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Escapee Showcase: Ben Revens

Escapee Showcase: Ben Revens

As promised here's another escapee reel. This time from Ben Revens, one of our recent VFX graduates. This is a great reel with good examples of work from two of our most popular courses. The violin and tank shots were produced during our 12-week Visual Effects Production course. The more elaborate and advanced staircases shot was produced during our 6-weeks Visual Effects Professional extension which Ben took straight after his VFX Production course.

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Mon 20 Jun 2011: 11:25am

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Free Tutorial - Demolish a Brick Wall With nCloth In Maya

Free Tutorial - Demolish a Brick Wall With nCloth In Maya

If you're reading this blog, then chances are you're like most of us here at Escape Studios and love blowing things up and putting them back together again. So this month's free tutorial should be right up your street because we're going to teach you how to demolish a brick wall using nCloth.

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Tue 14 Jun 2011: 10:19am

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Shoot! New footage For Our VFX Course

Shoot! New footage For Our VFX Course

A few weeks back I took my class to the Natural History Museum so that we could generate some new footage which they could camera track with. It was lots of fun as they not only got to film live-action footage, they knew exactly what they would have to work with when getting back to the classroom. For me, keeping things fresh is important - and so filming new footage for the students to work with is a must. As you can see from the video, we're all pretty excited to be out of the classroom!

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Tue 14 Jun 2011: 10:11am

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New 18-Week Visual Effects Animation Course Launched Today!

New 18-Week Visual Effects Animation Course Launched Today!

The new course announcements are coming thick and fast at the moment, having recently launched our new Compositing Professional course I'm really pleased to announce the launch of our new 18-week Visual Effect Animation Professional course. 

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Thu 9 Jun 2011: 12:15pm

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Motion Capture For the Masses

Motion Capture For the Masses

Here is an amazing use of Xbox Kinect or PlayStation EyeToy: desktop motion capture!

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Wed 8 Jun 2011: 4:11pm

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Industry Coaching Diary - Compositing Course Escapee Mary Lapena

Industry Coaching Diary - Compositing Course Escapee Mary Lapena

A few weeks back we told you about our classroom courses being coached by the Industry. One of our students, Alexander Kubinyi, told us about his experience at Double Negative and what it was like to have your reel critiqued by Alex ‘The baron’ Wuttke. This week, we catch up with another escapee who is studying our Compositing Professional Course and is being coached by The Mill. Here’s a snippet from Mary Lapena’s coaching diary.

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Tue 7 Jun 2011: 9:00am

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Is 3D Always The Best Approach?

Is 3D Always The Best Approach?

Here is a question for you: just because we can make somthing in 3D, is it always the best approach?

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Tue 7 Jun 2011: 8:55am

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Escape Studios Online Mentored Student Spotlight - Ricardo Viana

Escape Studios Online Mentored Student Spotlight - Ricardo Viana

Current Escape Studios’ VFX Online Mentored student, Ricardo Viana is approaching the end of his course and looking forward to developing his showreel and meeting with our recruitment team. In addition to his coursework, he has a very busy schedule to maintain, but that has not stopped him from pursuing his dream.

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Mon 6 Jun 2011: 1:23pm

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The Core Skills of VFX

The Core Skills of VFX

Skillset, the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses in the UK have put together a nice VFX Core Skills handbook that you may be interested in.

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Fri 3 Jun 2011: 9:40am

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Visual Effects Society Slams Hollywood

Visual Effects Society Slams Hollywood

Some of you may have never heard of the Visual Effects Society (VES) - see the previous link or last paragraph if you have not.

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Thu 26 May 2011: 2:30pm

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Were You Fooled by CG?

Were You Fooled by CG?

Cadbury is getting a bit of a rep for ads that really catch the eye. First there was the gorilla playing along to Phil Collins; now its dancing clothes ad has left many of us wondering how it was made.

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Mon 23 May 2011: 10:21am

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Industry Coaching – Escapee Alexander Kubinyi Shares His Experience

Industry Coaching – Escapee Alexander Kubinyi Shares His Experience

A while back we told you all about our new ‘Industry Coaching’ scheme which some of our classroom students are fortunate to be part of. For those of you who don’t know, this basically means that some of the major post houses act as mentors for our students throughout the 12 or 18 weeks of classroom study that they embark on when they study with us in London. This means that they get professional feedback and expert industry advice relevant to the field they are going to work in. It’s no surprise to hear that our students are absolutely delighted with it. All of them are they working extra hard to impress but more importantly, they are getting front-line expertise.  We caught up with escapee Alexander Kubinyi who told us what the experience was like in his own words.

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Mon 23 May 2011: 10:18am

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Digital Domain IPO?

Digital Domain IPO?

We have talked recently about how well the UK is doing in VFX so it's nice to see some noise happening in the US also. Digital Domain saw its revenue from visual effects climb to $101.9 million last year - up 70% from 2009, according to its filing. Whilst DD have already had one attempt at going public in 2007, they seem convinced that now is possibly the right time.

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Tue 17 May 2011: 11:51am

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Meat Love

Meat Love

It’s always good when people respond to the blogs we write. The one I wrote last week about the MTV advert animation got a great response when we tweeted the link, with @anthonygelatka pointing me in the direction of another great piece of animation.

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Tue 17 May 2011: 11:49am

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The BBC Visits Escape Studios

The BBC Visits Escape Studios

We were absolutely delighted when Iain Mackenzie of the BBC chose to come to Escape Studios to chat to Lee Dankin and Mark Cass about the state of the UK Visual industry, which is currently booming.

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Gaming Gets Emotional With LA Noire

Gaming Gets Emotional With LA Noire

No doubt you’ve heard about Rockstar’s latest release LA Noire - apparently a completely new type of video game. Up until recently, most games have been all about hand eye co-ordination but in LA Noire, which is set in the late 40s, the main skill is about being able to judge body language and characters’ faces to figure out if they’re lying or not - or ‘emotional perception’ as some are calling it.

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Fri 13 May 2011: 11:56am

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Stunning Imagery in "Inside the Human Body"

Stunning Imagery in "Inside the Human Body"

Did any of you watch the first episode of a brand new BBC1 series called "Inside the Human Body"? It aired last night for the first time and I watched in total amazement. OK, so most of you who follow my posts will know that I avidly watch any science programs...  I know I am a captive audience, but seriously, the visual effects were absolutely beautiful and the program captivating.

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Fri 6 May 2011: 1:47pm

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Games Escapee Ross Garfoot Secures Job at Playground Games

Games Escapee Ross Garfoot Secures Job at Playground Games

Another one of our Games Art Production course escapees has just landed a job. This time it is Ross Garfoot who just secured a job at Playground Games - well done Ross!

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Wed 4 May 2011: 5:37pm

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Employment Opportunities in VFX and 3D Sectors to Rise in India

In recent years we’ve seen massive leaps forward in entertainment technology. 3D TV is all the rage and the release of the Nintendo 3DS has given us our first, glasses-free, 3D console. But what does this advance in entertainment technology mean for the Visual Effects industry? According to the latest statistics, the industry in India is set to grow at 18.5% a year - in short, it’s a great time to be working in VFX and 3D in the Indian subcontinent.

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Wed 27 Apr 2011: 11:14am

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Calling all Escapees: Enter the C4 E Stings Competition

Calling all Escapees: Enter the C4 E Stings Competition

C4 are running their E Stings competition once again. This is the perfect opportunity for CG artists to show off their skills. We'd love to see some escapee work go through to the final, even if it isn't selected it's a great opportunity to demonstrate your showreel and the skills that you have.

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