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Escape Studios on Tour!

Escape Studios is hitting the road this year undertaking a program of talks, presentations and master classes throughout the UK universities and colleges.

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Mon 31 Jan 2011: 12:29pm

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Escapees make it to Autodesk's Education Showreel

Escapees make it to Autodesk's Education Showreel

We're never prouder than when our escapees get the recognition they deserve.  This usually comes in the form of a first job with a top post house or commendation from the professional community for a perfectly executed shot, so when we found out that some of our escapees made it to the Autodesk 2010 Education showreel, we were beaming.  

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Thu 20 Jan 2011: 9:26am

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Free Tutorials - Animation & ZBrush

Free Tutorials - Animation & ZBrush

You can really impress future employers by taking advantage of our two expert tutorials this month. Taken from our Character Animation Foundation and ZBrush for 3D Artist courses, they are designed to give you pro-skills in very specialised areas.

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Wed 12 Jan 2011: 5:37pm

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Framestore’s VFX Supervisor on HP7 Inspires our Students

Framestore’s VFX Supervisor on HP7 Inspires our Students

Last Wednesday, Escape Studios had the honour of having Christian Manz, VFX Supervisor at Framestore come into our studios and talk to our students about life in the industry. Christian discussed the bits about the job that are great (Like getting to see your name up on the big screen after arduous months of working on a project) and the bits which aren’t quite so good (Like the long hours). It wasn’t just our students who enjoyed it, we loved it too.  Christian’s thirteen year career has been an epic one and his latest contribution to the industry as VFX Supervisor on the latest HP7 is particularly impressive. We spoke to Christian about the highs and lows of his career so far, and what it feels like to have been part of one of the biggest films of our recent times.

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Fri 3 Dec 2010: 4:34pm

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Last few places available for January 2011 Courses

Last few places available for January 2011 Courses

As the end of 2010 approaches we're filling up fast for our next round of courses in January 2011. The last spot on our Compositing course has just gone, so the next seats available for that are now in April. We have also just filled our Character Animation course with Alex Williams so we now only have a few seats left on the two Visual Effects Production courses, taught by Mark Spevick and Dan Shutt.

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Tue 23 Nov 2010: 8:43am

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Escapee Jacob Flint Lands First VFX Job at The Mill

Escapee Jacob Flint Lands First VFX Job at The Mill

VFX escapee, Jacob Flint has just bagged a job at The Mill which as you can imagine he's pretty pleased about. The truth is, we are too.  Having studied with us for 12 weeks on our VFX Production course, Jacob learned all of the vital skills that he needed to get started in the industry right away.  He was pretty nervous during his interview but ultimately his skills shone through.

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Wed 10 Nov 2010: 2:45pm

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October Free Tutorials

October Free Tutorials

I find it really annoying when I find freebies that are ‘for a limited time only’, and it’s something we’ve been guilty of with our free tutorials. We’ve had some great feedback about them, and with that in mind we've decided to revamp the way our freebies work.

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Portrait of an escapee: How Nick Illingworth Became TD at MPC

When Nik Illingworth came to an Open Day last year, he was brimming with CG enthusiasm. He knew that he wanted a career in VFX but didn't really know how he was going to make it happen. After studying for 12 weeks with us, Nik was up and running.  He finished his course, was offered his first job at Frametore and accepted it, then a short while later he decided to come back to us for 6 weeks of final professional training.  He's now Effects Technical Director at MPC and still has the same love for the industry that he started off with. Nik's is one of many stories of CG enthusiasts who come to study with us and that's why we wanted to share his case study with you - getting a career in VFX off the ground really is easier than you think.

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Thu 7 Oct 2010: 11:07am

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Balloons & Zeppelins: Fresh VFX escapee work

Balloons & Zeppelins: Fresh VFX escapee work

Here's my final post showing some work from the courses which have just finished.  These clips are from escapees who were on the Visual Effects Production course taught by Dan Shutt.  Again these are 'work in progress' and need a little more polishing but you can see they are both great ideas that have been really well executed.

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Thu 7 Oct 2010: 10:53am

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Has the boxed game had its day?

Has the boxed game had its day?

Last week’s high profile launch of Halo: Reach, and the stories of gamers camping outside retailers' doors, tell me that game launches have become just like movie premieres and create just as much excitement as the launch of new Apple gadgets.  

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Wed 29 Sep 2010: 1:00pm

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V-Ray for 3ds Max Advanced Training

Chaos will be in London this July, and we have decided to team up with them to deliver a one-day V-Ray for 3ds Max Advanced Training Course.

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Fri 28 May 2010: 11:22am

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Our New Animation Tutor

Meet our new animation tutor, Alex Williams who  comes from a rich tradition of 2D animation.  With over 20 years of industry experience that includes work as a storyboard artist, character designer and animator on more than 20 feature films for Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Fox, DreamWorks and Sony, his film credits include animated masterpieces such as 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', 'The Lion King' and 'The Iron Giant'.  His most recent work includes animation for the Oscar-winning 'Monster House', as well as 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'.

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Wed 19 May 2010: 2:31pm

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Quick-fire Q&A with Pixar's Story Artist Matthew Luhn

At the Animation and Story Master Class which took place recently, we caught up with Matthew Luhn to get his thoughts on animation. He has worked on some of the biggest animated films produced, including Toy Story and Toy Story 2, Monsters’ Inc., Finding Nemo and Up. Prior to joining Pixar in 1992 Matthew worked on The Simpsons as an animator.

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Tue 13 Apr 2010: 8:28am

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We’re in the money

As you probably saw, the Chancellor has awarded the games industry its much deserved tax break. Following Wednesday’s budget, game developers that create profitable games will be able to use the relief to pay less tax on profits, while unsuccessful games will be awarded a cash tax credit to reduce losses – which must be a nice surprise for all you developers out there.

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Fri 26 Mar 2010: 4:42pm

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Featured Artist: VFX Graduate Claire Harrison

Featured Artist: VFX Graduate Claire Harrison

Welcome to our new fortnightly 'Featured Artist' blog post! From now on I'll be giving some insight into what's going on in the industry, as well as showcasing some of our outstanding candidates.

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Wed 24 Feb 2010: 5:13pm

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Latest work from the Skillset VFX Course

The Skillset Visual Effects Course is now underway and the work which the guys have produced after just six weeks is incredible!

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Tue 15 Dec 2009: 7:39pm

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Online Maya courseware at The Arts University College at Bournemouth

Hi all,

I recently caught up with Paul Hilton, Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Animation at The Arts University College at Bournemouth. AUCB recently purchased our online Maya coursware for themselves and their students, so I asked Paul how they were finding the experience:

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Fri 6 Nov 2009: 1:10pm

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Escape gives 3D artists the Nuke know-how

Escape Studios offers first visual effects course combining the best of Nuke and Maya 3D imaging software

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Wed 24 Jun 2009: 9:26am

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Visualise your future... In The Independent

The summer is upon us, and school leavers across the land are wondering what next year will bring. Will I go to University? Will I go to College? Should I pursue my dreams or compromise because I have little chance to succeed?

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Fri 19 Jun 2009: 9:01am

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And the winner is...Russell Chapple!

A Big ‘Thank You’ to all of you who took the time to complete our Online Courses Satisfaction Survey. The information you have given to us is invaluable and will help us refine and improve our systems. Congratulations to Russell who was selected at random to claim the prize of a black iPod Nano (8gp) … Well done Russell! Want to sign up for free tutorials? Log in and start learning... What’s the best way to secure your dream job?  Download a free PDF

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