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V-Ray for 3ds Max Advanced Training

Chaos will be in London this July, and we have decided to team up with them to deliver a one-day V-Ray for 3ds Max Advanced Training Course.

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Fri 28 May 2010: 11:22am

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Autodesk Finance Deal: 0% Interest Finance or Pay Nothing for 5 months

Did you know that Autodesk are offering some pretty interesting finance deal at the minute?

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Fri 28 May 2010: 11:19am

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Realflow 5 Out Now!

Realflow 5 Out Now!

RealFlow’s Version 5 has just been released, and we are quite excited about some of the new features and improvements our friends at NextLimit have made.

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Fri 28 May 2010: 11:16am

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Next Gen Intel CPUs: More power in a smaller box

If you’re like us and have been struggling with the limits of 4-core machines for your CG applications, then you’d be just as excited about Intel's Next Generation CPU 6-core 32nm processors. They are probably the biggest advancement in CPU cores for over two years.

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Fri 28 May 2010: 11:09am

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Come along to our Open Evening

Lots of people can't make it to our day time courses or open days, so, we've decided to run an Open Evening for those people interested in attending our VFX, Maya and Compositing Evening Courses.  The courses are perfect for those with busy working lives because they don't interfere with day to day work and you can also pay for them a module at a time, which makes finding the funds a lot easier.

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Fri 28 May 2010: 11:01am

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Latest VFX Graduate Showreels

Latest VFX Graduate Showreels

Check out some of the latest work from the VFX Course that's just finished.  The work is really imaginative and demonstrates real technical ability - all pretty cool considereing they were here for just 12 weeks.  If you're interested in VFX now is the time to get in touch so you can take advantage of our early bird discount.

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Fri 28 May 2010: 10:50am

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Pixar RenderMan User Group Meeting tonight!

We are all looking forward to the UGM tonight with our very technical friends at Pixar! Over 200 people in attendance... should be a great night and plenty of Escape $ behind the bar!

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Thu 27 May 2010: 3:09pm

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Feedback competition winners

We’re pleased to announce the winners of our latest Facebook competition. Having submitted their showreels to the Escape Studios Facebook fan page, five people were selected at random.

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Fri 21 May 2010: 3:37pm

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Head of 3D at The Mill shares his showreel must-do's

Our friends over at The Mill, namely Head of 3D Jordi Bares, has compiled a list of crucial do's and don'ts to help you create a sought-after showreel.  So,  if you're aiming to catch the attention of a potential employee, you best read on...

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Fri 21 May 2010: 1:58pm

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Our New Animation Tutor

Meet our new animation tutor, Alex Williams who  comes from a rich tradition of 2D animation.  With over 20 years of industry experience that includes work as a storyboard artist, character designer and animator on more than 20 feature films for Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Fox, DreamWorks and Sony, his film credits include animated masterpieces such as 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', 'The Lion King' and 'The Iron Giant'.  His most recent work includes animation for the Oscar-winning 'Monster House', as well as 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'.

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Wed 19 May 2010: 2:31pm

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Calling all Animation Fanatics

In conjunction with their fantastic upcoming Ray Harryhausen – Myths and Legends Exhibition, the London Film Museum are offering the chance to meet the great man himself.

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Wed 19 May 2010: 9:09am

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Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta, one of the first and most influential fantasy artists in the industry, died last week aged 82.

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Wed 19 May 2010: 9:03am

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V-Ray for 3ds Max SP5 Released

Our friends at Chaos Group have just announced the release of the new Service Pack 5 for V-Ray for 3ds Max.

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Wed 19 May 2010: 9:01am

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Friday Fun - Illusion Contest

Really looking forward to next week because it's the start of the games course here at Escape Studios.  So, before the hard work begins for my students, here is a bit of Friday fun! Check out the impossible motion video.

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Fri 14 May 2010: 5:23pm

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FREE Tutorial: Professional Lighting for VFX

FREE Tutorial: Professional Lighting for VFX

This month's free tutorial is part of a series that discusses alternative methods of recreating naturalistic lighting in an exterior environment. Taken from our Advanced Lighting with Maya and Mental Ray course, this tutorial concentrates on optimising raytrace shadows within a manually lit scene, and will teach you how to add ambient shadows via a custom occlusion shader. This tutorial will give you the production level skills expected of a junior lighting artist.

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Fri 14 May 2010: 11:14am

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Satisfaction Survey: what it's really like working in the CG industry?

A couple of month's back we conducted a Satisfaction Survey which asked people what it's really like working in the CG industry.  The top prize for three lucky people was having a CG Master Class with Maya master Lee Danskin.  The guy's found it hugely helpful as Lee shared lots of top tips on how to make the most of Maya, dipelling some myths along the way!

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Fri 14 May 2010: 11:08am

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Fancy winning an iPod or an online 3D course?

Then take a look at Escape Studios’ Graduate Survey. If you’re a student or have graduated from a UK university we’re keen to hear how you got on finding a job, and how well you think your university prepared you for the world of work.

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Thu 13 May 2010: 9:54am

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Autodesk Subscription Payment Plans

If you’re like most of us, and love to get your hands on the latest Autodesk 2011 products but cringe at the thought of paying the total sum up front, then you may want to check this out. We’re now offering prospective Autodesk 2011 users the option of funding their set-up with subscription payment plans from Autodesk Finance.

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Mon 10 May 2010: 8:24am

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Pixels – a must see piece of work

Pixels – a must see piece of work

If you haven’t seen this already from our tweet a while back, you must check out this awesome piece of work from Patrick Jean.

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Fri 7 May 2010: 11:59am

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Storage Explored Part 1: Bandwidth Efficiency

Hello world!

We nerds are back to get deeper into storage and the various options and solutions out there. We're starting a multi-part blog series to try and help people get a better technical grasp over storage for media and entertainment. There's a vast majority out there that see storage as a mystic and cryptic situation; and we aim to help change that and aid normal people in their battles on the subject. We get a large number of enquiries about this at Escape Studios - and for too long, too many people have been purchasing the wrong hardware and software for the right purpose.

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Wed 5 May 2010: 4:38pm

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