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Ready, Set, Design.

Ready, Set, Design.

Set design is a real passion of mine, and I recently found this great video on the film club website, even though I’m a 3D artist I thoroughly enjoy seeing real models

1 Comments Simon Fenton

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Thu 23 May 2013: 12:13pm

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The Scouts take on Game Design!

The Scouts take on Game Design!

It’s no longer just about woggles, tying knots and collecting firewood, as the Scouts of America have fully embraced the digital age with perhaps the world's first digital badge of merit!

0 Comments Nick Mathews

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Wed 22 May 2013: 10:02am

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Ray Harryhausen - A VFX Legend.

Ray Harryhausen - A VFX Legend.

Very sad to hear that VFX legend Ray Harryhausen passed away yesterday, at the grand age of 92. Harryhausen created such films as Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and The Clash of the Titans (1981).

0 Comments Davi Stein

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Wed 8 May 2013: 10:00am

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VFX vs Motion Graphics

VFX vs Motion Graphics

In my early career exploring VFX Vs Motion Graphics; I was very tempted to try my hand at film title sequences. I loved the design aspect, the story telling requirement and strong visuals used to captivate the audience right from the start.

0 Comments Davi Stein

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Davi Stein
Fri 3 May 2013: 10:04am

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A positive move for a not-so-negative company.

A positive move for a not-so-negative company.

With a plethora of articles lamenting the VFX industry in the western world right now, it’s always a refreshing change to read a story with a more promising outcome.

0 Comments Claire Vandenbroecke

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Claire Vandenbroecke
Tue 23 Apr 2013: 2:48pm

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Escapees add VFX magic to short film & premiere is around the corner!

Escapees add VFX magic to short film & premiere is around the corner!

In the first week of May, escapees and a handful of Escape Studios staff will be joining a number of other film professionals to witness the premiere of “Enchanting Rupert”, a film by Play on Films that has had some magical work done in post, by a selection of escapees.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Wed 17 Apr 2013: 2:56pm

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Just 2 weeks left to apply for MPC internships

Just 2 weeks left to apply for MPC internships

Those who study VFX, listen up! There are only 2 weeks left to apply for MPC’s ‘Comp Academy' and ‘Global First Step’ internships.

0 Comments Anita Gribble

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Anita Gribble
Tue 16 Apr 2013: 3:50pm

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Escape HQ - April 17th - '2D to 3D' - VFX Legend, Paul Chung.

Escape HQ - April 17th - '2D to 3D' - VFX Legend, Paul Chung.

We’re very happy to announce that in just over a week’s time, (Wednesday April the 17th – pencil it in!) we will have none other than VFX legend Paul Chung here at Escape HQ, presenting at our Open day to a room of eager VFX loving attendees.

0 Comments Anita Gribble

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Anita Gribble
Tue 9 Apr 2013: 9:27am

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GMUNK: Get Creative to Progress Your Career in VFX

It's very easy to lose creative motivation and it's something every artist will experience at some stage in their career. We all got into Visual Effects to work in a creative career, so why stop living the dream? To remain on the cutting edge of creativity, sometimes you need to take yourself out of your comfort zone and remind yourself of the things in VFX that speak to you the loudest - because ultimately that’s what will drive your best work.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Ellen Payne
Mon 8 Apr 2013: 3:06pm

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"Man it's cool, it's the best thing I've written"

"Man it's cool, it's the best thing I've written"

Harry Potter fans (there are a few of them out there) will have to readjust their vision come 2014/15, as it has been announced that Daniel Radcliffe is in final negotiations with 20th Century Fox over playing the lead role of Igor, in an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is said that production will begin later this year.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Mon 4 Mar 2013: 2:00pm

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A School in the Cloud

A School in the Cloud

Those who watch TED talks, will know that the theme of education has been making regular appearances of late. An emerging theory is that the nurturing of children’s natural curiosity is a way to educate.

0 Comments Dom Davenport

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Dom Davenport
Mon 4 Mar 2013: 10:25am

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New Dates for our Compositing Taster Courses

New Dates for our Compositing Taster Courses

Last week we released the dates for upcoming taster courses in Compositing. Due to popular demand we’ve been encouraged to add some additional dates for March.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Ellen Payne
Thu 28 Feb 2013: 5:16pm

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Guess Who?

Guess Who?

Although we can’t unveil the name of the top secret industry speaker at our next Academy Tour (on the 6th of March) I insisted that we dispatch a couple of ‘Guess Who?’ Q&A’s to get your minds racing, exciting!

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Wed 27 Feb 2013: 10:53am

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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.

0 Comments Davi Stein

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Davi Stein
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?

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
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.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Tue 19 Feb 2013: 10:59am

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An Insight to Industrial Light and Magic

An Insight to Industrial Light and Magic

Industrial Light and Magic was created back in 1975 by the legend that is George Lucas, and has kept going ever since, racking up work on over 300 movies to date.

0 Comments Davi Stein

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Davi Stein
Mon 18 Feb 2013: 12:39pm

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Lee's App of the week: The Walking Dead: Assault

Lee's App of the week: The Walking Dead: Assault

I officially love The Walking Dead but hate the long breaks in between series (can I get an Amen to it's return this month!) so thankfully Skybound - the same company that publishes TWD comics - has produced a top-notch game app to see us through those tough times and give us our zombie slaughtering fixes.

0 Comments Emma Lee

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Emma Lee
Mon 18 Feb 2013: 10:35am

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Animation Ireland

Animation Ireland

 

And how has this happened? Well a decade of tax breaks and investment basically. Tax breaks to aid production costs and funding for development prior to production from various sources. Very interesting given the impending tax breaks around the corner in the UK. Could this be a new dawn in film and broadcast for us here?
I was amazed by how many companies are turning out real quality work in Ireland. The tax breaks have not affected the passion for excellence. In fact I would say it has merely fuelled it - the companies are competing against eachother to produce the best work. And as the industry steadily grows there are now whispers of full length animated movies being made there.
If you are curious about what has been happening in Ireland check out the Animation Ireland showreel on their website...

Here's something you may not know. Ireland has a booming animation industry. No I didn't know that either until I went to the Cartoon Finance conference in Dublin last year. In fact the animation industry is doing so well, that in the face of the downturn, it has become one of their major exports. At the conference, it was quipped that the animators are now the ones with the proper jobs.

0 Comments Paul Harrison

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Wed 6 Feb 2013: 5:30pm

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