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A one day VFX taster session!

A one day VFX taster session!

“Big things have small beginnings”, was an idea acknowledged in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, released earlier this year. And for us, this statement couldn’t be more true. Taking the art of visual effects as a prime example, the spectacular CG you see on screens today was born from the most basic of concepts, and the people who created those effects invested significant time and energy to become the talented artists they are today. Every creative talent has to start out somewhere, and with the right levels of care and determination, it can evolve into something magnificent.

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Fri 24 Aug 2012: 12:08pm

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The Decisive Moment Winners Announced

The Decisive Moment Winners Announced

We announced back in May that the Chaos Group in association with CG Society, NVidia, MAXON and BOXX would be running the “Decisive Moment” competition. The challenge was to create a single image, using any application and V-Ray to render, that tells a decisive moment in time.

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Wed 22 Aug 2012: 4:00pm

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MARI: the best thing since sliced bread for texturing

MARI: the best thing since sliced bread for texturing

The latest version of 3D digital paint tool MARI is being harnessed by LucasArts to help power the impressive visuals seen in its hotly-anticipated title Star Wars 1313.

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Tue 21 Aug 2012: 10:15am

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Selby's App of the Week: Get 360-Degree Snap Happy with Photosynth

Selby's App of the Week: Get 360-Degree Snap Happy with Photosynth

It's a well known fact that the iPhone camera is pretty cool but there's always been a certain je ne sais quoi missing from its camera interface. Granted it does make taking a quick pic a breeze but there isn't much on offer in terms of customisation or creativity. That's where Microsoft's Photosynth app comes in. This versatile panorama app automatically stitches vistas out of your iOS device camera's images.

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Tue 21 Aug 2012: 10:00am

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Assimilate BBQ Date Change...

Assimilate BBQ Date Change...

We are sad to have to tell you that due to our demand for such a massive amount of beef for our BBQ, Argentina has told us that they don’t have enough cows.

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Fri 17 Aug 2012: 11:30am

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SimCity Is Back on a Global Scale!

SimCity Is Back on a Global Scale!

Some of you may remember the incredibly addictive Maxis game, SimCity. If anything, you’ll remember the awesome tunes that accompanied your construction of cityscapes, with endless building potential. And for those of you with fond memories of this game, you’ll rejoice in knowing that the creators are taking it to a whole new level of development. SimCity is now global!

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Wed 15 Aug 2012: 4:42pm

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SIGGRAPH Round Up...

SIGGRAPH Round Up...

Another year another SIGGRAPH and what a packed in week it was. This year, LA didn't just give us earthquakes, heat waves and the biggest burritos known to man but also a full week of presentations from some of the biggest and newest studios plus an exhibition hall packed with the latest technology from around the world.  

Here is a quick summary and a few favourites from last week. These are just some of the things to check out:

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Tue 14 Aug 2012: 11:25am

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Selby's App of the Week: Fancy that!

Selby's App of the Week: Fancy that!

Forget looking at silly pictures of cupcakes and sunsets on Pinterest, why not collect and organise images of stuff that you actually intend to eat, see, do or buy? Say bonjourno to Fancy, an app that lets you collect images of stuff you like, tag it, organise it, share it, buy it...BOOM! From the creators of Fancy.com, the Fancy app is available on iPad, iPhone and android and is completely FREE. Users can browse, shop and sell items they, well...fancy! You can flick through all things weird and wonderful from out-of-your-price-range sports cars and fancy gifts for your loved ones to vampire slayer kits, prosthetics limb covers and hot tub boats (no lie, it's a hot tub-boat!). This doesn't have to be an entirely self-indulgent experience either, share all those little discoveries on all the usual social media suspects to make sure everyone knows just how cool you are.

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Mon 13 Aug 2012: 10:40am

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The FREE tutorial for August!

The FREE tutorial for August!

