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CG Coffee Culture

CG Coffee Culture

The lives of professional VFX artists, who during their working hours create amazing effects, are generally fuelled by a colossal coffee culture, which is almost as strong as the pub culture that exists after work.

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Wed 29 Feb 2012: 1:00pm

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Autodesk Excellence for Every Customer

Autodesk Excellence for Every Customer

This year Autodesk are putting you first, with the introduction of their new customer engagement initiative which they are calling "ACE". The program aims to offer the end user the best possible experience when purchasing Autodesk products.

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Tue 28 Feb 2012: 11:00am

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HIERO Launch Party in London

HIERO Launch Party in London

Wednesday 29th of February marks the official release of HIERO, a VFX tool we’ve been lusting over for the past 6 months. Following rigorous beta testing this product is now ready for integration with VFX pipelines around the globe. To give this product the welcome it deserves, The Foundry are hosting launch events in LA, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, London, Paris, Hamburg, Munich and Sydney. Escape Studios are teaming up with The Foundry for the launch in London, an event we hope you can all attend. The event is on Tuesday, 6th March at the VUE Leicester Square, running from 7-9pm, followed by drinks. Registrations will start at 6:15pm so try to get there early to avoid queues.

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Tue 28 Feb 2012: 11:00am

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Framestore Industry Coaching for Escapees

Framestore Industry Coaching for Escapees

We believe it's crucial for students to not just have a thorough knowledge of work flow and software, but also understand the VFX industry and pipeline where they will work. So during their course we invite established post production houses to coach them, this means they get direct feedback on their work from respected VFX supervisors.

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Mon 27 Feb 2012: 1:00pm

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Cutting it in VFX - The Mill Explain What it Takes

Cutting it in VFX - The Mill Explain What it Takes

As Escape’s Recruitment Manager, it’s my job to know exactly what employers are looking for when they’re hiring candidates. The thing to remember is that it’s different for every company – you have to tailor your showreel and CV to the position and company you’re applying for (Tips you can check out here). We place lots of escapees and freelancers at The Mill and last week, I caught up with Claire Anderson their Talent Manager, who explained exactly what it takes to cut it at their company. For those of you eager to secure a position, pay attention and check out the interview.

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Tue 24 Jan 2012: 1:39pm

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New Release: Maxwell Render 2.6

New Release: Maxwell Render 2.6

The guys at NextLimit have just announced the release of Maxwell Render Suite 2.6 which introduces some great new features and improvements.

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Thu 24 Nov 2011: 11:58am

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Escape Studios Welcomes Phil Darkin

Escape Studios Welcomes Phil Darkin

We would like to officially welcome the latest member to the London Escape Studios team.

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Mon 31 Oct 2011: 12:44pm

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Escapees in far-flung places

Escapees in far-flung places

It turns out that our escapees are never prouder than when they are wearing an ‘escapee’ T-Shirt, as you can see in this photo of Mentored VFX Course student Ricardo Vianna. Whenever I’m out and about in Soho, I’m always surprised by how many escapees stop to tell me that they continue to wear their T-Shirt, even after we have placed them in jobs. Some have mentioned that they’ve even taken them on holiday. All of our Classroom and Mentored Course students get a T-Shirt and they are becoming a bit of a phenomenon – well, put it this way, it’s very easy to spot our graduates when out and about in the industry. It turns out that one of our students has a picture of herself standing outside the pyramids with it on! (Picture coming soon…).

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Mon 24 Oct 2011: 12:39pm

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CG Whiz Judge Lee Danskin: Tips for the Amateur Category

CG Whiz Judge Lee Danskin: Tips for the Amateur Category

CG Whiz 2011 has been open for entries for over a week now, and we’re already seeing lots of great work coming in. We know a lot of you will be hard at work on your showreels, so to give you some insight into what the judges will be looking for in the amateur category, we caught up with Lee Danskin, our Training Director and a CG Whiz judge since the competition started two years ago.

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Fri 21 Oct 2011: 2:23pm

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Coaching Diary – A day in the Life of a Compositor at Framestore

Coaching Diary – A day in the Life of a Compositor at Framestore

One foggy day in London town, a gaggle of our compositing students congregated for coffee at Oxford Circus.

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Fri 21 Oct 2011: 12:36pm

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The Foundry and Escape Studios UK Tour

The Foundry and Escape Studios UK Tour

The UK has a flourishing VFX industry that is attracting business from all over the world. In terms of film production in this country, we’re securing huge business. The standard of work being produced here is world class, and it’s impressive to see how this industry is flourishing right across the United Kingdom. For those of us who work in London, sometimes we risk embracing the city as being the centre of the universe, paying far too much attention to what’s going on locally, rather than what’s happening countrywide. Granted Soho is a hub for post-production, but if we were to look beyond the M25 and further North, East or West, we would find an amazing number of talented companies working on some fantastic projects.

