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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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From the hand of Walt Disney himself

From the hand of Walt Disney himself

Check out these never before seen sketches from the hand of Walt Disney himself. Classic Mickey Mouse animation is simply one of my favourite things to watch, conveying a story, emotion or an idea in such simple drawings, for me really highlights to skill of this art, and art I have the utmost respect for.

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Tue 26 Feb 2013: 3:13pm

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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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Framestore Recreate 1865 America for Lincoln

Framestore Recreate 1865 America for Lincoln

Lincoln is very much a hit with the award bodies this year. Having only just recently hit the cinemas, the film has already scooped up a Golden Globe and a BAFTA as well as being nominated for 12 Oscars. And although this is all very lovely, we’re more interested in the stunning results achieved by Framestore for this epic biopic. Providing the backdrop of 1865 America, a country ripped in two by civil war, Framestore worked alongside the filmmakers to make a historically accurate recreation that was both invisible and believable. And having already proved their expertise on Spielberg’s previous project War Horse, Framestore have obviously earned the trust and respect of Steven and his team.

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Wed 20 Feb 2013: 4:53pm

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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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Game of Thrones fans, series 3 is on the horizon!

Game of Thrones fans, series 3 is on the horizon!

I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones and LOVE the VFX work the guys at Pixomondo have done on the series, especially the set extensions, and it gave me a real thrill to read that series 3 is on it’s way! The series 3 release date being announced at the 31st of March 2013.

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Thu 14 Feb 2013: 2:25pm

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2013 Oscars - VFX Nominees!

2013 Oscars - VFX Nominees!

Tis but 10 days until the much anticipated Oscars! Here at Escape we have a keen eye on who will be winning the prize for best VFX, there are some pretty heavyweight contenders and nominees are as follows…

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Thu 14 Feb 2013: 11:47am

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View Conference announces cash prizes for 2013 winners!

Our friends over at View Conference Italy, last week unveiled that they will be providing cash prizes for winners of their different awards. The prizes vary from top of the range tablets to a lump sum of 2000 Euros. The categories for application are as follows (complete with direct links)

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Wed 13 Feb 2013: 12:15pm

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Flying Sorcery

Flying Sorcery

You may remember this fake UFO clip made famous last year - naturally everyone quickly branded it a fake which it clearly was/is.

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Thu 7 Feb 2013: 4:21pm

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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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Photoshop goes (even more) 3D

Photoshop goes (even more) 3D

Fans of 3D and users of Photoshop will be delighted this week, with the announcement that 'Photoshop CS6 Extended' is on the market, it allows you to create 3D shape text using extrusions as a 3D layer... "similar to CS4 Extended" I hear you say! But alas, according to this write up, we are told that this works far more 'natively', with 'the usability you’d expect from an integrated Adobe toolset'.

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Thu 7 Feb 2013: 10:07am

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WFTV: Women in Technology Networking

WFTV: Women in Technology Networking

A big thank you to the ladies from WFTV (Women in Film and TV) for organising a networking event last night for women who work in technical roles across film and television. Three of us (Davi Stein, Anita Gribble and myself) from Escape went along to see what was going down! We had a great time meeting women from lots of different fields. Among them was a DOP, a few editors and to our delight two effects TD’s from MPC.

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Wed 6 Feb 2013: 12:57pm

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MPC bring the second series of 'Black Mirror' to life

MPC bring the second series of 'Black Mirror' to life

Those who watched Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’, were no doubt transfixed by the futuristic realism of the plots, and the creation of worlds that are uncomfortably similar to our own. You will have no doubt been impressed by the VFX (well, those that you noticed) that created the settings on which the plots to unfolded, and of course a considerable amount of the action!

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Tue 29 Jan 2013: 3:11pm