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VFX and the Awards Season: Time for those Visual Effects Society Nominations!

VFX and the Awards Season: Time for those Visual Effects Society Nominations!

With VFX heavy films receiving a huge amount of positive reception in the 86th Academy Awards nomination lists, we’re seeing more people than ever with a keen eye on the 12th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards nominees. The leading titles recently announced are 'Gravity', 'Frozen', 'The Croods' and 'Game of Thrones', and the question on which of these is going to scoop up the most awards is creating quite a buzz around here.

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Mon 20 Jan 2014: 12:25pm

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47 Ronin: Samurai Spirit.

47 Ronin: Samurai Spirit.

There’s been a huge amount of excitement surrounding Keanu Reeves latest action flick 47 Ronin, which was released on Boxing Day. We know that the VFX community in particular have had watchful eyes on how the film is received given the high levels of attention the aesthetic of the film has been given in post.

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Tue 7 Jan 2014: 3:49pm

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Care for half price cutting edge software?

Care for half price cutting edge software?

Every VFX artist wants to get to grips with state of the art software, it’s essential in an industry that is constantly evolving to keep nipping at the heels of the proverbial beast.

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Tue 10 Dec 2013: 10:41am

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"Machete don't tweet"

I loved the first Machete film, and when at the end of the film, the narrator announced “Machete will return in, ‘Machete Kills’ and ‘Machete Kills Again’”, my excitement was uncontainable. So naturally, I ran to the cinema to see ‘Machete Kills’ at the weekend, and I can say conclusively that I’ve never left a cinema with such an overwhelming feeling of confusion.

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Mon 14 Oct 2013: 9:33am

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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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Marvel's 'S.H.I.E.L.D' - Did you see it?

Marvel's 'S.H.I.E.L.D' - Did you see it?

Upon one of our recent trips to the West End, 2D and 3D students visiting our friends over at Realise Studios and Glassworks London spotted this intriguing sign outside of  Sci Fi Mecca 'Forbidden Planet'.  Unbeknownst of what it meant, we naturally visited the suggested website, and of course Twitter, to find out the back story of exactly what had happened outside of Forbidden Planet on September 24th.

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Fri 27 Sep 2013: 3:54pm

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TED comes to London!

TED comes to London!

We are big fans of TED here at Escape and I was very excited to see this upcoming event at London's Albert Hall on September 23rd.

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Fri 20 Sep 2013: 4:51pm

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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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A Taste of 3D!

A Taste of 3D!

Often for a VFX artist there is a defining moment of clarity, whether it be during a TV program, an epic film, or just viewing a highly detailed drawing, most of the artists we encounter, when asked “what made you want to become a VFX artist?” Usually one of these occasions is cited as a reply.

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Thu 19 Sep 2013: 3:03pm

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Time to take up a life of crime...

Time to take up a life of crime...

From it's humble beginnings as a top down shooter on MS-DOS, GTA has risen to become a flagship title of every generation of video gaming, consistently getting bigger and better with each iteration. GTA 3 was the definitive demonstration of what the PS2 was capable of. GTA IV took everything we loved and gave us more for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and incorporated outstanding multiplayer.

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Tue 17 Sep 2013: 4:09pm

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Escape's Simon Fenton reviews Autodesk Mudbox 2014 for 3D Artist Magazine!

Escape's Simon Fenton reviews Autodesk Mudbox 2014 for 3D Artist Magazine!

It’s no secret that here at Escape Studios, we have some fantastically talented tutors, we know it, our students know it, and it’s always nice when their skill and know how is drafted in by other leader in the field.

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Mon 16 Sep 2013: 5:01pm

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Celebrating 150 years of the London Underground with some VFX!

Celebrating 150 years of the London Underground with some VFX!

This year we’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the fabulous, London Underground.

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Mon 16 Sep 2013: 12:08pm

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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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Fri 13 Sep 2013: 4:23pm

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This week on YouTube...Part 2!

This week on YouTube...Part 2!

I hope you've slept well, Internet! It's been too long since we spoke. Shall we get a coffee and catch up?

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Wed 4 Sep 2013: 3:30pm

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Learning with augmented reality, the future?

Learning with augmented reality, the future?

If you didn’t already know, we’re big fans of technology in education, when these two fields are spliced together in a truly ground breaking way, we can’t resist a blog post about it!

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Tue 3 Sep 2013: 12:48pm

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This week on YouTube....Part 1!

This week on YouTube....Part 1!

Whats up internet? It's September already, nobody told me. I thought I was getting funny looks on the tube, I came to work in swim shorts and a snorkel! But enough about my arrest record. You want to hear about our YouTube channel, I'm sure.

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Tue 3 Sep 2013: 11:10am

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Escape Studios Webinar - What is VFX? With Mark Spevick .

Escape Studios Webinar - What is VFX? With Mark Spevick .

In our next webinar we'll be uploading to YouTube, our very own Head of 3D and VFX Tutor, Mark Spevick, will be revealing some of the secrets at the heart of VFX.

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Mon 2 Sep 2013: 10:16am

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Tell us about 2D!

Tell us about 2D!

Now and then we like to call upon our wonderfully gifted tutors to dispatch their invaluable knowledge to potential VFX artists across the world, in the form of an online webinar

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Tue 6 Aug 2013: 4:56pm

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Got the film making bug?

Got the film making bug?

Calling all filmmakers! Are you an IdeasTap member? If so, then you’ve got until Friday 6th of September to enter this competition, run by the  National Theatre, who are in search of creative minds to make a short film inspired by their new show; ‘The Light Princess’, (click here for more information on entrants source of inspiration)

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Mon 29 Jul 2013: 10:02am

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What colour is a mirror?

What colour is a mirror?

Everyone loves a bit of free education, and the internet is full to the brim with juicy info ready for you to soak that brain sponge of yours in. As opposed to the monotony of modern day schooling, you’ll often find that thanks to video streaming channels such as YouTube and Vimeo, information is often presented in an exciting and enthusiastic way.

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Wed 24 Jul 2013: 10:42am

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