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Fri 14 Oct 2011: 5:17pm

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Shapes in Motion - Inspiring Animators

Shapes in Motion - Inspiring Animators

Shapes In Motion was founded in 2010 by Sarah Perry who is not just an actor but an acting and movement coach. Having met Sarah recently at Escape Studios I wanted to tell you more about the interesting coaching work she does with animators. Sarah has been working in the visual effects industry in various tutoring/coaching capacities on a freelance basis since 2008, with recent clients including MPC and Double Negative.

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Mon 10 Oct 2011: 10:38am

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Get Involved With the V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Programme

Get Involved With the V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Programme

Last week, Chaos Group announced that their V-Ray for Softimage is now ready for public Beta testing. This is the latest rendering solution by Chaos Group, due to release towards the end of the year.

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Wed 5 Oct 2011: 9:43am

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Last Chance to Grab Your Early-Bird Discount!

Last Chance to Grab Your Early-Bird Discount!

Everyone likes to make a saving where they can, that's why we offer all students paying their full course fee's three months in advance, an early-bird discount of £500.

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Tue 27 Sep 2011: 11:32am

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Industry Coaching Diary of Compositing Escapee Clement Roland

Industry Coaching Diary of Compositing Escapee Clement Roland

Some of you may have seen a series posts from students' 'coaching diaries' on our blog recently.  For those of you who don't know, some of our students studying our classroom courses are being coached by the industry's biggest post houses; The Mill, Double Negative and Framestore. This week, compositing student Clement Roland shares his experience with us.

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Wed 15 Jun 2011: 10:15am

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Are You Satisfied with Your Job?

Are You Satisfied with Your Job?

It’s such a great feeling when you attend a packed out event and the people pouring in turn out to be our former students. And that’s exactly what happened a couple nights ago. I attended a PFTrack event organised by our Technology Team, and it was a storming success. The room was packed with over 50 people – all craning their necks to get a better view of the speaker.

Lots of the attendees at the event were escapees who we didn’t just train but placed in their current jobs. It was great to catch up with Jacob Flint who studied our VFX Course last year and so refreshing to hear that he’s just as excited about working at The Mill today, as he was when we first placed him there. That’s a pretty rare thing these days.

Job satisfaction is massively important, and if you are not entirely happy with what you are doing, then I would encourage you to ‘shop around’ and find out what’s out there. Doing so doesn’t have to be that taxing either. If you follow us on twitter or use our RSS feed you’ll be first to hear about new jobs, daily. Because we work with nearly all of the major names in the industry, most of the jobs that are out there come through us.

So, if you’re stuck in a rut, or just fancy a change, we might just have the right thing for you.

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Fri 10 Jun 2011: 9:55am

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Industry Coaching Diary - Compositing Course Escapee Mary Lapena

Industry Coaching Diary - Compositing Course Escapee Mary Lapena

A few weeks back we told you about our classroom courses being coached by the Industry. One of our students, Alexander Kubinyi, told us about his experience at Double Negative and what it was like to have your reel critiqued by Alex ‘The baron’ Wuttke. This week, we catch up with another escapee who is studying our Compositing Professional Course and is being coached by The Mill. Here’s a snippet from Mary Lapena’s coaching diary.

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Tue 7 Jun 2011: 9:00am

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Industry Coaching – Escapee Alexander Kubinyi Shares His Experience

Industry Coaching – Escapee Alexander Kubinyi Shares His Experience

A while back we told you all about our new ‘Industry Coaching’ scheme which some of our classroom students are fortunate to be part of. For those of you who don’t know, this basically means that some of the major post houses act as mentors for our students throughout the 12 or 18 weeks of classroom study that they embark on when they study with us in London. This means that they get professional feedback and expert industry advice relevant to the field they are going to work in. It’s no surprise to hear that our students are absolutely delighted with it. All of them are they working extra hard to impress but more importantly, they are getting front-line expertise.  We caught up with escapee Alexander Kubinyi who told us what the experience was like in his own words.

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Mon 23 May 2011: 10:18am

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VFX wins at the BAFTAs

I don’t think anyone was too surprised by last night’s BAFTAs. Personally, I was really pleased to see Inception win the Special Visual Effects award. With the hardware becoming more powerful, the software more sophisticated and the work ever more creative, as an industry the bar is set incredibly high, and it’s always great to see how people are constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. It’s even more impressive when you consider who else was nominated.

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Tue 15 Feb 2011: 2:33pm

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A New VFX Outfit to Watch

A New VFX Outfit to Watch

Currently wowing audiences everywhere, and hot off the back of its Oscar nominations, Danny Boyle’s latest film 127 Hours is something we’ve been keeping a particular close eye on. Obviously we’re fans of Mr Boyle’s work (personally, I can’t wait to see the Olympic opening ceremony), but in this case we’re more interested in a small team of people working behind the scenes.

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Wed 2 Feb 2011: 9:41am

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