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Meet Ognyan Zahariev Aspiring Games Artist

Meet Ognyan Zahariev Aspiring Games Artist

We recently had a chance to catch up with Ognyan Zahariev an aspiring games artist and Escape Studios graduate. Ognyan is heading to Codemasters to start his career next month and has taken some time to share his thoughts on life after Escape Studios and joining the workforce in the games industry.

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Wed 25 Aug 2010: 2:40pm

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A Traveller's Tale: One Games Graduate Journey

Recent Games Course Graduate Adam Esat has just landed a job at prolific Games company Travellers Tales - and we are super pleased for him.

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Tue 22 Jun 2010: 6:37am

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Maya Entertainment Creation Suite 2011 Review

If you have not had time to check out the fresh looking Maya 2011, maybe you would like to read a quick review from our friends at AWN.

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Thu 17 Jun 2010: 10:27am

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Is gaming a sport?

An article on the Telegraph’s website caught my eye today – apparently, professional computer gamers have the reactions of fighter pilots but the bodies of 60-year-old chain smokers. Dr Dominic Micklewright, from the University of Essex, conducted a series of physical and psychological tests to determine whether playing on computers could be defined as a sport.

2 Comments Lee Danskin

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Tue 8 Jun 2010: 2:18pm

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Friday Fun - Illusion Contest

Really looking forward to next week because it's the start of the games course here at Escape Studios.  So, before the hard work begins for my students, here is a bit of Friday fun! Check out the impossible motion video.

0 Comments Simon Fenton

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Fri 14 May 2010: 5:23pm

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Games industry salaries on the up

Good news for all those in the games industry. A new survey out this week showed that salaries are on the rise, going up 2%-3% over the last year, with those of you working on the technical development and programming side of things earning the most.

0 Comments Dom Davenport

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Wed 14 Apr 2010: 6:14pm

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Playing the Game

I came across a report from NESTA at the weekend which suggested strategies to help the UK remain at the top of global video games development. It makes for interesting reading in light of last week’s announcement on tax relief for the industry.

0 Comments Dom Davenport

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Tue 30 Mar 2010: 8:33pm

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We’re in the money

As you probably saw, the Chancellor has awarded the games industry its much deserved tax break. Following Wednesday’s budget, game developers that create profitable games will be able to use the relief to pay less tax on profits, while unsuccessful games will be awarded a cash tax credit to reduce losses – which must be a nice surprise for all you developers out there.

1 Comments Dom Davenport

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Fri 26 Mar 2010: 4:42pm

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Last seats on the Games Course

Just to let you budding games artists know, we've a few seats remaining on our 12 week Games course starting  April 6th, so if you are interested in attending you should book your place as soon as possible. We're also offering a one-off chance to attend the first six weeks of the course which is completely Maya focused.  It's perfect for anyone wanting to grasp the foundation skills required to become a 3D artist.

0 Comments Paul Wilkes

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Fri 19 Mar 2010: 9:38am

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Autodesk and Epic Games Team Up to Streamline Autodesk-to-Unreal Workflow with FBX

This is hot off the press from Autodesk at the Games Developers Conference in San Fran... Rather than paraphrase their release, I thought you'd like to see it in its entirety. So here it is:

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 12 Mar 2010: 11:34am

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The Growth of Social Gaming

How many of you play social games? I knew it was popular but I caught some figures on CNN’s website last week that really brought it home just how big it’s become. The FarmVille Facebook game is apparently being played by a staggering 27 million social gamers ever day, adding up to more monthly active users than the population of France.

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Wed 3 Mar 2010: 8:25am

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Another new recruit – Graham Harris

Following last week’s announcement around the hiring of Tim Flett, we’ve got another new recruit that we’re all very excited about. We are pleased to announce that Graham Harris as joined our team as our new Finance Director.

0 Comments Dom Davenport

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Thu 18 Feb 2010: 10:27am

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Breaking into CG - Guardian Careers Talk Podcast

Games tutor Simon Fenton has made his media debut for Escape Studios on the Guardian’s Career Talk podcast. You can hear Simon talk about getting into the industry, his role as a tutor at Escape, his background and much more, alongside Tom Baskaya of Framestore, an Escapee and most recently a compositor on Avatar. Tom also talks about his time at Escape, as well as what it was like working on James Cameron’s masterpiece.

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Tue 16 Feb 2010: 2:07pm

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Free Games Webinar

On the 25th of this month I'll be hosting a free Games webinar on Next Generation Asset Creation. We'll be looking at next gen techniques as well considering the part that low-poly still has to play in games art creation. High on the list of priorities for any Games Artist is knowing where to find their sources of inspiration - I'll show you what gets me going and how it helps me approach my own work.

0 Comments Simon Fenton

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Wed 10 Feb 2010: 1:49pm

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New hiring for Escape - Tim Flett

We’ve got some exciting news: we’ve hired games industry veteran Tim Flett. Tim will be our new Business Development Manager for Games and Interactive, in charge of growing our professional services, which include training, technical consulting as well as hardware and software solutions.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Thu 4 Feb 2010: 11:17pm

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Avatar and the art of motion capture

Avatar and the art of motion capture

I came across the following Avatar making of-video and I  thought I would spread the word and share it here for you to check out. It provides a good overview of the basics of motion capture and how this technology was used to create Avatar. Enjoy!

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Mon 1 Feb 2010: 11:53am

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Videogames violence

I’ve seen in the news this week that Scottish MP Joe Fitzpatrick has been defending Dundee’s videogames industry after the Scottish Parliament was urged to recognise the fact violent games are easily obtainable for children.

2 Comments Simon Fenton

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Fri 29 Jan 2010: 10:33am

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Escape this Spring

For those of you considering working in this thriving, dynamic industry, we’re offering a taster into the world of computer graphics with a range of three-day short courses. They’re a great opportunity to get a better understanding of the career opportunities out there while gaining valuable insight into the industry.

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Thu 21 Jan 2010: 12:06pm

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Game Course - images

Here's a selection of what our game course students have created. As I mentioned before, I'm really proud of what the guys have come up with, and I would love to show you every single students work, were it not for amount of space it would take up on the blog. So here, as a compromise, is a selection:

2 Comments Simon Fenton

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Thu 21 Jan 2010: 11:05am

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