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Sophie Collier

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Feeling Frozen Out?

Feeling Frozen Out?

Two months ago, we bought you the news that Disney had released the title for one of their newest releases, along with some concept artwork (and very little else).

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That Friday Feeling

That Friday Feeling

Another Friday, another funny feel-good blog I’d like to leave you with.

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Fri 27 Jul 2012: 5:00pm

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CG Whiz 2011 Winner: Journey So Far

CG Whiz 2011 Winner: Journey So Far

For the past three years, we have held a ‘CG Whiz’ competition, and one of the winners from last year just recently claimed part of his award by beginning a 12 week VFX course here at Escape Studios. We wanted to offer a little insight into what this opportunity means for Daniel, but, before we jump in, here’s a low down on the competition itself.

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Thu 26 Jul 2012: 10:11am

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A Union Of Olympic Standard

A Union Of Olympic Standard

It has been brought to our attention that Visual Effects facility Union VFX have recently collaborated with award winning director Danny Boyle on a couple of projects.

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Wed 25 Jul 2012: 1:20pm

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VFX Course Presentations; Take a Look!

VFX Course Presentations; Take a Look!

At the beginning of the month we gave a little insight into the world of Escape and how our graduation ceremonies work. As mentioned, we assemble all the different graduating classes into our breakout space, where students and tutors watch what each student has worked on during the first, or last, six weeks of their course.

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Man Of Steel

Man Of Steel

Another week, another Superhero movie release. Not completely surprising considering our earlier blog, which spread the word that Marvel will be releasing four superhero films a year, which could be potentially epic!

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Coming Out Of The Woodwork

Coming Out Of The Woodwork

First we shared the big news that the next release in the Starship Troopers franchise would be a fully CG film, and now we've just heard that the Resident Evil franchise has followed suit, releasing their own fully CG film towards the end of this year. The film, entitled Resident Evil: Damnation, has so far only been given a release date in Japan, which will be towards the end of October on blu-ray and DVD.

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Fri 20 Jul 2012: 2:00pm

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Prometheus - Inside and Out

Prometheus - Inside and Out

Framestore has partnered with Secret Cinema to create enhanced viewing's of Scott's Prometheus. Secret Cinema has always been known to think outside the box when it comes to how films can be screened, with this box office smash being no different.

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Thu 19 Jul 2012: 10:18am

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21st Century Oz

21st Century Oz

As mentioned in my previous blog, Comic Con 2012 provided us with a lot of new releases, information and sneak peeks in regards to upcoming films. One to keep an eye out for is Disney's upcoming release Oz: The Great and Powerful, whose trailer debuted at the convention.

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Worth The Money?

Worth The Money?

I’m sure all of us at least once have spent a good few minutes of our lives trying to get the bird to knock all the fixtures and pigs down. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then it is the one and only Angry Birds game.

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Tue 17 Jul 2012: 3:00pm

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50% Off!

50% Off!

Sometimes it’s difficult to take time out of an already busy schedule to work on something you love. You might not be able to take days off work, or have an entire evening taken up with travelling as well as learning in order to pursue your dream career.

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Comic Con

Comic Con

Last weekend saw the annual convention ‘Comic Con’ take place in San Diego. The event is always extremely popular as it offers attendees an opportunity to meet directors and actors, witness never before seen footage and be the first to hear about new releases, with this year being no different.

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Shark Feeding

Shark Feeding

Recently we posted about our Graduation Day's at Escape Studios, but we thought we'd let you in on what happens after the celebrations are over.

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Fri 13 Jul 2012: 10:30am

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Mark Spevick VS. Indiana Jones... Bridge

Mark Spevick VS. Indiana Jones... Bridge

Don’t you all just love it when our resident VFX tutor Mark Spevick shares his knowledge with us? And don’t you just love watching, with bated breath, Indiana Jones conquering new feats as he crosses a rope bridge that appears to be on it’s last tethers above a dangerous gorge? And of course we know you'll just love to know that we've put the two together.

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Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

I think it's safe to say that most of you now know I love a bit of Disney. So, whenever I hear news of new releases, you get to hear about them. Therefore, I would like to bring to your attention the trailer for Disney’s new release; Wreck-it Ralph.

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11 Days And Counting

11 Days And Counting

The suspense and build up to The Dark Knight Rises is literally killing us at Escape, we are so excited for the release date it's almost agony how slow time seems to be going. It also doesn’t make it any easier that new footage, trailers and behind the scene sneak peeks keep being released!

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Super Trooper

Super Trooper

Don’t you just hate it when you watch a couple get together that you’ve been rooting for throughout the movie and then a giant mutant bug stabs her in the stomach and it’s all over? Yeah we hate it too. If you’re um-ing and ah-ing where this scene-setting image is from then it was, of course, the original Starship Troopers film, released in 1997.

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Escape Studios Graduation Day

Escape Studios Graduation Day

Today is a very exciting day for a lot of people here at Escape Studios. Yes, today marks the end of course for a few of our classes (Visual Effects Production and Visual Effects Animation Professional). And to celebrate this graduation day, we thought we’d give a little preview of what we do as a Bon Voyage for our escapees.

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Bad Hair Day?

Bad Hair Day?

If we are watching a live action film with actors, it’s very rare that one of the main character features we concentrate on is the hair. Occasionally a judgemental comment of whether it looks good or not is thrown out there but that’s the extent of it. The average viewer will fail to notice if the colour looks wrong in one of the scenes or that it doesn’t look realistic enough.

