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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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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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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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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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Thu 13 Dec 2012: 3:36pm

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CVMP 2012 - Reflections (and Refractions)...Part One!

CVMP 2012 - Reflections (and Refractions)...Part One!

This was the 9th iteration of the CVMP conference, and it certainly lived up to its billing. The conference struck just the right balance between academic research and commercial production, providing a hugely rich and diverse array of ideas, challenges, successes and future endeavours.

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Wed 12 Dec 2012: 1:00pm

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Old School Toys (we mean really old school!)

Old School Toys (we mean really old school!)

Forget microscopic hyper intelligent computer chips. modern technology? I laugh in the face of modern technology (for a moment anyway) - you will too after watching some of these mechanical toys from yesteryear, they are simply amazing

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Wed 12 Dec 2012: 11:44am

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VFX - want to see how it's really done?

Fancy taking a peak behind the VFX scenes at Framestore's cinema? Framestore are one of the biggest post houses operating on Soho (London's VFX Hub...) today. They've worked on everything from The Golden Compass to Avatar to the Skyfall titles). We're conducting our last Open Day of the year there next Wednesday and we're rather excited about it!

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Tue 11 Dec 2012: 4:30pm

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1 day left to register for CVMP 2012...

Do you want to be in the know of the newest technology and techniques in the VFX industry? Do you want to meet with some of the brightest VFX talent in the UK and Europe?
Then CVMP is the perfect place for you to be on the 5th and 6th of December!

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 12:30pm

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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Some good news for VFX fans this week, as VES announce that a complete documentary film about the legendary Ray Harryhausen, will be shown at a number of festivals early next year, and better still, those who can’t make these screenings, will be able to get their hands on ‘RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN’ (quite the title, eh?) as soon as March 2013.

Being an avid Harryhausen fan, I own a signed copy of his classic book ‘The Art of Ray Harryhausen’, and have had the great pleasure of attending an intimate lecture held by this ‘Special Effects Titan’ back in 2009.

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Extra Tech Support from Escape Studios

Extra Tech Support from Escape Studios

Good morning internet!

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Fri 30 Nov 2012: 4:52pm

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Big News From IKinema

Big News From IKinema

Recently we’ve had a few snippets of pretty big news from our friends over at IKinema.
So here are the three little tidbits that we have for you –

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Thu 29 Nov 2012: 10:30am

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Rhythm & Hues deliver a tantalizing visual treat with 'Life of Pi'

Rhythm & Hues deliver a tantalizing visual treat with 'Life of Pi'

Despite popular disbelief, deeming the world created by author Yann Martel in his novel ‘Life of Pi’, as “unfilmable”, the guys at Rhythm & Hues Studios have put together a mind blowing piece of cinema that is sure to visually stun audiences around the globe.

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Wed 28 Nov 2012: 4:51pm

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Prime Focus World on "3D'ing" Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'.

Prime Focus World on "3D'ing" Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'.

We spoke to our friends over at Prime Focus World last month, in conjunction with their completed work on the stereo conversion of Tim Burton’s stop motion comedy horror - Frankenweenie. PFW worked closely and moreover, exclusively, with Disney and Burton on the picture, and the opportunity to chat about the project was just too good to miss!

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Fri 23 Nov 2012: 1:30pm

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Fintastic: PlayStation's new underwater papercraft game

Fintastic: PlayStation's new underwater papercraft game

There's been incredible diversity in the range of video games graphics presented to us over the years, but developers are still managing to find new ways to surprise us.

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Thu 22 Nov 2012: 3:30pm

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Framestore to host online Q&A with F1 giants McLaren

Framestore to host online Q&A with F1 giants McLaren

F1 fans out there may have found themselves watching a new animated series over the last few months, following the fictional antics of McLaren drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.  

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Thu 22 Nov 2012: 11:30am

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Princess Leia, a true Disney Princess?

Princess Leia, a true Disney Princess?

I think it’s fair to say that a huge amount of young girls, at one point or another have shared the dream of being a Disney Princess. Given this fact, one would imagine it’d be a celebrated occasion to see another Princess joining the Disney family.

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Fri 16 Nov 2012: 12:45pm

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Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

While everyone is busy hating on Disney for adopting and extending the Star Wars saga, let’s take a moment to remember that Disney do indeed make some seriously visually impressive motion pictures. Their latest endeavour ‘Wreck it Ralph’, is no exception. CTO Andy Hendrickson spoke to Animation World Network about the film…

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Thu 15 Nov 2012: 4:30pm

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Bjorks' Mutual Core Pushes the Limits

Bjorks' Mutual Core Pushes the Limits

Bjork never seems to miss the creative mark.  In her newest video for the song, Mutual Core, Bjork and Director Andrew Thomas-Huang present a fantastic dreamscape that is like no other.  A strangley geologic themed expression really does show the power of well thought out VFX.  Who new geology was so sexy?  

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Thu 15 Nov 2012: 9:00am

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Google & The Science Museum team up!

Google & The Science Museum team up!

Over the weekend I was wiling away a few minutes very early in the morning and I discovered this experimental collaboration, between Google and the Science Museum.

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Wed 14 Nov 2012: 1:05pm

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'Beauty is Embarrassing' serves to Inspire.

'Beauty is Embarrassing' serves to Inspire.

When you're just having one of those days in front of your computer, it's always good to take a step back, and gain some perspective. Get some inspiration!

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