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47 Ronin: Samurai Spirit.

47 Ronin: Samurai Spirit.

There’s been a huge amount of excitement surrounding Keanu Reeves latest action flick 47 Ronin, which was released on Boxing Day. We know that the VFX community in particular have had watchful eyes on how the film is received given the high levels of attention the aesthetic of the film has been given in post.

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Tue 7 Jan 2014: 3:49pm

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Escapee works on '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Escapee works on '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Seeing escapees working on Hollywood blockbusters is a regular occurrence here at Escape Studios, and 2014 promises to be no change from the usual schedule, as we recently spoke to escapee Simone Cilliani who has worked on one film we’re particularly looking forward to; ‘300: Rise of an Empire’, set for release in March 2014.

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Thu 19 Dec 2013: 11:20am

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VFX Artist becomes Hollywood Film Director!

VFX Artist becomes Hollywood Film Director!

So we’ve all managed to take a look at the killer new trailer for Godzilla from VFX whiz turned director Gareth Edwards. But what was it about the trailer that grabbed your attention? Was it the borrowed score from 2001: A Space Odyssey? Perhaps it was the clip of Brian Cranston looking a little bit more like Hal from Malcolm in the Middle?

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Wed 18 Dec 2013: 10:55am

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Want to join the Sketch Workshop?

Want to join the Sketch Workshop?

Some products just don’t take much selling, and this project, started by our friends over at 3D Total, falls right into that category.

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Tue 3 Dec 2013: 12:11pm

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How's your MARI awesomeness? Insane prizes up for grabs in this competition from The Foundry & CG Society!

How's your MARI awesomeness? Insane prizes up for grabs in this competition from The Foundry & CG Society!

MARI is fast becoming the need to know software for 3D artists across the VFX industry, and The Foundry, in association with 'CGsociety' are looking for the most skilled artist in the land!

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Tue 26 Nov 2013: 5:42pm

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Free webinar: The Art and Science of Visual Effects

Free webinar: The Art and Science of Visual Effects

What's the secret behind breath-taking visual effects? There are lots of elements we need to consider before answering this question – such as modelling, texturing and lighting your scene - but a pivotal point in the process of bringing a computer generated image to life, is rendering.  And one man who has dedicated a great many hours into this area is The Mill's Head of Maya Development, Suraj Harrington-Odedra

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Mon 28 Oct 2013: 1:42pm

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Terribly tired of Toy Story?

Terribly tired of Toy Story?

So, we all loved Toy Story, and most of us who can remember watching it back in 1995, managed to find the same place in our hearts for it by the time the third cinematic instalment arrived in 2010.

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Thu 3 Oct 2013: 10:29am

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Softimage Creatives - London user group meeting this Wednesday

Softimage Creatives - London user group meeting this Wednesday

Calling all Softimage (XSI) fans out there - get yourself down to the next user group event tomorrow night. With an awesome line up of speakers it’s another great opportunity to catch up with your fellow animation Softimage users and a chance to check out some of the Softimage projects from over the last year.

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Tue 24 Sep 2013: 1:47pm

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A Taste of 3D!

A Taste of 3D!

Often for a VFX artist there is a defining moment of clarity, whether it be during a TV program, an epic film, or just viewing a highly detailed drawing, most of the artists we encounter, when asked “what made you want to become a VFX artist?” Usually one of these occasions is cited as a reply.

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Thu 19 Sep 2013: 3:03pm

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The Return of Naiad… Hurrah!

The Return of Naiad… Hurrah!

For those of you who are interested learning more about the tools being used by the pros, here’s a great article from the fxguide crew sharing details of the recent evolution of Naiad into Bifröst. In my opinion, this is one of the most exciting developments to come from Autodesk in quite some time. Find out more here.

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Tue 10 Sep 2013: 12:27pm

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Reasons To Be Creative

Reasons To Be Creative

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - the role of an artist is a complex and often challenging one. Every artist, no matter what stage you’re at in your career, will struggle with diminishing motivation and inspiration. It’s incredibly easy to slip into this state as we work ourselves into the ground, letting the pot of ideas run empty. But you are not alone! I know this because last week I spent three days at Reasons to be Creative in Brighton and was surrounded by artists and developers from across the creative industries, all looking for a fix of something that would get their creative juices flowing…

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Mon 9 Sep 2013: 3:29pm

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BFI London Film Festival - Line up announced!

BFI London Film Festival - Line up announced!

The 4th of September saw the unveiling of the official programme for the BFI London Film Festival. On queue with a live tweet session (which you can find here) the BFI announced some huge films that will be shown at this year’s event.

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Fri 6 Sep 2013: 9:41am

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This week on YouTube....Part 1!

This week on YouTube....Part 1!

Whats up internet? It's September already, nobody told me. I thought I was getting funny looks on the tube, I came to work in swim shorts and a snorkel! But enough about my arrest record. You want to hear about our YouTube channel, I'm sure.

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Tue 3 Sep 2013: 11:10am

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Everyone loves a good graphic novel...

Everyone loves a good graphic novel...

I am a great fan of Neil Gaiman, I was from the moment I read Good Omens to his most recent The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, they are captivating stories and his graphic novels have some amazing art work to boot.

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Wed 28 Aug 2013: 11:58am

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And suddenly I'm interested in the Witcher

And suddenly I'm interested in the Witcher

Those of you who know me, know I'm into games. It's a great time to be a fan of video games, especially with the next generation so close to blowing all of our minds.

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Thu 15 Aug 2013: 9:37am

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Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Don’t you just love it when two intricate art forms collide to make something equally as wonderful as each ingredient on its own? We saw this video (above) created by students from the University for the Creative Arts, and not only did we fall in love with the computer generated imagery, but we were impressed by the fact that this animation was synchronised with a live recording of  Milhaud’s 'La Création du Monde'.

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Wed 7 Aug 2013: 11:47am

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Star Wars Episode VII set to keep things old school.

Star Wars Episode VII set to keep things old school.

Star Wars Episode VII is on the horizon, and whether you are jumping in the air with excitement or recoiling every time the film's title is uttered – the creation of the motion picture is going to be one interesting venture.

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Tue 6 Aug 2013: 3:02pm

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Got the film making bug?

Got the film making bug?

Calling all filmmakers! Are you an IdeasTap member? If so, then you’ve got until Friday 6th of September to enter this competition, run by the  National Theatre, who are in search of creative minds to make a short film inspired by their new show; ‘The Light Princess’, (click here for more information on entrants source of inspiration)

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Mon 29 Jul 2013: 10:02am

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Fluid sim software lovers, behold!

Here’s some amazing news for fans of the now defunct Naiad.

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Thu 25 Jul 2013: 9:51am

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Project Green Screen - The finished product

Project Green Screen - The finished product

Our regular blog readers will remember that that back in March we wrote about a short directed by the legendary Robert Rodriguez that gave movie lovers the opportunity to collaborate with him.

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Mon 22 Jul 2013: 10:56am

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