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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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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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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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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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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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Final Animation Places!

As many of you will know, we are running our first Animation course with our new tutor Alex Williams starting on July 5th, and we still have a couple of places remaining. If you are interested in learning how to become a professional animator, and want to take advantage of Alex’s expert knowledge, then please get in touch to reserve your place. There are only a couple of weeks to go, so make sure to get in touch straight away!

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Wed 23 Jun 2010: 2:04pm

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Maya Entertainment Creation Suite 2011 Review

If you have not had time to check out the fresh looking Maya 2011, maybe you would like to read a quick review from our friends at AWN.

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Thu 17 Jun 2010: 10:27am

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Pixar RenderMan User Group Meeting tonight!

We are all looking forward to the UGM tonight with our very technical friends at Pixar! Over 200 people in attendance... should be a great night and plenty of Escape $ behind the bar!

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Thu 27 May 2010: 3:09pm

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Our New Animation Tutor

Meet our new animation tutor, Alex Williams who  comes from a rich tradition of 2D animation.  With over 20 years of industry experience that includes work as a storyboard artist, character designer and animator on more than 20 feature films for Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Fox, DreamWorks and Sony, his film credits include animated masterpieces such as 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', 'The Lion King' and 'The Iron Giant'.  His most recent work includes animation for the Oscar-winning 'Monster House', as well as 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'.

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Wed 19 May 2010: 2:31pm

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Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta, one of the first and most influential fantasy artists in the industry, died last week aged 82.

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Wed 19 May 2010: 9:03am

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Pixels – a must see piece of work

Pixels – a must see piece of work

If you haven’t seen this already from our tweet a while back, you must check out this awesome piece of work from Patrick Jean.

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Fri 7 May 2010: 11:59am

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Escape Studios meets Pixar’s Andrew Gordon

Following the Pixar masterclass, we asked Pixar’s Andrew Gordon to share his tips on creating a fantastic animated sequence and tell us how he came to work in the industry and at Pixar.

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Tue 4 May 2010: 3:32pm

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Framestore Senior Animator shares his Maya Tips

We've teamed up with 3D World to give you guys the chance to improve your Maya Skills.  Seth Gollub, senior animator at Framestore New York shares some of his Maya animation tips, letting us in on a few secrets along the way.

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Tue 27 Apr 2010: 5:55pm

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Looking to showcase your work?

We’ve heard of a great opportunity for any of you looking to showcase a short film you’ve been working on.

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Fri 23 Apr 2010: 2:26pm

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Expert training for modo enthusiasts

Expert training for modo enthusiasts

We have some exciting news for aspiring modo artists wanting to learn modo straight from the experts. Luxology's very own expert trainer, Andy Brown will be delivering an introductory two-day course at Escape Studios in June. This course is ideal for artists who are new to modo and want to learn more about the interface and efficient modelling and shading workflows. You will also discover how to accelerate the production process by utilising time-saving modo features like presets, assemblies and kits.

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Thu 22 Apr 2010: 5:02pm

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Quick-fire Q&A with Pixar's Story Artist Matthew Luhn

At the Animation and Story Master Class which took place recently, we caught up with Matthew Luhn to get his thoughts on animation. He has worked on some of the biggest animated films produced, including Toy Story and Toy Story 2, Monsters’ Inc., Finding Nemo and Up. Prior to joining Pixar in 1992 Matthew worked on The Simpsons as an animator.

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Tue 13 Apr 2010: 8:28am

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The Official Architectural V-Ray Demo Reel Released

The Official Architectural V-Ray Demo Reel Released

Chaos have released their official Ach Vis 2009 Demo reel today. It showcases some really cool imagery from very talented Arch Vis artists.  This is definitely worth a peek if you are interested in Arch Vis and want to see some amazing work from the industry’s top Arch Vis Studios.

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Thu 1 Apr 2010: 3:08pm

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Escape Studios Competition - 500 on Facebook

We’ve got a great competition for those of you on Facebook. One lucky person will be selected from members of our fan page to have free access for three months to one of our new online courses.

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Fri 26 Mar 2010: 10:42am

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Fusion Master Class – Dates Announced!

We have good news for all Fusion users out there. We are going to be hosting an exclusive three-day Fusion master class, which will be delivered by eyeon’s expert trainer, Eric Westphal.

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Thu 25 Mar 2010: 12:27pm

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New online courses for next generation of bedroom CG enthusiasts

We’re launching a brand new set of online courses – Self Directed Learning. These low-cost distance learning courses are aimed at students, aspiring 3D artists and computer graphics (CG) hobbyists across the world, and cover CG industry staples Maya, ZBrush and Nuke in detail.

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