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Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Don’t you just love it when two intricate art forms collide to make something equally as wonderful as each ingredient on its own? We saw this video (above) created by students from the University for the Creative Arts, and not only did we fall in love with the computer generated imagery, but we were impressed by the fact that this animation was synchronised with a live recording of  Milhaud’s 'La Création du Monde'.

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Wed 7 Aug 2013: 11:47am

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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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Star Wars Episode VII set to keep things old school.

Star Wars Episode VII set to keep things old school.

Star Wars Episode VII is on the horizon, and whether you are jumping in the air with excitement or recoiling every time the film's title is uttered – the creation of the motion picture is going to be one interesting venture.

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Tue 6 Aug 2013: 3:02pm

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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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Got the film making bug?

Got the film making bug?

Calling all filmmakers! Are you an IdeasTap member? If so, then you’ve got until Friday 6th of September to enter this competition, run by the  National Theatre, who are in search of creative minds to make a short film inspired by their new show; ‘The Light Princess’, (click here for more information on entrants source of inspiration)

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Mon 29 Jul 2013: 10:02am

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Dreamworks to Build Chinese Theme Park

Dreamworks to Build Chinese Theme Park

Ever wanted to travel to China? The culture, the history, the Dreamworks Theme Park– hold on a second, what was that last one?

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Thu 18 Jul 2013: 12:15pm

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1000 frames per second in full HD? Now that's a camera!

1000 frames per second in full HD? Now that's a camera!

Wowzers, check out this amazing camera system devised by the University of Tokyo, by using two small independent mirrors this camera is able to track and stabilize images at 1000 frames per second in full HD.

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Tue 16 Jul 2013: 11:20am

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Pacific Rim, how does it look?

Pacific Rim, how does it look?

Pacific Rim, the mad Japanese Kaiju style monster movie by Guillermo del Toro sounds like it’s crazy fun and action packed, judging from some early reviews we’ve read this week online.

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Mon 15 Jul 2013: 4:39pm

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Just how 'ultra' will 'Ultra Street Fighter 4' be?

Just how 'ultra' will 'Ultra Street Fighter 4' be?

It was announced earlier today that ‘Ultra Street Fighter 4’ will be released on PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in early 2014.

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Mon 15 Jul 2013: 3:16pm

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Yet another killer update from Zbrush!

Yet another killer update from Zbrush!

Pixologic just last week released yet ANOTHER free update to Zbrush, it’s called ‘Zbrush4r6’, and to be honest It still amazes me that they are able to provide such innovative updates for free, especially as this one is nothing short of game changing!

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Tue 9 Jul 2013: 9:41am

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CGI VFX Making Of HD Marmalade Identity by Schoenheitsfarm.

CGI VFX Making Of HD Marmalade Identity by Schoenheitsfarm.

Here is a really tasty behind the scenes look at how a talented group of German artisans and technicians, have explored and discovered the wide variety of professional creative services that they’ve come to offer.

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Mon 8 Jul 2013: 5:05pm

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London Film & Comic Con - what's it all about?

London Film & Comic Con - what's it all about?

We got to Earls Court at around 9am on Saturday morning and paid £12 for entry (this was strictly an admission fee, no photo or autograph opportunities/food or drinks included!) and by 11am the queue was truly immense, given that it was blisteringly hot outside, the early birds definitely got the worm!

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Mon 8 Jul 2013: 10:44am

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Douglas Engelbart, what would we have done without you?

Douglas Engelbart, what would we have done without you?

Yesterday the world was saddened by the news that Douglas Engelbart, famous for developing many basic computing technologies but most of all for inventing the computer mouse, has passed away at the age of 88.

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Fri 5 Jul 2013: 12:01pm

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How far would you go for your dream job?

How far would you go for your dream job?

One would certainly expect that creatively editing footage is a very valuable skill to demonstrate to a prospective employer in the VFX industry, especially so when that prospective employer is DreamWorks Studios, the position? Post-Production Assistant.

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Thu 4 Jul 2013: 11:57am

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John David Wilson - Animation Legend

John David Wilson - Animation Legend

The art world was moved last week, as we were informed of the death of iconic English animator, John David Wilson, at the age of 93. Wilson was a household name in the animation world and is well known for his work during the 50’s and 60’s.

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Wed 3 Jul 2013: 2:42pm

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NEW Webinar: The Role Of A Compositor With Davi Stein

NEW Webinar: The Role Of A Compositor With Davi Stein

When it comes to VFX, Compositors are the masters of make-believe. They're the magicians who create the illusion of reality in every CG shot. They can look at a shot and tell you exactly what's wrong with it and the best way to correct it. In essence, they are true artists with an eye for beauty and their devotion to it means we get to watch something stunning every time.

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Mon 1 Jul 2013: 2:34pm

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VFX Supervisor Steve Begg speaks at our next open day

VFX Supervisor Steve Begg speaks at our next open day

Like all our Open Days here at Escape, the next is set to be even more epic than the last. On July 10th we’ll be joined by industry legend Steve Begg, who’s 27 years' of experience in the industry is quite intimidating. VFX Supervisor on titles such as Skyfall, Batman Begins, Casino Royale, The Golden Compass, Red Dwarf, Aliens... the list goes on… Steve has a great many anecdotes to share, as well as some golden nuggets of wisdom!

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Mon 1 Jul 2013: 11:06am

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What is VFX? Dig a little deeper with Mark Spevick

What is VFX? Dig a little deeper with Mark Spevick

Ever found yourself watching something with really cool effects and were left wanting to know how on earth they made that? If the answer is yes, then you’re not alone. We meet people like you every day here at Escape, and it’s your curiosity in the mechanics of VFX that shows you have the right aptitude to take it in and understand the technology behind it. VFX artists are curious beings by nature, who love experimenting with new technologies and ideas. It’s why they have so much fun in their day jobs.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Ellen Payne
Fri 28 Jun 2013: 12:17pm

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MARI Mania!

MARI Mania!

For those of you out there who use MARI, some fantastic new additions to its functionality are now available for download and I highly recommend them!

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Thu 27 Jun 2013: 10:30am

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Escape Students go to Peerless!

Escape Students go to Peerless!

Escape Student Sokratis Synitos writes... 

"For what started out as a small tour, yesterday’s visit to the Peerless Camera Company ended up a truly historical journey!

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Fri 21 Jun 2013: 10:36am

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