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The Alenka Abraham Success Story

The Alenka Abraham Success Story

We’ve been catching up with lots of the escapees from over the years, and one story in particular has been hugely inspiring to us. Having studied a ten week Maya comprehensive course at Escape Studios back in 2003, Alenka Abraham has paved a very exciting career for herself. Taking on an R&D software project at Glassworks, Alenka met her future business partner, Adam Cubitt. Together they set up Existential Ltd., a company that develops both real-time and off-line computer visualisation and animation technology. Collaborating with leading post-production companies like MPC, and many others across the UK, they’ve been involved in pioneering projects and are making quite a name for themselves.

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Wed 4 Jul 2012: 12:05pm

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Bad Hair Day?

Bad Hair Day?

If we are watching a live action film with actors, it’s very rare that one of the main character features we concentrate on is the hair. Occasionally a judgemental comment of whether it looks good or not is thrown out there but that’s the extent of it. The average viewer will fail to notice if the colour looks wrong in one of the scenes or that it doesn’t look realistic enough.

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Tue 3 Jul 2012: 12:05pm

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Studio Secrets Come Out From The Shadows

Studio Secrets Come Out From The Shadows

During it’s opening weekend, Dark Shadows topped just over $29million at the Box Office. This may not be up to the usual par of some of Johnny Depp’s films but the CG within the film didn’t fail to impress once again.

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Mon 2 Jul 2012: 1:00pm

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Get To Grips With HIERO... HUG London!

Get To Grips With HIERO... HUG London!

Just a reminder to register your place at HUG London, HIERO's first UK user group.

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Fri 29 Jun 2012: 4:00pm

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Webinar: 3D Painting & Roto in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

Webinar: 3D Painting & Roto in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

We feel there’s just not enough webinars on compositing at the moment, so we’ve arranged for one of our compositing escapees to resolve this. Alexander Swann, currently Paint and Roto Artist at Framestore, is joining us for a webinar exclusive on August 29th for all the comp fans among you.

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Fri 29 Jun 2012: 2:35pm

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A Summer Success

A Summer Success

Last night we fought off the threat of rain, heated up the barbies and started cooking for our Assimilate, HP and Escape Studios BBQ in the Shepherd’s Bar and we are so proud that it was a huge success! A big thank you to everyone who made the journey down to Shepherd’s Bush for this very special event.

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Thu 28 Jun 2012: 4:30pm

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New Type Of Education

New Type Of Education

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but, as I have said before my favourite developer is Valve. They consistently produce work which is innovative on so many levels and always has engaging narrative and characterisation.

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Wed 27 Jun 2012: 12:24pm

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Spider Senses Are Tingling

Spider Senses Are Tingling

Last Monday night saw the premiere of the The Amazing Spiderman in Leicester square. Whilst the premieres are continuing elsewhere around the globe I thought I’d bring you a bit of information as to why we at Escape are excited for the latest installment from the Spiderman franchise.

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Wed 27 Jun 2012: 9:30am

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Last Chance Saloon...

Last Chance Saloon...

This is your last chance to get your name down for the Assimilate, Escape Studios and HP BBQ tomorrow!! It looks like the weather is going to hold out so expect steak, sunshine and cervezas.

We are pretty excited to have HP as the event’s sponsor as we now have the HP Z Family available on the Escape Studios Tech Store. The Z1 is a pretty spectacular all-in-one model with all the HP technology built into a 27 inch, LED monitor, all of the power minus the tower.

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Tue 26 Jun 2012: 12:30pm

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Time to HUG London

Time to HUG London

We are really pleased to announce HUG London, the first ever HIERO User Group in London to celebrate The Foundry’s shot management, conform and review tool.

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Tue 26 Jun 2012: 9:00am

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Escapee Showreel - Ewan Armstrong

Escapee Showreel - Ewan Armstrong

Having previously worked in the games industry and studied Computer Games Art at degree level, Ewan Armstrong wanted to broaden his skill set to make the transition into film and TV media. Ewan made the decision to study at Escape because he saw an opportunity to fill the gaps in his knowledge on production rendering techniques, camera tracking and compositing, all while being in an environment closely linked to the VFX industry.

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Fri 22 Jun 2012: 12:31pm

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Full of E.Motion

Full of E.Motion

On Tuesday, a lucky few of us got to go on a trip that ventured outside of the confines of the Shepherds West building. Drinking more coffee than one body ever needs, we went to do some film and games grade motion capture at the impressive facility at E.Motion.

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Thu 21 Jun 2012: 3:15pm

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HIERO 1.0V3

HIERO 1.0V3

The Foundry has just released the latest update of their cross-platform timeline-based application, HIERO for Mac and Linux.

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Thu 21 Jun 2012: 2:49pm

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The Grass is Greener...

The Grass is Greener...

Next Limit has now released the newest version of Maxwell Render Version 2.7 with some new added benefits. New features like the Grass Generator, anamorphic bohek and support for blending materials with Maxwell Mesher mean that the grass can actually be greener!

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Wed 20 Jun 2012: 4:30pm

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One week to go....

One week to go....

There is only one week until the Assimilate and Escape Studios BBQ and we are hoping the weather stays like it is today so we can fill ourselves with steak in sunny Shepherd’s Bush.

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Wed 20 Jun 2012: 12:00pm

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Gamers Paradise: What Should we be Getting Excited About?

Gamers Paradise: What Should we be Getting Excited About?

Epic Games released this trailer of the Unreal Game Engine at the E3 Festival last a few weeks back and it got me thinking, what else can we look forward to seeing this year?  

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Wed 20 Jun 2012: 10:00am

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Create Your Own MOCAP Studio

Create Your Own MOCAP Studio

Well, what a day Thursday was! As part of the Visual Effects Animation Professional TD course, we created our own motion capture studio here at Escape!

1 Comments Ash Miles

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Tue 19 Jun 2012: 3:00pm

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A Pioneering Digital Artwork

A Pioneering Digital Artwork

NATIVITY is a pioneering digital art project by Martha Fiennes, a moving-image interpretation of the Christ Nativity inspired by a canon of Renaissance paintings on the story. Martha’s idea for this project was brought to life through the process of SLOimage, which is the process of random and perpetual image self-generation. It slowly transforms through a wide range of alternative pictorial content in a way that is unpredictable to both the artist and the viewer. In a way, it is as though this technique has its own level of consciousness, allowing the artwork to generate meaning in new and very unexpected ways.

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Tue 19 Jun 2012: 9:30am

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Ready For RenderMan 4.0?

Ready For RenderMan 4.0?

As of today RenderMan Studio on our Tech Store will be changing to make way for RenderMan Studio 4.0 with the beta version due for release soon.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Mon 18 Jun 2012: 4:00pm

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Has E3 Spelt the End of VFX? Possibly Not!

Has E3 Spelt the End of VFX? Possibly Not!

I was on holiday last week, enjoying the almost total lack of sun, and having a week long geekasm at the E3 coverage. Imagine my surprise, then, to come back to work at Escape to discover hardly a mention of all that awesomeness on the blog. This is not, I thought to myself, acceptable. So have a peek at this!

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Mon 18 Jun 2012: 11:30am

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