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Photoshop goes (even more) 3D

Photoshop goes (even more) 3D

Fans of 3D and users of Photoshop will be delighted this week, with the announcement that 'Photoshop CS6 Extended' is on the market, it allows you to create 3D shape text using extrusions as a 3D layer... "similar to CS4 Extended" I hear you say! But alas, according to this write up, we are told that this works far more 'natively', with 'the usability you’d expect from an integrated Adobe toolset'.

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Thu 7 Feb 2013: 10:07am

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Animation Ireland

Animation Ireland

 

And how has this happened? Well a decade of tax breaks and investment basically. Tax breaks to aid production costs and funding for development prior to production from various sources. Very interesting given the impending tax breaks around the corner in the UK. Could this be a new dawn in film and broadcast for us here?
I was amazed by how many companies are turning out real quality work in Ireland. The tax breaks have not affected the passion for excellence. In fact I would say it has merely fuelled it - the companies are competing against eachother to produce the best work. And as the industry steadily grows there are now whispers of full length animated movies being made there.
If you are curious about what has been happening in Ireland check out the Animation Ireland showreel on their website...

Here's something you may not know. Ireland has a booming animation industry. No I didn't know that either until I went to the Cartoon Finance conference in Dublin last year. In fact the animation industry is doing so well, that in the face of the downturn, it has become one of their major exports. At the conference, it was quipped that the animators are now the ones with the proper jobs.

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Wed 6 Feb 2013: 5:30pm

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Blown Away by Disney short 'the Paperman'?

Blown Away by Disney short 'the Paperman'?

Walt Disney shorts are always a treat for viewers. In fact I’d go as far to say that when going to the cinema to see a new Disney Pixar film, part of the excitement is the opportunity to see the preluding short that comes with the main feature

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Thu 31 Jan 2013: 10:34am

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A giant robot, loud music, and plenty of explosions, what's not to like?

A giant robot, loud music, and plenty of explosions, what's not to like?

The office here at Escape is usually bustling with an array of different musical sounds, and it’s rare we fully agree on what radio station to keep on for more than an hour and a half.

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Tue 29 Jan 2013: 10:34am

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"remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the force"

"remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the force"

We’re well aware that this is rather old news, but what kind of film loving bloggers would we be, if we didn’t share a story about the United States receiving a petition to build an Empire Inspired Death Star?

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Thu 24 Jan 2013: 10:58am

Homemade Iron Man Laser Gauntlet!

Homemade Iron Man Laser Gauntlet!

So we’re all looking forward to the arrival of Iron Man 3 this year right?

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Wed 23 Jan 2013: 10:14am

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2013, the year of the special effects film?

2013, the year of the special effects film?

It’s no secret, here at Escape, we love special effects. For that reason, we are especially pleased that someone (Cinefex) has taken the time to find out what VFX clad films we’re set to expect in 2013/14, and compiled them into a succinct, chronological list for our (and your) perusal.

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Mon 21 Jan 2013: 4:09pm

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VES Cinematic Color White Paper!

VES Cinematic Color White Paper!

Cinematic Color: From Your Monitor to the Big Screen, documents current state-of-the-art practices for accurately working with color throughout the visual effects and animation process.

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Fri 18 Jan 2013: 11:35am

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Jurassic Park 4!

Jurassic Park 4!

Students who have entered the doors at Escape (and left as artists) draw their inspiration from a number of VFX pioneering films, many cite movies such as Blade Runner, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings, as the reason they wanted to master the art of VFX.

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Tue 15 Jan 2013: 4:59pm

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London's VFX Artists become Superheroes!

London's VFX Artists become Superheroes!

VFX fans and readers of WIRED magazine will have noticed a special feature in this month’s edition, as Soho’s VFX teams are made into super heroes by, well, themselves.

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Mon 14 Jan 2013: 11:29am

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 10!

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 10!

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you on how the course is going. Here's my update from week ten!

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Tue 8 Jan 2013: 11:00am

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SkiBrogues - The height of Alpine fashion?

SkiBrogues - The height of Alpine fashion?

The height of the Ski season is fast approaching, and with the increasing demand for functional yet fashionable attire, here is something that, just like Eddie the eagle, is sure to take off on the slopes.

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Mon 7 Jan 2013: 10:20am

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The Coca Cola Polar Bears are back!

The Coca Cola Polar Bears are back!

We are all familiar with the high octane, VFX loaded, cinematic creations of Ridley Scott - Blade Runner, Gladiator, Alien and Prometheus just skim the surface when discussing this directors back catalogue.

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Fri 4 Jan 2013: 12:13pm

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Ones to Watch in 2013

Ones to Watch in 2013

It goes without saying that film fans everywhere are looking forward to the release of a vast number of motion pictures in the upcoming year. Over the course of 2012, how many times have we heard the line “I can’t wait for this film to hit cinemas next year!”?

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Thu 3 Jan 2013: 3:33pm

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 9

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 9

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how the course is going so far. And here's an update on week nine

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Thu 3 Jan 2013: 10:44am

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Robin Squires VFX course diary: Week 8

Robin Squires VFX course diary: Week 8

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how the course is going so far. And here's an update on week eight.

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Thu 20 Dec 2012: 3:46pm

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The 3rd Dimension

The 3rd Dimension

Many 3D fans will be aware of the power of Maya, and the influence it has on the world of VFX, from blockbuster films to major games series, Maya is one of the most incredible creative tools on the planet. But like a pack of Arctic Huskies, it demands time and attention if you wish it to take you voyaging across the vast plains of 3D.

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Mon 17 Dec 2012: 4:00pm

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Cloverfield meets Transformers - Some serious VFX action!

Cloverfield meets Transformers - Some serious VFX action!

Just when you thought Hollywood couldn’t create VFX on a larger scale than Cloverfield or Transformers, this trailer is released, for ‘Pacific Rim’, and it really takes the biscuit!

Directed by the world renowned Guillermo del Toro, this is a tale of wait for it, giant robots made by humans, fighting giant monsters that have arrived through a time portal at the bottom of the sea - Sounds crazy right? Check out this trailer and if you plan to go to see this at the cinema, be sure to prepare yourself for some bone crushingly epic VFX sequences.  


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