Escape’s Head of 3D Mark Spevick harbours a special passion for all things Houdini, and last week his skills were called for on the continent, and he ventured to iMasterArt in Turin taly to host a master class with a handful of other pros with experience in all areas of VFX, here are his notes from the trip!
We are very pleased to announce that we have joined forces with HaZ Films as VFX Partner on his latest Sci-Fi Short film: SYNC. HaZ is a VFX Supervisor turned Filmmaker while also one of our tutors on the Producing for VFX course, (which is soon to start its third term)
At Escape, we've been teaching visual effects for over 11 years. Our students have gone on to work on some of the biggest films ever made, the coolest TV shows, and the best adverts to have been created, all over the globe. And yet, it still amazes me what the VFX community gets up to in its spare time!
If you haven’t already seen, every Sunday over the last few months, we’ve been uploading the showreel of a different escapee, aptly naming the day on our Social Media channels as #ShowreelSunday.
Gravity has been celebrated across the film industry for it's outstanding achievements in VFX – a real testament to the skills of the production teams here in the UK. London based VFX studio Framestore managed the creation of the ground-breaking visuals, and 3D conversion company Prime Focus World created the 3D effects. We'd like to send everyone on the Gravity production team our congratulations on the success of their work.
The original Alien is an incredible film. Arguably the granddaddy of space horror, it took the 70's corporation paranoia into the black, littered flawed and earnest characters throughout a floating factory and gave birth - quite literally - to one of the most terrifying creatures in cinema history.
3D modelling is one of the very first skills we teach on our 3D for Visual Effects course. The backbone for all convincing 3D VFX, it requires a strong knowledge of topology, form, texture and detail. In every class we find someone with a natural flare for this craft and 8 years ago Adam Dewhirst was one such person.
You may have been swept up by the recent craze that is Flappy Bird, and if this really is the case, I’m glad this is a one way interaction, because I’m one of those people who was able to decidedly detest the game before I even got a chance to play it. I have had it up to my wits end hearing about your latest time consuming app-addictions, and I am ecstatic about the following news…
Every now and then, pieces of technology (and those who create it) come along and make people say ‘wow’. Whether it be a mad VFX shot created by a 3D whiz, or an app you use daily that makes you say “WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THIS BEFORE!?”, more and more people are getting to grips with the building blocks of the digital world, and these kind of occurrences are only going to become more frequent.
I have intentionally waited until the afternoon to post this blog, so that all of you UK based sports fans that actually stayed awake to watch the coverage of the Superbowl last night, are now wide awake! So if you’ve finished your belated breakfast and have washed the beer stains out of your team jersey, then please cast your mind back to approximately 16 hours ago.
2D whiz Simon Richardson gave us a window of time recently to get our hands in his brain, and find out exactly what it takes to be a compositor. This unsung art form is one of the most important in VFX and more often than not, a viewer will have been fooled by the artistry of a compositor before any acting in a scene has even happened.
With VFX heavy films receiving a huge amount of positive reception in the 86th Academy Awards nomination lists, we’re seeing more people than ever with a keen eye on the 12th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards nominees. The leading titles recently announced are 'Gravity', 'Frozen', 'The Croods' and 'Game of Thrones', and the question on which of these is going to scoop up the most awards is creating quite a buzz around here.
There’s been a huge amount of excitement surrounding Keanu Reeves latest action flick 47 Ronin, which was released on Boxing Day. We know that the VFX community in particular have had watchful eyes on how the film is received given the high levels of attention the aesthetic of the film has been given in post.
We recently heard about escapee Lee Medcalf making the most of our industry connections at this year's VFX Festival, and embarking on a creative journey with Universal Pictures, Design Studio for Film Hollywood and Escape Tutor and VFX whiz Haz Dulull, naturally we had to find out from Lee what had been going on, it's all very exciting!
Seeing escapees working on Hollywood blockbusters is a regular occurrence here at Escape Studios, and 2014 promises to be no change from the usual schedule, as we recently spoke to escapee Simone Cilliani who has worked on one film we’re particularly looking forward to; ‘300: Rise of an Empire’, set for release in March 2014.
So we’ve all managed to take a look at the killer new trailer for Godzilla from VFX whiz turned director Gareth Edwards. But what was it about the trailer that grabbed your attention? Was it the borrowed score from 2001: A Space Odyssey? Perhaps it was the clip of Brian Cranston looking a little bit more like Hal from Malcolm in the Middle?
Every VFX artist wants to get to grips with state of the art software, it’s essential in an industry that is constantly evolving to keep nipping at the heels of the proverbial beast.
Producing for VFX Tutor Haz Dulull, will be using his wealth of industry experience on VFX heavy projects such as The Dark Knight, Hellboy, and Prince of Persia as well as personal productions; Project Kronos (above) and Fubar Redux, to prepare students for production roles within the VFX industry, here's what it's all about!