and 'Game of Thrones', and the question on which of these is going to scoop up the most awards is creating quite a buzz around here.

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Mon 20 Jan 2014: 12:25pm

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47 Ronin: Samurai Spirit.

47 Ronin: Samurai Spirit.

There’s been a huge amount of excitement surrounding Keanu Reeves latest action flick 47 Ronin, which was released on Boxing Day. We know that the VFX community in particular have had watchful eyes on how the film is received given the high levels of attention the aesthetic of the film has been given in post.

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Tue 7 Jan 2014: 3:49pm

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Care for half price cutting edge software?

Care for half price cutting edge software?

Every VFX artist wants to get to grips with state of the art software, it’s essential in an industry that is constantly evolving to keep nipping at the heels of the proverbial beast.

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Tue 10 Dec 2013: 10:41am

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Want to join the Sketch Workshop?

Want to join the Sketch Workshop?

Some products just don’t take much selling, and this project, started by our friends over at 3D Total, falls right into that category.

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Tue 3 Dec 2013: 12:11pm

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Our new online classroom

Our new online classroom

With a new year fast approaching, there's never been a better time to think about your career prospects and embark in something new. For those of you looking to step up the ranks as a VFX ninja, 2014 could be the year to make it happen.

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Tue 5 Nov 2013: 4:38pm

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Haz Dulull talks Producing for VFX

Haz Dulull talks Producing for VFX

Producing for VFX Tutor Haz Dulull, will be using his wealth of industry experience on VFX heavy projects such as The Dark Knight, Hellboy, and Prince of Persia as well as personal productions; Project Kronos (above) and Fubar Redux, to prepare students for production roles within the VFX industry, here's what it's all about!

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Thu 24 Oct 2013: 4:52pm

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"Machete don't tweet"

I loved the first Machete film, and when at the end of the film, the narrator announced “Machete will return in, ‘Machete Kills’ and ‘Machete Kills Again’”, my excitement was uncontainable. So naturally, I ran to the cinema to see ‘Machete Kills’ at the weekend, and I can say conclusively that I’ve never left a cinema with such an overwhelming feeling of confusion.

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Mon 14 Oct 2013: 9:33am

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The 2013 BFX Competition Awards Ceremony

The 2013 BFX Competition Awards Ceremony

Last Friday we took a train south to Bournemouth for the 2013 BFX awards ceremony, which was a truly wonderful event. Awarding and celebrating emerging talent from eleven UK universities, the teams who took part in this competition impressed us mightily.

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Tue 1 Oct 2013: 10:09am

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Marvel's 'S.H.I.E.L.D' - Did you see it?

Marvel's 'S.H.I.E.L.D' - Did you see it?

Upon one of our recent trips to the West End, 2D and 3D students visiting our friends over at Realise Studios and Glassworks London spotted this intriguing sign outside of  Sci Fi Mecca 'Forbidden Planet'.  Unbeknownst of what it meant, we naturally visited the suggested website, and of course Twitter, to find out the back story of exactly what had happened outside of Forbidden Planet on September 24th.

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Fri 27 Sep 2013: 3:54pm

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Love VFX? You'll love this!

Love VFX? You'll love this!

Once upon a time, in a world full of extremely complex effects, there was a place where people thought that only explosions, giant robots, monsters and set replacements could cause their jaws to drop, then a company called Bot & Dolly decided to show to everyone how they could make something compelling and inspiring... just with primitives!

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Fri 27 Sep 2013: 11:15am

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What are your tips and tricks?

What are your tips and tricks?

Hello loyal readers, A P Miles here with sad, sad news. It seems that I've bucked the trend and decided to catch the winter cold rather early, turning my normally deep and soothing voice into a growley, crackly mess, and increasing the pressure in my head to somewhere close to 500 fathoms deep.

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Tue 24 Sep 2013: 11:12am

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Challenging the status quo - The future of higher education...

Challenging the status quo - The future of higher education...

An interesting article appeared on Linkedin this week, on the future of Higher Education in America. Written on the back of an encounter between California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (who also sits on the boards of the University of California and California State University systems) and brand new start up education company ‘Udacity’, an organisation that creates online college courses focused largely on science and technology.

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Fri 20 Sep 2013: 10:43am

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Escape goes to the movies: Elysium gets the verdict…

Escape goes to the movies:  Elysium gets the verdict…

So, Wednesday night is movie night yeah? Well, it was at Escape last week, as a group of us in the office decided to take advantage of the 2-4-1 offer and check out Neill Blomkamp’s latest flick, Elysium.

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Wed 18 Sep 2013: 12:22pm

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Time to take up a life of crime...

Time to take up a life of crime...

From it's humble beginnings as a top down shooter on MS-DOS, GTA has risen to become a flagship title of every generation of video gaming, consistently getting bigger and better with each iteration. GTA 3 was the definitive demonstration of what the PS2 was capable of. GTA IV took everything we loved and gave us more for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and incorporated outstanding multiplayer.

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Tue 17 Sep 2013: 4:09pm

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Design in a Digital Age

Design in a Digital Age

We do love a good VFX event, and this one is for all you London dwelling VFX aficionados. As ‘Talking Point’ are set to host an industry panel discussion, about the relationship between VFX & Art departments, next week, September 18th.

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Fri 13 Sep 2013: 4:17pm

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Reasons To Be Creative

Reasons To Be Creative

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - the role of an artist is a complex and often challenging one. Every artist, no matter what stage you’re at in your career, will struggle with diminishing motivation and inspiration. It’s incredibly easy to slip into this state as we work ourselves into the ground, letting the pot of ideas run empty. But you are not alone! I know this because last week I spent three days at Reasons to be Creative in Brighton and was surrounded by artists and developers from across the creative industries, all looking for a fix of something that would get their creative juices flowing…

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Mon 9 Sep 2013: 3:29pm

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Win tickets to THU Festival in Portugal (Pixar, ILM, Framestore and many more)

Win tickets to THU Festival in Portugal (Pixar, ILM, Framestore and many more)

Here at Escape Studios we’re no strangers to European VFX enthusiasts. We have people come through our doors from all over the globe, and that’s why we love events like this, events that further confirm that the art of VFX is an international language.

The Trojan Horse is a Unicorn Festival is a premier event for producers, animators game developers concept artists and 3D generalists, and is taking place in Troi Portugal from the 18th to the 21st of September.

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Fri 6 Sep 2013: 3:13pm

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BFI London Film Festival - Line up announced!

BFI London Film Festival - Line up announced!

The 4th of September saw the unveiling of the official programme for the BFI London Film Festival. On queue with a live tweet session (which you can find here) the BFI announced some huge films that will be shown at this year’s event.

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Fri 6 Sep 2013: 9:41am

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Escapees do great work on Something Really Bad

Escapees do great work on Something Really Bad

Here at Escape, we're always trying to help our Escapees get the best jobs in the VFX industry, as part of our ongoing commitment to every student who passes through our doors. Sometimes that means they'll work on feature films, or hit TV shows, or sometimes, as Roberto Fera was lucky enough to find out, it means music videos.

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Thu 5 Sep 2013: 12:47pm

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