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VFX Workshop with Maya Master, Lee Danskin

VFX Workshop with Maya Master, Lee Danskin

If you’ve not heard of Lee Danskin – well now is the time to get introduced. When it comes to Autodesk Maya, this is a man worth knowing. Director of Technology at Escape-Technology and the man who had a hand in creating Maya 1.0 (the 3D package that revolutionised the industry), Lee has enjoyed an incredible 18-year career working on high profile projects for some of the UK’s biggest VFX studios.

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Wed 20 Nov 2013: 5:23pm

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Free webinar: The Art and Science of Visual Effects

Free webinar: The Art and Science of Visual Effects

What's the secret behind breath-taking visual effects? There are lots of elements we need to consider before answering this question – such as modelling, texturing and lighting your scene - but a pivotal point in the process of bringing a computer generated image to life, is rendering.  And one man who has dedicated a great many hours into this area is The Mill's Head of Maya Development, Suraj Harrington-Odedra

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Mon 28 Oct 2013: 1:42pm

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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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Valve want to move from your bedroom to your sofa

Valve want to move from your bedroom to your sofa

Honestly, I was so busy driving over mountains on a motorbike to chase planes crashing into deserts in GTA V that I was barely even paying attention to Valve's triple announcements last week. They're making a new PC or something? I didn't care, there were heists to be having! Then this week, as I tried to play online, I received the same message as the other 10 million trying to get on...

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Thu 3 Oct 2013: 12:22pm

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Terribly tired of Toy Story?

Terribly tired of Toy Story?

So, we all loved Toy Story, and most of us who can remember watching it back in 1995, managed to find the same place in our hearts for it by the time the third cinematic instalment arrived in 2010.

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Thu 3 Oct 2013: 10:29am

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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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Softimage Creatives - London user group meeting this Wednesday

Softimage Creatives - London user group meeting this Wednesday

Calling all Softimage (XSI) fans out there - get yourself down to the next user group event tomorrow night. With an awesome line up of speakers it’s another great opportunity to catch up with your fellow animation Softimage users and a chance to check out some of the Softimage projects from over the last year.

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Tue 24 Sep 2013: 1:47pm

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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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TED comes to London!

TED comes to London!

We are big fans of TED here at Escape and I was very excited to see this upcoming event at London's Albert Hall on September 23rd.

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Fri 20 Sep 2013: 4:51pm

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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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A Taste of 3D!

A Taste of 3D!

Often for a VFX artist there is a defining moment of clarity, whether it be during a TV program, an epic film, or just viewing a highly detailed drawing, most of the artists we encounter, when asked “what made you want to become a VFX artist?” Usually one of these occasions is cited as a reply.

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Thu 19 Sep 2013: 3:03pm

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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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Escape's Simon Fenton reviews Autodesk Mudbox 2014 for 3D Artist Magazine!

Escape's Simon Fenton reviews Autodesk Mudbox 2014 for 3D Artist Magazine!

It’s no secret that here at Escape Studios, we have some fantastically talented tutors, we know it, our students know it, and it’s always nice when their skill and know how is drafted in by other leader in the field.

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Mon 16 Sep 2013: 5:01pm

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Celebrating 150 years of the London Underground with some VFX!

Celebrating 150 years of the London Underground with some VFX!

This year we’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the fabulous, London Underground.

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Mon 16 Sep 2013: 12:08pm

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Sean Danischevsky is the guest speaker at our next open day

Sean Danischevsky is the guest speaker at our next open day

Considering a career in VFX? If you’re still undecided, then come along to our next open day on Wednesday 18th September. This is where we discuss the VFX industry and your career prospects as a skilled VFX artists. Next Wednesday we’ll be joined by Sean Danischevsky, a VFX Supervisor who has worked at many of the top VFX companies including Framestore and Method Studios.

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Fri 13 Sep 2013: 4:23pm

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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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