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Escape Studios Graduation Day

Escape Studios Graduation Day

Today is a very exciting day for a lot of people here at Escape Studios. Yes, today marks the end of course for a few of our classes (Visual Effects Production and Visual Effects Animation Professional). And to celebrate this graduation day, we thought we’d give a little preview of what we do as a Bon Voyage for our escapees.

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Tue 3 Jul 2012: 3:00pm

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On The Right Track

On The Right Track

Mark Spevick, Visual Effects extraordinaire and current Head of 3D at Escape Studios will be hosting a webinar on 25th July from 5.30pm to 6.30pm online.

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Fri 29 Jun 2012: 12:00pm

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Creative Skillset Short Course Approval

Creative Skillset Short Course Approval

We’ve just had some exciting news from the lovely people at Creative Skillset. The creative industries’ sector skills council are currently running a pilot scheme for short courses that provide training in areas such as TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer graphics, facilities, photo imaging, publishing, advertising and fashion & textiles. By making training in these areas more readily available, they hope to open up these industries and create a more diverse pool of talent right here in the UK. And we’re delighted to play a part in that ambition.

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Wed 27 Jun 2012: 1:30pm

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New Type Of Education

New Type Of Education

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but, as I have said before my favourite developer is Valve. They consistently produce work which is innovative on so many levels and always has engaging narrative and characterisation.

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Wed 27 Jun 2012: 12:24pm

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Escapee Showreel - Ewan Armstrong

Escapee Showreel - Ewan Armstrong

Having previously worked in the games industry and studied Computer Games Art at degree level, Ewan Armstrong wanted to broaden his skill set to make the transition into film and TV media. Ewan made the decision to study at Escape because he saw an opportunity to fill the gaps in his knowledge on production rendering techniques, camera tracking and compositing, all while being in an environment closely linked to the VFX industry.

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Fri 22 Jun 2012: 12:31pm

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Full of E.Motion

Full of E.Motion

On Tuesday, a lucky few of us got to go on a trip that ventured outside of the confines of the Shepherds West building. Drinking more coffee than one body ever needs, we went to do some film and games grade motion capture at the impressive facility at E.Motion.

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Thu 21 Jun 2012: 3:15pm

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Create Your Own MOCAP Studio

Create Your Own MOCAP Studio

Well, what a day Thursday was! As part of the Visual Effects Animation Professional TD course, we created our own motion capture studio here at Escape!

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Tue 19 Jun 2012: 3:00pm

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An Incredible Day at the VES Career Fair

An Incredible Day at the VES Career Fair

Over the weekend we attended the London VES Career Fair & Tech Expo, and let’s just say it put Love Box to shame with the numbers who turned out for the event itself! Queues of aspiring VFX artists patiently lining up to speak to representatives from some of the world’s greatest post houses, including ILM, Framestore, Pixomondo, Method Studios, Cinesite, Prime Focus and Disney, really highlighted just how much competition there is to get your foot on the first rung of the ladder in the world of Visual Effects.

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Mon 18 Jun 2012: 5:23pm

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Are You a Competition Winner?

Are You a Competition Winner?

Some of you may already know, but once a month we like to post a free tutorial on our website. We started creating these so that you could pick up new tips & tricks, tighten up the skills you already have or add a new technique to your toolkit.

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Wed 13 Jun 2012: 10:30am

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James Dower & Class Visit Double Negative

James Dower & Class Visit Double Negative

After a previous visit to Double Negative, James Dower and his class mates really got a taste for the high standard of work that DNeg set.  And on this, their second visit, they were all keen to get some professional feedback for their own VFX Production projects.

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Wed 13 Jun 2012: 9:30am

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Compositing: Creating the Illusion

Compositing: Creating the Illusion

Want to introduce yourself to some of the fundamental techniques of compositing? Well now you can. The lovely Simon Richardson, compositing escapee and one of our esteemed Studio Assistants here at Escape, has put together a free NUKE tutorial that will demonstrate exactly that. This short video will walk you through a basic CG rebuild inside NUKE, using Maya’s Mental Ray passes. For anyone starting out using this software, it’s a great insight into the processes behind building a shot ready for edit.

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Fri 1 Jun 2012: 5:00pm

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Where Could a Career in VFX Take You?

