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Escapee Showcase: Iveth Bueno, SIGGRAPH 2014 Volunteer

Escapee Showcase: Iveth Bueno, SIGGRAPH 2014 Volunteer

During my five days at SIGGRAPH, one of the escapees i happened to bump into was Iveth Bueno, from my Compositing for Visual Effects class in 2013, she kindly wrote a blog for us about her experience as a SIGGRAPH 2014 volunteer!

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Tue 26 Aug 2014: 5:04pm

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Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 1

Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 1

After 10hr flight and a spot of jet lag kicking in we registered at the one and only SIGGRAPH today in Vancouver (Sunday 10th August)

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Wed 13 Aug 2014: 3:17pm

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Jacopo Landi: Taking his Compositing skills a step further at DNeg

Jacopo Landi: Taking his Compositing skills a step further at DNeg

This time of year tends to be a busy time for VFX, particularly for Compositing departments, with film production schedules nearing the end of their pipeline, and VFX teams working towards looming delivery deadlines. During this busy time, it’s great to see our graduates benefitting from the industry’s demand for more experienced Compositors. This is certainly the case for Jacopo Landi who graduated from our Advanced Compositing for VFX course last March and is now working at Double Negative as a Digital Stereo Compositor.

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Fri 1 Aug 2014: 10:13am

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Escapee spotlight: Adam Dewhirst: Lead Modeller on Guardians of the Galaxy

Escapee spotlight: Adam Dewhirst: Lead Modeller on Guardians of the Galaxy

You may have read that our main man Ash Miles was invited to the private cast and crew screening of Guardians of the Galaxy last weekend, and went along with a number of Escape graduates from MPC who worked on the project. His blog about it got us so excited that we had to get in touch with Adam Dewhirst, escapee and advisory board member who happened to be Framestore's Lead Modeller on the film, to ask a few questions, he was careful not to discuss any spoilers with us so read all about the project below in peace, and discover what it’s like to work on what is soon to be a truly iconic motion picture.

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Wed 30 Jul 2014: 2:46pm

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Escape Alumni Summer Party: An evening with recruiters!

Escape Alumni Summer Party: An evening with recruiters!

Last Thursday evening we hosted a recruitment event in honour of our Alumni from the last two years. The night was dedicated to celebrating their work in VFX so far, as well as a networking opportunity with recruiters from the leading VFX facilities in London. We were joined by Framestore, MPC, The Mill, Jellyfish Pictures, Milk VFX, Molinare, Rushes and ILM (Industrial Light and Magic).

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Thu 17 Jul 2014: 11:30am

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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

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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MPC wants you!

MPC wants you!

If you’re after work in VFX, keep a keen eye out for the movements of MPC in the next few weeks!

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Tue 29 Apr 2014: 12:38pm

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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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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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Summon Your Inner Monet With Waterlogue

Summon Your Inner Monet With Waterlogue

Hi there! It's been a while (understatement) but I'm back with another instalment of Lee's App of the Week!

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Fri 28 Feb 2014: 3:16pm

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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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Killzone, Prometheus, Zero Dark Thirty - want to find out more?

Killzone, Prometheus, Zero Dark Thirty - want to find out more?

If you’re aware of Killzone, Formula 1, Zero Dark Thirty and Prometheus, then you’re aware of Territory Studios. They’ve provided some top of the range work for some epic projects since their formation in 2010, and we’re delighted to announce that we’ve got one of their team coming to Escape HQ on February 19th.

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Wed 12 Feb 2014: 4:39pm

Our new online classroom

Our new online classroom

With a new year fast approaching, there's never been a better time to think about your career prospects and embark in something new. For those of you looking to step up the ranks as a VFX ninja, 2014 could be the year to make it happen.

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Tue 5 Nov 2013: 4:38pm

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The 2013 BFX Competition Awards Ceremony

The 2013 BFX Competition Awards Ceremony

Last Friday we took a train south to Bournemouth for the 2013 BFX awards ceremony, which was a truly wonderful event. Awarding and celebrating emerging talent from eleven UK universities, the teams who took part in this competition impressed us mightily.

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Tue 1 Oct 2013: 10:09am

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Challenging the status quo - The future of higher education...

Challenging the status quo - The future of higher education...

An interesting article appeared on Linkedin this week, on the future of Higher Education in America. Written on the back of an encounter between California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (who also sits on the boards of the University of California and California State University systems) and brand new start up education company ‘Udacity’, an organisation that creates online college courses focused largely on science and technology.

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Fri 20 Sep 2013: 10:43am

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Sean Danischevsky is the guest speaker at our next open day

Sean Danischevsky is the guest speaker at our next open day

Considering a career in VFX? If you’re still undecided, then come along to our next open day on Wednesday 18th September. This is where we discuss the VFX industry and your career prospects as a skilled VFX artists. Next Wednesday we’ll be joined by Sean Danischevsky, a VFX Supervisor who has worked at many of the top VFX companies including Framestore and Method Studios.

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