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Free RenderMan Tips and Tricks Webinar

Free RenderMan Tips and Tricks Webinar

Hi Everyone, my name is Chris Ford from Pixar Animation Studios and I manage Pixar's RenderMan business from our studio in California. I am delighted that Escape has kindly offered me the opportunity to contribute an occasional guest blog post.

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Fri 3 Sep 2010: 10:53am

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Growing up with Maya

Growing up with Maya

I had a picture sent to me from an old colleague this week (above). It was taken in the "fake" Getaway pub on the 4th floor of SCEE’s (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe) offices in Soho.

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Thu 2 Sep 2010: 10:19pm

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Free Evaluations of modo Production Now Available

Luxology are now giving away modo Production Evaluations for free. The Production Evaluation gives you access to more much more content than you would normally get with the free Basic modo Trial – so it actually gives you can a chance to properly test drive modo.

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Wed 1 Sep 2010: 10:55am

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Inception Zero Gravity

For me the best movie so far this year has to be Christopher Nolan's Inception. it will be interesting come Oscar time to see if the Academy and the world at large agree. It is a fantastic combination of amazing direction and cinematography, a gripping script and amazing VFX. The best VFX are the ones you don't see and only afterwards do you think "How did they do that?".

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Tue 31 Aug 2010: 8:16am

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California Dreams

California Dreams

As part of our ongoing commitment to the US, we have recently been on a whistle stop tour of California visiting all of the leading lights in the VFX and animation industry. Lee and I were lucky enough to visit the likes of ILM, Pixar, Dreamworks, Sony Imageworks and Tippett Studio. It was like walking into a living museum of the best VFX and animation has to offer, from the original costumes and matte paintings from the Star Wars series to the giant Luxo Jr outside Pixar's HQ. We were completely in geeky film heaven. Lee's excitement at seeing models and maquettes from some of his favourite movies was very obvious. For those of us who know him, well there is no volume control!

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Thu 26 Aug 2010: 9:21am

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4DMax Helps Creates New Identity for Willie’s Chocolate Factory

4DMax Helps Creates New Identity for Willie’s Chocolate Factory

Our friends at 4DMax are 3D data capture specialists and have been blazing a trail recently with their work scanning heads, bodies, objects and environments for some very high profile VFX movies. We’ve tried the technology here at the Escape Studios’ offices using the heads of a few weary volunteers to see how the technology works. The results are amazing!

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Wed 25 Aug 2010: 3:55pm

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Two showreel tips

Those of you who follow us on Twitter will know that we had our first ever realtime Twitter feedback session on Monday. I am told I should refer to them as Tweetups or Twitter parties, but if truth be told, it was a simple, honest, online showreel clinic!  We asked our followers to send us links to their reels, and Lee Danskin, our Training Development Director, provided his usual professional feedback.

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Thu 19 Aug 2010: 5:40pm

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New Hot Fix for 3ds Max & 3ds Max Design 2011 Released

Autodesk have just releasd a brand new Hot Fix for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2011 and Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2011.

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Thu 12 Aug 2010: 2:04pm

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Highlights from Siggraph 2010

Highlights from Siggraph 2010

I recently returned from nearly a week out at SIGGRAPH and thought I’d put together a few highlights to share with you.

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Wed 11 Aug 2010: 3:15pm

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Robert Holmes takes time out to talk about his career to date

It’s always great to find out how escapees get on after their training and enter the world of work. Last week, we met up with ex-student Robert Holmes out at SIGGRAPH. Since his time at Escape, Rob’s gone on to work on some amazing projects at The Mill. He took time to tell us how he got his break and what’s needed to be successful in this industry.

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Mon 9 Aug 2010: 12:14pm

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Escapees work on Rooney

Escapees work on Rooney

Now almost as hyped an event as the World Cup itself, the Nike ad this year starred a host of big names, from our own Wayne Rooney through to Franck Ribiery of France, Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro and even shiny Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. Most people will have seen at least one of the shorter clips, if not the full thing, and the eagle eyed among you will know that the guys at the Mill were on hand to provide the VFX wizardry.

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Thu 22 Jul 2010: 2:28pm

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Escape Studios at Siggraph 2010

Escape Studios is going to SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles next week. We’ll have a booth at the SIGGRAPH 2010 Job Fair (booth #26) and we’d love to see you there. Drop by and pick up some of the Escape Studios goodies! 

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Wed 21 Jul 2010: 10:17am

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Fusion 6.1 Out Now

Fusion 6.1 Out Now

For those of you that have been eagerly waiting for the next release of Fusion, you’ll be pleased to know that Version 6.1 is out now and available for shipping.

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Tue 20 Jul 2010: 3:46pm

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New mentored courses for long distance learners

New mentored courses for long distance learners

Today we’ve launched a brand new set of online mentored learning courses to offer a helping hand to international grads and drive the next wave of computer graphics talent. The twelve-month course offers the same high quality, interactive training experience as our flagship Visual Effects classroom course.

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Tue 13 Jul 2010: 9:15am

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ZBrush - major announcements!

Our friends at Pixologic have done it again... There seems to be no stopping the development team and now Windows and Mac users will unite!

On Monday August 9 ,2010 existing users will be able to upgrade FREE OF CHARGE! Updated versions of all major plugins, and GoZBrush support for Modo, Cinema 4D, 3DSMax and Maya for Windows and Mac systems.
More information about ZBrush 4.0 and its features will be presented closer to launch date.

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Mon 12 Jul 2010: 10:00am

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Competition reminder

It's great to see entries coming through for our Graduate Design Awards. Just a quick reminder you need to upload your show reel to our YouTube channel and then complete your entry by sending your contact details to escapestudios@brands2life.com. We need your name, showreel title, email address, telephone number, year of graduation, university and course attended.

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Fri 9 Jul 2010: 9:30am

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July’s Free Tutorial – Object Tracking in PFTrack

July’s Free Tutorial – Object Tracking in PFTrack

We have a real treat in store for you with July’s free tutorial; it’s a pretty technical and hands-on, and takes an in-depth look at geometry tracking within PFTrack.
It’s one of the final tutorials taken from our Camera Tracking for VFX Course and explains how the use of geometry can ‘Solve’ the motion of an object, enabling CG elements to interact with live action objects.

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Wed 7 Jul 2010: 4:30pm

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More Autodesk Hotfixes

Autodesk have just released a new set of hotfixes for their 3ds Max series of products for you to get stuck into.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Mon 5 Jul 2010: 2:14pm

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CG Graduate Design Awards go live

CG Graduate Design Awards go live

We’ve launched the CG Graduate Design Awards aimed at uncovering talented uni grads in the UK and US. This is the first international competition of its kind, where we’ll be giving fresh talent, a helping hand into the competitive computer graphics world with our partners The Mill. So, if you’re a student or recent graduate dreaming of breaking into the industry, this is the opportunity for you.

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Fri 2 Jul 2010: 2:42pm

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Escape Studios gets a makeover

The eagle eyed amongst you will have seen that we’ve got a slightly different look about us – we’ve got a new website and a new brand. We’re still the same Escape Studios, we’ve just revamped everything to make it more accessible and better connected.

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Fri 25 Jun 2010: 12:24pm

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