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Garreth Gaydon

Garreth Gaydon

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Looking to hire VFX freelancers?

Most people know that Escape Studios is a world class CG Academy as well as a leading supplier of the latest technology and software to the industry. A lesser known fact is that Escape is also a leading Post Production freelancer agency who work with some of the top studios in the world, we understand better than anyone the challenges of resourcing a project. 

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Thu 11 Oct 2012: 12:00pm

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VFX Union

VFX Union

A subject that started off as an online murmur, has gathered a considerable amount of momentum over the last few weeks, as many VFX artists and industry professionals have begun to campaign, (or at least talk about campaigning) for the unionisation of VFX artists.

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Wed 5 Sep 2012: 4:30pm

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Cutting it in VFX - The Mill Explain What it Takes

Cutting it in VFX - The Mill Explain What it Takes

As Escape’s Recruitment Manager, it’s my job to know exactly what employers are looking for when they’re hiring candidates. The thing to remember is that it’s different for every company – you have to tailor your showreel and CV to the position and company you’re applying for (Tips you can check out here). We place lots of escapees and freelancers at The Mill and last week, I caught up with Claire Anderson their Talent Manager, who explained exactly what it takes to cut it at their company. For those of you eager to secure a position, pay attention and check out the interview.

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Tue 24 Jan 2012: 1:39pm

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Freelancers Wanted Across the Board!

Freelancers Wanted Across the Board!

After the usual slow down over the festive & new year period, here at Escape Studios recruitment department we're now experiencing a big surge in demand for freelancers, right across the board.

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Fri 20 Jan 2012: 8:49am

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Escapees in far-flung places

Escapees in far-flung places

It turns out that our escapees are never prouder than when they are wearing an ‘escapee’ T-Shirt, as you can see in this photo of Mentored VFX Course student Ricardo Vianna. Whenever I’m out and about in Soho, I’m always surprised by how many escapees stop to tell me that they continue to wear their T-Shirt, even after we have placed them in jobs. Some have mentioned that they’ve even taken them on holiday. All of our Classroom and Mentored Course students get a T-Shirt and they are becoming a bit of a phenomenon – well, put it this way, it’s very easy to spot our graduates when out and about in the industry. It turns out that one of our students has a picture of herself standing outside the pyramids with it on! (Picture coming soon…).

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Mon 24 Oct 2011: 12:39pm

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New Employment Legislation - How This Will Impact Your Business

New Employment Legislation - How This Will Impact Your Business

Over the last month the Recruitment team here at Escape have been working hard to make sure that our Freelancers and Clients are fully compliant with the new UK employment legislation that comes into effect on October 1st 2011.

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Wed 28 Sep 2011: 8:34am

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The CG Industry Needs You

The CG Industry Needs You

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how buoyant the VFX industry is and how Senior NUKE Compositors are in high demand. Well, the surge in demand for mid-level and senior artists is continuing. With some of the biggest releases for 2011 and 2012 (films like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and War Horse) being worked on in London's Soho, the post houses have never been busier.

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Wed 27 Jul 2011: 11:17am

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Are You Satisfied with Your Job?

Are You Satisfied with Your Job?

It’s such a great feeling when you attend a packed out event and the people pouring in turn out to be our former students. And that’s exactly what happened a couple nights ago. I attended a PFTrack event organised by our Technology Team, and it was a storming success. The room was packed with over 50 people – all craning their necks to get a better view of the speaker.

Lots of the attendees at the event were escapees who we didn’t just train but placed in their current jobs. It was great to catch up with Jacob Flint who studied our VFX Course last year and so refreshing to hear that he’s just as excited about working at The Mill today, as he was when we first placed him there. That’s a pretty rare thing these days.

Job satisfaction is massively important, and if you are not entirely happy with what you are doing, then I would encourage you to ‘shop around’ and find out what’s out there. Doing so doesn’t have to be that taxing either. If you follow us on twitter or use our RSS feed you’ll be first to hear about new jobs, daily. Because we work with nearly all of the major names in the industry, most of the jobs that are out there come through us.

So, if you’re stuck in a rut, or just fancy a change, we might just have the right thing for you.

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Fri 10 Jun 2011: 9:55am

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Professional VFX & Compositing Freelancers Are in High Demand

Are you looking for a job in the CG Industry? Here at Escape Studios Recruitment, we’ve never been busier. It’s a great time for the UK Post-Production industry and we have been inundated with requests for professional artists.

