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Celebrating Mandelbrot: Beautiful 3D Images

Celebrating Mandelbrot: Beautiful 3D Images

Those of you into weird mathematical equations will probably have heard of Benoît Mandelbrot - who is famous for being the father of fractal geometry. Sadly he died a few days ago, but not without leaving us with the most amazing body of work.

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Tue 19 Oct 2010: 8:30am

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3D Conversion of Harry Potter Cancelled - One for the Studios!

According to Variety we have been saved from yet more badly converted stereo films - check out the story here. Warner Brothers have canned the release of Harry Potter Deathly Hallows part 1 in 3D. This is due to quality issues, that were mainly due to time constraints, and Warner have come to the conclusion that the converted film was not high enough quality. I can only applaud them for not releasing yet another stereo nasty.

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Fri 15 Oct 2010: 10:19am

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Pixar's RenderMan Studio 3 is out!

Pixar's RenderMan Studio 3 is out!

RenderMan Studio 3 has arrived and it packs some punch! Speed and lots of features and enhancements, including support for Maya 2011.

RenderMan Studio is Pixar's advanced suite of tools for shading and lighting TD's.

4 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 14 Oct 2010: 9:44pm

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Free Webinar: The Art of Creating Great Animated Characters

Free Webinar: The Art of Creating Great Animated Characters

I will be holding a free live webinar on November 4th. Here's a quick outline of what I will be discussing.

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Thu 14 Oct 2010: 9:17am

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Great Animation by Plato Art Space

Here is another great piece of animation, created by Plato Art Space. It could almost have been created for Escape!

4 Comments Dom Davenport

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Wed 13 Oct 2010: 9:50am

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New Skillset Bursaries Available for Escape Studios Training

New Skillset Bursaries Available for Escape Studios Training

Skillset have recently announced a new funding scheme which will allow individuals working in the UK film industry to apply for a bursary towards various types of training.  The scheme is aimed at increasing the high-end visual effects skills within the film industry so individuals who want to get additional training under this new funding can identify a course or a training provider that meets his or her needs and apply for bursary from Skillset.

0 Comments Paul Wilkes

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Wed 13 Oct 2010: 9:30am

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October Free Tutorials

October Free Tutorials

I find it really annoying when I find freebies that are ‘for a limited time only’, and it’s something we’ve been guilty of with our free tutorials. We’ve had some great feedback about them, and with that in mind we've decided to revamp the way our freebies work.

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Portrait of an escapee: How Nick Illingworth Became TD at MPC

When Nik Illingworth came to an Open Day last year, he was brimming with CG enthusiasm. He knew that he wanted a career in VFX but didn't really know how he was going to make it happen. After studying for 12 weeks with us, Nik was up and running.  He finished his course, was offered his first job at Frametore and accepted it, then a short while later he decided to come back to us for 6 weeks of final professional training.  He's now Effects Technical Director at MPC and still has the same love for the industry that he started off with. Nik's is one of many stories of CG enthusiasts who come to study with us and that's why we wanted to share his case study with you - getting a career in VFX off the ground really is easier than you think.

1 Comments Miles Pettit

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Thu 7 Oct 2010: 11:07am

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Balloons & Zeppelins: Fresh VFX escapee work

Balloons & Zeppelins: Fresh VFX escapee work

Here's my final post showing some work from the courses which have just finished.  These clips are from escapees who were on the Visual Effects Production course taught by Dan Shutt.  Again these are 'work in progress' and need a little more polishing but you can see they are both great ideas that have been really well executed.

0 Comments Paul Wilkes

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Thu 7 Oct 2010: 10:53am

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Amazing Physics Engine

Amazing Physics Engine

Check out this amazing physics engine created by Thiago Costa, he's 23 and never even got a high school diploma! Life's not fair! 

1 Comments Dom Davenport

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Wed 6 Oct 2010: 9:19am

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Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs arrive

Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs arrive

Autodesk have started something new for those on support: it's called Subscription Advantage Packs. This is a way for those that pay the price of subscription to get new features dropped in, fast... One of the most awaited 'drops' is Mudbox on Linux!

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Mon 4 Oct 2010: 11:18am

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Tracey Chung: a budding character animation artist

Tracey Chung: a budding character animation artist

Last week, I promised to share with you some more of the work that our students have presented to us at the end of their courses. This time, I have decided to show you the work of Tracey Chung, who recently completed our Character Animation course taught by Alex Williams.

0 Comments Paul Wilkes

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Mon 4 Oct 2010: 11:04am

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The Most Exciting RenderMan Toolset in Years!

The Most Exciting RenderMan Toolset in Years!

The upcoming RenderMan for Maya 4 and RenderMan Studio 3 offers mouth watering upgrades & new features; we are busy working away on the RenderMan Certified courseware and will cover these cool new workflows in depth.

1 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 1 Oct 2010: 10:40am

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VFX Professional - New work!

VFX Professional - New work!

We've just had another round of courses finish and again we've seen some really great work!

3 Comments Paul Wilkes

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Mon 27 Sep 2010: 11:21am

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Watch the RenderMan Tips and Tricks Webinar and download the Q & A

All of us on the RenderMan team were delighted to hear that so many of you found Lee Danskin's RenderMan tips and Trick's webinar so useful. There were a lot of questions at the end, some of which Lee did not get a chance to answer so we have put them in a Q&A which you can check out by logging into Escape's Free Resource Centre. We've also recorded the webinar, so if you missed it or want to see it again, log in and watch it.

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Sun 26 Sep 2010: 9:00am

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Neil Thompson of Bizarre Creations to present at Autodesk’s Manchester Event

Neil Thompson of Bizarre Creations to present at Autodesk’s Manchester Event

Autodesk have announced that Neil Thompson, the Studio Art Director at Bizarre Creations will be taking the guest speaker spot at this year’s Manchester event.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 24 Sep 2010: 1:00pm

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Last Chance to Apply for Skillset Bursaries

If you work in TV or produce work for TV as a freelancer, you could receive between 50% (employees) to 80% (freelancers) off the price of four of our visual effects courses. These are online courses, so can be done in your own time. They are: Maya Core; Nuke for 3d Artists; Zbrush Foundation; and Advanced Lighting and Shading.

0 Comments Paul Wilkes

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Thu 23 Sep 2010: 4:50pm

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Junior Artists - Keep that VFX Shot Simple

A common misconception amongst Junior Artists when preparing their first reel is that they have to come up with some overly elaborate and complex VFX shot to wow future employees. These usually feature exotic spaceships, massive explosions and weapons of mass destruction. It doesn't have to be like that. So, what makes a good CG shot? I had a chat with our Training Development Director and Maya Guru Lee Danskin to find out.

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Thu 23 Sep 2010: 11:57am

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Wireframes Structures Flavour of the Month

Wireframes Structures Flavour of the Month

It seems that monumental wireframe structures are the flavour of the month, and for those of us who are into lo-fi 3D geometry here's a real treat. Antony Gormley's new sculpture of a crouching man and Iceland's prototype for human pylons.

0 Comments Dom Davenport

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Wed 22 Sep 2010: 1:42pm

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Paul Franklin, VFX supervisor of Inception talks to our students

Paul Franklin, VFX supervisor of Inception talks to our students

Few VFX artists can claim to have as prestigious a career as Paul Franklin. From junior VFX artist to co-founder of Double Negative, one of London's most prestigious post houses, Paul has been on quite a journey. He's worked on some of the most memorable and successful films of recent times, titles such as Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Dark Knight.  His work has brought him nominations for an Oscar and two BAFTAs along the way.

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Wed 22 Sep 2010: 1:04pm

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