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The Honeymoon Promotions!

The Honeymoon Promotions!

To celebrate their recent nuptials, The Foundry and Luxology are offering NUKE, MARI, HIERO and modo with up to 30% off in the special Honeymoon Promotions.

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Big News From IKinema

Big News From IKinema

Recently we’ve had a few snippets of pretty big news from our friends over at IKinema.
So here are the three little tidbits that we have for you –

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Last Call To All Pixel Farm Fanatics...

Last Call To All Pixel Farm Fanatics...

This is your last chance to get your name down on the guest list for our private event “A Pint With The Pixel Farm” on the 21st of November at The Sun and 13 Cantons, Soho.

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The Foundry Demos November

The Foundry Demos November

In August we let you know that The Foundry would be holding a selection of online demos for NUKE, MARI, KATANA and HIERO, which were so darn successful that we are pleased to announce their return.

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Catching Up With Hoxton Redsox

Catching Up With Hoxton Redsox

We have been catching up with the team over at Hoxton Redsox after the completion of "Transmission", the final video in a series of viral films as a part of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus BluRay release.

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I Need A Hiero...1.5

I Need A Hiero...1.5

We are pleased to announce that the download for HIERO 1.5 is now available.

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Getting the pints in with The Pixel Farm

Getting the pints in with The Pixel Farm

Just over a week ago we let you know that we are hosting “A Pint With The Pixel Farm” an exclusive event in Soho.

The evening of the 21st of November will be the first chance since IBC for the UK users to get up close and personal with The Pixel Farm's new 2d to 3d conversion and depth map creation software, PFDepth. The above video is a little sneak peek of what you can expect to see at The Sun & 13 Cantons, Great Pultney St.

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Welcome to the family...Phoenix FD for Maya!

Welcome to the family...Phoenix FD for Maya!

It has been well known that The Chaos Group would be releasing Phoenix FD, their grid based fluid dynamics simulation tool for 3ds Max, for Autodesk Maya.  

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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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A Pint With The Pixel Farm

A Pint With The Pixel Farm

Want to get up close and personal with PFDepth? You are in luck!

We are pleased to announce that The Pixel Farm team, the creators of industry favourites PFMatchit and PFTrack, will be over in the UK for an exclusive evening with Escape Studios Technology at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho on the 21st of November 2012.

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The Pixel Farm Wins With PFDepth

The Pixel Farm Wins With PFDepth

We are pleased to announce that The Pixel Farm has been awarded a TVB “Best Of IBC” for their detailed depth map creation and stereoscopic conversion software product, PFDepth.

PFDepth has been recognised for the opportunities it presents to the industry and praised for its ability to greatly increase productivity. 
PFDepth retails for £2000 and integrates seamlessly with the other PF family products especially PFTrack.

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RealFlow 2013 Previewed in London last week

RealFlow 2013 Previewed in London last week

Last Thursday for the first time ever, the entire RealFlow team travelled over from Spain to host an exclusive event at the MPC screening rooms to preview RealFlow 2013.

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Another Day, Another BBQ

Another Day, Another BBQ

Yesterday marked the second Assimilate and Escape BBQ at the Shepherd’s Bar and to say the event was a success would be a bit of an understatement.

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Last chance to celebrate the summer

Last chance to celebrate the summer

This is your last chance to register for the Escape Studios and Assimilate BBQ, in association with NVIDIA and HP, to put to bed our ever-so short British summer.

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Be a HIERO with V1.5b6

Be a HIERO with V1.5b6

Boy has it been a busy few weeks over at  The Foundry recently! With The Foundry and Luxology merge announced this week it was also announced that HIERO V1.5 has been released in beta and is available to download.

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Be one of the first to preview RealFlow 2013

Be one of the first to preview RealFlow 2013

For the first time ever the whole team from RealFlow are coming to London for an exclusive RealFlow 2013 Preview. This event will be the first time that the RealFlow team has previewed the advanced alpha version of this software in public and will be a unique opportunity for you to see first-hand what to expect from RealFlow 2013.

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The Foundry & Luxology Join Forces

The Foundry & Luxology Join Forces

It was announced this morning by The Foundry CEO Bill Collis and Brad Peebler, President of Luxology, that The Foundry and Luxology have joined forces, which is exciting news, for both 2D and 3D artists.

