Blog

Top Down Animation - Work in Progress - Step 1

I am currently working on (amongst other things) a simple animation in order to demonstrate the Top Down Animation Technique. The animation I am going to do is of a character walking up and sitting down in a chair then tipping backwards. I thought it would be interesting to demonstrate the steps that I would go through in doing an animation this way, so I'll be posting my progress as I go.

1 Comments Jeff Pratt

Posted by
Jeff Pratt
Fri 27 Nov 2009: 12:40pm

Tags: , , , , , ,

Interesting Field for Animated Short Oscar

The List of animated short being concidered for an Academy Award this year have been announced and it's a very interesting array of entires. Here they are:  

0 Comments Jeff Pratt

Posted by
Jeff Pratt
Tue 24 Nov 2009: 4:43pm

Recommended Animation Books

I have been asked by a number of Webinar Attendees about what books I would recommend for animation. So I thought I would give you a list of all the ones I have.

1 Comments

Posted by

Tue 24 Nov 2009: 8:24am

Tags: , ,

20 animated submissions for upcoming Oscars

Not sure how many of you have been following this story, but a whopping 20 feature films have been submitted for the Animated Feature film category for the upcoming Oscars. This is great news for the industry as it means we’re well on track to getting five nominees qualifying for the category at the awards next February (we normally only have 3!).

0 Comments Jeff Pratt

Posted by
Jeff Pratt
Thu 19 Nov 2009: 10:47am

Tags: , , , , , ,

How to Become a World-Class Animator

Thanks to everyone who attended my "Becoming a World-Class Animator" webinar last night - it was great to get a chance to speak to all of you!  We're going to make the presentation available in the Escape Studios Free Resources section of our website soon - so make sure that you keep an eye out for it.

0 Comments Jeff Pratt

Posted by
Jeff Pratt
Fri 13 Nov 2009: 12:34pm

Tags: , , ,

Western Spaghetti

All the talk of stop motion animation last week got me thinking, so I went in search of some great examples of this type of work. This Western Spaghetti viral is awesome. 

6 Comments Lee Danskin

Posted by
Lee Danskin
Mon 2 Nov 2009: 2:19pm

Tags: ,

The Tate Movie Project – Tate teaming up with Aardman Animations

Now this is what we like to see – children getting involved in animation from a young age. This week we heard that Tate is teaming up with Aardman Animations, the team behind Wallace and Gromit, to create a new film.  And,  they want children to help them brainstorm. Check out the video on our YouTube channel.

0 Comments Lee Danskin

Posted by
Lee Danskin
Thu 22 Oct 2009: 5:38pm

Tags: , , , , ,

Old-school animation: Fantastic Mr Fox

Towelling for grass, cotton balls for smoke and cling film for water – Wes Anderson has reverted to traditional forms of animation in his new film Fantastic Mr Fox.

1 Comments Lee Danskin

Posted by
Lee Danskin
Mon 19 Oct 2009: 4:21pm

Tags: , ,

Keep those entries coming…

Keep those entries coming…

Our CG Whiz competition has got off to a fantastic start - we’ve already had an impressive 27 entries but there’s still time to submit your best work.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

Posted by
Isabelle Duarte
Wed 7 Oct 2009: 11:59am

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Free Animation Video Tutorial now available from Escape Studios

Our September Free video tutorial is now available! This month, we are giving away an hour long tutorial from our Online Animation Course.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

Posted by
Isabelle Duarte
Tue 29 Sep 2009: 10:00am

Tags: , , , , ,

Back to the future of 3D cinema

I’ve mentioned 3D movies before on the blog, but this week another article on the topic caught my eye. Pixar has said that it’s hoping 3D films will encourage people to watch movies at the cinema – rather than pirate copies or illegal downloads at home.

1 Comments Lee Danskin

Posted by
Lee Danskin
Mon 21 Sep 2009: 9:02am

Tags: , , , , , ,

Give us a break

I’ve been reading a lot about tax breaks in the past couple of months. First there was the anticipation and ultimate disappointment of Digital Britain, when we hoped that the games industry might get the tax breaks it needed. A missed opportunity, many said.

0 Comments Dom Davenport

Posted by
Dom Davenport
Fri 11 Sep 2009: 1:16pm

Tags: , , ,

Traditional Animation makes a comeback

The first trailer for the upcoming Disney Feature The Princess and the Frog has just been released. It heralds a return to the hand drawn traditional animation that Disney is famous for. I for one am excited to see it and hope that it heralds the rebirth of traditional animation as a whole.

0 Comments Jeff Pratt

Posted by
Jeff Pratt
Fri 19 Jun 2009: 9:18am

Tags: , ,