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Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies

Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies

Irvin Kershner, director of 'The Empire Strikes Back' died on Saturday in Los Angeles, aged 87. 'Kersh'', as he was affectionately known on the set of the 1980 sequel, deserves credit for directing easily the finest of all the Star Wars films, and for a diverse and varied career in which the inter-galactic blockbuster was something of an anomaly.

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Wed 1 Dec 2010: 9:51am

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The Amazing Flying Festo Manta Ray

The Amazing Flying Festo Manta Ray

Have any of you been watching Wallace and Gromit’s new program on BBC1? It’s basically like a new version of Tomorrow’s World with Wallace acting as the presenter and Gromit taking the role of the funny side-kick.

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Tue 30 Nov 2010: 10:43am

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MediaCity UK - Salford Quays, Manchester

MediaCity UK - Salford Quays, Manchester

I was invited up to take a look around MediaCityUK UK last week. I didn't really know what to expect, I had heard quite a bit about the developments over the past few years but it had always been 'up North' and at the back of my mind.

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Mon 29 Nov 2010: 3:21pm

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Last few places available for January 2011 Courses

Last few places available for January 2011 Courses

As the end of 2010 approaches we're filling up fast for our next round of courses in January 2011. The last spot on our Compositing course has just gone, so the next seats available for that are now in April. We have also just filled our Character Animation course with Alex Williams so we now only have a few seats left on the two Visual Effects Production courses, taught by Mark Spevick and Dan Shutt.

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Tue 23 Nov 2010: 8:43am

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

I went to see HP7 at the weekend. We are all different but I really miss the magical events of the early Potter, I guess I just didn't want him to grow up!

The VFX work was amazing, as always, well done to everyone involved. Would the film have been enhanced if it was in 3D? I think possibly so, but as we all now know, 3D as an afterthought is not the way to go.

I do worry about having a 'two parter' personally, you are going to the cinema knowing that there will not be a resolution. But that said, the cinema was full and that has to be a good thing for the industry. Count down to the final film... or will it be?

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Mon 22 Nov 2010: 10:58am

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To be academic or not, that is the question...

To be academic or not, that is the question...

Here's a great piece of animation which illustrates something I care deeply about, the education system.

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Fri 19 Nov 2010: 4:26pm

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CG Whiz 2010: A tough task to judge

As this year’s CG Whiz competition finally closes, we’re delighted to announce we had 170 entries through the door (smashing last year’s entry tally) and the quality of reels blew us away. There’s definitely a lot of talented CG artists out there and we know just how much this competition can help up and coming artists get their foot in the door.

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Thu 18 Nov 2010: 10:16am

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Pixar's RenderMan amazing 40% price reduction!

Pixar's RenderMan amazing 40% price reduction!

Yesterday, Pixar announced an unprecedented price drop in their flagship product RenderMan® Pro Server. The 40% reduction will allow studios and freelancers that were previously unable to buy into the technology, to get a slice of the Film / VFX industry standard renderer. With the global CG expansion, Pixar appreciate that the growth of renderfarms is real and happening now, this move allows existing customers to ramp up their rendering capabilities in a more cost effective manner whilst allowing smaller shops and freelancers access to the toolset.

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Tue 16 Nov 2010: 10:39am

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First Look: Costumes of 'Tron'

First Look: Costumes of 'Tron'

Disney’s Tron Legacy is due out on December 17th, and I have no doubt that many of you will be eagerly waiting for that date.

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Fri 12 Nov 2010: 11:02pm

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Escape Studios' Mo progress

The team here at Escape are on day 12 of the Mo' growing, for some of us it's more like no growing... But it's all for The Prostate Cancer Charity so we don't care!

We have some updated pictures, please laugh, we are every day!

Please sponsor us, any amount really appreciated!

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Fri 12 Nov 2010: 11:40am

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CG Whiz is closing

We’ve had some fantastic entries for CG Whiz 2010, but the deadline is fast approaching. Any entries submitted after midnight tonight (Pacific Time – 8 am GMT or 7 pm in Sydney, Australia) will not be counted, so you’ve only got a few more hours to get your reel in.  You can do this via Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube or Facebook, but remember to email CGWhiz@escapestudios.com with your contact details too.

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Fri 12 Nov 2010: 9:27am

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Camera Tracking and Nuke Tutorials

Camera Tracking and Nuke Tutorials

There's nothing better than gaining extra skills - especially when you can do it for free. This month's free tutorials have been taken from our Camera Tracking and Nuke courses and are great for boosting your skills if you're looking to become professional.  The great thing is, they're just 10 minutes long so you can easily work through them in your lunch hour, but like last month's six free Maya Tutorials they're staying in our e-learning platform permanently so you can refer to them whenever you want.

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Thu 11 Nov 2010: 12:24pm

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The Pitfalls of Digital Perfection

The Pitfalls of Digital Perfection

At the end of every one of our intensive classroom courses, we get our students to present their finished work to their classmates and to our Training Development Director Lee Danskin. Last Friday, it was the turn of the escapees from our latest Visual Effects Production Course.

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Thu 11 Nov 2010: 11:06am

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Escapee Jacob Flint Lands First VFX Job at The Mill

Escapee Jacob Flint Lands First VFX Job at The Mill

VFX escapee, Jacob Flint has just bagged a job at The Mill which as you can imagine he's pretty pleased about. The truth is, we are too.  Having studied with us for 12 weeks on our VFX Production course, Jacob learned all of the vital skills that he needed to get started in the industry right away.  He was pretty nervous during his interview but ultimately his skills shone through.

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Wed 10 Nov 2010: 2:45pm

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First Look at Students Work From Our VFX Mentored Course

First Look at Students Work From Our VFX Mentored Course

Having started at the beginning of October, the first batch of students from our Online Mentored Visual Effects Course are well under way and the initial results of their work has been great.

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Wed 10 Nov 2010: 12:05pm

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MA Way

Last week, we launched our first academic qualification, an MA in Visual Effects Production, which we’re running with the University of Bradford. You’ll probably be wondering what we’re up to, what with everything that’s been in the news about how much university tuition is going to cost in the UK. Having collaborated on this project with some leading industry pros, however, I reckon we’re on to a winner. Here’s why: 

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Tue 9 Nov 2010: 1:39pm

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Escapee Alumni Company Roll Call

I was just looking over some of the people in our alumni group on LinkedIn and it was great to see the amazing list of companies Escapees are working at.  To the have the CG industries peppered with so many people from our courses is a great feeling and we'd love to hear from anyone who isn't in the group so we can see where you are and what you've been up to.

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Fri 5 Nov 2010: 1:14pm

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Salvador Dali and Disney: An Unlikely Collaboration

Salvador Dali and Disney: An Unlikely Collaboration

I came across a tidbit of trivia the other day about Salvador Dali that set me on a little 'surf fest' on this incredible artist. 

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Mon 1 Nov 2010: 12:34pm

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Wallace and Gromit Return to our Screens

Wallace and Gromit Return to our Screens

I read something last week which made me angry, sad and yet hopeful at the same time… This one is a bit of a long story, and I hope it won’t sound too much like a rant, but I feel I owe it to all the people who, like me, felt rather disappointed when they watched “Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit”.

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Mon 1 Nov 2010: 9:00am

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CG Whiz competition reaches the half-way mark.

We’ve just blown the half time whistle on the CG Whiz competition and thought it might be time for a team talk; a chance to touch base with everyone and let you know how it’s all going.

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