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Tue 12 Apr 2011: 8:24am

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Find Out About New Job Opportunities via Twitter

Find Out About New Job Opportunities via Twitter

As most of you know, the UK Visual Effects' industry appears to be in a very healthy position at the moment.  Many of the large post houses in Soho are in the middle of long term projects and most studios are commenting on the lack of available freelancers. As a result, the Recruitment team here at Escape has never been busier!

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 11:33am

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Miss the Recruitment Webinar? Watch it online now

Miss the Recruitment Webinar? Watch it online now

Don't worry if you missed the Recruitment Webinar that ran before Christmas, as we've recorded it for you to watch on our website.

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Wed 12 Jan 2011: 4:24pm

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Escape supplies Freelancers for Partizan Lab Project

Escape supplies Freelancers for Partizan Lab Project

After yet another busy month here on the Recruitment team I decided to get out, visit the front line and find out how some of our freelancers are getting on. Partizan Labs are currently in the middle of producing a series of CG commercials for the Carphone Warehouse and are using Escape to supply the majority of their freelancers for the project. I caught up with Henry Scholfield to get an inside scoop on the project and how using freelancers works for them.

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Fri 5 Nov 2010: 10:23am

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Calling all Professional Freelancers!

Escape’s recruitment team has been extremely busy lately. As I come to the end of yet another busy month one thing is becoming increasingly clear - there is a genuine shortage of VFX freelancers within the Post Production Industry.

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Thu 30 Sep 2010: 2:27pm

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Junior Artists - Keep that VFX Shot Simple

A common misconception amongst Junior Artists when preparing their first reel is that they have to come up with some overly elaborate and complex VFX shot to wow future employees. These usually feature exotic spaceships, massive explosions and weapons of mass destruction. It doesn't have to be like that. So, what makes a good CG shot? I had a chat with our Training Development Director and Maya Guru Lee Danskin to find out.

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Thu 23 Sep 2010: 11:57am

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A student's little black book of contacts - the benefits of LinkedIn

I spent of lot of my time helping escapees find their first job. As part of this is, I maintain a network of contacts to help students get their foot in the door. We all know how important it is to know the right people and belong to the right network - something that not every student does enough of, but could help them land their dream job. 

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Tue 7 Sep 2010: 4:53pm

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Job hunting: 5 tips for CG graduates

We all know that finding your first job in the CG industry can be tough, but we have good reasons to feel pretty confident about future job prospects. That's because the industry has seen growth for the ninth year in a row. There are jobs out there and I am particularly well placed to comment as I sit opposite our Recruitment Team and so I get to hear everything about the jobs they have available. Over the last few months, they have all been incredibly busy, and that's good news for all aspiring artists.

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Wed 11 Aug 2010: 8:14pm

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Meet Nik Illingworth – Escape Graduate and now VFX TD at MPC

It’s been pretty busy for Nik since completing his VFX course a few weeks back. After a stint at Atticus Finch and then Framestore he’s now working at legendary post house MPC.  We caught up with Nik, sat him down, and asked him what it’s like being the new FX TD on the block.

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Mon 19 Jul 2010: 5:29pm

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A Traveller's Tale: One Games Graduate Journey

Recent Games Course Graduate Adam Esat has just landed a job at prolific Games company Travellers Tales - and we are super pleased for him.

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Tue 22 Jun 2010: 6:37am

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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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Sixty Seconds with Featured Artist: Compositor Tara Roseblade

Sixty Seconds with Featured Artist: Compositor Tara Roseblade

The compositing industry is booming right now which is why we were grateful to Tara for taking a couple of minutes out of her busy day to answer a few questions about what it’s like working in the industry since leaving Escape Studios. Tara’s reel shows everything that a good junior compositing showreel should. It includes examples of roto, rig/wire removal, colour correction and some good CG comping.  Each shot is accompanied by a detailed breakdown - which is a great way of demonstrating these skills.

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Fri 23 Apr 2010: 2:33pm

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Featured Artist - VFX Graduate Diego Pastor

Featured Artist - VFX Graduate Diego Pastor

It's proving to be a very busy month for the recruitment team at Escape Studios.   Lots of our students are going straight from our classroom courses into paid work, proving it's an ideal time for Junior Artists to make that break into the post production industry.

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Fri 19 Mar 2010: 9:43am

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Featured Artist: VFX Graduate Claire Harrison

Featured Artist: VFX Graduate Claire Harrison

Welcome to our new fortnightly 'Featured Artist' blog post! From now on I'll be giving some insight into what's going on in the industry, as well as showcasing some of our outstanding candidates.

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