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When the pencil is mightier than the pixel - Quietly questioning 'the Croods' production choices...

When the pencil is mightier than the pixel  - Quietly questioning 'the Croods' production choices...

I haven't yet seen the Croods, but my four year old's pester power means a trip to the cinema is inevitable this Easter. When I saw the first trailer a number of months ago, however I was left a little cold and felt little compulsion to make the effort to see it. It seemed rather predictable, not particularly lovable characters and no real 'hooks' to grab me. I did change my mind completely a few weeks later when Chris Sanders started releasing his story boards for the Croods. They are nothing short of stunning. 

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Wed 27 Mar 2013: 9:53am

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Davi Stein meets Davy Jones!

Davi Stein meets Davy Jones!

This morning, Escape Relationship Manager Anita Gribble and Head of 2D Davi Stein, took students on a trip to the heart of the West End – to see the newly opened Double Negative facility in Great Portland Street, which opened just 3 months ago! As is always the case with our studio visits, everyone set off early with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a hunger for adventure.

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Tue 26 Mar 2013: 3:47pm

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'The Croods' clubs the weekend box office!

'The Croods' clubs the weekend box office!

After last week’s mention of 'Despicable Me 2' arriving soon to hit cinema screens, it’s fair to say that animation is very much in the public eye at the moment, and the trend continued this weekend as animated movie ‘the Croods’ has dominated the box office.

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Tue 26 Mar 2013: 10:12am

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Lovable Film, Despicable Me 2.

Lovable Film, Despicable Me 2.

I loved the first slice of 'Despicable Me'.  And it’d be an understatement to say I am excited about this new trailer and release of ‘Despicable Me 2’ this summer! On the site, you can see some of their 3D turntables of the CG car they designed that is amphibious, there’s also some concept art on there too.

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Fri 22 Mar 2013: 3:32pm

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Getting Wavey!

Getting Wavey!

With my on-going love of all things oceanic and particularly wave related, I really loved this sculpture created by David Bowen, shown in Poland’s National Museum. It uses data accrued by a buoy in real time to mimic the ocean surface.

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Thu 21 Mar 2013: 5:10pm

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Lee's App Of The Week: Zombies and Trains

Lee's App Of The Week: Zombies and Trains

OK I know I talk a lot about zombies and these days the topic of a zombie apocalypse is fairly meh BUT how could I ignore an app called Zombies And Trains?! This is the latest game app from Norwegian based Dragonhead Games and it is a corker!

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Tue 19 Mar 2013: 10:46am

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A hell of a lot of animals!

A hell of a lot of animals!

Regardless of the controversy surrounding the recent Academy award for Best Visual Effects, given to Life of Pi last month, it is important to remember that R&H was not the only studio to have had creative influence to the film.

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Mon 18 Mar 2013: 12:42pm

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90 years of the BBC in 60 seconds.

90 years of the BBC in 60 seconds.

If you live in the UK and watch television from time to time, you might find yourself familiar with the BBC… well to be honest, unless you live in a cave and aren’t aware of the technological progression of the western world over the last 100 years, you will definitely have heard of the BBC.

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Mon 18 Mar 2013: 12:17pm

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Conference on VFX, Animation, Videogames and Digital Architecture seeks work from Animators!

Conference on VFX, Animation, Videogames and Digital Architecture seeks work from Animators!

One of the beautiful things about the internet is the ability to translate any language to your own with the click of a button. Meaning we get to find out about more awesome events like this...

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Fri 15 Mar 2013: 11:18am

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Will Emma still be the Belle of the Ball?

Will Emma still be the Belle of the Ball?

You may remember earlier this week I got a little excited about the prospect of Emma Watson playing Cinderella in Walt Disney Pictures’ live action adaptation of the fairy tale.

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Thu 14 Mar 2013: 12:23pm

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Snapshots of the Serengeti

Snapshots of the Serengeti

After watching my favourite geek show this last weekend, (BBC's ‘Click’ – If you haven’t heard of it, sort it out!) and found myself mesmerised by this wonderful project.

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Wed 13 Mar 2013: 12:45pm

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Lee's App Of The Week: Real Bokeh

Lee's App Of The Week: Real Bokeh

I love me some bokeh and I've been searching for a super simple bokeh app that lets me jazz up my pics with the click of button. Finally my search is over, for I have discovered Real Bokeh. Available on the iPhone and Android

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Wed 13 Mar 2013: 10:11am

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Disney Fever!

Disney Fever!

For some reason I’ve come over all Disney this week

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Tue 12 Mar 2013: 5:10pm

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'Masks' - The most fantastically bizarre animation you'll see all year!

'Masks' - The most fantastically bizarre animation you'll see all year!

We reckon that this is quite simply on of the most excellent (and unique) animated shorts you’ll have seen in a while!

An animation by Patrick Smith, created entirely on the back of a pre written score by musician Karl Von Kries. This short shows a mad scientist that perfects a cloning process of a small grey population of people. Who in turn are edible to  the larger, superior Masked folk. The little grey clones have a trick up their sleeve though, so make sure you watch until the end!


The animated short has won a number of awards in it’s time, and if you haven’t seen it yet – click away

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Tue 12 Mar 2013: 12:36pm

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Who says you can't create in Microsoft Paint?

Who says you can't create in Microsoft Paint?

There was always one kid in school who, when it came to using computers - was a wizard with the mouse, and would create pictures on ‘Paint’ as soon as your Business Studies teacher had his back turned. Well, some school out there was graced with the presence of this chap ‘Jim’.

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Mon 11 Mar 2013: 10:26am

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Girl Power!

Girl Power!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Fri 8 Mar 2013: 5:03pm

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Black Phoenix 3D Project (it's as cool as it sounds!)

Black Phoenix 3D Project (it's as cool as it sounds!)

You may have read our blog a few weeks back about the robot dog/drone/potential death machine that was created by the US military, if you did catch it, you’ll know that this ‘Black Phoenix’ from 3D artist Vitaly Bulgarov project is not far away from being very much a spot on prediction of the near future.

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Fri 8 Mar 2013: 10:36am

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Heads up!

Heads up!

Front of house was entertained today, as a group of Visual Effects TD students transformed the break out space into a film location for the afternoon. The ‘TD’ stands for Technical Direction and these guys are currently working on a scene which they have created using our state of the art 3D design technology. They are learning about camera tracking and match moving, (among other things) and today they were filming footage which they will have to place into the scene they have already designed.

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Thu 7 Mar 2013: 5:22pm

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The First Ascent of Everest, In 3D!

The First Ascent of Everest, In 3D!

Wheels are in motion for the first known ascent of Mt. Everest is to be made into a 3D feature, by award-winning N.Z. documentary maker Leanne Pooley.

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Thu 7 Mar 2013: 12:08pm

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