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Going Ape for VFX!

Going Ape for VFX!

With ‘The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ having hit cinemas on the 17th of July we reckon a fair portion of you guys went to see it over the weekend, so we’re keeping an eye out for your informed opinions, especially as the murmurings in the online world are implying an Oscar victory for the movie at this year’s academy awards.

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Tue 22 Jul 2014: 10:55am

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Escape Alumni Summer Party: An evening with recruiters!

Escape Alumni Summer Party: An evening with recruiters!

Last Thursday evening we hosted a recruitment event in honour of our Alumni from the last two years. The night was dedicated to celebrating their work in VFX so far, as well as a networking opportunity with recruiters from the leading VFX facilities in London. We were joined by Framestore, MPC, The Mill, Jellyfish Pictures, Milk VFX, Molinare, Rushes and ILM (Industrial Light and Magic).

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Thu 17 Jul 2014: 11:30am

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Escape students work on award winning short film - 'Through the Breaking Glass'

Escape students work on award winning short film - 'Through the Breaking Glass'
It’s been an exciting time for students here at Escape. Over the last year we’ve been approached by a number of productions seeking assistance on projects in need of VFX talent. “Through the Breaking Glass” is one such project, officially selected for the 20th Palm Springs International ShortFest.
Our VFX training is all about giving students hands-on practical training, and for the students who worked on this film, that’s exactly what they got… as well as some awesome shots for their showreel. 
In fact, many of the students who worked on this project are now working at major VFX companies in London – no doubt the result of being able to work on such impressive back plates.
At the helm of the project is VFX Compositor and Director Iván Mena Tinoco, with an international crew of artists, techies and entrepreneurs. Together they set out to tell a ‘larger than life’ story inspired by Lewis Carroll’s books “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass”. 
The film tells us a new not yet seen chapter of Alice. Iván’s vision was ambitious, but his background in VFX allowed him to innovate along the way. Facing the challenge head-on, this team of filmmakers have created something visually stunning.  Check out the trailer >>
Having started his career in VFX, Iván met our students understanding exactly what they are capable of – welcoming them on board as valued members of the team. Being their first commercial project, our students did an incredible job contributing to the effects on this film. 
And we’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who worked on this project, as the film has just had it’s world premiere and won THE HONORABLE MENTION of The Jury at Palm Springs International Film Festival & ShortFest.
The production team are going to be at Palm Springs throughout the whole festival. If you want to keep up with how they’re getting on, you can follow them via their Facebook and Twitter. 

It’s been an exciting time for students here at Escape. Over the last year we’ve been approached by a number of productions seeking VFX talent. “Through the Breaking Glass” is one such project, officially selected for the 20th Palm Springs International ShortFest.

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Wed 25 Jun 2014: 4:05pm

Advanced VFX training – Mentored by the Industry!

Advanced VFX training – Mentored by the Industry!

The last couple of months have been really exciting for the VFX community here in London. The industry is incredibly busy, and not only that, but our compositing graduates are in high demand. Turns out, with all the work in town at the moment, skilled Compositors are hard to come by.

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Tue 17 Jun 2014: 12:00pm

MPC wants you!

MPC wants you!

If you’re after work in VFX, keep a keen eye out for the movements of MPC in the next few weeks!

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Tue 29 Apr 2014: 12:38pm

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Double it! Two Escape webinars on the horizon...

Double it! Two Escape webinars on the horizon...

It’s fair to say that we’re well known amongst the VFX community for our top quality online VFX content. When it comes to educating yourself in the realms of VFX, Escape Studios YouTube/VLE (Virtual Learning System) will more often than not be on your list of first stop offs for online tips.

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Tue 15 Apr 2014: 12:00pm

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Showreel Sundays: The best Escape reels all in one space!

Showreel Sundays: The best Escape reels all in one space!

If you haven’t already seen, every Sunday over the last few months, we’ve been uploading the showreel of a different escapee, aptly naming the day on our Social Media channels as #ShowreelSunday.

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Wed 19 Mar 2014: 11:13am

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CG Student Awards 2014 – Enter Your Best CG Work Now!

CG Student Awards 2014 – Enter Your Best CG Work Now!

This year’s CG Student Awards competition has just launched and they are now taking entries. As big supporters of this competition we’re delighted to see it back for another year, and it’s looking bigger and better than ever. Dedicated to students studying for careers in Next-Gen Games and VFX / Animation industries, this competition is a great opportunity for students and alumni to showcase their work to industry experts, offering a little helping hand up the VFX career ladder.

