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What’s Your Favourite CG Film or Scene of all Time?

Our CG Whiz competition got us thinking about what our favourite CG films and scenes of all time are. One thing led to another, much "debating" took place around the office and then we thought it would be best to let our Twitter followers have the last say. After being inundated with many great suggestions from them, here are the top five.

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Tue 26 Oct 2010: 12:27pm

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Bursaries Available for Escape Studios' New Short Courses

We've just launched some new short courses which are going to be taking place here at Escape before Christmas. Each of these consists of five days intensive full-time classroom training from one of our industry professional tutors.

We have four courses on offer, and they are...

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Thu 21 Oct 2010: 11:30am

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Go Weta! But still the Hobbit runs away...

Go Weta! But still the Hobbit runs away...

The actors unions and writers strikes are having a major negative impact on the film making capabilities all over the world. First, there was LA some years ago with their writters' strike. Now they threaten the film production in NZ according to the recent news

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Thu 21 Oct 2010: 11:12am

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AutoCAD for the Mac

AutoCAD for the Mac

Autodesk have released AutoCAD for the Mac after its announcement back in August.

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Tue 19 Oct 2010: 2:04pm

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Celebrating Mandelbrot: Beautiful 3D Images

Celebrating Mandelbrot: Beautiful 3D Images

Those of you into weird mathematical equations will probably have heard of Benoît Mandelbrot - who is famous for being the father of fractal geometry. Sadly he died a few days ago, but not without leaving us with the most amazing body of work.

1 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Tue 19 Oct 2010: 8:30am

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CG Whiz update

We’re eight days into this year’s CG Whiz competition, and we’ve been amazed by the quality and number of entries through the door so far. It’s going to be a tough one to judge and to think we’ve still got three weeks to go to see what talent’s out there.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Mon 18 Oct 2010: 3:01pm

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Pixar's RenderMan Studio 3 is out!

Pixar's RenderMan Studio 3 is out!

RenderMan Studio 3 has arrived and it packs some punch! Speed and lots of features and enhancements, including support for Maya 2011.

RenderMan Studio is Pixar's advanced suite of tools for shading and lighting TD's.

4 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 14 Oct 2010: 9:44pm

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Free Webinar: The Art of Creating Great Animated Characters

Free Webinar: The Art of Creating Great Animated Characters

I will be holding a free live webinar on November 4th. Here's a quick outline of what I will be discussing.

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Thu 14 Oct 2010: 9:17am

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Great Animation by Plato Art Space

Here is another great piece of animation, created by Plato Art Space. It could almost have been created for Escape!

4 Comments Dom Davenport

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Wed 13 Oct 2010: 9:50am

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New Skillset Bursaries Available for Escape Studios Training

New Skillset Bursaries Available for Escape Studios Training

Skillset have recently announced a new funding scheme which will allow individuals working in the UK film industry to apply for a bursary towards various types of training.  The scheme is aimed at increasing the high-end visual effects skills within the film industry so individuals who want to get additional training under this new funding can identify a course or a training provider that meets his or her needs and apply for bursary from Skillset.

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Wed 13 Oct 2010: 9:30am

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CG Whiz 2010: The search is on…

CG Whiz 2010: The search is on…

Calling all aspiring artists and CG wannabes!  Here’s your opportunity to build your dream career.  Today we launched CG Whiz 2010 our annual search for the hottest amateur computer graphics talent. We’re offering over £15,000 or $24,000 worth of prizes for the winners, thanks to our co-sponsors, The Mill, CG Society and 3D Artist.

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Mon 11 Oct 2010: 9:00am

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Portrait of an escapee: How Nick Illingworth Became TD at MPC

When Nik Illingworth came to an Open Day last year, he was brimming with CG enthusiasm. He knew that he wanted a career in VFX but didn't really know how he was going to make it happen. After studying for 12 weeks with us, Nik was up and running.  He finished his course, was offered his first job at Frametore and accepted it, then a short while later he decided to come back to us for 6 weeks of final professional training.  He's now Effects Technical Director at MPC and still has the same love for the industry that he started off with. Nik's is one of many stories of CG enthusiasts who come to study with us and that's why we wanted to share his case study with you - getting a career in VFX off the ground really is easier than you think.

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Thu 7 Oct 2010: 11:07am

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Amazing Physics Engine

Amazing Physics Engine

Check out this amazing physics engine created by Thiago Costa, he's 23 and never even got a high school diploma! Life's not fair! 

1 Comments Dom Davenport

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Wed 6 Oct 2010: 9:19am

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Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs arrive

Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs arrive

Autodesk have started something new for those on support: it's called Subscription Advantage Packs. This is a way for those that pay the price of subscription to get new features dropped in, fast... One of the most awaited 'drops' is Mudbox on Linux!

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Mon 4 Oct 2010: 11:18am

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The Most Exciting RenderMan Toolset in Years!

The Most Exciting RenderMan Toolset in Years!

The upcoming RenderMan for Maya 4 and RenderMan Studio 3 offers mouth watering upgrades & new features; we are busy working away on the RenderMan Certified courseware and will cover these cool new workflows in depth.

1 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 1 Oct 2010: 10:40am

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Has the boxed game had its day?

Has the boxed game had its day?

Last week’s high profile launch of Halo: Reach, and the stories of gamers camping outside retailers' doors, tell me that game launches have become just like movie premieres and create just as much excitement as the launch of new Apple gadgets.  

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Wed 29 Sep 2010: 1:00pm

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VFX Professional - New work!

VFX Professional - New work!

We've just had another round of courses finish and again we've seen some really great work!

3 Comments Paul Wilkes

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Mon 27 Sep 2010: 11:21am

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Watch the RenderMan Tips and Tricks Webinar and download the Q & A

All of us on the RenderMan team were delighted to hear that so many of you found Lee Danskin's RenderMan tips and Trick's webinar so useful. There were a lot of questions at the end, some of which Lee did not get a chance to answer so we have put them in a Q&A which you can check out by logging into Escape's Free Resource Centre. We've also recorded the webinar, so if you missed it or want to see it again, log in and watch it.

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Sun 26 Sep 2010: 9:00am

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Neil Thompson of Bizarre Creations to present at Autodesk’s Manchester Event

Neil Thompson of Bizarre Creations to present at Autodesk’s Manchester Event

Autodesk have announced that Neil Thompson, the Studio Art Director at Bizarre Creations will be taking the guest speaker spot at this year’s Manchester event.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 24 Sep 2010: 1:00pm

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Last Chance to Apply for Skillset Bursaries

If you work in TV or produce work for TV as a freelancer, you could receive between 50% (employees) to 80% (freelancers) off the price of four of our visual effects courses. These are online courses, so can be done in your own time. They are: Maya Core; Nuke for 3d Artists; Zbrush Foundation; and Advanced Lighting and Shading.

0 Comments Paul Wilkes

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Thu 23 Sep 2010: 4:50pm

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