Every now and then, pieces of technology (and those who create it) come along and make people say ‘wow’. Whether it be a mad VFX shot created by a 3D whiz, or an app you use daily that makes you say “WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THIS BEFORE!?”, more and more people are getting to grips with the building blocks of the digital world, and these kind of occurrences are only going to become more frequent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year we’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the fabulous, London Underground.
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.
I hope you've slept well, Internet! It's been too long since we spoke. Shall we get a coffee and catch up?
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!
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)