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Escapee work on IKEA 'Ad of the day'

Escapee work on IKEA 'Ad of the day'

In this new Ad from IKEA, we see a gang of garden gnomes waging war against an influx of new modern furniture, appearing on their turf. Watch as the battle ensues and mass gnomes are killed in action, and after you’ve seen it, take a second to ponder how it was created!

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Thu 18 Apr 2013: 10:31am

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Take your VFX skills for a test drive!

Take your VFX skills for a test drive!

Finding the time to hone ones skills is more often than not more a troublesome task than finding the will to learn. In a busy world it’s never as simple as signing up for a fulltime course and cracking on with it.

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Fri 12 Apr 2013: 2:53pm

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GMUNK: Get Creative to Progress Your Career in VFX

It's very easy to lose creative motivation and it's something every artist will experience at some stage in their career. We all got into Visual Effects to work in a creative career, so why stop living the dream? To remain on the cutting edge of creativity, sometimes you need to take yourself out of your comfort zone and remind yourself of the things in VFX that speak to you the loudest - because ultimately that’s what will drive your best work.

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Mon 8 Apr 2013: 3:06pm

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Tickets Please!

Tickets Please!

Well it’s been an exceptionally busy week here at Escape Studios, with three of our One-Day Taster Courses and an Academy Tour all in the space of three days, front of house was starting to feel a bit like Grand Central Station!  

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Fri 22 Mar 2013: 2:55pm

NEW Webinar: Painting a Picture of Compositing

To get a real good grasp of compositing and the discipline that surrounds it, there’s no better way than seeing the process in action for yourself. And if this is something that sounds right up your street, the only other thing to add is that your guide for this comp session is none other than NUKE devout, Simon Richardson.

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Thu 21 Mar 2013: 5:48pm

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Make 2013 your own! New course dates launched

Make 2013 your own! New course dates launched

2013 is set to be a massive year for film, (take a look at our recent blog post to see what cinematic delights we’re yet to sink out teeth into) so why not make it a massive year in film for you too?

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Tue 19 Feb 2013: 3:23pm

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Happy New Year everyone!

Happy New Year everyone!

We’re back, and with that we’re preparing some exciting events, bringing you the very best in VFX education. Kicking things off as we mean to continue we're holding a live interview and career talk, and look forward to an exciting 2013 filled with creativity and VFX know-how. We look forward to sharing the latest goings-on within the industry. But most of all, we look forward to seeing what you lovely people are creating or will create with the right training behind you.

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Wed 2 Jan 2013: 5:16pm

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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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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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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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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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Think outside the Box

Think outside the Box

Thinkbox, the makers of Deadline & Krakatoa, have developed a large number of application and plugins designed to extend existing pipelines and operate seamless with each other to create new workflows. Many of the software platforms that Thinkbox have created started in-house to refine dozens of VFX feature films over 15 years of production.

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 11:00am

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Webinar Reminder: Getting to the heart of compositing!

Webinar Reminder: Getting to the heart of compositing!

This Wednesday, October 24th, we’re hosting a webinar with compositing tutor and Head of 2D at Escape Studios, Davi Stein. During her presentation, Davi will guide us through the core processes behind compositing, highlighting exactly what a compositor does, the range of roles available in the industry, and how Compositors are largely responsible for creating the CG magic we see on screen. As well as this, Davi will comment on the effects of some of the most recent changes in the industry to date.

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Tue 23 Oct 2012: 12:00pm

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Welcome to the wonderful world of compositing!

Welcome to the wonderful world of compositing!

Looking to learn something new? If that’s the case, then we have two webinars coming soon that deserve your attention. Both webinars range from beginner friendly, to the more advanced, where NUKE operators can learn more about how to apply Python to their projects. Both webinars are at either end of the spectrum, concentrating on the art of compositing in all its different forms. So to get a better understanding of skilful compositing, make sure you tune in for either or both presentations.

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Mon 8 Oct 2012: 12:30pm

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Free Webinar: Getting to the heart of compositing!

Free Webinar: Getting to the heart of compositing!

Compositing in regards to VFX can be a difficult process to explain unless seen in action. Although the term may seem quite self-explanatory to those working in the industry, that’s not generally the case for those starting out, looking to break into the industry. And as we speak with budding CG artists every day, we feel it’s important to understand what sets compositing apart from the 3d modelling elements of VFX. As it’s only when you truly understand the range of departments that exist in the visual effects industry, can you make the right career decision.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Tue 25 Sep 2012: 11:19am

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Webinar Recording Now Available!

Webinar Recording Now Available!

Last month, the lovely Alexander Swann graced us with a simply brilliant webinar about his time working on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. As a 3D Paint and Roto Artist, Alex gave an incredible insight into what this role involves, while also revealing the very fun side of working in the film industry.

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Fri 21 Sep 2012: 4:30pm

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Take Your NUKE Fluency to the next level!

Take Your NUKE Fluency to the next level!

We've invited Victor Perez to share some of his top tips and tricks when working with Python in NUKE. Having studied our Compositing for Production course back in 2009, Victor has gone on to master NUKE to a highly professional level. Voted this year’s second most valuable nukepedia.com contributor, and one of the first official Nuke certified trainers, Victor has prepared a webinar to show you what’s possible when you apply Python scripting to a project.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Wed 19 Sep 2012: 5:17pm

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Webinar Exclusive: Snow White & The Huntsman with Amy Cuthbertson

Webinar Exclusive: Snow White & The Huntsman with Amy Cuthbertson

Our visual effects and compositing students have gone on to work on some pretty awesome projects over the years. These include the many studio blockbusters that light up cinema screens around the world. Seeing escapee names in the rolling credits at the end of such films never fails to give us that warm fuzzy feeling of pride – proud to see they have achieved the goal they had when we first met them on our courses. And this was very much the case when some of the Escape team went to an exclusive screening of Snow White and The Huntsman at Framestore a few months ago.

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Tue 28 Aug 2012: 5:41pm

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