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Keeping Creativity & Your Animations Alive

Keeping Creativity & Your Animations Alive

One of the most entertaining parts of the Character Animation course that I teach at Escape studios is the lesson where the students invent, design and pitch an original animated character to myself and the rest of the class. The purpose of the exercise is to get students thinking not just about the technical side of character motion and action but also to think inventively and creatively. Can we invent characters as well as animate them? The visual effects industry is often demanding in terms of time and energy, and one of the best antidotes to the problem of "burn out" is to keep the creative spirit alive. After all, we all went into the arts to invent and create, not just to polish other people's ideas.

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Compositing Escapee Carlos Conceicao Gets Internship at The Foundry

Compositing Escapee Carlos Conceicao Gets Internship at The Foundry

I'm really pleased to bring you a first look at one of our student's work from our new Compositing Professional 18-week course. Carlos finished the course in August and after taking a well earned short break he has already secured an internship working as a Paint Artist on MARI at The Foundry.

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Wed 28 Sep 2011: 9:26am

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Last Chance to Grab Your Early-Bird Discount!

Last Chance to Grab Your Early-Bird Discount!

Everyone likes to make a saving where they can, that's why we offer all students paying their full course fee's three months in advance, an early-bird discount of £500.

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Tue 27 Sep 2011: 11:32am

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Escapee Jacob Flint Sees His Name in the Credits of Pirates of The Caribbean

Escapee Jacob Flint Sees His Name in the Credits of Pirates of The Caribbean

Checking out Facebook this morning I couldn't help but notice something that one of our escapees had posted earlier. Jacob Flint who studied VFX with us has posted a picture of his name in the film credits of the latest final Pirates of the Caribbean instalment!

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Tue 13 Sep 2011: 11:18am

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More Job Success for our Escapees

More Job Success for our Escapees

Seems like August was a great month for many of our recent graduates, who were quite literally snapped up as soon as they finished their courses.

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Wed 7 Sep 2011: 11:38am

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Escapee Giuseppe Candido Secures Job at FIPLAB

Escapee Giuseppe Candido Secures Job at FIPLAB

Giuseppe Candido is not only a recent character animation course escapee, but now also a very talented animator and a skilled Maya Generalist. He has put together one of the most charming demo reels we have seen here at Escape Studios. Giuseppe combined many of his student exercises into a circus project - creating a stunning short film in the process, and all completed from scratch in just six weeks.

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Career Changes Ahead for Creative Pros

Career Changes Ahead for Creative Pros

A few weeks ago we launched our Creative Futures report, which looked at people in the creative industry and how they were prepared to take pay cuts and self fund their own training if it meant getting ahead in their careers.

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Thu 18 Aug 2011: 11:11am

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Coaching Diary: Harrison Ly Shares His Thoughts On Being Mentored by MPC

Coaching Diary: Harrison Ly Shares His Thoughts On Being Mentored by MPC

I felt a little bit like an old-school headmaster last week, taking our latest set of compositing students to MPC where they were to have their work critiqued for the second time. Lots of worried faces trudged behind me - nerves apparent and laughter a little thin on the ground. As usual, all of their concerns were completely unfounded and they all actually left the place beaming and proud of their achievements. But I do understand how showing your work to a bunch of seasoned professionals can be very daunting - despite the team at MPC doing their best to make the experience a relaxed one for our students.

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Wed 17 Aug 2011: 11:05am

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Compositing Course - New Dates Coming Soon

There are very few places left on our 12-week Compositing Course starting on the 15th of August - which is why we will soon be announcing some new 2012 dates.

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Industry Coaching Diary of Compositing Escapee Húni Húnfjörð

Industry Coaching Diary of Compositing Escapee Húni Húnfjörð

Our mentored program for our classroom students is moving on a pace, and I am pleased to report that another one of our compositing classes is being mentored by Ben Owen at MPC.

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Tue 26 Jul 2011: 4:15pm

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Escape Studios First in the UK to Teach NUKE to MARI Bridge

Escape Studios First in the UK to Teach NUKE to MARI Bridge

I have just finished a great week teaching MARI to our new Compositing Professional class. I took them through UVing in Maya, and then taught them how to get to grips with MARI. As part of the curriculum, I also included for the first time the brand new NUKE to MARI bridge which makes the process of taking camera projections from Nuke to Mari and baking projections to UV space much quicker and more flexible.

