It’s hard to conceive, now, of the time when film production and visual effects were an American concern. Not much over a decade ago the majority of big blockbusters shot in and around LA, and effects houses in Malibu or the Presidio gave them their visual oomph. But things have swung so fast and so decidedly towards the UK that it now feels almost quaint to see a film made in the US. Next year’s biggest films – Avengers, Star Wars, Bond, Mission: Impossible – are all based here in Blighty, and more are queuing behind them.
You’ve been talking about it, your friends have been talking about it, your friends’ friends have been talking about it, hell I even heard the milkman talking about it the other day, and now the date is finally here. That’s right, it’s time for you to start preparing for the VFX Festival 2015.
If you’re in the business of creative careers, then it’s likely you’ll be aware of Creative Skillset, an organisation that aims to plug skills gaps, identify funding needs, and train, develop and nurture people within creative industries.
The lovely folks over at Imagineer Systems have donated licenses for mocha Pro 4 to Escape Studios and just in time for their annual Mocha Halloween Video Contest! Imagineer Systems is the Academy Award-winning developer of mocha: Planar Tracking based visual effects solutions for film and video post production.
Anita, Vania and I were at VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy last week, and on Wednesday I hosted a NUKE Taster day style workshop for a packed house of 35 students. Most attendees came from 3 surrounding animation art schools within the arts centre in central Turin. After the session I had lunch with some of them and discovered that in their foundation year they are learning traditional animation, 3D and filmmaking, then specialising afterwards in 2D or 3D animation for their final project.
Compositing Master and long-time friend of Escape Victor Perez, has recently taken a new direction within his artistic career, and after years in the VFX biz, is taking the skills that he has accrued supervising on some huge projects (you may have seen his story on our Escape & Enter site) into the field of film Directing, and at the moment is embroiled in some pretty exciting projects.
"Filmed on location within Tavares Bastos favela, Santa Teresa and The Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The BBC World Cup 2014 titles visual effects were created by GeeFX Studios. The entire piece was done at 6k resolution, filmed with a Red Epic Dragon. Although only broadcast by the BBC in HD, you can view a 4K version on the RED youtube channel above. In conjunction with The Sex Pixels, Unlimited VFX Limited brought to life the statue of Brazil’s 1958 world cup winning captain, Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini, The Macarana stadium entrance and Brazillian sky were also augmented for dramatic effect.
During my five days at SIGGRAPH, one of the escapees i happened to bump into was Iveth Bueno, from my Compositing for Visual Effects class in 2013, she kindly wrote a blog for us about her experience as a SIGGRAPH 2014 volunteer!
After 10hr flight and a spot of jet lag kicking in we registered at the one and only SIGGRAPH today in Vancouver (Sunday 10th August)
This time of year tends to be a busy time for VFX, particularly for Compositing departments, with film production schedules nearing the end of their pipeline, and VFX teams working towards looming delivery deadlines. During this busy time, it’s great to see our graduates benefitting from the industry’s demand for more experienced Compositors. This is certainly the case for Jacopo Landi who graduated from our Advanced Compositing for VFX course last March and is now working at Double Negative as a Digital Stereo Compositor.
Hello folks, it's been a while hasn't it? Seems like an age since I last clamoured around the blogosphere. Well, here I am, making a triumphant return for your pleasure and amusement to talk once again about the amazing online show - RWBY!
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.
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).
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.
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.
If you’re after work in VFX, keep a keen eye out for the movements of MPC in the next few weeks!