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Darth Vader Moves into the The Magic Kingdom

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."

0 Comments Jason Carrasco

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Jason Carrasco
Tue 6 Nov 2012: 8:22pm

FPV FTW!

FPV FTW!

Escape Tutor Dan Shutt shared one of his past times with us this week, in the form of FPV flight.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Mon 5 Nov 2012: 5:30pm

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Happy Hallowe'en from Escape Studios!

Happy Hallowe'en from Escape Studios!

It's that time of the year again, and everyone is getting ready, carving up their spooky pumpkins for visiting trick-or-treaters...

0 Comments Fabrizio Arzani

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Fabrizio Arzani
Tue 30 Oct 2012: 5:30pm

Wacom Bamboo—Manga-style!

Wacom Bamboo—Manga-style!

Konnichiwa manga fans!
Capitalising on our ever-growing fascintation in J-Culture, Wacom have unweiled their latest Manga edition of its Pen & Touch tablet, designed for illustrators to easily create Japanese-style comics. The tablet comes teamed with Smith Micro's acclaimed Manga Studio Debut 4 and Anime Studio Debut 8.

Konnichiwa manga fans!

Capitalising on our ever-growing fascintation in J-Culture, Wacom have unveiled a special Manga edition of its Pen & Touch tablet, designed for illustrators to whip up Japanese comicbook-style characters and scenes with ease. The tablet comes teamed with Smith Micro's acclaimed Manga Studio Debut 4 and Anime Studio Debut 8—you can import existing drawings and pictures to Anime Studio, automatically converting them into vector graphics, which you can then animate...Genius!

0 Comments Alison Cobb

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Mon 29 Oct 2012: 1:30pm

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An impressive body of work

An impressive body of work

Japanese art student Choo San, blew quite a few minds this week when she uploaded her latest side project to internet forums.

1 Comments mark spevick

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Tue 23 Oct 2012: 6:00pm

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The VFX Festival, a storming success!

The VFX Festival, a storming success!

With the help of some top class industry speakers, cinemas in a handful of the world’s most prolific post houses, a dedicated team of Escape staff and some fantastically helpful VFX Marshalls, it is no surprise the UK’s first ever VFX Festival, was a storming success.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Tue 23 Oct 2012: 10:49am

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Expand your view of the sky!

Expand your view of the sky!

For Years I've been fascinated by space, as a VFX artist it's the closest thing we have to observing epic film effects in real life. Every star, nebula or galaxy represents incredible pyrotechnics happening right in front of our eyes… albeit a few million years late some of the time. As an example, this is a picture I took a few years ago of M27, also known as the ‘dumbbell nebula’. This is the result of a supernova, a gigantic explosion in space - throwing off matter, the red stuff is mostly hydrogen gas, the greenish stuff is oxygen.

0 Comments Daniel Shutt

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Fri 19 Oct 2012: 3:00pm

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Babis Cloud's computer-key Horse

Babis Cloud's computer-key Horse

Ever felt like you've had enough of your computer, and wanted to make something a bit more creative with it? Check out this fantastic sculpture, which almost makes you want to break lots of computers just to have one!

3 Comments mark spevick

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mark spevick
Thu 11 Oct 2012: 4:00pm

Grounded: A VFX Short with some Heart

Grounded: A VFX Short with some Heart

In this day and age of huge Sci-fi VFX productions that really don't go anywhere (cough!.. Prometheus...cough! cough!) emotionally we find ourselves longing for some real substance with our entertainment.  Enter Grounded , a film short by Kevin Margo, a VFX vet from Blur Studio, about an Astronauts journey through space and life.  The short was a top award winner at multiple festivals around the planet and in true VFX fashion Kevin and his team created a process short along with the film to show all of those VFX hopefuls out there just how it was done.  Top notch work from a top notch creative, I do hope we see some more from Mr. Margo's mind!

0 Comments gareth morgan

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Thu 4 Oct 2012: 7:07pm

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Looper – the next Matrix flick?

Looper – the next Matrix flick?

