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Escape Academy Tours, an Open Day for Open Minds…

Escape Academy Tours, an Open Day for Open Minds…

So it’s that time again… time to tempt, entice and hopefully ensnare a fresh batch of enthusiasts to come tame the beast that is VFX, here at Escape Studios. Hosted by recruitment and training team Flora and Nick, today is all about giving our potential Escapees a feel for what life at Escape has to offer, from our accelerated Classroom courses to the oh-so important free tea/coffee and, of course, the after hours bar downstairs!

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Wed 6 Mar 2013: 11:15am

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On the edge of what’s possible

On the edge of what’s possible

Being a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, chocolate and picturesque Italian landscapes, the new campaign for Galaxy chocolate naturally caught my eye. Oh, and the fact that every shot of Hepburn entails full CG face replacement might also have fuelled my curiosity!

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Tue 5 Mar 2013: 10:15am

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Skyhouse

Skyhouse

Above is a short documentary called 'Skyhouse', that a former colleague of mine (and very talented colourist) from San Francisco, Garry Coats, did the final grading process for.

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Mon 4 Mar 2013: 4:18pm

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Kinetica Art Fair - London

London is a bustling hive of culture over the weekends and if you’re looking for some activities to do over the weekend, then the Kinetica Art Fair is for you, if you’re a fan of moving, interactive art and sculptures then will truly have a whale of a time!

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Fri 1 Mar 2013: 5:00pm

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"The best movie of 2013"

"The best movie of 2013"

While we’re blogging away about this year’s upcoming feature films, here is a few words about another one, but this isn’t just any old movie, it’s allegedly going to be the best movie of the year.

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Thu 28 Feb 2013: 12:20pm

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Oz the Great and Powerful.

Oz the Great and Powerful.

After its Superbowl spot, the world premiere of ‘Oz’ became an event that many cinema lovers kept a keen eye on, and by the sounds of things, the film did not disappoint.

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Thu 28 Feb 2013: 11:05am

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Marvel Crossover on the cards?

Marvel Crossover on the cards?

In a press release this week, Marvel teased fans with hopes of a super hero get together of epic proportions.

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Wed 27 Feb 2013: 5:22pm

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Guess Who?

Guess Who?

Although we can’t unveil the name of the top secret industry speaker at our next Academy Tour (on the 6th of March) I insisted that we dispatch a couple of ‘Guess Who?’ Q&A’s to get your minds racing, exciting!

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Wed 27 Feb 2013: 10:53am

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World's largest photograph of London

World's largest photograph of London

I love photography, and this picture just takes the biscuit!

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Wed 27 Feb 2013: 9:34am

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Industrial Light and Magic - Path to the Death Star

Industrial Light and Magic - Path to the Death Star

As readers of our blog will know, we grab any Star Wars news by the horns, grind it into a couple hundred words, and blog the Sith out of it.

This occasion is no different, and while just last month, Star Wars fans everywhere were petitioning to get a death star built and launched into space, Industrial Light and Magic (VFX Brainchild of Star Wars creator George Lucas) were busy putting together a timeline of their journey, creating the Death Star for it’s first appearance in ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’.

It shows the milestones of an iconic studio as well as the creation of one of the most iconic images in cinematic history.

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Tue 26 Feb 2013: 12:04pm

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The power of 3D in your pocket!

The power of 3D in your pocket!

Lovers of 3D will be over the moon to discover that they can now have the power of 3D in their pocket at all times, as the 3Doodler allows the owner to take their artistic imagination off of the page!

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Mon 25 Feb 2013: 2:04pm

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HaZ Dulull presents: Project Kronos

HaZ Dulull presents: Project Kronos

We were rather happy this week to hear from an old friend of Escape HaZ Dulull, a) because he has just been appointed as director for ‘IAM entertainment’ Hollywood, which is awesome! and b) because he is promoting his second VFX heavy short, Project Kronos.

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Fri 22 Feb 2013: 3:34pm

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Event for the animation and creative community: Monday 25th February.

Event for the animation and creative community: Monday 25th February.

This week we had a chat with our friends over at Made Visual Studio, who are screening an animated film about Monty Python legend Graham Chapman – (pretty awesome project right?) and its taking place next Monday, 25th of February at East London’s Rich Mix.

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Fri 22 Feb 2013: 10:22am

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Weta Featurette-a

Weta Featurette-a

The Oscars is on Sunday (anyone staying up for them?) and in preparation, the team over at Weta Digital has released a couple of pretty awesome  behind the scenes/breakdown featurettes, discussing the creation of ‘The Goblin Caverns’ and ‘Rivendell’.

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Thu 21 Feb 2013: 3:06pm

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Framestore Recreate 1865 America for Lincoln

Framestore Recreate 1865 America for Lincoln

Lincoln is very much a hit with the award bodies this year. Having only just recently hit the cinemas, the film has already scooped up a Golden Globe and a BAFTA as well as being nominated for 12 Oscars. And although this is all very lovely, we’re more interested in the stunning results achieved by Framestore for this epic biopic. Providing the backdrop of 1865 America, a country ripped in two by civil war, Framestore worked alongside the filmmakers to make a historically accurate recreation that was both invisible and believable. And having already proved their expertise on Spielberg’s previous project War Horse, Framestore have obviously earned the trust and respect of Steven and his team.

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Wed 20 Feb 2013: 4:53pm

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We're going through ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

We're going through ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

If you're a regular through our doors then you might have noticed a few changes. Here at Escape HQ we've been busy building, painting, schlepping, and revamping our office area, studios and break out space for a new and rather fresh look. There's still quite a few bits and bobs to do but here's a look at what we were then and what we are now...

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Wed 20 Feb 2013: 10:22am

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A woman's touch...

A woman's touch...

The role of Visual Effects Supervisor is hugely important on set as well as during the whole post production process.  This person works with both the Director and Clients to convert artistic concepts to stunning visual imagery.

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Wed 20 Feb 2013: 9:24am

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Make 2013 your own! New course dates launched

Make 2013 your own! New course dates launched

2013 is set to be a massive year for film, (take a look at our recent blog post to see what cinematic delights we’re yet to sink out teeth into) so why not make it a massive year in film for you too?

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Tue 19 Feb 2013: 3:23pm

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Now THAT'S a portfolio!

Now THAT'S a portfolio!

Tomorrow, Escape Studios will be hosting another industry visit to the heart of Soho, where our friends over at Cinesite will be showing attendees exactly where the lifeblood of UK VFX is pumped from.

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Tue 19 Feb 2013: 10:59am

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Pixar artists grab funding by the horns

Pixar artists grab funding by the horns

These days, it is commonplace for new projects to be funded by creative idea fuelling website – ‘kickstarter’. This is not your only option of funding if you’re a legendary artist from Pixar though.

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