The phrase ‘put your money where your mouth is’, is rarely put into practice. However, over the last few years, website kickstarter.com has bucked the trend by allowing generous and creative types to come together and put their money into projects that they genuinely believe in.
I really like how Michael Rigley has used 3D in a very creative, non-conventional visual effects project for his thesis.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.