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VFX wins at the BAFTAs

I don’t think anyone was too surprised by last night’s BAFTAs. Personally, I was really pleased to see Inception win the Special Visual Effects award. With the hardware becoming more powerful, the software more sophisticated and the work ever more creative, as an industry the bar is set incredibly high, and it’s always great to see how people are constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. It’s even more impressive when you consider who else was nominated.

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Tue 15 Feb 2011: 2:33pm

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HeyUGuys speaks to Union VFX’s Special Effects Guru, Tim Caplan

Have you seen the interview with our friends at Union VFX (the company behind the visual effects for 127 Hours) on HeyUGuys? With the Oscars around the corner, it’s good to get an insider’s view on one film that’s up for a few gongs.

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Fri 11 Feb 2011: 10:43am

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Are cheap mobile games a risk to the industry?

Are cheap mobile games a risk to the industry?

According to Nintendo’s president, low priced mobile phone games are one of the biggest risks for the games industry as they are giving the impression that all games should be cheap. Last night I had a fantastic gaming session with my son, not on a Wii, PS3 or xbox but on my iPhone and it cost me 59 pence. The success of the Wii is something that Sony also encouraged with eye toy, casual gaming that is fun and accessible for all kinds of people not just hardcore gamers. It strikes me as a little naive to think that the app generation is the biggest threat to the games industry. Though, the cost of a ds game is huge and takes a child ages to save up their pocket money

The iPhone has opened the Market to small developers, provided a fantastic opportunity for people to break into games and because it is so easy to use, has opened up the world of videogames to a whole cross section of society. My children and I get just as much fun from an iPhone game as well as a ds for a fraction of the price. Epic has produced an amazing looking game for only a few pounds and created a version of their awesome engine specifically to embrace this exciting platform. The biggest threat to the games industry is the CEOs not listening to gamers - they should be encouraging development every where creating internships and fostering talent.

The makers of angry birds have opened an academy, not bad for a little throw away game.  Come on Nintendo Sony and Microsoft, get your act together! Speaking of internships one of our games students Chris Chorley is doing a six month internship at veemee. You also only have to look at the success of Portal to see that Valves approach to internships pays huge rewards.

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Wed 9 Feb 2011: 10:29am

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The best animated shorts of 2010

As we move from January into February we’re left with no doubt that 2010 is well and truly behind us. What have we achieved this year? What did we create? Well, apart from 13 magazines – the creation was solely in your hands.

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Tue 8 Feb 2011: 2:03pm

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"I can't wait to start my VFX Course" explains CG Whiz winner Stu Schwartz

"I can't wait to start my VFX Course" explains CG Whiz winner Stu Schwartz

Since I’ve been back at school I’ve been constantly asked about the CG Whiz competition. Are you excited about going to LA and studying with Escape Studios? When will your placement start at The Mill? Are you nervous? Apprehensive? And truth is: I'm totally overwhelmed, but so excited!  The more I look at what the course entails, the more eager I get.  I’m looking forward to learning new 3D programs that I haven’t used before.  And not only that, but delving deep into them.  I’m hoping that this will give me a much broader knowledge of VisFx.  I’m also really thrilled about the Instructors who I will be learning from directly - they are all incredibly qualified and will be invaluable as mentors to me!

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New 18 Week composting course launched

New 18 Week composting course launched

I'm really pleased to announce a new addition to our full-time classroom courses - Compositing Professional.  This course builds on the amazing success of our 12 week compositing for production course and adds an additional 6 weeks of advanced training.  This extra time will give students the opportunity to develop skills to really set them apart from other juniors looking to enter the industry - covering subjects such as compositing for stereoscopic and the advanced techniques needed to work with high end 3D visual effects.  Part of the course includes a dedicated project week where you'll be able to work on your showreel and make sure that it really stands out from the crowd.

Please getting in touch with training team or come along to one of our open days to find out more.

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Fri 4 Feb 2011: 4:05pm

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Escape Studios wins website of the month

Escape Studios wins website of the month

So it may not be an Oscar but we’re still pretty damn pleased that we’ve won SilverStripe’s website of the month! Without getting too techy, the reason that we took first place is because our website is a complex SilverStripe implementation that has lots of integrated services such as Single Sign-On, Sales Force, Magento e-commerce and YouTube feeds. The graphic design for the site was created by Distinguished & Co – who did a great job, making navigation a doddle. Big thanks to all of the guys who voted, what a great way to end the week.

