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What is VFX? Dig a little deeper with Mark Spevick

What is VFX? Dig a little deeper with Mark Spevick

Ever found yourself watching something with really cool effects and were left wanting to know how on earth they made that? If the answer is yes, then you’re not alone. We meet people like you every day here at Escape, and it’s your curiosity in the mechanics of VFX that shows you have the right aptitude to take it in and understand the technology behind it. VFX artists are curious beings by nature, who love experimenting with new technologies and ideas. It’s why they have so much fun in their day jobs.

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Fri 28 Jun 2013: 12:17pm

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That's off the wall!

That's off the wall!

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s a real interesting music video by Electro artist Yuksek, for his song "Off The Wall",

It's sure to get your toes tapping and your brain wondering at the video which is jam packed full of hand manipulated props, instruments and body parts that are brought together and combined with a mirror image.

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Fri 28 Jun 2013: 11:00am

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MARI Mania!

MARI Mania!

For those of you out there who use MARI, some fantastic new additions to its functionality are now available for download and I highly recommend them!

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Thu 27 Jun 2013: 10:30am

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Awards galore for Discovery Channel's Maya Animated Idents!

Awards galore for Discovery Channel's Maya Animated Idents!

Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet idents won a Cannes Lion: Bronze in the design category for Animal Planet. I’m also proud to say our Animal Planet ident has won Gold at PromaxBDA US as well!

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Mon 24 Jun 2013: 3:20pm

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Escape Students go to Peerless!

Escape Students go to Peerless!

Escape Student Sokratis Synitos writes... 

"For what started out as a small tour, yesterday’s visit to the Peerless Camera Company ended up a truly historical journey!

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Fri 21 Jun 2013: 10:36am

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MARI for your Mac!

MARI for your Mac!

Here at Escape, when teaching our compositing professional class – a question that always comes up is, “is Mari available for the Mac?” It gives me great pleasure to announce that it now is!

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Tue 18 Jun 2013: 3:29pm

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Behind the scenes of some seriously iconic movies

Behind the scenes of some seriously iconic movies

I think it’s fair to say, when it comes to films- everyone is a fan of behind the scenes photographs, especially when they’re of some of the most iconic movies of all time, AND they show the making of some of the most well-known scenes ever.

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Tue 11 Jun 2013: 5:05pm

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Alessio Bertotti @ Pixomondo Hamburg

Alessio Bertotti @ Pixomondo Hamburg

Escapee Alessio Bertotti answers some questions on VFX and tells us about his time at Pixomondo Hamburg.

2 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Thu 30 May 2013: 10:18am

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A lot of movie villains don't seem quite as terrifying pre-CG...

A lot of movie villains don't seem quite as terrifying pre-CG...

It’s on set pictures like these that remind us how important CG is in the world of blockbuster action movies.

1 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Wed 29 May 2013: 12:00pm

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Project Kronos!

Project Kronos!

We were contacted a few weeks back by long-time friend of Escape Studios, Haz Dulull, who has recently been signed up as a Director for feature film representation by I AM Entertainment, (nice one Haz!) and delighted us even more by announcing the release of his latest project which went online last month.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Tue 28 May 2013: 11:44am

A Career in VFX… a world of possibility!

A Career in VFX… a world of possibility!

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a career in Visual Effects is far from boring. As far as careers go, this is an industry that keeps us on our toes, offering us a never ending number of new creative project ideas to be realised, fun new problems to be solved and new technologies to be developed. This is an industry that constantly pushes us to learn and discover more.

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Fri 24 May 2013: 4:49pm

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Creator of VFX Youtube channel 'deepfriedectoplasm' takes on Escape Taster Course!

Creator of VFX Youtube channel 'deepfriedectoplasm' takes on Escape Taster Course!

Acquiring some VFX skills is a natural path for most people who are currently using all the great tools we have today for video/film production and editing.  The technology has matured to the point where we (the average single graphics guy or gal) use it almost on a daily basis. 

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Stuart Christensen
Fri 24 May 2013: 10:59am

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Ready, Set, Design.

Ready, Set, Design.

Set design is a real passion of mine, and I recently found this great video on the film club website, even though I’m a 3D artist I thoroughly enjoy seeing real models

1 Comments Simon Fenton

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Thu 23 May 2013: 12:13pm

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Make it Polycount

Make it Polycount

As a 3D lover I am also a regular frequenter of Polycount. Some of you out there will no doubt already be familiar with this site, but for those that aren’t – it’s a community of pros and hobbyists that specialise in creating 3D for videogames, and it is always brimming with infatuating content.

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Simon Fenton
Wed 22 May 2013: 12:19pm

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VFX on your tablet!

VFX on your tablet!

Cinefex, the long standing centre of behind the scenes VFX information is now finally available on the iPad and online, check out the free copy of issue 127.

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Tue 21 May 2013: 11:13am

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Escapee Ayesha Garrett has work exhibited on NASA site!

Escapee Ayesha Garrett has work exhibited on NASA site!

I studied at Escape Studios (Maya Core and Visual Effects) in 2008, rather than a career change, my partner and I were escaping a massive house renovation, so we decided to take a fun break and study VFX as we've always wanted to!

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Mon 22 Apr 2013: 10:15am

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I think I'm turning Japanese!

I think I'm turning Japanese!

Often I’ve thought to myself, “boy I’d like to visit Japan, the culture difference, the challenge of the language barrier, the public transport…”

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Tue 16 Apr 2013: 10:48am

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Take your VFX skills for a test drive!

Take your VFX skills for a test drive!

Finding the time to hone ones skills is more often than not more a troublesome task than finding the will to learn. In a busy world it’s never as simple as signing up for a fulltime course and cracking on with it.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Fri 12 Apr 2013: 2:53pm

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I feel like a right Planck in this Lycra!

I feel like a right Planck in this Lycra!

Thanks to the Max Planck institute for Informatics, actors may be spared the embarrassment of wearing the ever so flattering lycra body suits when it comes to shooting scenes laden with VFX. 

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Wed 3 Apr 2013: 10:24am

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Check out this Stash!

Check out this Stash!

A great mash up of some amazing VFX, motion and animation work collated by the guys at Stash. Titled ‘Stash 98: Another 100 minutes of motion brilliance’ this one and a half minutes of footage is a showcase collaboration of clips that are tantalising for the eyes.

0 Comments Dom Davenport

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Dom Davenport
Mon 25 Mar 2013: 11:59am

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