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Lee's App Of The Week: Plants Vs Zombies

Lee's App Of The Week: Plants Vs Zombies

Y'all know I've got a zombie "issue". I've actually developed a theory regarding the outcome of a potential zombie invasion since I unfortunately live quite close to a hospital (a well-known breeding ground for the suburban undead, see episode 1, season 1 of The Walking Dead) which means my fortress would be hit by the first intense wave of walkers to roll out across the nation. I've obviously begun acquiring the usual zombie defence equipment; cross bow, machete and so forth, but it turns out the only thing I really need is...PLANTS.

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Tue 5 Mar 2013: 4:24pm

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A School in the Cloud

A School in the Cloud

Those who watch TED talks, will know that the theme of education has been making regular appearances of late. An emerging theory is that the nurturing of children’s natural curiosity is a way to educate.

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Mon 4 Mar 2013: 10:25am

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Kinetica Art Fair - London

London is a bustling hive of culture over the weekends and if you’re looking for some activities to do over the weekend, then the Kinetica Art Fair is for you, if you’re a fan of moving, interactive art and sculptures then will truly have a whale of a time!

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Fri 1 Mar 2013: 5:00pm

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Guess Who?

Guess Who?

Although we can’t unveil the name of the top secret industry speaker at our next Academy Tour (on the 6th of March) I insisted that we dispatch a couple of ‘Guess Who?’ Q&A’s to get your minds racing, exciting!

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Wed 27 Feb 2013: 10:53am

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World's largest photograph of London

World's largest photograph of London

I love photography, and this picture just takes the biscuit!

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Wed 27 Feb 2013: 9:34am

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Science fiction concept soon to become reality!

Science fiction concept soon to become reality!

Ever wanted to control things with your mind? Get a secret message over to your pals in a public place? If so, then the future is going to be very exciting for you.

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Mon 25 Feb 2013: 3:48pm

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Irish Producer nominated for 'Best Animated Short' Academy award.

Irish Producer nominated for 'Best Animated Short' Academy award.

You may remember our very own Paul Harrison recently wrote a blog post about the increasing success of Ireland’s animation industry.

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Fri 22 Feb 2013: 12:11pm

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Googly Eyes

Googly Eyes

Contrary to the title of this blog post, we're not writing about these googly eyes, no, this post is about the busy week we've had technologically. HTC unveiled their latest flagship smartphone here in London, the HTC One (not to be confused with the One X, One X+, One S, One V...). Sony announced the Playstation 4, boasting some serious specs as expected, although we don’t actually know what it looks like yet.

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Thu 21 Feb 2013: 12:31pm

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We're going through ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

We're going through ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

If you're a regular through our doors then you might have noticed a few changes. Here at Escape HQ we've been busy building, painting, schlepping, and revamping our office area, studios and break out space for a new and rather fresh look. There's still quite a few bits and bobs to do but here's a look at what we were then and what we are now...

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Wed 20 Feb 2013: 10:22am

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A woman's touch...

A woman's touch...

The role of Visual Effects Supervisor is hugely important on set as well as during the whole post production process.  This person works with both the Director and Clients to convert artistic concepts to stunning visual imagery.

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Wed 20 Feb 2013: 9:24am

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Make 2013 your own! New course dates launched

Make 2013 your own! New course dates launched

2013 is set to be a massive year for film, (take a look at our recent blog post to see what cinematic delights we’re yet to sink out teeth into) so why not make it a massive year in film for you too?

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Tue 19 Feb 2013: 3:23pm

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Now THAT'S a portfolio!

Now THAT'S a portfolio!

Tomorrow, Escape Studios will be hosting another industry visit to the heart of Soho, where our friends over at Cinesite will be showing attendees exactly where the lifeblood of UK VFX is pumped from.

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Tue 19 Feb 2013: 10:59am

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In the beginning there was 'Display'

In the beginning there was 'Display'

pho·to·shop, transitive verb, often capitalized \ˈfō-(ˌ)tō-ˌshäp\
to alter (a digital image) with Photoshop software or other image-editing software especially in a way that distorts reality (as for deliberately deceptive purposes)
- Merriam-Webster online dictionary, 2012

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Fri 15 Feb 2013: 4:41pm

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From MPC to Cinesite, Fuel VFX to Weta Digital and everything in between! Escapee Leo Neelands.

From MPC to Cinesite, Fuel VFX to Weta Digital and everything in between! Escapee Leo Neelands.

Ska loving escapee Leo Neelands made a career change but 7 years ago, when upon the word of a trusty friend who recognised the potential of his artistic skills, he made his way down to London with nothing but a Wacom tablet and pen in his bindle and a bucket load of raw talent in his brain.

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Fri 15 Feb 2013: 12:13pm

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Behind the scenes at Cinesite - See you there?

Behind the scenes at Cinesite - See you there?

Find out what it's like to be a VFX Artist - as Cinesite take attendees through the creation process of some of their coolest shots.

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Fri 15 Feb 2013: 11:17am

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Please do not pet the animals

Please do not pet the animals

Something different for your viewing pleasure – ingenious Polish artist Marta Klonowska  creates these amazing sculptures from glass, ever seen anything like it? I want one!

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Wed 13 Feb 2013: 2:38pm

Break out of the Box with VFX!

Break out of the Box with VFX!

I really like how Michael Rigley has used 3D in a very creative, non-conventional visual effects project for his thesis.

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Thu 7 Feb 2013: 11:51am

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Animation Ireland

Animation Ireland

 

And how has this happened? Well a decade of tax breaks and investment basically. Tax breaks to aid production costs and funding for development prior to production from various sources. Very interesting given the impending tax breaks around the corner in the UK. Could this be a new dawn in film and broadcast for us here?
I was amazed by how many companies are turning out real quality work in Ireland. The tax breaks have not affected the passion for excellence. In fact I would say it has merely fuelled it - the companies are competing against eachother to produce the best work. And as the industry steadily grows there are now whispers of full length animated movies being made there.
If you are curious about what has been happening in Ireland check out the Animation Ireland showreel on their website...

Here's something you may not know. Ireland has a booming animation industry. No I didn't know that either until I went to the Cartoon Finance conference in Dublin last year. In fact the animation industry is doing so well, that in the face of the downturn, it has become one of their major exports. At the conference, it was quipped that the animators are now the ones with the proper jobs.

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Wed 6 Feb 2013: 5:30pm

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Too much Apple for Ashton Kutcher?

Too much Apple for Ashton Kutcher?

Ashton Kutcher has unveiled that he got himself into a a real pickle, taking on a method actors approach when preparing for his latest role in a film set to hit screens in April 2013, which will follow the life and times of Steve Jobs.

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Wed 30 Jan 2013: 9:26am

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Escape this Summer

Escape this Summer

While the days are cold, the nights are long, and we’ve seen the back of Christmas and New Year festivities, at one point or another, we all find ourselves daydreaming about the return of the summer sun. The smell of sun cream, the call of the beach, and the excuse to whack on a pair of shades, making ourselves look AT LEAST 20% cooler, is but a dream away at this, the tail end of January.

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Mon 28 Jan 2013: 2:27pm

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