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News Round-Up: Monday 16th Jan 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 16th Jan 2012

After an interesting last week in our Los Angeles studios, I have come back to what seems to have been a week dominated with announcements about the state of our education system. But my round up of news is not just about education news, and this week, there is news about what the London Olympic stadium is going to look like, details of Cinecite's internship program and lots more...

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Mon 16 Jan 2012: 8:28am

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10th Annual VES Award Nominations

10th Annual VES Award Nominations

The Visual Effects Society (VES) are holding their 10th annual awards ceremony very soon, set to define the greatest VFX moments from 2011. Earlier in the week VES released their nominations for this year’s awards, a list that recognises the outstanding VFX achievements across film, animation, television, commercials and games. Regularly referred to as the “Oscars” for the visual effects world, this is a highly prestigious event for VFX professionals internationally. Receiving an award from any of the 23 categories is a great honour.

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Fri 13 Jan 2012: 2:55pm

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The Future of 3D Display for Post Production Houses

The Future of 3D Display for Post Production Houses

Good news for people who require outstanding visualisation of their work, because as part of their Digital Signage series our friends at Planar have introduced the Clarity Matrix 3D.

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Wed 11 Jan 2012: 9:08am

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News Round-Up: Monday 9th Jan 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 9th Jan 2012

First week back at work and it's as if Xmas was months ago. The news certainly kept on coming this week, and here is a quick summary of what I picked up on this week.

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Mon 9 Jan 2012: 8:21am

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Pixel Palace Artist in Residence: Kelly Richardson

Pixel Palace Artist in Residence: Kelly Richardson

Digital artist Kelly Richardson recently completed an artist’s residency at the Pixel Palace, a new digital media arts programme of the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle upon Tyne. During her time there, she began initial research and production into an ambitious new three projection video installation entitled ‘Mariner 9’. During her residency, the Pixel Palace commissioned a short film about the work being developed where she explains some of her processes and ideas behind the new installation.

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Fri 6 Jan 2012: 9:19am

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Escapee Showcase: Hyeon Joon Kang

Escapee Showcase: Hyeon Joon Kang

As some of you may know, we recently launched a new course called "Visual Effects Animation Professional". Well, our first group of students from the courses have been handing their projects in and I wanted to take the opportunity to showcase a fantastic piece of work by Hyeon Joon Kang. His work clearly shows how the VFX pipeline works and if we retrace his steps, we can take a closer look at each part of the process. Joon's project is a great illustration of what we teach in this new course and what you can achieve in just 18 weeks with us.

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Thu 5 Jan 2012: 9:24pm

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

There is a VFX buzz coming from Barcelona and it's due to Big Lazy Robot. Their stand out piece for the Phillips TV Parallel Lines Cinema campaign based around 'The Unicorn' was The Gift - and every time I watch, it keeps giving more. 

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Tue 3 Jan 2012: 8:40am

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V-Ray Renders in 3 Seconds on a New BOXX Workstation

We came across this video and just had to share it with you all. Check it out!

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News Round-Up: Tuesday 3rd Jan 2012

News Round-Up: Tuesday 3rd Jan 2012

It's been a while since my last News Round-Up... Hopefully, you will all be rested after this holiday season and rearing to go. So, to get you going, I have selected a whole bunch of news items which have been published over the last couple of weeks.

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Tue 3 Jan 2012: 8:01am

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A Great iPhone App From MPC

A Great iPhone App From MPC

For anyone with an iPhone or an iPad here is a great app from our friends at MPC. If you are interested in entering the VFX industry, this is something which I would highly recommend. MPC's app shows the jobs they have available as soon as they are published, and is a great way of finding out about those entry level positions that aspiring artists are after.

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Thu 22 Dec 2011: 9:41am

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Phoenix FD 2.0 Release

Phoenix FD 2.0 Release

Chaos Group recently released Phoenix FD 2.0, the latest version for their grid based simulator. This latest version now comes with liquids, foam & splashes simulation capabilities, a particle shader and GPU preview improvements.

