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Character Animation Graduation at Aardman Studios

Character Animation Graduation at Aardman Studios

On Friday 5 December, we visited Aardman Animations to celebrate the graduation of 11 students on a 12-week Character Animation course. Now in it’s second year, the course in a collaboration between NFTSCreative Skillset and Aardman. The mission? The provide animation training that is industry focused and addresses the skills gap for animators in the UK. And from what we saw on Friday, this is just our kind of animation course - the kind where students are supported in realising their career ambition, towards getting a job after they graduate.

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Mon 15 Dec 2014: 3:45pm

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DRAGONS DRAGONS DRAGONS

DRAGONS DRAGONS DRAGONS

If you managed to get a VFX Festival ticket before they sold out, then you'll more than likely be aware that we've got Jan Fiedler of Pixomondo flying to London to speak at the event, and it's going to be totally awesome.

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Our evening with two CG masters

Our evening with two CG masters

On Thursday, 30 October, we were joined by two CG masters, for an insight into their careers working in VFX. Both had very different stories to tell – which given the variety of audience members and interests in the room, was a great opportunity to learn about the scope of the VFX industry and what area an artist may look to specialise in.

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Wed 12 Nov 2014: 7:47pm

VFX Festival 2015: Are you ready?

VFX Festival 2015: Are you ready?

You’ve been talking about it, your friends have been talking about it, your friends’ friends have been talking about it, hell I even heard the milkman talking about it the other day, and now the date is finally here. That’s right, it’s time for you to start preparing for the VFX Festival 2015.

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Thu 30 Oct 2014: 4:10pm

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VFX & the Creative Workforce Survey - get involved! (and win an iPad!)

VFX & the Creative Workforce Survey - get involved! (and win an iPad!)

If you’re in the business of creative careers, then it’s likely you’ll be aware of Creative Skillset, an organisation that aims to plug skills gaps, identify funding needs, and train, develop and nurture people within creative industries.

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Tue 28 Oct 2014: 3:45pm

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Open day 29th October: Hosted by VFX legend John Swinnerton

Open day 29th October: Hosted by VFX legend John Swinnerton

Our next open day is going to be hosted by John Swinnerton of the legendary Peerless Camera Company. John has been working at Peerless since the days of Terry Gillam of Monty Python, having started off as a camera operator and working his way up to Compositor and VFX Supervisor.

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Wed 22 Oct 2014: 11:51am

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The annual MOCHA HALLOWEEN VIDEO CONTEST is here!

The annual MOCHA HALLOWEEN VIDEO CONTEST is here!

The lovely folks over at Imagineer Systems have donated licenses for mocha Pro 4 to Escape Studios and just in time for their annual Mocha Halloween Video Contest! Imagineer Systems is the Academy Award-winning developer of mocha: Planar Tracking based visual effects solutions for film and video post production.

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Mon 20 Oct 2014: 4:58pm

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Escape Studios @ The View Conference 2014

Escape Studios @ The View Conference 2014

Anita, Vania and I were at VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy last week, and on Wednesday I hosted a NUKE Taster day style workshop for a packed house of 35 students. Most attendees came from 3 surrounding animation art schools within the arts centre in central Turin. After the session I had lunch with some of them and discovered that in their foundation year they are learning traditional animation, 3D and filmmaking, then specialising afterwards in 2D or 3D animation for their final project.

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VFX Supervisor on Inception & the Batman trilogy Paul Franklin @ Escape Studios

VFX Supervisor on Inception & the Batman trilogy Paul Franklin @ Escape Studios

Whether you’re a seasoned VFX pro or just entering the industry, it’s highly likely that you would’ve seen and enjoyed the work of Paul Franklin, in fact considering the insane projects he’s been involved with, this blog doesn’t take much writing, so I’ll keep things short and sweet.

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Mon 6 Oct 2014: 4:14pm

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‘Education for the future of digital creativity’ @ The ZED Space London

‘Education for the future of digital creativity’ @ The ZED Space London

The HP ZED London pop up is a rich source of knowledge for those who are considering a career, or are already involved in, the business of VFX.

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Film Directing Debut on the Horizon for Compositing Master

Film Directing Debut on the Horizon for Compositing Master

Compositing Master and long-time friend of Escape Victor Perez, has recently taken a new direction within his artistic career, and after years in the VFX biz, is taking the skills that he has accrued supervising on some huge projects (you may have seen his story on our Escape & Enter site) into the field of film Directing, and at the moment is embroiled in some pretty exciting projects.

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Inside the Escape Studios online taster course

Inside the Escape Studios online taster course

David Han studied our 3D for VFX Online taster course earlier this year, and he answered a few questions about the experience!

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Motion Graphics training with an Internship at CAKE

Motion Graphics training with an Internship at CAKE

At the end of this month (29th September to be exact), starts Escape’s very first dedicated Motion Graphics course – a 12 week (part time) evening course for creative folk who want to take their digital designs to new heights. And with an internship at CAKE up for grabs, this course is launching its graduates into the industry, firing on all cylinders!

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Wed 17 Sep 2014: 12:54pm

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Writer/Director Spotlight: Haz Dulull

Writer/Director Spotlight: Haz Dulull

I spoke to Writer/Director and VFX Artist Haz Dulull this week, the topic of conversation; Project Kronos, 3D World Magazine Awards, and his latest short film SYNC...

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BBC World Cup 2014 Title Sequence: Behind the VFX

BBC World Cup 2014 Title Sequence: Behind the VFX

"Filmed on location within Tavares Bastos favela, Santa Teresa and The Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The BBC World Cup 2014 titles visual effects were created by GeeFX Studios. The entire piece was done at 6k resolution, filmed with a Red Epic Dragon. Although only broadcast by the BBC in HD, you can view a 4K version on the RED youtube channel above. In conjunction with The Sex Pixels, Unlimited VFX Limited brought to life the statue of Brazil’s 1958 world cup winning captain, Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini, The Macarana stadium entrance and Brazillian sky were also augmented for dramatic effect.

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Reasons to be Creative 2014

Reasons to be Creative 2014

Last week Ash Miles and myself spent a fantastic three days filled with education and inspiration at Reasons to be Creative in Brighton. This is a conference that brings together some of the most talented designers, coders, filmmakers, animators, installation builders, illustrators, and artists who offer a little window of insight into their work and careers.

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'Industry Workshops':event, in partnership with MPC London

'Industry Workshops':event, in partnership with MPC London

With some incredible names on board, the ‘Industry Workshops’ event held in partnership with our friends at MPC is a summit for London creatives that is not to be missed.

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Thu 28 Aug 2014: 10:30am

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Is this the future of filmmaking?

Is this the future of filmmaking?

VFX fans will want to check out this amazing teaser demo of Vray RT and Motion capture (above)

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Wed 27 Aug 2014: 11:29am

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Escapee Showcase: Iveth Bueno, SIGGRAPH 2014 Volunteer

Escapee Showcase: Iveth Bueno, SIGGRAPH 2014 Volunteer

During my five days at SIGGRAPH, one of the escapees i happened to bump into was Iveth Bueno, from my Compositing for Visual Effects class in 2013, she kindly wrote a blog for us about her experience as a SIGGRAPH 2014 volunteer!

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Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 1

Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 1

After 10hr flight and a spot of jet lag kicking in we registered at the one and only SIGGRAPH today in Vancouver (Sunday 10th August)

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