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Nationwide Tax Break Policy for the CG Industry

I was pretty shocked last week when the Coalition Government reversed its position in their dramatic Budget announcement. The UK government has declared its intention to establish a nationwide games tax break policy, in a manoeuvre that leaves the British sector in shock and jubilation. They stated: "Following consultation on the design, the Government will introduce corporation tax reliefs for the video games, animation and high-end television industries from April 2013, subject to State aid approval," read the official budget report.

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Mon 26 Mar 2012: 10:24am

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Acting for Animators

Acting for Animators

On March 29th, Shapes in Motion will be running an 'Acting for Animators' class. It's a great little course and one which can really help you understand how to bring your animations to life. If you'd like to find out more, here are the details.

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Wed 21 Mar 2012: 11:53am

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ParaNorman Official Trailer - Stop Motion Movie

ParaNorman Official Trailer - Stop Motion Movie

Here is the trailer for the new 3D stop motion comedy thriller by Laika, the animation studio that brought us 'Coraline'. Norman 'I see dead people' Babcock is a local boy from a small New England Town who has the ability to see and speak with the dead. The movie will follow Norman as he takes on ghosts. zombies and worst of all, grown ups to save his town from a century old curse. Cannot wait to see this film! But what do you think of the trailer - we want to hear it!? 

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Fri 16 Mar 2012: 11:07am

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The HP and DreamWorks Partnership

The HP and DreamWorks Partnership

HP has partnered with DreamWorks since the beginning, helping the business mature into the well-oiled animation machine we know today. HP is responsible for the hardware platforms at the very heart of the company, with a storage infrastructure that allows the team to share data quickly and easily over a global network, as well as state of the art workstations and monitors for creating detailed and realistic effects. In the video above, the team at DreamWorks discuss how HP technology has contributed significantly to the company staying on the cutting edge and how this technology brought to life the 2011 production of Puss in Boots.

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Wed 14 Mar 2012: 11:43am

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A Sad Day for Comics, French Artist Jean Giraud - Moebius - Dies at 73

A Sad Day for Comics, French Artist Jean Giraud - Moebius - Dies at 73

A very sad day indeed for the comics industry and for all of those like me who grew up within the amazing and imaginative world of Moebius. I have always been an avid comics fan and for me, the two most influential peolple have been Stan Lee (he taught me very important words such as puny proverbiale and imperious rex) and Jean Giraud who I stumbled upon by accident. He introduced me to the world of french comics and it was a revelation. The French are masters of comic art and narrative, and the works of Moebius have inluenced all manner of media including some of the most important science fiction films.

His legacy will no doubt live on - a true inspiration. You can read the full article on the Geek Out Blog.

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Tue 13 Mar 2012: 2:51pm

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An Exclusive Event on 3D Visualisation

An Exclusive Event on 3D Visualisation

On Thursday 29th March, Escape Studios are hosting an event at the Barbican Centre that will discuss the art of 3d visualisation. Joined by four industry speakers this is an opportunity to discover how professionals in film and other media create stunning as well as captivating animated visuals. The event is aimed at anyone working in the business of 3d visualisation, whether that’s in architecture, design, engineering or media and entertainment. We would like to invite you all to this exclusive event as we expose the creative side of this visual form.

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Mon 12 Mar 2012: 3:00pm

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Stargate Studios 'The Walking Dead' VFX Showreel

Stargate Studios 'The Walking Dead' VFX Showreel

As an avid zombie fan, I spend my days either killing zombies on the game console or watching them get hacked to pieces on tele (not to mention seeing one in the reflection of the mirror, the morning after a night of partying). One TV series which I'm sure most of you have heard of, is 'The Walking Dead'. Apart from the ghastly zombies and the characters of the show - one of the most common things people talk about is the lovely VFX. The talented guys at Stargate Studios are responsible for the VFX for The Walking Dead and they have just released their Season 2 showreel.

Enjoy, VFX/Zombie fans!

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Fri 9 Mar 2012: 9:30am

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News Round-Up: Monday 5th Mar 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 5th Mar 2012

Here is my usual jumble of news to start off this week. There are tutorials, news of various software releases, a cool "Making of Rango", and really sweet advert for Twinnings tea, and lots more. Feel free to add anything I may have forgotten.

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Mon 5 Mar 2012: 9:06am

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Despicable Me 2 Teaser Trailer

Despicable Me 2 Teaser Trailer

The talented people over at Universal Pictures have released a trailer for Despicable Me 2. I just couldn’t help but smile when I saw this trailer, if only I could order half a dozen of these little minions from Amazon and make them my pets, then life would be amazing.

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Fri 2 Mar 2012: 3:27pm

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The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists

The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists

After the rip roaring success with their Christmas adventure Arthur Christmas, Aardman Animations has once again teamed itself up with Sony Pictures Animations for The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists due for release on March 28th in both 2D and 3D.

Apologies, but in celebration for the upcoming release we’ve gotten ourselves in the buccaneering mood with a nautical themed blog with added seafaring lingo. Keep up if ya dare!

