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Tell us about 2D!

Tell us about 2D!

Now and then we like to call upon our wonderfully gifted tutors to dispatch their invaluable knowledge to potential VFX artists across the world, in the form of an online webinar

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Tue 6 Aug 2013: 4:56pm

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Star Wars Episode VII set to keep things old school.

Star Wars Episode VII set to keep things old school.

Star Wars Episode VII is on the horizon, and whether you are jumping in the air with excitement or recoiling every time the film's title is uttered – the creation of the motion picture is going to be one interesting venture.

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Tue 6 Aug 2013: 3:02pm

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Another CG cat entertaining audiences the world over!

Another CG cat entertaining audiences the world over!

I’m not sure if many of you have seen Kittywood Studios: Cat Videos Incorporated, but there’s definitely something in it! It seems the media world has gone cat mad. The advertising gurus of the 1900’s possibly missed a trick… ‘Cats sell…’ Why? Well I work with a group of people who avidly share cat videos with me (not that I’m complaining, I do enjoy them), but also my most recent cinema trip was made all the more enjoyable last weekend when I was introduced to MPC’s latest project – Be More Dog - by far one of the more entertaining commercials out there at the moment.

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Mon 5 Aug 2013: 5:21pm

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Rotoscoping legend vists Escape - you coming?

Rotoscoping legend vists Escape - you coming?

On Wednesday Aug 7th rotoscoping guru Martin Body, whose work spans from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Casino Royale to Skyfall, is speaking at our Open Day about his epic career in the world of Visual Effects. Pre-digital, Martin was an optical and rostrum cameraman and even used to roto by hand using paper and scissors to create matts back in the day!

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Fri 2 Aug 2013: 5:00pm

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Escape from home!

Escape from home!

So, there's been a bit of a change around here at Escape since I posted my last blog...

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Fri 2 Aug 2013: 1:00pm

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Free VFX Webinar – Last change to sign up, don't miss out!

Free VFX Webinar – Last change to sign up, don't miss out!

Tomorrow, August 1st, we're hosting a free webinar with Head of 3D and Escape tutor, Mark Spevick, who will be revealing some of the secrets at the heart of VFX. Introducing you to key techniques and exposing what this creative career is really like, Mark hopes to demystify the science behind the art.

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Wed 31 Jul 2013: 7:02pm

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Davi makes the grade!

Davi makes the grade!

Fan favourite film mag Empire recently released a list of cinema's greatest VFX shots as picked by industry experts and it certainly hit all the right notes. Classic scenes from Jurassic Park, Star Wars and The Abyss were all on there, but we were particularly proud to see number 1 being Davy Jones' face from POTC:DMC, which our very own Head of 2D and tutor Davi Stein worked on during her time at ILM! Congratulations Davi!

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Wed 31 Jul 2013: 11:43am

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Beware the Batman!

Beware the Batman!

Beware the Batman, the new show about the Dark Knight, is facing somewhat of an uphill struggle. DC have decided to dumb down their animation hour this year, meaning fans of the incredible Young Justice and Green Lantern shows that were cancelled to make room for it are already on the back foot. And it's not reminiscent of the classic Bats shows; Alfred is a young, ex-military knucklehead. Kevin Conroy isn't providing his voice skills. And it's entirely CG.

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Tue 30 Jul 2013: 2:39pm

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Got the film making bug?

Got the film making bug?

Calling all filmmakers! Are you an IdeasTap member? If so, then you’ve got until Friday 6th of September to enter this competition, run by the  National Theatre, who are in search of creative minds to make a short film inspired by their new show; ‘The Light Princess’, (click here for more information on entrants source of inspiration)

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Mon 29 Jul 2013: 10:02am

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Pixar & The Foundry team up!

Pixar & The Foundry team up!

It came as a pleasant surprise this week, to discover that the mighty Pixar, are to work alongside  another developer for the first time!

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Fri 26 Jul 2013: 3:47pm

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Fluid sim software lovers, behold!

Here’s some amazing news for fans of the now defunct Naiad.

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Thu 25 Jul 2013: 9:51am

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What colour is a mirror?

What colour is a mirror?

Everyone loves a bit of free education, and the internet is full to the brim with juicy info ready for you to soak that brain sponge of yours in. As opposed to the monotony of modern day schooling, you’ll often find that thanks to video streaming channels such as YouTube and Vimeo, information is often presented in an exciting and enthusiastic way.

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Wed 24 Jul 2013: 10:42am

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Project Green Screen - The finished product

Project Green Screen - The finished product

Our regular blog readers will remember that that back in March we wrote about a short directed by the legendary Robert Rodriguez that gave movie lovers the opportunity to collaborate with him.

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Mon 22 Jul 2013: 10:56am

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Very cool, Very cool indeed...

Very cool, Very cool indeed...

It’s been a sweltering couple of weeks, and in the UK, it’s a well-known fact that we love to talk about the weather, what kind of London based establishment would we be if we didn’t blog about it?

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Fri 19 Jul 2013: 4:59pm

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Dreamworks to Build Chinese Theme Park

Dreamworks to Build Chinese Theme Park

Ever wanted to travel to China? The culture, the history, the Dreamworks Theme Park– hold on a second, what was that last one?

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Thu 18 Jul 2013: 12:15pm

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World War Z - Next Level VFX!

World War Z - Next Level VFX!

Hi dudes! It's been a while since I've seen a film where the special effects really surprised me. The thing is that these days everything is ordinary: it's absolutely normal to go to the cinema and see giant robots, extreme explosions, blah blah blah.

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Wed 17 Jul 2013: 3:49pm

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Fancy a treat?

Fancy a treat?

So last week we welcomed Steve Begg as our guest speaker to our Open Day and, as usual, it was a huge success.

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Wed 17 Jul 2013: 10:12am

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1000 frames per second in full HD? Now that's a camera!

1000 frames per second in full HD? Now that's a camera!

Wowzers, check out this amazing camera system devised by the University of Tokyo, by using two small independent mirrors this camera is able to track and stabilize images at 1000 frames per second in full HD.

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Tue 16 Jul 2013: 11:20am

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Pacific Rim, how does it look?

Pacific Rim, how does it look?

Pacific Rim, the mad Japanese Kaiju style monster movie by Guillermo del Toro sounds like it’s crazy fun and action packed, judging from some early reviews we’ve read this week online.

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Mon 15 Jul 2013: 4:39pm

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Just how 'ultra' will 'Ultra Street Fighter 4' be?

Just how 'ultra' will 'Ultra Street Fighter 4' be?

It was announced earlier today that ‘Ultra Street Fighter 4’ will be released on PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in early 2014.

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Mon 15 Jul 2013: 3:16pm

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