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Animation Ireland

Animation Ireland

 

And how has this happened? Well a decade of tax breaks and investment basically. Tax breaks to aid production costs and funding for development prior to production from various sources. Very interesting given the impending tax breaks around the corner in the UK. Could this be a new dawn in film and broadcast for us here?
I was amazed by how many companies are turning out real quality work in Ireland. The tax breaks have not affected the passion for excellence. In fact I would say it has merely fuelled it - the companies are competing against eachother to produce the best work. And as the industry steadily grows there are now whispers of full length animated movies being made there.
If you are curious about what has been happening in Ireland check out the Animation Ireland showreel on their website...

Here's something you may not know. Ireland has a booming animation industry. No I didn't know that either until I went to the Cartoon Finance conference in Dublin last year. In fact the animation industry is doing so well, that in the face of the downturn, it has become one of their major exports. At the conference, it was quipped that the animators are now the ones with the proper jobs.

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It's paper, but not as you know it...

It's paper, but not as you know it...

We’re fans of art all across the spectrum here at Escape, and these sculptures, created by Chinese artist Li Hongbo are rather mind boggling.

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MPC bring the second series of 'Black Mirror' to life

MPC bring the second series of 'Black Mirror' to life

Those who watched Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’, were no doubt transfixed by the futuristic realism of the plots, and the creation of worlds that are uncomfortably similar to our own. You will have no doubt been impressed by the VFX (well, those that you noticed) that created the settings on which the plots to unfolded, and of course a considerable amount of the action!

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Tue 29 Jan 2013: 3:11pm

3D Printing on a HUGE Scale!

3D Printing on a HUGE Scale!

Here at Escape Studios we are naturally, fans of most things 3D, and personally I find myself intrigued by the growing phenomenon that is 3D printing.

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Thu 24 Jan 2013: 4:25pm

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The Ultimate Metal Band

The Ultimate Metal Band

Being in a band can be testing, creative differences can get in the way, varying levels musicianship can stunt progression, and of course there are some nights where it just doesn’t come together on stage.

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Fri 11 Jan 2013: 4:47pm

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 10!

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 10!

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you on how the course is going. Here's my update from week ten!

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Leaves as Canvas - Art from Lorenzo Duran Silva

Leaves as Canvas - Art from Lorenzo Duran Silva

Remember autumn? The pavements littered with fallen leaves? Consider yourself in the shoes of Spanish artist Lorenzo Duran Silva, in his eyes these fallen autumn leaves are thousands of potential canvases.

Inspired by once watching a caterpillar eating  a leaf, Silva takes fallen leaves, washes, dries and presses them before etching intricate pieces of art onto them, creating some outstanding images.

The process can take anything from a week to two months to complete, and this artist has spent 4 years making these creations, boy has he mastered his craft! Be sure to check out this site and see some truly compelling works of art.

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 9

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 9

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how the course is going so far. And here's an update on week nine

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CVMP 2012 - Reflections (and Refractions)...Part One!

CVMP 2012 - Reflections (and Refractions)...Part One!

This was the 9th iteration of the CVMP conference, and it certainly lived up to its billing. The conference struck just the right balance between academic research and commercial production, providing a hugely rich and diverse array of ideas, challenges, successes and future endeavours.

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 6

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 6

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how I’ve been getting on so far. And here's an update on week six.

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Live Interview: Defining 50 Years of Bond in a Title Sequence with Diarmid Harrison-Murray

Live Interview: Defining 50 Years of Bond in a Title Sequence with Diarmid Harrison-Murray

We've invited Head of 3D at Framestore Commercials and Escape graduate, Diarmid Harrison-Murray, to kick off the New Year with a live interview, speaking about his latest work on the Skyfall opening title sequence, and his overall journey as a VFX artist.

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Python Tips & Tricks from a NUKE Master; Recording Now Available!

Python Tips & Tricks from a NUKE Master; Recording Now Available!

Last Monday, November 19th, we ran a very popular webinar with Victor Perez, a master when it comes to using Python inside NUKE. A whopping ninety nine people attended this live webinar to hear what Victor had to share, and we’ve had an incredible number of requests from people who couldn’t attend to share the webinar recording. For us, this interest has been very encouraging, and we look forward to bringing you more webinars like this.

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November’s Free Tutorial: Confessions of a Junior Compositor

November’s Free Tutorial: Confessions of a Junior Compositor

How does someone go about getting a Junior Compositor role at an international VFX studio like The Mill? Well in this month’s tutorial Simon Richardson reveals how it all started for him. From experimenting with Adobe’s After Effects at University, Simon was introduced to basic keying techniques in a layer based system. And this was when the seed was planted that would flourish into him conquering NUKE, and working at one of the top VFX studios in the world.

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Not to be missed… Python Tips and Tricks from a NUKE Master!

Not to be missed… Python Tips and Tricks from a NUKE Master!

Next Monday, November 19th, we welcome Victor Perez back to our studio for a demonstration on his top tips and tricks when working with Python in NUKE.

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Adam Gascoyne: Among London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2012

Adam Gascoyne: Among London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2012

Earlier this month the Evening Standard compiled a list celebrating some of the top most influential creative figures in London. Inspired by the opening ceremony for this year’s London Olympics, which brought together an incredible pool of talent for a spectacular event, the Evening Standard took this opportunity to acknowledge the “fantastic cauldron of creativity” that exists in England's capital.

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The VFX Festival, a storming success!

The VFX Festival, a storming success!

With the help of some top class industry speakers, cinemas in a handful of the world’s most prolific post houses, a dedicated team of Escape staff and some fantastically helpful VFX Marshalls, it is no surprise the UK’s first ever VFX Festival, was a storming success.

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Simon Richardson: Junior NUKE Artist at The Mill

Simon Richardson: Junior NUKE Artist at The Mill

Anyone who knows Escape Studios will know how valued our Studio Assistants are. Representing the heart of Escape, they keep this VFX academy a well-oiled machine. From supporting current students with their projects, making sure deliveries go out on time, to editing showreel videos, no job is too big or too small. And in return they are in the best place to ready their showreels for that next step in to the CG industry.

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They call him, Machete

They call him, Machete

Those of you who have seen Robert Rodriquez’s grindhouse (destined to be) cult classic, ‘Machete’, will agree that after 105 minutes of semi naked women, full blown gun fights and next level gore, the best part of the film comes at the very end.

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Happy Birthday Electric Theatre Collective!

Happy Birthday Electric Theatre Collective!

We would like wish a big happy first birthday to Electric Theatre Collective who celebrate their first year with some massive success under their belts.

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