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Delve into the career of a CG animator with Eamonn Butler

Delve into the career of a CG animator with Eamonn Butler

We’ve got a very special open day coming up this week, when we’ll be joined by Eamonn Butler for an insight into his career in VFX. And if his film ‘Beans’ (above) is anything to go by, Eamonn’s sense of humour will keep you entertained throughout.

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Sat 30 Aug 2014: 10:14am

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'Industry Workshops':event, in partnership with MPC London

'Industry Workshops':event, in partnership with MPC London

With some incredible names on board, the ‘Industry Workshops’ event held in partnership with our friends at MPC is a summit for London creatives that is not to be missed.

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Thu 28 Aug 2014: 10:30am

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Escapee Showcase: Iveth Bueno, SIGGRAPH 2014 Volunteer

Escapee Showcase: Iveth Bueno, SIGGRAPH 2014 Volunteer

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!

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Tue 26 Aug 2014: 5:04pm

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Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 1

Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 1

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)

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Wed 13 Aug 2014: 3:17pm

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Escapee spotlight: Adam Dewhirst: Lead Modeller on Guardians of the Galaxy

Escapee spotlight: Adam Dewhirst: Lead Modeller on Guardians of the Galaxy

You may have read that our main man Ash Miles was invited to the private cast and crew screening of Guardians of the Galaxy last weekend, and went along with a number of Escape graduates from MPC who worked on the project. His blog about it got us so excited that we had to get in touch with Adam Dewhirst, escapee and advisory board member who happened to be Framestore's Lead Modeller on the film, to ask a few questions, he was careful not to discuss any spoilers with us so read all about the project below in peace, and discover what it’s like to work on what is soon to be a truly iconic motion picture.

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Wed 30 Jul 2014: 2:46pm

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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 Represent!

Escape Represent!

Here at Escape Studios, we have subscriptions to the most cutting edge Industry publications delivered to our studios each month, and we fist punched the air recently when we saw both an Escape Tutor, AND one of our advisory board members featuring in 3D Artist Magazine and 3D World Magazine respectively.

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Tue 15 Jul 2014: 12:19pm

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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

Mark Spevick visits iMasterArt in Turin for Houdini Showcase!

Mark Spevick visits iMasterArt in Turin for Houdini Showcase!

Escape’s Head of 3D Mark Spevick harbours a special passion for all things Houdini, and last week his skills were called for on the continent, and he ventured to iMasterArt in Turin taly to host a master class with a handful of other pros with experience in all areas of VFX, here are his notes from the trip!

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Wed 18 Jun 2014: 1:02pm

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Story, Character and Animation Masterclass with artists from Pixar

Story, Character and Animation Masterclass with artists from Pixar

VanArts and Pixar Animation Studios are coming to London for a 3 day event this coming August, offering you a fantastic opportunity to learn from a Pixar Story Artist, Pixar Art Designer and Pixar Animator.

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Fri 9 May 2014: 10:23am

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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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A dedication to the genre of Sci-Fi

A dedication to the genre of Sci-Fi

Sci-Fi-London (The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film) kicks off today, boasting a fantastic line up of titles – some new and some offering more of a nostalgic trip down memory lane. We’re particularly excited about the short film programme, Shorts Programme 2, to be screened on the closing day, Sunday 4 May, at BFI Southbank.

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Thu 24 Apr 2014: 10:08am

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A truly VFXcellent week!

A truly VFXcellent week!

Last week was super busy for everyone here at Escape Studios, as we crammed in a heck of a lot of VFX related activities, we visited and hosted some of the most skilled artists in the business and simply had to blog about it!

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Tue 22 Apr 2014: 12:20pm

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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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An Audience with Alien: Isolation

An Audience with Alien: Isolation

The original Alien is an incredible film. Arguably the granddaddy of space horror, it took the 70's corporation paranoia into the black, littered flawed and earnest characters throughout a floating factory and gave birth - quite literally - to one of the most terrifying creatures in cinema history.

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Thu 13 Feb 2014: 2:25pm

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Killzone, Prometheus, Zero Dark Thirty - want to find out more?

Killzone, Prometheus, Zero Dark Thirty - want to find out more?

If you’re aware of Killzone, Formula 1, Zero Dark Thirty and Prometheus, then you’re aware of Territory Studios. They’ve provided some top of the range work for some epic projects since their formation in 2010, and we’re delighted to announce that we’ve got one of their team coming to Escape HQ on February 19th.

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Wed 12 Feb 2014: 4:39pm

Cancer Research UK host Game Jam, the result? Genes in Space.

Cancer Research UK host Game Jam, the result? Genes in Space.

Every now and then, pieces of technology (and those who create it) come along and make people say ‘wow’. Whether it be a mad VFX shot created by a 3D whiz, or an app you use daily that makes you say “WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THIS BEFORE!?”, more and more people are getting to grips with the building blocks of the digital world, and these kind of occurrences are only going to become more frequent.

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Thu 6 Feb 2014: 11:23am

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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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