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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 9

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 9

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how the course is going so far. And here's an update on week nine

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Thu 3 Jan 2013: 10:44am

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Escape makes it to the South Pole (Sort of...)

Escape makes it to the South Pole (Sort of...)

One of our long standing customers and friend, Managing Director of Glassworks London, Hector McLeod, has taken on a rather 'pedestrian' themed project over the past few months, and not in the usual sense of the word.

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Thu 20 Dec 2012: 9:30am

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Cloverfield meets Transformers - Some serious VFX action!

Cloverfield meets Transformers - Some serious VFX action!

Just when you thought Hollywood couldn’t create VFX on a larger scale than Cloverfield or Transformers, this trailer is released, for ‘Pacific Rim’, and it really takes the biscuit!

Directed by the world renowned Guillermo del Toro, this is a tale of wait for it, giant robots made by humans, fighting giant monsters that have arrived through a time portal at the bottom of the sea - Sounds crazy right? Check out this trailer and if you plan to go to see this at the cinema, be sure to prepare yourself for some bone crushingly epic VFX sequences.  


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Thu 13 Dec 2012: 3:36pm

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"The world gives us garbage, we give back music"

Given this year’s economic climate, you may have found yourself sewing up a pesky hole in your jeans rather than buying a new pair, or whacking another jumper on in lieu of the central heating.

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Thu 13 Dec 2012: 12:40pm

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Kicking off 2013 with Head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

Kicking off 2013 with Head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

To see in the New Year in style, we have a number of events planned for January 2013, the jewel in this stone clad crown of a month though, is a live interview with escapee and head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

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Wed 12 Dec 2012: 3:57pm

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Old School Toys (we mean really old school!)

Old School Toys (we mean really old school!)

Forget microscopic hyper intelligent computer chips. modern technology? I laugh in the face of modern technology (for a moment anyway) - you will too after watching some of these mechanical toys from yesteryear, they are simply amazing

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Wed 12 Dec 2012: 11:44am

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VFX - want to see how it's really done?

Fancy taking a peak behind the VFX scenes at Framestore's cinema? Framestore are one of the biggest post houses operating on Soho (London's VFX Hub...) today. They've worked on everything from The Golden Compass to Avatar to the Skyfall titles). We're conducting our last Open Day of the year there next Wednesday and we're rather excited about it!

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Tue 11 Dec 2012: 4:30pm

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In the beginning there was... FIFA International Soccer?

In the beginning there was... FIFA International Soccer?

It wasn’t long ago that FIFA 13 was crowned the king of 21st century sports games, with 4.5 million copies sold in the five days after its launch, (1.23 million of those being in the first 48 hours) it’s figures worldwide trounced sporting rivals such as NHL 13 (0.48m), and Madden 13 (1.65m), more importantly though, it exceeded its closest rival, Pro Evolution Soccer, (0.86m) which had Christiano Ronaldo spearheading the advertising campaign, who in this case, off of the pitch, as well as on, has been left in the shadow of this year’s FIFA ambassador Lionel Messi.

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Tue 11 Dec 2012: 11:11am

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Become a superhero this Christmas

Become a superhero this Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, and many people dreading the inevitable high street conquest, my colleagues and I have decided to put together a string of blog posts, enlightening our readers to some unique presents for technology, film and games fans, that will hopefully put a bigger smile on the recipients face AND save the buyer from the perils of the high street hoards.

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Mon 10 Dec 2012: 11:27am

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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Some good news for VFX fans this week, as VES announce that a complete documentary film about the legendary Ray Harryhausen, will be shown at a number of festivals early next year, and better still, those who can’t make these screenings, will be able to get their hands on ‘RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN’ (quite the title, eh?) as soon as March 2013.

Being an avid Harryhausen fan, I own a signed copy of his classic book ‘The Art of Ray Harryhausen’, and have had the great pleasure of attending an intimate lecture held by this ‘Special Effects Titan’ back in 2009.

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 11:19am

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Rhythm & Hues deliver a tantalizing visual treat with 'Life of Pi'

Rhythm & Hues deliver a tantalizing visual treat with 'Life of Pi'

Despite popular disbelief, deeming the world created by author Yann Martel in his novel ‘Life of Pi’, as “unfilmable”, the guys at Rhythm & Hues Studios have put together a mind blowing piece of cinema that is sure to visually stun audiences around the globe.

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Wed 28 Nov 2012: 4:51pm

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Take a behind the scenes look at the Post Production process in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.

Take a behind the scenes look at the Post Production process in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.

In preparation for what promises to be a visually stunning addition to the middle earth motion picture family, be sure to take a behind the scenes look at the post production process for The Hobbit.

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Tue 27 Nov 2012: 3:33pm

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Mirror Worlds Technologies to host Fashion and Games Jam.

Mirror Worlds Technologies to host Fashion and Games Jam.

STAM Museum Belgium is playing host to a fantastically innovative event on the 4th of December, as iDROPS bring together the two seismic forces that are the Fashion and gaming industries! 

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Mon 26 Nov 2012: 2:49pm

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Prime Focus World on "3D'ing" Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'.

Prime Focus World on "3D'ing" Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'.

We spoke to our friends over at Prime Focus World last month, in conjunction with their completed work on the stereo conversion of Tim Burton’s stop motion comedy horror - Frankenweenie. PFW worked closely and moreover, exclusively, with Disney and Burton on the picture, and the opportunity to chat about the project was just too good to miss!

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Fri 23 Nov 2012: 1:30pm

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Fintastic: PlayStation's new underwater papercraft game

Fintastic: PlayStation's new underwater papercraft game

There's been incredible diversity in the range of video games graphics presented to us over the years, but developers are still managing to find new ways to surprise us.

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Thu 22 Nov 2012: 3:30pm

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Framestore to host online Q&A with F1 giants McLaren

Framestore to host online Q&A with F1 giants McLaren

F1 fans out there may have found themselves watching a new animated series over the last few months, following the fictional antics of McLaren drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.  

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Thu 22 Nov 2012: 11:30am

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Reality Vs Nostalgia

Reality Vs Nostalgia

Here at Escape Studios we understand that more often than not, there is a huge pragmatic element to creating even the most far out scenes.

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Tue 20 Nov 2012: 10:55am

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Escape tutor Dan Shutt goes Global!

Escape tutor Dan Shutt goes Global!

As Europe’s leading VFX academy, our tutors do their best to spread their knowledge to all corners of the continent, and it is our pleasure to announce that on the 12th and 13th of December, our very own Dan Shutt will be journeying to Turin, to deliver a pair of tantalising talks to our VFX loving, Italian counterparts!   

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Mon 19 Nov 2012: 5:30pm

Attack of the giant...Gromits?

Attack of the giant...Gromits?

Taking a break from his cheese-fuelled escapades, Aardman’s principal pooch Gromit is on sabbatical for a while and is scampering off to help a good cause out.

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Mon 19 Nov 2012: 11:00am

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Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

While everyone is busy hating on Disney for adopting and extending the Star Wars saga, let’s take a moment to remember that Disney do indeed make some seriously visually impressive motion pictures. Their latest endeavour ‘Wreck it Ralph’, is no exception. CTO Andy Hendrickson spoke to Animation World Network about the film…

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