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Scalability, Stability & Simplicity with Qube! 6.4

Scalability, Stability & Simplicity with Qube! 6.4

PipelineFX, makers of Qube! have announced the release of render farm management tool Qube! 6.4. With additional features including new tools for smart farming, MobileView access for supervisors via a free smartphone app, the ability to set priorities limits and control of how much of your workstation is available to the render farm with QBLocker, all with a single click of a mouse.

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Escaping to IBC 2012

Escaping to IBC 2012

The 2012 IBC Conference & Exhibition is now in full swing in the buzzing city of Amsterdam. Let’s just say, you’re not going to find a hotel room very easily right now! Jason Jenner and I from the Escape Studios technology team are here to represent our partners in the world of tech. We’re here all week, so if you want to get in touch, please drop us a line. 

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V-Ray Demo Reels

V-Ray Demo Reels

Our friends over at Chaos Group have recently released their 2012 showreels for their render software V-Ray.

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Get Involved with Thinkbox

Get Involved with Thinkbox

Thinkbox Software will be in London on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of September and will be working alongside Escape Studios to organise meetings and demos of their product line up.

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Autodesk Scaleform

Autodesk Scaleform

Our friends Autodesk have recently released three user friendly packages for Scaleform users, Unity plug-in, Mobile Flash platform and Mobile SDK.

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Fri 24 Aug 2012: 3:30pm

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The Decisive Moment Winners Announced

The Decisive Moment Winners Announced

We announced back in May that the Chaos Group in association with CG Society, NVidia, MAXON and BOXX would be running the “Decisive Moment” competition. The challenge was to create a single image, using any application and V-Ray to render, that tells a decisive moment in time.

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Assimilate BBQ Date Change...

Assimilate BBQ Date Change...

We are sad to have to tell you that due to our demand for such a massive amount of beef for our BBQ, Argentina has told us that they don’t have enough cows.

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SIGGRAPH Round Up...

SIGGRAPH Round Up...

Another year another SIGGRAPH and what a packed in week it was. This year, LA didn't just give us earthquakes, heat waves and the biggest burritos known to man but also a full week of presentations from some of the biggest and newest studios plus an exhibition hall packed with the latest technology from around the world.  

Here is a quick summary and a few favourites from last week. These are just some of the things to check out:

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14 Days and Counting...

14 Days and Counting...

There are just 14 days before the Assimilate and Escape Studios BBQ Round Two…not that we are counting!

That gives you only 14 days to nab yourself a spot at our exclusive BBQ event and after the success of the first event, places are limited. This second round BBQ will be taking place at The Shepherd’s Bar, Shepherd’s Bush on Thursday the 23rd of August and that is a date for your diary if I ever did see one!

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Patching Up ZBrush

Patching Up ZBrush

Last week it was announced that Pixologic released ZBrush 4R4, a free upgrade that is available for current registered license holders. But it seems that the love from Pixologic does not end there...less than two weeks after the release of 4R4, ZBrush has a patch upgrade.

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NVIDIA: Live From SIGGRAPH

NVIDIA: Live From SIGGRAPH

If you haven't been able to make it out to SIGGRAPH this week, I will be keeping you up to date with all the news and information that you need. And if that isn’t enough our friends at NVidia will be streaming most of their booth presentations live from booth #634 & #735.

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Match It with 3.1

Match It with 3.1

Last week we informed you of the new releases from the Pixel Farm, PFTrack and PFMatchit.

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IKinema LiveAction

IKinema LiveAction

SIGGRAPH is going to be bursting at the seams with new releases, with UK based IKinema set to unveil IKinema LiveAction at the LA conference next week.

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Maxon Cinema 4D

Maxon Cinema 4D

It has been announced this week that MAXON will be releasing CINEMA 4D R14 in September this year. MAXON have almost 20 years of programming innovation under their belts and CINEMA 4D is one of the best known and most successful 3D motion graphics, painting and rendering software applications around.

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Pipeline In Your Pocket

Pipeline In Your Pocket

Fed up of being tied to your computer in case your rendering fails? PipelineFX and Qube! have found a solution to that problem.

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Bring on the BBQ...Round Two!

Bring on the BBQ...Round Two!

Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare yourselves and dust off your knives and forks as we are happy to announce round two of the Assimilate and Escape Studios Technology BBQ!

On Thursday the 23rd of August at the Shepherd’s Bar we are hosting a second BBQ with Assimilate and HP, but this time we have also partnered up with NVidia and Red Digital Cinema Professional to showcase a SCRATCH turnkey package exclusive to Escape Studios Technology.

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Thinkbox Deadline 6.0 at Siggraph

Thinkbox Deadline 6.0 at Siggraph

Yesterday Thinkbox announced they will be unveiling Deadline 6.0 at this year’s Siggraph in August. Deadline, a powerful renderfarm and render queue management system, is compatible for any size pipeline and any size project and the new version will include some cool new features and updates.

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Last in the Current Series...

It is with great sadness that we post the last in the current series of mocha Pro V3 videos from our mocha Pro mini-series. But we had a good run...wouldn't you say?

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The Foundry Summer Spectacular

The Foundry Summer Spectacular

Yesterday we announced the 1-day sale for The Foundry’s MARI but what we didn’t mention is that The Foundry and Escape Studios are treating everyone to a super summer sale. And there is no need to wait until August for these ones!

The summer promotions come in three pretty epic packages:

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MARI 1-Day Sale

MARI 1-Day Sale

Want to get your hands on MARI, The Foundry’s 3D texture painting tool? Well you can…for a fraction of the current price, but for one day only!

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Teaming Up For Restoration

Teaming Up For Restoration

Last week FilmLight and our friends at The Pixel Farm announced the collaboration of PFClean and Baselight in a strategic partnership to create an end-to-end restoration, colour grading and remastering solution.

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A long time coming... mocha Pro mini series video three!

A long time coming... mocha Pro mini series video three!

A few weeks back we started posting a mini-series of mocha Pro V3 videos, we got up to two out of four and then we went quiet for a bit. Before you say we forgot about you, we didn’t, we just wanted to keep you in suspense.

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Happy 10th Birthday V-Ray!

Happy 10th Birthday V-Ray!

Some of you may, or may not, know that V-ray is currently celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary. So, to mark the occasion, what could they be doing? Are they throwing a week long wild party? A massive shopping spree for all employees? Or maybe a month's extra holiday time to all...

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Do you only have eyes for NUKE?

A few months ago our very own Simon Richardson, Escape’s in-house 2D genius, posted a series of blogs declaring his undying love for NUKE.

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Now Announced... Speakers For HUG London!

Now Announced... Speakers For HUG London!

Less than one week to go before the UK's first HIERO user group, HUG London and we have kept you waiting long enough as to who will be speaking.

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Get To Grips With HIERO... HUG London!

Get To Grips With HIERO... HUG London!

Just a reminder to register your place at HUG London, HIERO's first UK user group.

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A Summer Success

A Summer Success

Last night we fought off the threat of rain, heated up the barbies and started cooking for our Assimilate, HP and Escape Studios BBQ in the Shepherd’s Bar and we are so proud that it was a huge success! A big thank you to everyone who made the journey down to Shepherd’s Bush for this very special event.

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Last Chance Saloon...

Last Chance Saloon...

This is your last chance to get your name down for the Assimilate, Escape Studios and HP BBQ tomorrow!! It looks like the weather is going to hold out so expect steak, sunshine and cervezas.

We are pretty excited to have HP as the event’s sponsor as we now have the HP Z Family available on the Escape Studios Tech Store. The Z1 is a pretty spectacular all-in-one model with all the HP technology built into a 27 inch, LED monitor, all of the power minus the tower.

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Time to HUG London

Time to HUG London

We are really pleased to announce HUG London, the first ever HIERO User Group in London to celebrate The Foundry’s shot management, conform and review tool.

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HIERO 1.0V3

HIERO 1.0V3

The Foundry has just released the latest update of their cross-platform timeline-based application, HIERO for Mac and Linux.

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Thu 21 Jun 2012: 2:49pm

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The Grass is Greener...

The Grass is Greener...

Next Limit has now released the newest version of Maxwell Render Version 2.7 with some new added benefits. New features like the Grass Generator, anamorphic bohek and support for blending materials with Maxwell Mesher mean that the grass can actually be greener!

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One week to go....