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Wed 29 Feb 2012: 4:30pm

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Autodesk Excellence for Every Customer

Autodesk Excellence for Every Customer

This year Autodesk are putting you first, with the introduction of their new customer engagement initiative which they are calling "ACE". The program aims to offer the end user the best possible experience when purchasing Autodesk products.

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Tue 28 Feb 2012: 11:00am

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Greg Malkin of Mars

Greg Malkin of Mars

We heard on the Soho grapevine that escapee Greg Malkin, had been working at Cinesite on John Carter of Mars. So we sent Training Manager Miles Petit rocketing off to catch up with him, to discover how after leaving Escape Studios, he got to Mars.

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News Round-Up: Monday 20th Feb 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 20th Feb 2012

After an absence of a week, I am back again with my usual digest of news. This week, we have some great showreels from the likes of Pixomondo, a great trailer from Spiderman and even some tutorials.

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Mon 20 Feb 2012: 2:34pm

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@Escape_Studios Follow: @Indi_Pops

@Escape_Studios Follow: @Indi_Pops

Five questions finding out more about our Twitter followers, how and why they got started and what they feel about the industry, with @TobyJOYdigital our Social Media Manager.

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Thu 16 Feb 2012: 2:00pm

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UK Uni Fee’s Up – Applications Down

UK Uni Fee’s Up – Applications Down

This was hardly surprising news, but the positive spin put on this stat by Universities UK, was that the drop wasn’t as great as predicted. However, a decrease of 8.7% is significant, and demonstrates prospective students are unable or unwilling to pay the increase in fees imposed by the current government.

There were more women than men applying, but the biggest drop is not amongst school leavers, down only 3.6%, but from older students over 21 which were down significantly.

However, there was also a slight increase in overseas students applying here, and conversely more UK students are applying abroad, for example, Maastricht University forecasts 600 applications.

It’s not rocket science figuring out that fees of £9000 p/a over a three year degree, plus all living costs will be a considerable sum to repay, and for a non-vocational degree, it will require serious thought to justify. After all, if the degree studied will not guarantee a job at the end earning you X amount, then being saddled with that kind of debt is a hefty burden to bear.

Even the prospect of the student idyll and those first tastes of freedom living away from the parents, in the life of Riley, may now seem a little indulgent.

In our sector, Animation and Computer Graphic degrees are wide ranging and extensive, but this can be both their strength and their weakness. Yes, you may learn a wide range of skills, direct your own mini movie masterpiece, and if you’re exceptionally talented and hardworking, this film may lead to a job winning Showreel.

The reality is too often we see films that are either strong in one discipline but severely lacking in others, so making the overall effect disappointing. Or either, so many students have worked on one jaw dropping movie, that it’s hard to see exactly how much of a role any one individual played in the overall execution.

If getting a job is your top priority, fair to say it’s better to study an in-depth industry specific course, such as we offer here at Escape Studios, rather than something less focused.

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Tue 14 Feb 2012: 4:00pm

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NUKE Gets Results at Flipbook Studios

NUKE Gets Results at Flipbook Studios

Flipbook, the Manchester based animation and VFX boutique studio, are celebrating a second year in business this week. Quite literally two years ago to the date (February 8th 2010) they took on their very first job. Since then Flipbook have grown from strength to strength, and look forward to a prosperous future as they make some significant upgrades in the company’s workflow.

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Thu 9 Feb 2012: 12:00pm

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Reach for La Luna

Reach for La Luna

Ever since escapee Afonso Salcedo aka @fonziewonzie, tweeted about a cool Pixar Short animation he worked on called La Luna, I had been extremely keen to see this gem.

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Wed 8 Feb 2012: 2:00pm

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Free Download: An Artist’s Guide to a Career in CG

Free Download: An Artist’s Guide to a Career in CG

Are you an aspiring CG artist who’s trying to get your CG career off the ground? Are you working in the creative industry and want to transfer your skills to VFX? We know how difficult it can be to make decisions and chose the right path, but that’s where our Careers Guide can help. By revealing the many opportunities that exist within the CG industry, the guide helps you overcome some of the hurdles you might face when you start making career choices.

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News Round-Up: Monday 6th Feb 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 6th Feb 2012

There's all sorts of goodies in this week's edition of my News Round Up: we have free sofware from DAZ3D, some cool VFX breakdowns, the usual Oscar related stories, and lots of lots of news on the state of the UK education system. Hope you enjoy it, and as usual, I welcome your feedback.

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Mon 6 Feb 2012: 9:50am

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Massive Discount on Motion Synthesis Software, Endorphin 2.7

Massive Discount on Motion Synthesis Software, Endorphin 2.7

Great news for all you animators out there, Escape Studios and Natural Motion are teaming up to bring you an incredible promotion on endorphin 2.7. Here's the deal: you can save up to 90% on this software if you buy before February 14th, 2012.

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Tue 31 Jan 2012: 10:00am

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