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Mon 18 Jul 2011: 10:41am

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Animation Escapee Becomes a Ninja

Animation Escapee Becomes a Ninja

Another escapee from our Character Animation Course has just secured a position in the games industry. Congratulations to Pedro Cabeleira who began an internship this week at Ninja Theory in Cambridge, working on Cinematics for one of their new games.

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3D Creative Director at The Mill Comes to Escape

3D Creative Director at The Mill Comes to Escape

We’re getting pretty excited here at Escape Studios and looking forward to July 12th, when 3D Creative Director at The Mill, Jordi Bares, will be taking part in our special VFX Open Day.

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DNeg Snaps up Two VFX Professional Escapees

DNeg Snaps up Two VFX Professional Escapees

When I see students go from first day newbies to fully-fledged VFX artists I can’t help but feel that they absolutely deserve it. After weeks of rigorous training learning how to create believable CG, the moment comes when they start looking for a job. And that’s exactly what happened to Pasquale Riefoli and Maria Busco who have both secured jobs at Double Negative!

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Mon 27 Jun 2011: 5:25pm

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Escapee Showcase: Ben Revens

Escapee Showcase: Ben Revens

As promised here's another escapee reel. This time from Ben Revens, one of our recent VFX graduates. This is a great reel with good examples of work from two of our most popular courses. The violin and tank shots were produced during our 12-week Visual Effects Production course. The more elaborate and advanced staircases shot was produced during our 6-weeks Visual Effects Professional extension which Ben took straight after his VFX Production course.

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Mon 20 Jun 2011: 11:25am

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CWJobs Speaks To Escape Studios About Becoming A VFX Artist

CWJobs Speaks To Escape Studios About Becoming A VFX Artist

A few weeks back, CWJobs spoke to our Recruitment Manager, Garreth Gaydon about the best way of getting a job in the VFX industry when you're first starting out. The feature which you can read in full here discusses the high demand for jobs in the VFX industry and the kinds of first jobs that will enable you to get your foot in the door and make it as a VFX artist. It’s a tricky industry to enter because it is both highly creative yet technically very demanding which requires a serious amount of skill and creative ability.

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Escapee Showcase: Roger Serrabassa Vilar

Escapee Showcase: Roger Serrabassa Vilar

We're very proud of the work we do here at Escape Studios but we probably don't show enough of our students' work. Over the coming months we're going to be featuring much more student work on our website but in the meantime I wanted to start showing some of the reels from our most recent graduates.

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Shoot! New footage For Our VFX Course

Shoot! New footage For Our VFX Course

A few weeks back I took my class to the Natural History Museum so that we could generate some new footage which they could camera track with. It was lots of fun as they not only got to film live-action footage, they knew exactly what they would have to work with when getting back to the classroom. For me, keeping things fresh is important - and so filming new footage for the students to work with is a must. As you can see from the video, we're all pretty excited to be out of the classroom!

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Tue 14 Jun 2011: 10:11am

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Games Course Escapee Holly Pickering Gets Job At Travellers Tales

Games Course Escapee Holly Pickering Gets Job At Travellers Tales

We have got some good news to share today about one of our Games Course escapees. Holly Pickering - who finished our Games Art Course a little while back - will be joining Adam Esat (another escapee) at Travellers Tales working on AAA titles as a Character Modeller. 

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Are You Satisfied with Your Job?

Are You Satisfied with Your Job?

It’s such a great feeling when you attend a packed out event and the people pouring in turn out to be our former students. And that’s exactly what happened a couple nights ago. I attended a PFTrack event organised by our Technology Team, and it was a storming success. The room was packed with over 50 people – all craning their necks to get a better view of the speaker.

Lots of the attendees at the event were escapees who we didn’t just train but placed in their current jobs. It was great to catch up with Jacob Flint who studied our VFX Course last year and so refreshing to hear that he’s just as excited about working at The Mill today, as he was when we first placed him there. That’s a pretty rare thing these days.

Job satisfaction is massively important, and if you are not entirely happy with what you are doing, then I would encourage you to ‘shop around’ and find out what’s out there. Doing so doesn’t have to be that taxing either. If you follow us on twitter or use our RSS feed you’ll be first to hear about new jobs, daily. Because we work with nearly all of the major names in the industry, most of the jobs that are out there come through us.

So, if you’re stuck in a rut, or just fancy a change, we might just have the right thing for you.

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