Where Could a Career in VFX Take You?

Doing a VFX course can lead your career in many directions. For many of our students it has been the launching pad for a career in post-production, for film, TV and commercials. Many students have also gone on to work in other areas such as games and architectural visualisation. We teach the fundamentals and practicalities of working in CG, paving the way for what you will eventually specialise in.

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Mon 28 May 2012: 1:30pm

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Built by Self-Confessed Industry Nerds

Built by Self-Confessed Industry Nerds

With the divide between 2D and 3D becoming increasingly indistinguishable, I thought I'd share some information about an interesting alternative to Nuke’s default scanline render node and indeed much of Nuke’s current 3D shading tool set.

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Wed 16 May 2012: 12:00pm

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Our Second Visit to the Framestore London Studio

Our Second Visit to the Framestore London Studio

I have found that there are many advantages to studying at Escape Studios. Aside from the obvious vast amount of knowledge that you acquire, you also get to visit and meet some very cool places and people. Last Friday we had the pleasure of visiting Framestore for a presentation with Ben Frost and Chas Jarrett to hear about their experiences working on the second Sherlock Holmes movie - A Game of Shadows. In particular, they discussed with us the typical hurdles and constraints they came across and what we as VFX artists may expect to experience working in the VFX industry.

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Wed 9 May 2012: 1:00pm

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The Studio Workshop: Exporting Camera From Maya to NUKE

The Studio Workshop: Exporting Camera From Maya to NUKE

So it’s almost bank holiday weekend and your old pal Ash is gonna give you another one of his awesome tips before you spend the next three days drinking your body weight in alcohol and watching The Avengers… seriously, how awesome is that film?!

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Thu 3 May 2012: 4:44pm

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The Studio Workshop: ID passes - Part Two

The Studio Workshop: ID passes - Part Two

It's important to only isolate three separate elements per ID pass, or the technique becomes redundant. For example, if I had made both the windows and door red in the image for Part One of this blog, then any colour correction I applied to the red channel in NUKE would affect them both. You've already seen a broad example, but there's no reason you can’t use ID passes to focus on more specific areas of your render. The image above shows an example of an ID pass refined to specialise in the windows only. This kind of pass would be useful if the texture I added to the window transoms (red bits) had rendered far too dark, but everything else rendered correctly, as I would be able to adjust them without damaging the rest of my render.

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Fri 27 Apr 2012: 2:46pm

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The Studio Workshop: ID passes - Part One

The Studio Workshop: ID passes - Part One

Because nobody demanded it....ID passes!

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Fri 27 Apr 2012: 12:17pm

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Industry Coaching with The Mill

Industry Coaching with The Mill

The current VFX Professional class were assigned The Mill as part of the ‘Industry Coaching’ scheme, which is a new initiative for us here at Escape Studios. The main idea behind the scheme is that we invite established post-production houses in Soho to mentor our students as they prepare to enter the industry as VFX artists. The VFX Professional course is our more advanced course for students who have completed the VFX Production course or artists already in the industry who are looking to further their knowledge in the field. For these students, getting advice from professionals working in the industry is golden, helping them prepare better for what is to come. Emmy Castelain was among the group during this visit, and this is what she had to say about their time at The Mill…

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Wed 25 Apr 2012: 3:40pm

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Escape Studios’ Studio 5 Framestore Visit

Escape Studios’ Studio 5 Framestore Visit

A recent venture undertaken here at Escape was to invite established post production houses in Soho to coach our students, to offer them direct feedback on their work here at our studio, and subsequently helping them prepare for what is expected once they enter the industry. On Thursday, 12th April 2012, the alumni class of Studio 5 attended the final coaching session with Framestore commercials, where they got to present their ‘end of course’ project to the VFX producers for feedback. Charles Downman was among the group presenting work that day, and here’s what he had to say about the experience...

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Tue 24 Apr 2012: 12:18pm

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The Studio Workshop: Naming Conventions

The Studio Workshop: Naming Conventions

Following on from last Friday, welcome back to the Studios Assistant workshop, where Brad Collier-Brown and I share a few of the most common queries and solutions from the Escape Studios classroom, so you guys at home can learn a little something from us too.

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Mon 23 Apr 2012: 2:27pm

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