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CG Whiz competition reaches the half-way mark.

We’ve just blown the half time whistle on the CG Whiz competition and thought it might be time for a team talk; a chance to touch base with everyone and let you know how it’s all going.

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Fri 29 Oct 2010: 5:10pm

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Two New Online Courses: ZBrush for 3D Artists & Character Animation Foundation

Two New Online Courses: ZBrush for 3D Artists & Character Animation Foundation

Today, we are launching two brand new online courses. One is an advanced ZBrush course for professionals; the other is a Character Animation course for 3D novices.

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Thu 28 Oct 2010: 11:27am

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New Escapee Graduate Showreels Go Live!

New Escapee Graduate Showreels Go Live!

We have just updated three of our graduate showreels here.

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Thu 28 Oct 2010: 11:01am

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Open Source and the Studios

So a year on from the opensource announcements made by numerous studios the move seems to be going well. A lot of major facilities are opening up the process and offering solutions the most well known is probably OpenExr by ILM but numerous other facilities have begun releasing software and specs back to the community.

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Wed 27 Oct 2010: 10:35am

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What’s Your Favourite CG Film or Scene of all Time?

Our CG Whiz competition got us thinking about what our favourite CG films and scenes of all time are. One thing led to another, much "debating" took place around the office and then we thought it would be best to let our Twitter followers have the last say. After being inundated with many great suggestions from them, here are the top five.

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Tue 26 Oct 2010: 12:27pm

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Bursaries Available for Escape Studios' New Short Courses

We've just launched some new short courses which are going to be taking place here at Escape before Christmas. Each of these consists of five days intensive full-time classroom training from one of our industry professional tutors.

We have four courses on offer, and they are...

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Thu 21 Oct 2010: 11:30am

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AutoCAD for the Mac

AutoCAD for the Mac

Autodesk have released AutoCAD for the Mac after its announcement back in August.

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Tue 19 Oct 2010: 2:04pm

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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