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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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…
When you're just having one of those days in front of your computer, it's always good to take a step back, and gain some perspective. Get some inspiration!
"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."
So aside from the other movie news that can, for the next couple of hours at least, remain in a galaxy far far away, there is an excellent cinematic prospect around the corner, as it surfaced online this week that the Sin City sequel has started shooting. It appears there is still some casting to be done though…
Konnichiwa manga fans!
Capitalising on our ever-growing fascintation in J-Culture, Wacom have unweiled their latest Manga edition of its Pen & Touch tablet, designed for illustrators to easily create Japanese-style comics. The tablet comes teamed with Smith Micro's acclaimed Manga Studio Debut 4 and Anime Studio Debut 8.
Konnichiwa manga fans!
Capitalising on our ever-growing fascintation in J-Culture, Wacom have unveiled a special Manga edition of its Pen & Touch tablet, designed for illustrators to whip up Japanese comicbook-style characters and scenes with ease. The tablet comes teamed with Smith Micro's acclaimed Manga Studio Debut 4 and Anime Studio Debut 8—you can import existing drawings and pictures to Anime Studio, automatically converting them into vector graphics, which you can then animate...Genius!
Okay so it’s 2012 and I’ve seen so much cannon fodder footage on the internet that these days, when surfing the web, I am indeed hard to impress.
With the help of some top class industry speakers, cinemas in a handful of the world’s most prolific post houses, a dedicated team of Escape staff and some fantastically helpful VFX Marshalls, it is no surprise the UK’s first ever VFX Festival, was a storming success.