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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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Wed 12 Dec 2012: 1:00pm

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VFX - want to see how it's really done?

Fancy taking a peak behind the VFX scenes at Framestore's cinema? Framestore are one of the biggest post houses operating on Soho (London's VFX Hub...) today. They've worked on everything from The Golden Compass to Avatar to the Skyfall titles). We're conducting our last Open Day of the year there next Wednesday and we're rather excited about it!

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Tue 11 Dec 2012: 4:30pm

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In the beginning there was... FIFA International Soccer?

In the beginning there was... FIFA International Soccer?

It wasn’t long ago that FIFA 13 was crowned the king of 21st century sports games, with 4.5 million copies sold in the five days after its launch, (1.23 million of those being in the first 48 hours) it’s figures worldwide trounced sporting rivals such as NHL 13 (0.48m), and Madden 13 (1.65m), more importantly though, it exceeded its closest rival, Pro Evolution Soccer, (0.86m) which had Christiano Ronaldo spearheading the advertising campaign, who in this case, off of the pitch, as well as on, has been left in the shadow of this year’s FIFA ambassador Lionel Messi.

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Tue 11 Dec 2012: 11:11am

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£100 Amazon voucher up for grabs in our #merryvfxmas competition, Get Tweeting!

£100 Amazon voucher up for grabs in our #merryvfxmas competition, Get Tweeting!

To celebrate the holiday season, Escape Studios are pleased to announce the commencing of our #merryvfxmas Christmas competition!

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Mon 10 Dec 2012: 9:24am

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Discover the Artist Within… at the 2D – 3D Showdown!

Discover the Artist Within… at the 2D – 3D Showdown!

What sets 2D and 3D visual effect artists apart? Most would say, not a lot. Both teams of artists are necessary in the creation of stunning CG visuals. But have you ever wondered why someone would choose one path over another? What makes the ultimate Compositor or 3D VFX artist?

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Thu 6 Dec 2012: 4:50pm

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Anyone else bored of Apple?

Anyone else bored of Apple?

I have been a long time aficionado of Apple products, thinking and innovation. I'm not sure what this means about me or the world around me, but I think I am finally bored of Apple and their products. Yes they work beautifully and my life is full of them, but it just seems to be revision after revision now without any of the innovation that made me fall in love.

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Thu 6 Dec 2012: 12:05pm

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1 day left to register for CVMP 2012...

Do you want to be in the know of the newest technology and techniques in the VFX industry? Do you want to meet with some of the brightest VFX talent in the UK and Europe?
Then CVMP is the perfect place for you to be on the 5th and 6th of December!

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 12:30pm

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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Some good news for VFX fans this week, as VES announce that a complete documentary film about the legendary Ray Harryhausen, will be shown at a number of festivals early next year, and better still, those who can’t make these screenings, will be able to get their hands on ‘RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN’ (quite the title, eh?) as soon as March 2013.

Being an avid Harryhausen fan, I own a signed copy of his classic book ‘The Art of Ray Harryhausen’, and have had the great pleasure of attending an intimate lecture held by this ‘Special Effects Titan’ back in 2009.

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 11:19am

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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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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 11:10am

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To Whom it May Inspire!

To Whom it May Inspire!

Something Pixar are always great at is sharing their wealth of wisdom with fellow artists. Having come across this wonderful snippet of inspiration the other day, I felt it needed to be shared with all you compositing and VFX artists out there. It’s important to know that even the guys at the top have a tough time!

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 10:34am

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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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Extra Tech Support from Escape Studios

Extra Tech Support from Escape Studios

Good morning internet!

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Fri 30 Nov 2012: 4:52pm

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 5

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 5

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

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Fri 30 Nov 2012: 2:56pm

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The Honeymoon Promotions!

The Honeymoon Promotions!

To celebrate their recent nuptials, The Foundry and Luxology are offering NUKE, MARI, HIERO and modo with up to 30% off in the special Honeymoon Promotions.

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Fri 30 Nov 2012: 12:00pm

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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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A Hidden Visual Gem

A Hidden Visual Gem

Japanese Animator Tetsuka Niiyama has created yet another beautiful video in the form of this short (but wonderful) CG movie.

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Thu 29 Nov 2012: 10:56am

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Framestore helps James Bond celebrate 50 years of spy-tastic Action

Framestore helps James Bond celebrate 50 years of spy-tastic Action

For 50 years James Bond has been known for may things;  martinis, dames, gadgets, cars, and fantastic action sequences.  The James Bond franchise is also famously known for the stunning title sequences they've had throughout the years.  Many studios have clamored to get the chance to work on these amazing intros, and for the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfallthe UK's own Framestore got their 5th go around on the James Bond title sequence which coincidentally also marked the 50th anniversary of the british spy saga.

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Wed 28 Nov 2012: 1:30pm

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Faces in the Trees...

Faces in the Trees...

One of my favourite things about the internet is the ability it has to present many different art forms as they happen, and in fantastic quality.

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Wed 28 Nov 2012: 12:13pm

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Take a behind the scenes look at the Post Production process in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.

Take a behind the scenes look at the Post Production process in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.

In preparation for what promises to be a visually stunning addition to the middle earth motion picture family, be sure to take a behind the scenes look at the post production process for The Hobbit.

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Tue 27 Nov 2012: 3:33pm

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Delving into the Imaginarium that is... Life of Pi

For those of you who have read this novel you have probably already conjured up your own vibrant images from deep within your own imagination - for those who haven't I would recommend reading it. However by the sound of things in a review I found, it sounds as though the legendary Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain) has taken the hard work out of it - painting an incredible living, breathing picture.

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Tue 27 Nov 2012: 11:00am

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