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Can You ‘Recall’ The Original?

Can You ‘Recall’ The Original?

Yes, I really went there. A new trailer has been released for the updated version of Total Recall, and gone are the days of Arnie showing his rippling torso and basking in the limelight. This adaptation follows Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) on his quest to find something better than his current life. After discovering ‘Rekall’, and being warned against it, he decides to rebel (against the norm, funnily enough) and visit the place regardless. This results in Doug Quaid having to question everything to try discover what is, and isn’t, real. The film boasts robots, a futuristic (yet dark) London and a whole lot of CG from MPC, Double Negative and Prime Focus. So from an industry point of view, it's definitely going to be worth a watch.

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Studio Secrets Come Out From The Shadows

Studio Secrets Come Out From The Shadows

During it’s opening weekend, Dark Shadows topped just over $29million at the Box Office. This may not be up to the usual par of some of Johnny Depp’s films but the CG within the film didn’t fail to impress once again.

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Pixar Top 10 Characters

Pixar Top 10 Characters

I like to end a Friday with a chirpy, feel good post. So, following on from my blog yesterday of Pixar’s top 13 movies; I had to post about this second Pixar ranking order. IGN has released their thoughts on who the top 10 Pixar characters are, and I have to say that I am genuinely shocked at who, and where, they have placed certain individuals.

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On The Right Track

On The Right Track

Mark Spevick, Visual Effects extraordinaire and current Head of 3D at Escape Studios will be hosting a webinar on 25th July from 5.30pm to 6.30pm online.

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Pixar Films Rank #1?

Pixar Films Rank #1?

For those of us who like to indulge in a little bit of Pixar, whether it’s to appreciate the animation or just because you love a 'feel good' film, we all tend to have our favourites. My top 5 Pixar films (in no particular order) consist of Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3 (Ken is just hilarious the entire way through), Up and Wall-E.

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CINE-EAST Festival

CINE-EAST Festival

If you, like my good self, are a film junkie then you will be incredibly excited to hear about the upcoming all-day film festival CINE-EAST.

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Spider Senses Are Tingling

Spider Senses Are Tingling

Last Monday night saw the premiere of the The Amazing Spiderman in Leicester square. Whilst the premieres are continuing elsewhere around the globe I thought I’d bring you a bit of information as to why we at Escape are excited for the latest installment from the Spiderman franchise.

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Are You 'Dredd'ing It?

Are You 'Dredd'ing It?

Usually, comic book adaptations tend to be successful at the box office; Spiderman, Batman, The Hulk, The Avengers to name a few. However, there are exceptions; Green Lantern, Elektra and of course, Judge Dredd. Judge Dredd looked promising, we all love a bit of Stallone but the actual outcome, to put it nicely, didn’t quite live up to expectations.

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The Return of Mike Wazowski

The Return of Mike Wazowski

Many of you will know who I’m referring to if I mention Sulley, Boo and Mike Wazowski. If you don’t, shame on you. They are, of course, the main characters from Disney’s Monsters Inc. The film won an Oscar, a BAFTA and a variety of other awards for its storyline, music and character animation. So if you haven’t seen it, invest, as it’s definitely worth a watch.

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Fri 22 Jun 2012: 10:00am

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All Fear Frankenweenie!

All Fear Frankenweenie!

Tim Burton is one of my favourite directors, with my favourite animation film of all time (so far) being The Nightmare Before Christmas. Nearly every film he has done I’ve loved, whether it’s Batman Forever, Corpse Bride or my favourite. Everything about the films scream his trademark ‘look’, from the plots and animation to his infamous dark twists which make him so easily recognisable. It won’t come as a shock to you then, that his latest film, Frankenweenie, is no different.

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The Summer Must-See Movies Take 2

The Summer Must-See Movies Take 2

I have already aired my excitement over the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in yesterday's blog. However, after searching through more of the summer "must see" films on IGN I came across another film I am excited to see; Ted.

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The Summer Must-See Movies

The Summer Must-See Movies

Whilst scrolling through the IGN website I stumbled across a page that I wanted to share with you all, even if it is just a check list! IGN has released their list of top summer movies for 2012 and, although many of them have been released (and you can cross them off on your check list), there are still plenty of brilliant CG films being released over the upcoming months.

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Sneak Peek at Resident Evil 5

It’s always good to end a Friday with a little something to look forward to. Therefore, we would like to present to you the new trailer for Resident Evil: Retribution.

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Disney Takes On Another Classic

Disney Takes On Another Classic

Did any of you hear the breaking news this week that Disney have unveiled what will be their latest CG project? If not, then have no fear. I can now share with you that Frozen is set to be their next classic. Unfortunately there's very little information released on this, but as we receive more information we’ll pump it out to you.

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Are You a Competition Winner?

Are You a Competition Winner?

Some of you may already know, but once a month we like to post a free tutorial on our website. We started creating these so that you could pick up new tips & tricks, tighten up the skills you already have or add a new technique to your toolkit.

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Golden Oldies VS Shiny Newbies

Golden Oldies VS Shiny Newbies

The other day I was searching for an online "time waster" game during my journey home. I don’t like signing up to free gaming websites so I was thrilled to see that the old classic Snake was free to play online. For those of you who don’t know (rare, but they’re out there) Snake was a game that featured on the old Nokia phones, back in the day when phones were used for texts and calls only.

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