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Thu 13 Mar 2014: 8:44am

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How's your artistic vision?

How's your artistic vision?

2D whiz Simon Richardson gave us a window of time recently to get our hands in his brain, and find out exactly what it takes to be a compositor. This unsung art form is one of the most important in VFX and more often than not, a viewer will have been fooled by the artistry of a compositor before any acting in a scene has even happened.

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Mon 27 Jan 2014: 2:42pm

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VFX and the Awards Season: Time for those Visual Effects Society Nominations!

VFX and the Awards Season: Time for those Visual Effects Society Nominations!

With VFX heavy films receiving a huge amount of positive reception in the 86th Academy Awards nomination lists, we’re seeing more people than ever with a keen eye on the 12th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards nominees. The leading titles recently announced are 'Gravity', 'Frozen', 'The Croods' and 'Game of Thrones', and the question on which of these is going to scoop up the most awards is creating quite a buzz around here.

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Mon 20 Jan 2014: 12:25pm

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VFX Artist becomes Hollywood Film Director!

VFX Artist becomes Hollywood Film Director!

So we’ve all managed to take a look at the killer new trailer for Godzilla from VFX whiz turned director Gareth Edwards. But what was it about the trailer that grabbed your attention? Was it the borrowed score from 2001: A Space Odyssey? Perhaps it was the clip of Brian Cranston looking a little bit more like Hal from Malcolm in the Middle?

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Wed 18 Dec 2013: 10:55am

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Care for half price cutting edge software?

Care for half price cutting edge software?

Every VFX artist wants to get to grips with state of the art software, it’s essential in an industry that is constantly evolving to keep nipping at the heels of the proverbial beast.

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Tue 10 Dec 2013: 10:41am

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Win tickets to THU Festival in Portugal (Pixar, ILM, Framestore and many more)

Win tickets to THU Festival in Portugal (Pixar, ILM, Framestore and many more)

Here at Escape Studios we’re no strangers to European VFX enthusiasts. We have people come through our doors from all over the globe, and that’s why we love events like this, events that further confirm that the art of VFX is an international language.

The Trojan Horse is a Unicorn Festival is a premier event for producers, animators game developers concept artists and 3D generalists, and is taking place in Troi Portugal from the 18th to the 21st of September.

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Fri 6 Sep 2013: 3:13pm

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This week on YouTube...Part 2!

This week on YouTube...Part 2!

I hope you've slept well, Internet! It's been too long since we spoke. Shall we get a coffee and catch up?

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Wed 4 Sep 2013: 3:30pm

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All the best games landscapes in one place - Inspiration central!

All the best games landscapes in one place - Inspiration central!

I'll admit I don't play video games, but I do thoroughly enjoy seeing the environments that they create. I came across this site that highlights some beautiful game worlds, assembled by ultrabrilliant.

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Mon 19 Aug 2013: 11:35am

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Tell us about 2D!

Tell us about 2D!

Now and then we like to call upon our wonderfully gifted tutors to dispatch their invaluable knowledge to potential VFX artists across the world, in the form of an online webinar

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Tue 6 Aug 2013: 4:56pm

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Rotoscoping legend vists Escape - you coming?

Rotoscoping legend vists Escape - you coming?

On Wednesday Aug 7th rotoscoping guru Martin Body, whose work spans from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Casino Royale to Skyfall, is speaking at our Open Day about his epic career in the world of Visual Effects. Pre-digital, Martin was an optical and rostrum cameraman and even used to roto by hand using paper and scissors to create matts back in the day!

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Fri 2 Aug 2013: 5:00pm

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Davi makes the grade!

Davi makes the grade!

Fan favourite film mag Empire recently released a list of cinema's greatest VFX shots as picked by industry experts and it certainly hit all the right notes. Classic scenes from Jurassic Park, Star Wars and The Abyss were all on there, but we were particularly proud to see number 1 being Davy Jones' face from POTC:DMC, which our very own Head of 2D and tutor Davi Stein worked on during her time at ILM! Congratulations Davi!

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Wed 31 Jul 2013: 11:43am

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What colour is a mirror?

What colour is a mirror?

Everyone loves a bit of free education, and the internet is full to the brim with juicy info ready for you to soak that brain sponge of yours in. As opposed to the monotony of modern day schooling, you’ll often find that thanks to video streaming channels such as YouTube and Vimeo, information is often presented in an exciting and enthusiastic way.

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