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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!

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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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Register for your Free Tutorials

Make sure that you're registered to receive our free monthly tutorials because we have some amazing ones scheduled over the coming months.  The tutorials are different every month and cater for all levels of ability; some will be for those just starting out in the industry and others will be professional level, designed to help fine tune skills.

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Thu 22 Apr 2010: 12:30pm

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Quick-fire Q&A with Pixar's Story Artist Matthew Luhn

At the Animation and Story Master Class which took place recently, we caught up with Matthew Luhn to get his thoughts on animation. He has worked on some of the biggest animated films produced, including Toy Story and Toy Story 2, Monsters’ Inc., Finding Nemo and Up. Prior to joining Pixar in 1992 Matthew worked on The Simpsons as an animator.

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Tue 13 Apr 2010: 8:28am

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Free Advanced Level Tutorial - Perfect Your Shading Skills

This month's Free Tutorial is taken from our Advanced Shading with Maya & Mental Ray online course and is one of many videos which explains how to harness the power of Maya's utility nodes to simplify, speed up & add realism to your work.  This tutorial is great because you'll use a practical example.

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Thu 8 Apr 2010: 12:11pm

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Facebook fan page competition winner

We're delighted to announce that Alida Serrano has won our competition for three months' free access to one of our online courses. Alida, from New Jersey, US, was one of our fans on Facebook, and was selected at random from our followers on Thursday 1st April.

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Wed 7 Apr 2010: 9:58am

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Escape Studios Competition - 500 on Facebook

We’ve got a great competition for those of you on Facebook. One lucky person will be selected from members of our fan page to have free access for three months to one of our new online courses.

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Fri 26 Mar 2010: 10:42am

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Fusion Master Class – Dates Announced!

We have good news for all Fusion users out there. We are going to be hosting an exclusive three-day Fusion master class, which will be delivered by eyeon’s expert trainer, Eric Westphal.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 25 Mar 2010: 12:27pm

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Escape Studios Helps Havendale Deck out a start-up Arch Vis Studio

A while back we helped kit out a start-up arch vis studio set-up up by an arch vis artist Jon Yates. Jon came to us wanting to set up his very own studio, and needed to recreate the performance and scalability he was used to, but this time on a tighter budget and within a more restricted space.

2 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 25 Mar 2010: 12:11pm

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This month's Free Tutorial - Reflections, Raytracing and Render Settings

Make sure you don't miss out on this month's free tutorial - Reflections, Raytracing and Render Settings.  This month we've focused on the skills that graduates need when looking for work. This free professional-level tutorial concentrates on developing those key skills as well as understanding reflectivity, material attributes & render settings.  Here's a quick breakdown of what's included:

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Fri 19 Mar 2010: 1:26pm

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Last seats on the Games Course

Just to let you budding games artists know, we've a few seats remaining on our 12 week Games course starting  April 6th, so if you are interested in attending you should book your place as soon as possible. We're also offering a one-off chance to attend the first six weeks of the course which is completely Maya focused.  It's perfect for anyone wanting to grasp the foundation skills required to become a 3D artist.

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Fri 19 Mar 2010: 9:38am

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New online courses for next generation of bedroom CG enthusiasts

We’re launching a brand new set of online courses – Self Directed Learning. These low-cost distance learning courses are aimed at students, aspiring 3D artists and computer graphics (CG) hobbyists across the world, and cover CG industry staples Maya, ZBrush and Nuke in detail.

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Thu 18 Mar 2010: 10:10am

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New Skillset course open for applications

We're pleased to announce that we’re running a ‘3D for Visual Effects’ classroom course, which runs for 12 weeks and includes hands-on practical training using the latest industry standard software and techniques.

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Mon 15 Mar 2010: 11:33am

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Animation Course: Life Drawing Class

I thought I’d give you all a sneak peek at what’s currently happening on our Animation course. The students have just completed a day of life drawing lessons to help with their understanding of composition, staging, silhouetting and several other traditional art skills vital for 3D animators.

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Mon 15 Mar 2010: 10:12am

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Autodesk and Epic Games Team Up to Streamline Autodesk-to-Unreal Workflow with FBX

This is hot off the press from Autodesk at the Games Developers Conference in San Fran... Rather than paraphrase their release, I thought you'd like to see it in its entirety. So here it is:

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 12 Mar 2010: 11:34am

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Autodesk Unveils 2011 Versions of Digital Entertainment Creation Software

Autodesk Unveils 2011 Versions of Digital Entertainment Creation Software

We have some exciting news from Autodesk today. They have just unveiled the 2011 versions of its Digital Entertainment Creation software with the promise of increased production efficiency, especially in terms of  interaction, workflow, interface design and interoperability. The release dates are yet to be announced, but from what we've seen the new versions promise great value and some avant-garde technology developed with the likes of Sony Pictures Imageworks.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Wed 10 Mar 2010: 3:39pm

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