By now, we’re guessing, many of you VFX fans out there will have seen Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. If you haven’t, we’re sure you have a valid excuse. And for those of you who have, you may have noticed the epic credits list for the VFX department in particular. As we respectfully stay at the end of the movie to watch the credits roll, we’re always proud to spot names we recognise among the list – the names of our graduates.
Here is a really tasty behind the scenes look at how a talented group of German artisans and technicians, have explored and discovered the wide variety of professional creative services that they’ve come to offer.
We got to Earls Court at around 9am on Saturday morning and paid £12 for entry (this was strictly an admission fee, no photo or autograph opportunities/food or drinks included!) and by 11am the queue was truly immense, given that it was blisteringly hot outside, the early birds definitely got the worm!
When it comes to VFX, Compositors are the masters of make-believe. They're the magicians who create the illusion of reality in every CG shot. They can look at a shot and tell you exactly what's wrong with it and the best way to correct it. In essence, they are true artists with an eye for beauty and their devotion to it means we get to watch something stunning every time.
Like all our Open Days here at Escape, the next is set to be even more epic than the last. On July 10th we’ll be joined by industry legend Steve Begg, who’s 27 years' of experience in the industry is quite intimidating. VFX Supervisor on titles such as Skyfall, Batman Begins, Casino Royale, The Golden Compass, Red Dwarf, Aliens... the list goes on… Steve has a great many anecdotes to share, as well as some golden nuggets of wisdom!
Ever found yourself watching something with really cool effects and were left wanting to know how on earth they made that? If the answer is yes, then you’re not alone. We meet people like you every day here at Escape, and it’s your curiosity in the mechanics of VFX that shows you have the right aptitude to take it in and understand the technology behind it. VFX artists are curious beings by nature, who love experimenting with new technologies and ideas. It’s why they have so much fun in their day jobs.
For those of you out there who use MARI, some fantastic new additions to its functionality are now available for download and I highly recommend them!
Small Soldiers was, no sorry –IS, in my book anyway - an awesome film, sure I may think that way because I’ve adorned it in a proverbial cloak of nostalgia, but regardless, I am part of a generation that found itself moved and entertained by the ongoing battle between the Gorgonites, led by the valiant Archer, and the antagonist Chip Hazard’s Commando Elite.
I'm not sure if you noticed, but the internet has become quite popular recently. In fact, if you're reading this, chances are you’re on the internet right now, and you might not even know it. Surprise!
This film has grabbed our interest this week, mainly because we can’t believe we’ve not seen it yet. The documentary film ‘Men in Suits’ hit screens last year and we hear it's a must see for all special effects fans. One reviewer even suggests that he will revoke your ‘geek license’ if you’ve not taken the time to soak it in.
I think it’s fair to say, when it comes to films- everyone is a fan of behind the scenes photographs, especially when they’re of some of the most iconic movies of all time, AND they show the making of some of the most well-known scenes ever.
The recent release of Fast and Furious 6 sees a refreshing change of setting - to the streets of London, which is fairly apt given that the lasting impression on the audience seems to be the epic VFX scenes, many of which were created right here London at Double Negative.
Doctor Who is a real household name for many people who grew up wanting to understand what VFX were all about, nowadays we consider the 70’s and 80’s visuals rather novelty, but it’s worth considering that a lot of these opinions are derived from unfair context of hindsight.