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Inception Zero Gravity

For me the best movie so far this year has to be Christopher Nolan's Inception. it will be interesting come Oscar time to see if the Academy and the world at large agree. It is a fantastic combination of amazing direction and cinematography, a gripping script and amazing VFX. The best VFX are the ones you don't see and only afterwards do you think "How did they do that?".

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Tue 31 Aug 2010: 8:16am

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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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Two showreel tips

Those of you who follow us on Twitter will know that we had our first ever realtime Twitter feedback session on Monday. I am told I should refer to them as Tweetups or Twitter parties, but if truth be told, it was a simple, honest, online showreel clinic!  We asked our followers to send us links to their reels, and Lee Danskin, our Training Development Director, provided his usual professional feedback.

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Thu 19 Aug 2010: 5:40pm

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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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Robert Holmes takes time out to talk about his career to date

It’s always great to find out how escapees get on after their training and enter the world of work. Last week, we met up with ex-student Robert Holmes out at SIGGRAPH. Since his time at Escape, Rob’s gone on to work on some amazing projects at The Mill. He took time to tell us how he got his break and what’s needed to be successful in this industry.

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Mon 9 Aug 2010: 12:14pm

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Save the UK Film Council

For those that may not have heard, the UK Film council is under threat of closure after having its funding cut. The UK Film Council has done many great things for the industry since its inception in 2000. We now have the highest cinema attendance in 7 years, UK film exports are also the highest in 7 years, and inward investment in the industry has doubled from 2008 to now.

1 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Thu 5 Aug 2010: 9:36am

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CG Graduate Design Awards competition entry date extended to 16th August

Firstly, a big thanks to everyone who has entered our CG Graduate Design Competition Award so far. Entries have been coming thick and fast and as always the standard has been exceptional.
 
Thanks also for keeping in touch via all our social networks - it really is great to hear from you all and it just reaffirms our belief that the UK and the US have a wealth of talent and will undoubtedly produce many future stars in the CG world.

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Wed 28 Jul 2010: 2:23pm

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Christian Roberton joins our Advisory Board

Everyone who studies with us knows how much emphasis we place on our close ties with the industry. The members of our advisory board include some of the biggest names in CG, and they advise on everything from course content to placing escapees in work after they graduate. We are therefore very pleased to announce that Christian Roberton, MD of Film at MPC, has joined the team.

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Tue 27 Jul 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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Heard the hype about CityEngine? Free trial now available!

There has been lots of talk about CityEngine recently... and until now you couldn't easily try it out.

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Thu 24 Jun 2010: 3:01pm

V-Ray for Maya 1.50 SP1 release

Chaos Group have just announced the availability of the new V-Ray for Maya 1.50 SP1, fully compatible with Maya 2011 a free of charge release for all existing customers.

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Fri 18 Jun 2010: 8:57am

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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.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 17 Jun 2010: 10:27am

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Do you have the right skills to land your dream job?

Thanks to everyone that responded to our graduate survey a few weeks ago. It uncovered some interesting thoughts on the industry and challenges you face getting into CG.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Tue 15 Jun 2010: 10:54pm

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TWO Free Polygonal Modelling Tutorials

If you were looking to improve your modelling skills you couldn't have picked a better time, because this month we're giving away TWO free tutorials  instead of one!

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Thu 10 Jun 2010: 1:06pm

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Friday Fun - Illusion Contest

Really looking forward to next week because it's the start of the games course here at Escape Studios.  So, before the hard work begins for my students, here is a bit of Friday fun! Check out the impossible motion video.

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Fri 14 May 2010: 5:23pm

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FREE Tutorial: Professional Lighting for VFX

FREE Tutorial: Professional Lighting for VFX

This month's free tutorial is part of a series that discusses alternative methods of recreating naturalistic lighting in an exterior environment. Taken from our Advanced Lighting with Maya and Mental Ray course, this tutorial concentrates on optimising raytrace shadows within a manually lit scene, and will teach you how to add ambient shadows via a custom occlusion shader. This tutorial will give you the production level skills expected of a junior lighting artist.

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Fri 14 May 2010: 11:14am

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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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Pixar release Tractor!

Pixar have just announced the release of it's much anticipated Distributed Processing Solution for RenderMan and Other Applications!

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 30 Apr 2010: 9:55am

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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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Sixty Seconds with Featured Artist: Compositor Tara Roseblade

Sixty Seconds with Featured Artist: Compositor Tara Roseblade

The compositing industry is booming right now which is why we were grateful to Tara for taking a couple of minutes out of her busy day to answer a few questions about what it’s like working in the industry since leaving Escape Studios. Tara’s reel shows everything that a good junior compositing showreel should. It includes examples of roto, rig/wire removal, colour correction and some good CG comping.  Each shot is accompanied by a detailed breakdown - which is a great way of demonstrating these skills.

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Fri 23 Apr 2010: 2:33pm

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