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Claire Vandenbroecke

Claire Vandenbroecke

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Killzone, Prometheus, Zero Dark Thirty - want to find out more?

Killzone, Prometheus, Zero Dark Thirty - want to find out more?

If you’re aware of Killzone, Formula 1, Zero Dark Thirty and Prometheus, then you’re aware of Territory Studios. They’ve provided some top of the range work for some epic projects since their formation in 2010, and we’re delighted to announce that we’ve got one of their team coming to Escape HQ on February 19th.

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Wed 12 Feb 2014: 4:39pm

Escape goes to the movies: Elysium gets the verdict…

Escape goes to the movies:  Elysium gets the verdict…

So, Wednesday night is movie night yeah? Well, it was at Escape last week, as a group of us in the office decided to take advantage of the 2-4-1 offer and check out Neill Blomkamp’s latest flick, Elysium.

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Escape from home!

Escape from home!

So, there's been a bit of a change around here at Escape since I posted my last blog...

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Fri 2 Aug 2013: 1:00pm

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Fancy a treat?

Fancy a treat?

So last week we welcomed Steve Begg as our guest speaker to our Open Day and, as usual, it was a huge success.

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Wed 17 Jul 2013: 10:12am

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Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks

Be careful, this one might give you nightmares...

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VFX Supervisor Steve Begg speaks at our next open day

VFX Supervisor Steve Begg speaks at our next open day

Like all our Open Days here at Escape, the next is set to be even more epic than the last. On July 10th we’ll be joined by industry legend Steve Begg, who’s 27 years' of experience in the industry is quite intimidating. VFX Supervisor on titles such as Skyfall, Batman Begins, Casino Royale, The Golden Compass, Red Dwarf, Aliens... the list goes on… Steve has a great many anecdotes to share, as well as some golden nuggets of wisdom!

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Building Bridges

Building Bridges

Beyond: Two Souls brings the game and film world one step closer together.

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Mon 10 Jun 2013: 3:22pm

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Escape’s Open Day goes on location…

Escape’s Open Day goes on location…

Is anyone else reminded of school trips when the weather’s like this?

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Wed 5 Jun 2013: 3:07pm

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Step back in time with the BFI

Step back in time with the BFI

1920s London brought to life in Biocolour!

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Fri 31 May 2013: 10:14am

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Let’s all go to the Zoo!

Let’s all go to the Zoo!

Or maybe the Zoo will come to Escape Studios instead…       

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Tue 28 May 2013: 3:28pm

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

So, many of you will be on wind down for the long weekend which is almost upon us, but for us here at Escape it’s business as usual, well, almost...

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Fri 24 May 2013: 3:49pm

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Get Me To The Church On Time!

Get Me To The Church On Time!

Escape VFX student receives recognition at BSC Event.

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Wed 22 May 2013: 4:29pm

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Riding the storm

Riding the storm

Helen Hunt ain’t got nothin’ on me…

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Tue 21 May 2013: 9:25am

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Saddington Baynes heads to L.A.

Saddington Baynes heads to L.A.

Taking newly appointed MD, Jigisha Bouverat along for the ride…

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Mon 13 May 2013: 12:37pm

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MPC comes to Escape

MPC comes to Escape

Okay folks, our Academy Tour is almost upon us; on Wednesday 15th May Escape Studios will once again open its doors to all you VFX lovers out there wishing to get ahead of the game in the industry.

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Denmark Invasion!

Denmark Invasion!

Escape takes on a decidedly Nordic air…

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Thu 2 May 2013: 3:10pm

3DCS 2013

Kicking yourself that you missed this year’s 3DCS?

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Tue 30 Apr 2013: 1:15pm

Step-By-Step

Each time I watch a student show reel I am always blown away by how professional they look and this one (above) by Escapee Alastair Cross has impressed me in particular. Being a novice to the world of visual effects I’m always interested in getting to know how it all comes together and the ‘step-by-step’ breakdown he includes is extremely insightful.

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Mon 29 Apr 2013: 4:30pm

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Summer’s here?

Summer’s here?

With temperatures managing to, ahem, ‘soar’ into the low 20s this week I’ve become accustomed to spending my lunch break basking in the sun on Shepherd’s Bush Green and even dared to dig out the sun cream at one point!

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Fri 26 Apr 2013: 5:44pm

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My Dream Home?

My Dream Home?

I’ve always said that when I grow up I want to live in a tree house. I’m really drawn to the idea of being raised high up off the ground in a home built among the trees, preferably with a natural spring or waterfall running nearby. Well, the Sky Tower in Tom Cruise’s latest movie, Oblivion has certainly given that idea a run for its money.

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VFX Organic-Style!

Humans beat machines hands down with this one...

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A positive move for a not-so-negative company.

