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Valve Show Us How It's Done

Valve Show Us How It's Done

If you're anything like me, you'll have a favourite developer, and mine just happens to be Valve. For those of you who don’t know Valve, it's an entertainment software and technology company that has been around since 1996. Since its beginning, it has produced an overwhelming amount of award winning games, with the most recent including Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, Portal 1 & 2, Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike. It is also the developer of leading-edge technologies including game engine Source, and premier online gaming platform Steam.

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Thu 14 Jun 2012: 9:30am

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Are You a Competition Winner?

Are You a Competition Winner?

Some of you may already know, but once a month we like to post a free tutorial on our website. We started creating these so that you could pick up new tips & tricks, tighten up the skills you already have or add a new technique to your toolkit.

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Wed 13 Jun 2012: 10:30am

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James Dower & Class Visit Double Negative

James Dower & Class Visit Double Negative

After a previous visit to Double Negative, James Dower and his class mates really got a taste for the high standard of work that DNeg set.  And on this, their second visit, they were all keen to get some professional feedback for their own VFX Production projects.

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Wed 13 Jun 2012: 9:30am

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Golden Oldies VS Shiny Newbies

Golden Oldies VS Shiny Newbies

The other day I was searching for an online "time waster" game during my journey home. I don’t like signing up to free gaming websites so I was thrilled to see that the old classic Snake was free to play online. For those of you who don’t know (rare, but they’re out there) Snake was a game that featured on the old Nokia phones, back in the day when phones were used for texts and calls only.

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Tue 12 Jun 2012: 11:00am

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Launched: Softimage Creatives Are Go!

Launched: Softimage Creatives Are Go!

The Softimage Creatives launch event went ahead on May 29th as planned, and it was nothing short of amazing. There was an incredible turn out of XSI enthusiasts, which confirms to us all that the community of users is still very much alive. Over 150 people squeezed into Jerusalem Bar on Rathbone Place to celebrate the launch of the London Softimage user group, and among those were visitors who travelled from Ireland and the continent. It’s this dedication to the cause that will undoubtedly help make the independent Softimage user group a real success, and I’m sure it has proved to the SiC founders that their efforts have not been in vain.

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Mon 11 Jun 2012: 11:32am

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Game Over... For Now!

Game Over... For Now!

We know it has been a long time coming but we finally managed to get our hands on some insider info into the HBO series Game of Thrones. The second season has been just as intense and enthralling as the first and with the production for the third season renewed just two days after the second series aired, we hope to see a lot more of Westeros soon!

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Thu 7 Jun 2012: 11:00am

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Compositing: Creating the Illusion

Compositing: Creating the Illusion

Want to introduce yourself to some of the fundamental techniques of compositing? Well now you can. The lovely Simon Richardson, compositing escapee and one of our esteemed Studio Assistants here at Escape, has put together a free NUKE tutorial that will demonstrate exactly that. This short video will walk you through a basic CG rebuild inside NUKE, using Maya’s Mental Ray passes. For anyone starting out using this software, it’s a great insight into the processes behind building a shot ready for edit.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Fri 1 Jun 2012: 5:00pm

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The President With A Past

The  President With A Past

Now this movie has been cropping up a lot recently. Our friends at Assimilate worked on it with their software SCRATCH, so we thought we should shed a little more light on it.

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Fri 1 Jun 2012: 3:58pm

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Get Involved With The Foundry

Get Involved With The Foundry

The Foundry are planning on launching a range of new online live product demos this summer, set to be a regular feature on The Foundry website. But before anything is set in stone they want to know what YOU want to hear about!

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Fri 1 Jun 2012: 12:00pm

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Monster success with mocha Pro V3

Monster success with mocha Pro V3

The mocha Pro V3 event took place last night at Framestore screening room in London. The event was a great success so a big thank you to everyone who came down.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Thu 31 May 2012: 11:54am

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Krazy for IKinema

Krazy for IKinema

IKinema has been the go to plug-in for Autodesk Maya when it comes to creature and model animation especially after their performance on smash hit films like Wrath of the Titans and X-Men: First Class. With the release of IKinema Action 2 in April there was a bit of a buzz around the newest features included in the latest version (check out my previous blog for more details!)

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Wed 30 May 2012: 3:00pm

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Transforming Theme Parks

Transforming Theme Parks

A month ago I was fortunate enough to be one of the lucky few to preview the newest attraction at Universal Studios, Transformers the Ride.

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Wed 30 May 2012: 10:00am

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CVMP 2012 – Final Call For Papers

CVMP 2012 – Final Call For Papers

Do you have a high-quality paper that demonstrates research or work related to media production? If the answer is yes, then now is the time to present it at CVMP 2012. The Best Student Paper prize is being sponsored by Google and the award is a very substantial £2,000.

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Tue 29 May 2012: 11:33am

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For all you bears out there...

I came across this video the other day and as well as making me laugh (for quite some time...) it got me thinking. How many film / cinema buff type people exist out there who are secret VFX stars in the making? I'm talking about the naturals here, the people you go to the cinema with who appreciate the stuff that doesn't even cross your mind, or the friend who is an absolute Playstation wizzard. Sometimes, putting two and two together doesn't come easily and associating your love of film or great visual trickery with a career are poles apart. Or sometimes for whatever reason it just isn't possible. Because of family or work commitments maybe becoming the person who's sat behind the cinema screen, rather than someone who's watching it just wasn't an option. So watch the video let us know if the bear is familiar!

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Tue 29 May 2012: 9:30am

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Visual Effects Society Global Visual Effects & Technology Expo

Visual Effects Society Global Visual Effects & Technology Expo

The Visual Effects Society (VES) are holding their annual worldwide VFX career fair this year in LA, New York, Montreal, San Francisco and London. This daylong event brings together some of the biggest names in the business and aims to inform, educate and employ the VFX community.

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Mon 28 May 2012: 4:00pm

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Making Magic With modo

Making Magic With modo

San Jose University, California came up trumps at the recent Interior Design Association of Northern California (IIDA) Student Design Awards and have their 3D visualisation toolkit to thank for their success.

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Mon 28 May 2012: 3:00pm

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Where Could a Career in VFX Take You?

Where Could a Career in VFX Take You?

Doing a VFX course can lead your career in many directions. For many of our students it has been the launching pad for a career in post-production, for film, TV and commercials. Many students have also gone on to work in other areas such as games and architectural visualisation. We teach the fundamentals and practicalities of working in CG, paving the way for what you will eventually specialise in.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Mon 28 May 2012: 1:30pm

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The Next Step in VFX

The Next Step in VFX

You may or may not have heard about a recent preview, so to speak, of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, a movie due in cinemas at the end of this year. This has created some concern and confusion over the film. Now before I continue, the aim of this blog isn’t to go into depth about these concerns specifically, because to be honest there are many websites already talking about it and I simply want to suggest some of the potential repercussions.

0 Comments Brad Collier-Brown

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Fri 25 May 2012: 10:27am

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Autodesk and Adobe: The Start of a Beautiful Relationship

Autodesk and Adobe: The Start of a Beautiful Relationship

For those of you battling with 3D and 2D interoperability, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Autodesk and Adobe are joining forces to try make these problems a thing of the past.

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Thu 24 May 2012: 4:58pm

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