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Our Graduates Make the Arch 21 Summer Exhibition 2011

Our Graduates Make the Arch 21 Summer Exhibition 2011

Some of our escapees are appearing in Arch 21 - an exhibition which is showcasing great student projects in architecture and VFX. Carlos Lora is one of the team responsible for organising Arch 21 (Pictured in the very centre) and was a student on our VFX for Production course which finished in April this year. Congratulations to you Carlos, it's quite an acheivement already!

If you're interested in Architecture and VFX, you should definitely go and have a look at the work being exhibited. With over 50 architecture students, graduates and VFX artists presenting their most recent work, it promises to showcase some amazing talent. The exhibition is at Blackhall Studios in Shoreditch from the 3rd to the 14th of August 2011 and is open from 10am to 8pm daily with the closing night being held on Saturday 13th of August.

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Compositing Course - New Dates Coming Soon

There are very few places left on our 12-week Compositing Course starting on the 15th of August - which is why we will soon be announcing some new 2012 dates.

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Fri 12 Aug 2011: 11:30am

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BlueBolt in the Running to Strike Television Gold

BlueBolt in the Running to Strike Television Gold

There is one television series that got us all excited here at Escape Studios this year. I am sure you can already guess which one it is... Yes, you got it, it was The Game of Thrones. There have been many discussions and debates about it over coffee in our office. So much so, that I decided it was time we featured BlueBolt on our blog.

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Motionographer: Inspiration for Your VFX Work

Motionographer: Inspiration for Your VFX Work

Some of you may already know this, but here is an incredibly useful website called Motionographer which I actually check daily.

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Tue 9 Aug 2011: 10:45am

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Escapee Helen Streeter Gets Job at The Mill

Escapee Helen Streeter Gets Job at The Mill

We are proud to congratulate Helen Streeter on her new position as a runner at The Mill. Helen recently completed the character animation course at Escape Studios, and worked hard on putting together a showreel demonstrating her animation skills. The Mill is one of London's leading VFX houses and recently re-opened its film division following strong successes in commercials and music videos. The biggest hurdle in visual effects is always getting that first job and we couldn't be more pleased for Helen - congratulations.

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Fri 5 Aug 2011: 11:12am

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Free Tutorial: Paint Effects in Maya

If you want to create a seamless finish for your CG scenes, this is the video tutorial for you. This month, I've created a tutorial that explores how paint effects can be used to embed models into backplate environments simply and easily.

What's in this Tutorial?
First off, we'll take a look at paint effects and will explain how you can paint onto geometry. In order to do this, you’ll need to understand the importance of an object's UV which we will discuss as well. You'll then learn how to access a host of preset paint effect brushes that you can find in Maya.

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Wed 3 Aug 2011: 10:20am

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It's All About The Showreel

It's All About The Showreel

Starting out in VFX can be difficult for junior artists, but the best place to start is your showreel. It needs to be compelling and to demonstrate all the technical skills that you possess.

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A Lost Art?

A Lost Art?

My walk down memory lane continues... 

I went on a simulator ride called 'Slot Car Boogie' at the weekend. it was actually made by some old friends at Rocket Films in Bournemouth quite some years ago. 1996 I believe! Rocket Films are sadly no longer trading but it lead me to wonder who makes these kind of films today? It's hard to find any reference of it in the UK, which is a shame as we were obviously quite good at it.

This work would have been done on a Silicon Graphics machine running PowerAnimator. To put this into perspective, this would have cost around £60-80K for the SGI hardware and the software for just one artist... Oh, how lucky we all are now! 

If you know of any companies that do this type of work in the UK, do let me know.

As with most of my memory lane trips, the memories were normally pre Internet revolution. I have however found this on YouTube, Slot Car Boogie by the originator Ian Williams.

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Tue 2 Aug 2011: 8:34am

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The Telegraph Interviews Escapee Alex Swan

The Telegraph Interviews Escapee Alex Swan

Louisa Peacock, the Jobs Editor at The Telegraph, recently interviewed one of our escapees who is working as a compositor at Framestore. Alex Swann loves his job and explained what a day in the life of a compositor entails – everything from roto all the way through to rig removal.

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Fri 29 Jul 2011: 10:37am

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Memories of Digital Media World...

