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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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Mon 3 Dec 2012: 3:37pm

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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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Thu 29 Nov 2012: 11:30am

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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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Fri 23 Nov 2012: 12:00pm

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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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Fri 16 Nov 2012: 4:52pm

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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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Fri 16 Nov 2012: 12:30pm

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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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Tue 23 Oct 2012: 10:49am

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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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Mon 1 Oct 2012: 10:00am

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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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Fri 28 Sep 2012: 4:00pm

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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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Wed 26 Sep 2012: 4:30pm

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Women in VFX

Women in VFX

This blog goes out to all the ladies working in VFX. Today a few of us girls at Escape were sent an invite to join the very new LinkedIn group ‘Women in VFX’. So we wanted to take a moment to spread the word and help this network for female VFX professionals grow.

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Thu 20 Sep 2012: 5:03pm

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Union VFX's 'River Zoom'

In a bid to cure our post-Oylmpic blues, we've been re-watching Union VFX's fantastic opening sequence, comprising a mix of real photography, animation and CG elements, which helped to kick off the celebrations at the opening ceremony for the Games. 

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Thu 13 Sep 2012: 5:30pm

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The Human race is doomed as the US develops real life Decepticon.

The Human race is doomed as the US develops real life Decepticon.

The world shook in its boots yesterday, as a video of a new American Government project surfaced on the internet, of a real life Decepticon.

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Thu 13 Sep 2012: 5:00pm

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Now THAT would be cool!

Now THAT would be cool!

Ever peered out of your window and imagined ginormous mega-robots having a scrap on the quiet road below? Well now you can forget imagining and actually watch the drama unfold on your very own computer screen, thanks to this nifty online tool.

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Thu 13 Sep 2012: 3:00pm

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Making VFX magic in a matter of weeks!

Making VFX magic in a matter of weeks!

Want to know what can be achieved in just 12 weeks of a VFX for Production course? Take a look at some of the work by the students who graduated last month.

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Tue 11 Sep 2012: 10:28am

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Compositing Project: Enchanting Rupert

Compositing Project: Enchanting Rupert

A few weeks back, August 14th, we said our farewells to another class of Compositing graduates, ready to embark on a professional career in VFX. An exciting day for all involved, we had the opportunity to check out their end of course projects. Presented to tutors as well as fellow students, each project got some constructive feedback from the pros on where improvements could be made, and where their talents excelled.

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Thu 6 Sep 2012: 4:24pm

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An insight to VFX with escapee Chris Chadwick

An insight to VFX with escapee Chris Chadwick

If you’ve not had access to the internet over the last week, (why else wouldn’t you be keeping up to date with the hottest VFX blog on the planet?) as well as some highly informative, highly entertaining, VFX related internet titbits, you’ve missed out on a few smashing success stories.

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Tue 4 Sep 2012: 1:00pm

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HaZ Dulull - Plenty o'Success!

HaZ Dulull - Plenty o'Success!

Hasraf Dullul is part of a generation of VFX artists first inspired by the film ‘Bladerunner’, since this early awakening, Hasraf, or Haz, as he is more fondly known by his contemporaries, has assembled a portfolio of some considerable weight; it includes a number of prestigious awards and world renowned projects. Batman: The Dark Knight, Planet Dinosaur and NOVA – Life beyond Earth, not to mention numerous VES (Visual Effects Society) awards nominations!

The most recent fruits of his labour have flourished in the form of his own VFX driven short film, ‘Fubar Redux’, which has been fondly described as ‘Animal Farm meets Platoon’ quite an intriguing round up right? Be sure to check it out here, we think it’s marvellous!

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Fri 31 Aug 2012: 4:35pm

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Compositing Escapee: Carlos de la Sotilla

Compositing Escapee: Carlos de la Sotilla

Taking the leap from Storyboard Artist to Compositor is no easy feat at the best of time. Well what if I was to tell you that recent escapee, Carlos de la Sotilla, managed it in less than 2 years.

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Fri 31 Aug 2012: 2:43pm

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Webinar Exclusive: Snow White & The Huntsman with Amy Cuthbertson

Webinar Exclusive: Snow White & The Huntsman with Amy Cuthbertson

Our visual effects and compositing students have gone on to work on some pretty awesome projects over the years. These include the many studio blockbusters that light up cinema screens around the world. Seeing escapee names in the rolling credits at the end of such films never fails to give us that warm fuzzy feeling of pride – proud to see they have achieved the goal they had when we first met them on our courses. And this was very much the case when some of the Escape team went to an exclusive screening of Snow White and The Huntsman at Framestore a few months ago.

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Tue 28 Aug 2012: 5:41pm

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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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