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Fri 4 Feb 2011: 10:10am

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A New VFX Outfit to Watch

A New VFX Outfit to Watch

Currently wowing audiences everywhere, and hot off the back of its Oscar nominations, Danny Boyle’s latest film 127 Hours is something we’ve been keeping a particular close eye on. Obviously we’re fans of Mr Boyle’s work (personally, I can’t wait to see the Olympic opening ceremony), but in this case we’re more interested in a small team of people working behind the scenes.

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Wed 2 Feb 2011: 9:41am

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The title sequence from Scott Pilgrim

The title sequence from Scott Pilgrim

I just wanted to point you towards this article which discusses the amazing title sequence for Scott Pilgram. When I was a student wanting to get into the industry I found out about Shynola (a collective group of visual artists who have collaborated on a variety of projects) when a brilliant but very strange music video was produced by Unkle called "eye for an eye".  When I came across this article of how Shynola worked with the Edgar Wright the director of Scott Pilgram,  I decided to have a look.

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Tue 1 Feb 2011: 2:55pm

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Escape Studios on Tour!

Escape Studios is hitting the road this year undertaking a program of talks, presentations and master classes throughout the UK universities and colleges.

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Mon 31 Jan 2011: 12:29pm

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Project Edgar: 90,000 feet and beyond...

Project Edgar: 90,000 feet and beyond...

Roy Trosh (Head of Technology at The Mill) must be feeling pretty proud of his son James, Television Production student at Bournemouth University. He's the first person in the UK to attach a Go camera to a helium weather balloon and...a toy Robot! The project was initiated as part of a music video but produced some amazing footage of the earth’s curvature, the best bit is that it's being screened on tube station platforms as part of ‘Smile for London’; a campaign to brighten up the commuter's journey to work. James explains: “We attached the rocket and robot to a helium filled weather balloon with a GPS unit and mini HD camera to track and film the flight. The balloon then popped and fell down to earth with a parachute, where we found the robot and camera 11 miles away in a farmer's field.”

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Wings3D Release Made me Feel a Little Nostalgic

The release of Wings3D release 1.4 - the open source modeller - made me take a trip down 3d memory lane.

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Tue 25 Jan 2011: 2:31pm

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Free Webinar - Mentored Training Tour

We've had lots of questions about how our Mentored Training works and we thought it would be great to give people a guided online tour. We'll take you through what you'll learn on the course but more importantly, how you'll learn on this course - demonstrating our unique e-Learning platform.

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Fri 21 Jan 2011: 4:47pm

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Escapees make it to Autodesk's Education Showreel

Escapees make it to Autodesk's Education Showreel

We're never prouder than when our escapees get the recognition they deserve.  This usually comes in the form of a first job with a top post house or commendation from the professional community for a perfectly executed shot, so when we found out that some of our escapees made it to the Autodesk 2010 Education showreel, we were beaming.  

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Thu 20 Jan 2011: 9:26am

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New kid on the block: 3D World's Andy Price

Exciting news on the Escape Studios blog - we’re pleased to announce that 3D World’s very own online editor Andy Price is going to be giving us his take on the latest CG action. For those that don’t know, Andy covers everything that's up and coming in the world of CG and animation for 3D World.

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Wed 19 Jan 2011: 8:21am

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Free Tutorials - Animation & ZBrush

Free Tutorials - Animation & ZBrush

You can really impress future employers by taking advantage of our two expert tutorials this month. Taken from our Character Animation Foundation and ZBrush for 3D Artist courses, they are designed to give you pro-skills in very specialised areas.

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Wed 12 Jan 2011: 5:37pm

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Enter our Satisfaction Survey for a chance to win an iPad and Amazon Vouchers

Enter our Satisfaction Survey for a chance to win an iPad and Amazon Vouchers

Do you have lots of things to say about Escape Studios? We've put together a satisfaction survey which has been designed to help us understand what you'd like to see from Escape Studios. If there are things you think we can improve or are doing really well, we really do want to hear about it.

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TWO Free Tutorials: Car Lighting and MIA Material X Passes

TWO Free Tutorials: Car Lighting and MIA Material X Passes

Lighting and Shading are an integral part of the VFX pipeline and if you want to take your skills to a professional level these tutorials are the best place to start learning. What’s great about these tutorials is that they tackle pretty complicated subjects head-on and they are practical so, although you’ll understand the theory, you’ll also learn how to practically apply this knowledge. The best part is that these tutorials will sit in our resource centre permanently, so you can access them whenever you want and learn whenever it suits you.

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Wed 15 Dec 2010: 2:58pm

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Escapees to work on Halo Fan Film

Escapees to work on Halo Fan Film

Escape Studios has been approached to help with some of the CG and VFX work on an exciting new, non-profit project called Operation Chastity.

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