Memories of Digital Media World...

I had an email reminder today that Siggraph is less than two weeks away. It got me thinking about travel and how many of us probably miss the good old days when we would all go to Siggraph on our annual trip. These days, we are not only too busy, it's also harder to justify when all the information we could only find in trade shows is now available at our finger tips on the Internet. 

For some reason 'Digital Media World' popped into my head. Is anyone old enough to remember DMW? It was THE show to be at in Europe and was held in London every November. It was the trade show part of an awards ceremony called LEAF. I did a quick Google search, but couldn't actually find any links to DMW that I could point you towards - it's obviously that long ago!

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Thu 28 Jul 2011: 11:12am

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The CG Industry Needs You

The CG Industry Needs You

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how buoyant the VFX industry is and how Senior NUKE Compositors are in high demand. Well, the surge in demand for mid-level and senior artists is continuing. With some of the biggest releases for 2011 and 2012 (films like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and War Horse) being worked on in London's Soho, the post houses have never been busier.

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Wed 27 Jul 2011: 11:17am

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Industry Coaching Diary of Compositing Escapee Húni Húnfjörð

Industry Coaching Diary of Compositing Escapee Húni Húnfjörð

Our mentored program for our classroom students is moving on a pace, and I am pleased to report that another one of our compositing classes is being mentored by Ben Owen at MPC.

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Tue 26 Jul 2011: 4:15pm

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Jon Wadelton at The Foundry Talks About What's New in NUKE 6.3

Jon Wadelton at The Foundry Talks About What's New in NUKE 6.3

I met up with Jon Wadelton at The Foundry a few days ago and we had a chat about what's new in NUKE 6.3.  Here's what he had to say.

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Mon 25 Jul 2011: 1:53pm

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

I noticed this cool little project knocking around the web and just couldn't resist sharing it with you.

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Fri 22 Jul 2011: 11:36am

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Reporting Back on HP7 in 3D

Reporting Back on HP7 in 3D

Last weeks I wrote about Harry Potter and asked you whether or not you would be watching the last instalment it in 3D (The Harry Potter finale: 2D or 3D?). Many of you replied back through Facebook and on this blog – thanks to all of you who took the time to do so.

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Thu 21 Jul 2011: 8:01am

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Farewell to Potter

Farewell to Potter

It wouldn't be right to let Potter go by and not say a word about it?

Personally I loved it - the early days especially and finally HP7 which was amazing, even in 3D!

And for all our friends in Soho, it's also an end to something which has played a major part in the rise and growth of VFX in the UK. The Industry would have survived and prospered without it but I am not sure it would have had the meteoric rise it did if ILM had not passed the work over to this side of the Atlantic...

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Escapee Chris Mulcaster Talks About His Job at Cinesite

Escapee Chris Mulcaster Talks About His Job at Cinesite

Chris Mulcaster is a great example of someone who got to where he wanted to be through hard work and determination. Chris studied our VFX Production course and it gave him all of the skills he needed to secure a job in the VFX Industry. But he didn't just study the course, he poured his heart and soul into it. This is the sort of dedication which pushes you to achieve great things and which sets you apart in a very competitive industry. 

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Globalisation of the VFX Industry

Globalisation of the VFX Industry

How VFX artists can seize the opportunities of this changing landscape

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Thu 14 Jul 2011: 8:23am

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Terrence Malick: Visionary Genius or Boring Pseud?

Terrence Malick: Visionary Genius or Boring Pseud?

His films certainly divide modern critics and audiences alike, which is perhaps no surprise. In a Hollywood saturated with formulaic product for multiplex audiences, his films are an anomaly, breaking from a conventional narrative and featuring extended, languid shots of the natural world that often serve to emphasise his character's - and therefore Man's - insignificance in the face of events.

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Free Maya Tutorial - Creating Realistic Materials

If you want to replicate the complexity of real world objects, you need to create materials that mimic them and this month's free tutorial will show you exactly how to do that. A car body is made up of lots of materials or layers, like metal and paint. If you want to create a rusty car you'll need more materials to create the common signs of deterioration. Many Maya users will be familiar with the 'layered shader' and 'layered texture' nodes. This tutorial asks what happens if you are using the MIA material and rendering in Mental Ray.

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