Described as ‘this decades The Matrix, the phrase alone has already set very high standards for it’s audience.  Possibly a bold statement to make, The Matrix was pretty groundbreaking for it’s time. At first glance, the statement seems a cheap marketing gimmick, and one with little to support it. But if ever a marketing gimmick was doing it’s job right, it is now… because it definitely grabbed my attention and intrigued me enough to find out more about the film.

1 Comments Ellen Payne

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Ellen Payne
Fri 28 Sep 2012: 5:00pm

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NYCC 2012

NYCC 2012

We are less than a month away from New York Comic Con, “the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention”, an event that attracts fans of film/TV/graphic novel (and the rest!) in their hoards, last year’s convention drawing 105,000 punters! 

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Wed 26 Sep 2012: 9:00am

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

First of all, there was the announcement of a cinematic addition to 'Lord of the Rings', the prequel The Hobbit. Great! Then there was the news that the prequel would be part of a trilogy, even more exciting!

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Fri 21 Sep 2012: 9:30am

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The Economic Impact of the UK Film Industry

The Economic Impact of the UK Film Industry

Following a lot of doom and gloom surrounding the UK economy, it’s always nice to read something positive about an industry contributing towards economic growth. The BBC posted an article this week discussing an independent report examining the impact of the film industry on the UK economy. And we feel this report is just the thing we need to restore faith in the creative talent that exists this side of the pond, so it can be nurtured allowing the industry to flourish even further.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Wed 19 Sep 2012: 12:05pm

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Right up our street!

Right up our street!

Good day film fans! Here’s something we saw online that is sure to tickle your pickle!

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Tue 18 Sep 2012: 12:00pm

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The VFX Festival 2012 - Get your tickets now!

The VFX Festival 2012 - Get your tickets now!

Step into the mind-blowing world of VFX with The VFX Festival! Escape Studios has created the first ever four-day festival exploring the breathtaking world of visual effects, held in London on 10th-13th October.

Celebrating a decade of UK visual effects, the festival will be packed with the most respected VFX talent, visionaries and companies who have helped shape the industry. Offering inspirational insight behind the clever trickery in this booming VFX industry, with an exciting four-day programme packed with insider knowledge and information, showreel demos, hands-on workshops and exclusive premieres, it's perfect for those with a creative talent or thirst to develop their VFX Career.

19 Comments Bethan Lofthouse

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Bethan Lofthouse
Mon 17 Sep 2012: 1:30pm

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They don’t make films like they used to!

They don’t make films like they used to!

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is one film responsible for inspiring a whole generation of animators. This is very much the case in the UK particularly, and largely because of the massive contribution from one very talented Brit, Richard Williams, and his team at Elstree Studios. And so, when I came across this posting on io9.com, I felt I should share the little nostalgic nugget with you all.

0 Comments Davi Stein

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Mon 17 Sep 2012: 12:05pm

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Webseries spotlight: Red vs Blue - Part II

Webseries spotlight: Red vs Blue - Part II

Continuing on from Part I of this blog... then, at the start of season 8, and totally out of the blue, RvB started using action sequences, made with fully scripted fight scenes that involve stunts not possible with the previous game engine. CG had crept its way into the show, and in a big way; multiple people beating the incredible hell out of each other, huge explosions, space fights, giant weapons, and jaw dropping set pieces littered season 8, including a hilarious 8-minute sequence of Tex destroying the Reds and Blues, and flashbacks to Project Freelancer.

0 Comments Ash Miles

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Ash Miles
Mon 17 Sep 2012: 9:05am

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Weird Wins!

Weird Wins!

With the US release of Paranorman last month (UK release 14th September), sporting giants Nike have released a one of a kind edition of their synonymous, ‘foamposite’ sports trainer. Only 800 of these Paranorman themed pumps were made and get this - they could only be won by weirdos.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Tue 11 Sep 2012: 11:00am

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Augmented Reality - A real game changer

Augmented Reality - A real game changer

Sometimes a new piece of equipment struts onto the gadgetry scene, reminding us all, just how hard it is to keep up with the rapidly evolving trends in the technological world we live in.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Mon 10 Sep 2012: 12:02pm

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Some Refreshing VFX

Some Refreshing VFX

As is often the case with our blogs, we saw something cool on the internet, and feel ever so compelled to share it with all you lovely clicking people!

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Fri 7 Sep 2012: 11:00am

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