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Wed 21 Dec 2011: 1:06am

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The 2011 CG Whiz Reveal Event

The 2011 CG Whiz Reveal Event

Last Thursday, the winners of CG Whiz 2011 were announced at the much anticipated Reveal Event held at our Escape Studios headquarters in London. The room was busy with noise and champagne as Daniel Danielsson waited patiently to find out whether he had scooped first place. He needn’t have worried though as Mark Cass our General Manager and head judge Lee Danskin soon explained why Daniel deserved first place. With no professional training at all, he took it upon himself to learn all of the software that enabled him to create such a professional looking showreel.  Check out the Reveal Event video, created by The Mill, to find out why Daniel was pretty much speechless when he found out.

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Tue 20 Dec 2011: 9:55am

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Tweak Software Release RV 3.12.13

Tweak Software Release RV 3.12.13

Tweak are working hard to develop and expand their powerful playback software, RV-image and sequence viewer. Their latest development comes in the form of RV 3.12.13. With this new version you get all the usual benefits of real time reviewing software, but now with the additional support of Python to make this version the most powerful yet. This new addition to the product has been in beta for a while now, and has benefitted from extensive feedback from customers reporting rough edges and bugs. With this valuable knowledge behind them Tweak are happy to release RV with Python, confident that the results will impress all.

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A Cube Made Out of Gears

A Cube Made Out of Gears

Sometimes, you just come across something which simplify defies logic and the laws of physics... Today, I did just that when I discovered this incredible piece of 3D printing. It just goes to show the magic you can create with such technology. And if you fancy trying to build something like that yourself, here is where you can find some instructions.

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Mon 19 Dec 2011: 9:19am

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News Round-Up: Monday 19th Dec 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 19th Dec 2011

This will be my last Weekly Round-Up of News for this year..., hope you enjoy it. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment. I'll be sure to look at your suggestion during the Xmas break.

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Mon 19 Dec 2011: 8:30am

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Escapee Showcase: Alaric Holberton

Escapee Showcase: Alaric Holberton

It's been a while since we featured any escapee work on our blog so I wanted to show you a recent reel which has really impressed us.

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Fri 16 Dec 2011: 8:59am

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December's Free Tutorial: Mastering Maya's Transfer Maps

December's Free Tutorial: Mastering Maya's Transfer Maps

I created this month’s free tutorial with one thing in mind: How can I help improve artists’ workflow’s? This tutorial explores Maya’s ‘Transfer maps’ tool and is designed to do just that. I’ve made sure that we cover this tool in great detail, providing valuable insight into how it works, and how you can avoid common problems. It’s a very practical, hands-on demonstration of the ‘Transfer maps’ tool and with it, you will learn how to bake a diffuse texture from multiple pieces of geometry to one individual model. 

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Thu 15 Dec 2011: 10:39am

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Revealed: The CG Whiz 2011 winners!

Revealed: The CG Whiz 2011 winners!

CG Whiz is over for another year, and it’s been a brilliant competition, with an incredible level of talent on show in both categories. It's now time for what you have all been waiting for, the announcement of the winners. But before I do so, I wanted to take time to give you some information on what our judges were looking for.

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Arthur Christmas: A Must See at Xmas

Arthur Christmas: A Must See at Xmas

Arthur Christmas is a must for any child wanting to get into the Christmas spirit this year. I know this as both of my children loved it and my test was to see whether or not I actually stay awake!

It's just fun. The CG is not meant to be ground-breaking - it simply is not Tintin - but that really wasn't the point. If you just want to go see a feel good children's movie then there is nothing better. It also has a great cast and some of my personal favourites actors: Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy (who continually makes me smile whatever he appears in or talks over).

Aardman have done a great job and they should be very happy with it, it has their stamp all over it. 

Enjoy!

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Tue 13 Dec 2011: 8:30am

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News Round-Up: Monday 12th Dec 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 12th Dec 2011

Here is my usual Weekly Round-Up of News, with stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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