August’s free tutorial goes out to all the Compositors. Take this opportunity to breathe a little life into your projects, using some NUKE trickery. Based on a technique applied while working on Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderCompositing tutor and Head of 2D at Escape, Davi Stein looks at how to enhance basic elements within your scene for a more filmic look.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Fri 10 Aug 2012: 12:00pm

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Eye-Eye!

Eye-Eye!

These Autodesk eyeball sweets are causing quite a storm at Escape Studios—not least because a trail of Chinese whispers has led some students to believe we're giving away 'free Autodesk suites' ... awkward!

Also awkward: the look visitors give as you sit casually munching eyeballs, whilst taking a phone call.

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Fri 10 Aug 2012: 10:00am

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14 Days and Counting...

14 Days and Counting...

There are just 14 days before the Assimilate and Escape Studios BBQ Round Two…not that we are counting!

That gives you only 14 days to nab yourself a spot at our exclusive BBQ event and after the success of the first event, places are limited. This second round BBQ will be taking place at The Shepherd’s Bar, Shepherd’s Bush on Thursday the 23rd of August and that is a date for your diary if I ever did see one!

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Thu 9 Aug 2012: 12:30pm

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Finish Line: Henry Stuart's gigapixel image of Usain Bolt

Finish Line: Henry Stuart's gigapixel image of Usain Bolt

I wanted to share this fantastic image, which shows the men’s 100m Olympic Final in stunning detail.

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Wed 8 Aug 2012: 5:00pm

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A Special VES Screening of Pixar’s BRAVE

A Special VES Screening of Pixar’s BRAVE

I had the opportunity to watch a VES (Visual Effects Society) preview screening of Pixar’s Brave, a few weeks back. And this screening, like many VES screenings, was a very special one. We were greeted by two guest speakers who had come all the way from the US to answer questions from the London professional visual effects community, and well as some kids along for the ride to see the amazing red locks of the heroine, Princess Merida. Director Mark Andrews and Producer Katherine Serafian provided fascinating trivia about the whole process of making this film.

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Tue 7 Aug 2012: 12:01pm

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Patching Up ZBrush

Patching Up ZBrush

Last week it was announced that Pixologic released ZBrush 4R4, a free upgrade that is available for current registered license holders. But it seems that the love from Pixologic does not end there...less than two weeks after the release of 4R4, ZBrush has a patch upgrade.

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Tue 7 Aug 2012: 11:00am

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NVIDIA: Live From SIGGRAPH

NVIDIA: Live From SIGGRAPH

If you haven't been able to make it out to SIGGRAPH this week, I will be keeping you up to date with all the news and information that you need. And if that isn’t enough our friends at NVidia will be streaming most of their booth presentations live from booth #634 & #735.

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Tue 7 Aug 2012: 10:50am

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Match It with 3.1

Match It with 3.1

Last week we informed you of the new releases from the Pixel Farm, PFTrack and PFMatchit.

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Mon 6 Aug 2012: 9:30am

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IKinema LiveAction

IKinema LiveAction

SIGGRAPH is going to be bursting at the seams with new releases, with UK based IKinema set to unveil IKinema LiveAction at the LA conference next week.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Fri 3 Aug 2012: 11:30am

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Maxon Cinema 4D

Maxon Cinema 4D

It has been announced this week that MAXON will be releasing CINEMA 4D R14 in September this year. MAXON have almost 20 years of programming innovation under their belts and CINEMA 4D is one of the best known and most successful 3D motion graphics, painting and rendering software applications around.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Thu 2 Aug 2012: 1:00pm

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Super Mario On A Whole Different Level

Super Mario On A Whole Different Level

Now, I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of stop motion videos, but quite a few people around here really like them and I certainly appreciate the work that goes into creating them. Therefore I felt the need to share this one I spotted at TheVerge.com. It was made by a guy called Zach King and contains everyones favourite Mario and a couple of other guest appearances which you'll no doubt spot.

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Thu 2 Aug 2012: 12:00pm

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