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Going Ape for VFX!

Going Ape for VFX!

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.

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Tue 22 Jul 2014: 10:55am

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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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Advanced VFX training – Mentored by the Industry!

Advanced VFX training – Mentored by the Industry!

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.

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Tue 17 Jun 2014: 12:00pm

Escape Studios & HaZ Film team up for VFX Sci-Fi Epic!

Escape Studios & HaZ Film team up for VFX Sci-Fi Epic!

We are very pleased to announce that we have joined forces with HaZ Films as VFX Partner on his latest Sci-Fi Short film: SYNC. HaZ is a VFX Supervisor turned Filmmaker while also one of our tutors on the Producing for VFX course, (which is soon to start its third term)

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Thu 29 May 2014: 9:27am

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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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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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Double it! Two Escape webinars on the horizon...

Double it! Two Escape webinars on the horizon...

It’s fair to say that we’re well known amongst the VFX community for our top quality online VFX content. When it comes to educating yourself in the realms of VFX, Escape Studios YouTube/VLE (Virtual Learning System) will more often than not be on your list of first stop offs for online tips.

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Tue 15 Apr 2014: 12:00pm

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Thrones

Thrones

At Escape, we've been teaching visual effects for over 11 years. Our students have gone on to work on some of the biggest films ever made, the coolest TV shows, and the best adverts to have been created, all over the globe.  And yet, it still amazes me what the VFX community gets up to in its spare time!

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Thu 3 Apr 2014: 12:54pm

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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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Gravity wins 7 awards at this year's Oscars

Gravity wins 7 awards at this year's Oscars

Gravity has been celebrated across the film industry for it's outstanding achievements in VFX – a real testament to the skills of the production teams here in the UK. London based VFX studio Framestore managed the creation of the ground-breaking visuals, and 3D conversion company Prime Focus World created the 3D effects. We'd like to send everyone on the Gravity production team our congratulations on the success of their work.

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Thu 6 Mar 2014: 9:00am

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VFX legend ILM open new studio in London

VFX legend ILM open new studio in London

For some of you with your ear to the ground, this won’t be news. It’s been rumoured for some time now that Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) were considering an expansion into the UK, and now we can rejoice in knowing the rumours have been confirmed. Yes – ILM are in the process of setting up a new facility in central London and will be looking to hire UK based talent too.

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Wed 19 Feb 2014: 1:16pm

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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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Superbowl Commercials - VFX wins!

Superbowl Commercials - VFX wins!

I have intentionally waited until the afternoon to post this blog, so that all of you UK based sports fans that actually stayed awake to watch the coverage of the Superbowl last night, are now wide awake! So if you’ve finished your belated breakfast and have washed the beer stains out of your team jersey, then please cast your mind back to approximately 16 hours ago.

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Mon 3 Feb 2014: 5:03pm

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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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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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47 Ronin: Samurai Spirit.

47 Ronin: Samurai Spirit.

There’s been a huge amount of excitement surrounding Keanu Reeves latest action flick 47 Ronin, which was released on Boxing Day. We know that the VFX community in particular have had watchful eyes on how the film is received given the high levels of attention the aesthetic of the film has been given in post.

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It's all about networking! Escapee works on '47 Ronin' Hypermotion Comic.

It's all about networking! Escapee works on '47 Ronin' Hypermotion Comic.

We recently heard about escapee Lee Medcalf making the most of our industry connections at this year's VFX Festival, and embarking on a creative journey with Universal Pictures, Design Studio for Film Hollywood and Escape Tutor and VFX whiz Haz Dulull, naturally we had to find out from Lee what had been going on, it's all very exciting!

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VFX Artist becomes Hollywood Film Director!

VFX Artist becomes Hollywood Film Director!

So we’ve all managed to take a look at the killer new trailer for Godzilla from VFX whiz turned director Gareth Edwards. But what was it about the trailer that grabbed your attention? Was it the borrowed score from 2001: A Space Odyssey? Perhaps it was the clip of Brian Cranston looking a little bit more like Hal from Malcolm in the Middle?

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