A positive move for a not-so-negative company.

With a plethora of articles lamenting the VFX industry in the western world right now, it’s always a refreshing change to read a story with a more promising outcome.

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Lee vs. Hiddleston - The Crow to fly again?

Lee vs. Hiddleston - The Crow to fly again?

One of the movies which I really connected with during my ‘teenage angst’ years was the 1994 adaptation of James O’Barr’s comic book, The Crow. It had everything a troubled 14 year old girl could wish for in a film; fantasy, romance and tragedy, oh and not forgetting a dark, brooding, handsome hero in the shape of Brandon Lee.

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Mon 22 Apr 2013: 4:06pm

There’s gnome place like home...

There’s gnome place like home...

So last night, there I was, enjoying having the flat to myself, only half watching a re-run of Grand Designs when the ad break came on and something made me sit up and take notice of the tv screen…

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Fri 19 Apr 2013: 12:36pm

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Getting a taste for VFX

After a busy day on reception yesterday with the Academy Tour I was certainly looking forward to a more tranquil start to my morning…

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Thu 18 Apr 2013: 1:10pm

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Mistaken For Strangers

Mistaken For Strangers

Tribeca Film Festival to air the premiere of Mistaken For Strangers.

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Tue 16 Apr 2013: 12:42pm

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Gone in 60 seconds!

Gone in 60 seconds!

It would appear I’m not the only one with a sweet tooth here at Escape…

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Mon 8 Apr 2013: 12:41pm

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Finding Dory

Finding Dory

“I’ve waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time”

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Thu 4 Apr 2013: 1:14pm

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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

To infinity and beyond!

To infinity and beyond!

If, like me, you are fascinated with anything to do with the cosmos then the latest announcement from IMAX and Disney will have you on the edge of your seat.

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James Cameron gets lost in Pandora.

James Cameron gets lost in Pandora.

One of my colleagues here at Escape asked me recently to name the film which has had the most profound effect on me in terms of ‘visual cinematic experience’ and, without hesitation, I said; Avatar

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The Visual Effects Academy

The Visual Effects Academy

So, the time is nearly upon us to open our doors to all you budding VFX artist wannabes to show you what we’re made of!

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Will Emma still be the Belle of the Ball?

Will Emma still be the Belle of the Ball?

You may remember earlier this week I got a little excited about the prospect of Emma Watson playing Cinderella in Walt Disney Pictures’ live action adaptation of the fairy tale.

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Disney Fever!

Disney Fever!

For some reason I’ve come over all Disney this week

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Tue 12 Mar 2013: 5:10pm

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Every Young Girl’s Dream (well, quite a few…)

Every Young Girl’s Dream (well, quite a few…)

I’ll probably get in to trouble if I say that EVERY young girl dreamed of having their very own Prince Charming slip on the glass slipper and whisk her away from a life of boredom, ill-treatment and endless cleaning, but it would be fair to say that quite a few girls grew up getting lost in this particular fantasy, and it would appear that Emma Watson is one of them!

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Girl Power!

Girl Power!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Fri 8 Mar 2013: 5:03pm

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Who ya gonna call…?

Who ya gonna call…?

I’m showing my age here, but one of my favourite flashbacks to my childhood is of being sat on the sofa with my younger brother staring wide-eyed at the TV screen while bumbling scientists Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis got slimed over and over in the supernatural comedy classic, Ghostbusters. Released in June 1984, I was too young to go and see it at the cinema but I never failed to catch the re-runs when it appeared in our homes during the years that followed, usually around Christmas time if my memory serves me correctly.

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Fri 8 Mar 2013: 12:30pm

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Heads up!

Heads up!

Front of house was entertained today, as a group of Visual Effects TD students transformed the break out space into a film location for the afternoon. The ‘TD’ stands for Technical Direction and these guys are currently working on a scene which they have created using our state of the art 3D design technology. They are learning about camera tracking and match moving, (among other things) and today they were filming footage which they will have to place into the scene they have already designed.

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Escape Academy Tours, an Open Day for Open Minds…

Escape Academy Tours, an Open Day for Open Minds…

So it’s that time again… time to tempt, entice and hopefully ensnare a fresh batch of enthusiasts to come tame the beast that is VFX, here at Escape Studios. Hosted by recruitment and training team Flora and Nick, today is all about giving our potential Escapees a feel for what life at Escape has to offer, from our accelerated Classroom courses to the oh-so important free tea/coffee and, of course, the after hours bar downstairs!

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On the edge of what’s possible

On the edge of what’s possible

Being a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, chocolate and picturesque Italian landscapes, the new campaign for Galaxy chocolate naturally caught my eye. Oh, and the fact that every shot of Hepburn entails full CG face replacement might also have fuelled my curiosity!

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