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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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Xtra Special Xmas Open Days!

Xtra Special Xmas Open Days!

Do you want to find out more about Visual Effects? Want to meet the guys who blow all that stuff up? The people who make Bond a legend? The people who make you believe that VFX isn’t even in the film? To make our last two Open Day's of 2012 go out with a bang, we’re hosting them at our friends' facilities – two of the biggest post houses in operation today, Framestore & Cinesite.

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Thu 22 Nov 2012: 4:46pm

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Take a look around!

Take a look around!

January is fast approaching, and with that brings new year resolutions and ambitions. Looking to the future, you may be keen to find out what you want to do following the end of your studies. Or perhaps you’re keen to change careers or simply enhance the computer graphics skills you already have. With this in mind, it seems there’s no better time to visit our facilities and discover how doing a course at Escape Studios will help you get to where you want to be.

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Wed 21 Nov 2012: 5:38pm

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Last Call To All Pixel Farm Fanatics...

Last Call To All Pixel Farm Fanatics...

This is your last chance to get your name down on the guest list for our private event “A Pint With The Pixel Farm” on the 21st of November at The Sun and 13 Cantons, Soho.

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Tue 20 Nov 2012: 1:00pm

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Reality Vs Nostalgia

Reality Vs Nostalgia

Here at Escape Studios we understand that more often than not, there is a huge pragmatic element to creating even the most far out scenes.

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Tue 20 Nov 2012: 10:55am

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Escape tutor Dan Shutt goes Global!

Escape tutor Dan Shutt goes Global!

As Europe’s leading VFX academy, our tutors do their best to spread their knowledge to all corners of the continent, and it is our pleasure to announce that on the 12th and 13th of December, our very own Dan Shutt will be journeying to Turin, to deliver a pair of tantalising talks to our VFX loving, Italian counterparts!   

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Mon 19 Nov 2012: 5:30pm

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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Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

While everyone is busy hating on Disney for adopting and extending the Star Wars saga, let’s take a moment to remember that Disney do indeed make some seriously visually impressive motion pictures. Their latest endeavour ‘Wreck it Ralph’, is no exception. CTO Andy Hendrickson spoke to Animation World Network about the film…

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Thu 15 Nov 2012: 4:30pm

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The Foundry Demos November

The Foundry Demos November

In August we let you know that The Foundry would be holding a selection of online demos for NUKE, MARI, KATANA and HIERO, which were so darn successful that we are pleased to announce their return.

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Thu 15 Nov 2012: 1:00pm

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Bjorks' Mutual Core Pushes the Limits

Bjorks' Mutual Core Pushes the Limits

Bjork never seems to miss the creative mark.  In her newest video for the song, Mutual Core, Bjork and Director Andrew Thomas-Huang present a fantastic dreamscape that is like no other.  A strangley geologic themed expression really does show the power of well thought out VFX.  Who new geology was so sexy?  

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Thu 15 Nov 2012: 9:00am

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DIY 007

DIY 007

Want to build your own Bond car? Today may be your lucky day. The Aston Martin DB5 used in Skyfall seems like a pretty expensive car to blow up a good couple of times, which is why it isn’t a DB5 that you see blown to smithereens.

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Wed 14 Nov 2012: 5:30pm

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'Beauty is Embarrassing' serves to Inspire.

'Beauty is Embarrassing' serves to Inspire.

When you're just having one of those days in front of your computer, it's always good to take a step back, and gain some perspective. Get some inspiration!

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Wed 14 Nov 2012: 9:30am

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Musical Breakdown

Musical Breakdown

Do you remember when The Buggles were the first video on MTV? Me neither. I wasn’t born!

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Tue 13 Nov 2012: 5:00pm

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 3

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 3

Having just 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 three.

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Tue 13 Nov 2012: 1:00pm

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Digging For Bones with Christian Cardona

Digging For Bones with Christian Cardona

I will happily admit that my taste in what I watch on television has always been teetering on the edge of strange.

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Mon 12 Nov 2012: 5:30pm

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Catching Up With Hoxton Redsox

Catching Up With Hoxton Redsox

We have been catching up with the team over at Hoxton Redsox after the completion of "Transmission", the final video in a series of viral films as a part of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus BluRay release.

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Mon 12 Nov 2012: 1:30pm

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All-change at Escape Studios!

All-change at Escape Studios!

Another month and a half has flown by, and this afternoon we hosted the end-of-course presentation for our latest round of escapees. Gathered in our breakout space, the afternoon has been filled with laughter and applause. The quality of work on show has been, as ever, astonishing—it never ceases to amaze just how far our students progress in such a short period of time; and we feel confident these bright young things now stand in good stead to polish up those all-important industry-cracking showreels.

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Fri 9 Nov 2012: 6:00pm

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I Need A Hiero...1.5

I Need A Hiero...1.5

We are pleased to announce that the download for HIERO 1.5 is now available.

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Fri 9 Nov 2012: 2:30pm

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It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year...Maybe Not?

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year...Maybe Not?

We are coming up to that time of year, the time of year that fills single people with dread, fills kids with joy and will empty out most people's wallets. Yes we are in the run up to Christmas...in fact you only have 45 days to prepare yourself.

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Fri 9 Nov 2012: 9:00am

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