One week to go....

There is only one week until the Assimilate and Escape Studios BBQ and we are hoping the weather stays like it is today so we can fill ourselves with steak in sunny Shepherd’s Bush.

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Ready For RenderMan 4.0?

Ready For RenderMan 4.0?

As of today RenderMan Studio on our Tech Store will be changing to make way for RenderMan Studio 4.0 with the beta version due for release soon.

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mocha Pro Mini-Series... Part Two

mocha Pro Mini-Series... Part Two

Last week we posted part one of our mocha Pro miniseries and as promised here is part two of four.

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Bringing in the summer with a BBQ... Assimilate Style

Bringing in the summer with a BBQ... Assimilate Style

To celebrate our collaboration with Assimilate, Escape Studios are hosting a BBQ event with our friends at Assimilate. This is a hugely exclusive event to introduce the London VFX scene to Assimilate’s post-production toolkit SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab. And we'd like to invite you! But this is no ordinary BBQ folks, vegetarians beware and if you are expecting a Birds Eye burger think again... this is an Assimilate 'steak extravaganza'.

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The Museum/Maxwell Render Challenge

The Museum/Maxwell Render Challenge

For the 2nd year Next Limit, ronenbekerman (the architectural visualisation blog) and Designconnected have collaborated for the Museum/Maxwell Render Challenge.

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NUKE & NUKEX 6.3v8 Now Available…

NUKE & NUKEX 6.3v8 Now Available…

We are happy to announce that the latest version of The Foundry’s compositing package NUKE and NUKEX has now been released.

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Getting Inside Cerebro

Getting Inside Cerebro

At Escape Studios we are always looking to keep informed with different products that we can help you lovely folks increase your performance and streamline your workflow. Of late we have been very interested in the increase in project management software being used to boost productivity. So here is one you may not have heard about just yet…

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Mixing it up with a mocha Pro V3 Mini-Series

Ever since our event over at Framestore last week we have huge demand for additional information on Imagineer Systems mocha Pro V3.

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GTC 2012 NUKE spotlight

GTC 2012 NUKE spotlight

The GPU Technology Conference (GTC) took place in San Jose California from May 14th to May 17th. The conference is the brainchild of GPU giant NVidia and looks to celebrate global awareness of GPU computing and visualisation as well as the importance of the future of science and innovation.

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Get Involved With The Foundry

Get Involved With The Foundry

The Foundry are planning on launching a range of new online live product demos this summer, set to be a regular feature on The Foundry website. But before anything is set in stone they want to know what YOU want to hear about!

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Monster success with mocha Pro V3

Monster success with mocha Pro V3

The mocha Pro V3 event took place last night at Framestore screening room in London. The event was a great success so a big thank you to everyone who came down.

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Krazy for IKinema

Krazy for IKinema

IKinema has been the go to plug-in for Autodesk Maya when it comes to creature and model animation especially after their performance on smash hit films like Wrath of the Titans and X-Men: First Class. With the release of IKinema Action 2 in April there was a bit of a buzz around the newest features included in the latest version (check out my previous blog for more details!)

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Making Magic With modo

Making Magic With modo

San Jose University, California came up trumps at the recent Interior Design Association of Northern California (IIDA) Student Design Awards and have their 3D visualisation toolkit to thank for their success.

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Mon 28 May 2012: 3:00pm

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Cloud Coverage

Cloud Coverage

Adobe has created Creative Cloud, a hub for creative pros to access all their Adobe software for a $49.99 monthly subscription fee. Adobe’s Creative Cloud is the newest feature to the Adobe range which allows the subscriber on the go access their Creative Suite, 20GB storage and immediate access to new software versions for a fraction of the “in the box” price.

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Game On

Game On

Want to know more about getting into the games industry while also getting some inside info from the biggest independent games developers? Then make sure you head to GameCityNights.org.

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A Decisive Moment

A Decisive Moment

“The decisive moment. It is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression” Henri Cartier-Bresson

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All The Best Things Are Made From SCRATCH...Cannes 2012

All The Best Things Are Made From SCRATCH...Cannes 2012

We would like to be one of the first to congratulate Assimilate for their success at the Cannes Festival 2012. Although the winning films are yet to be announced, several films on the competition's roster have been created using SCRATCH, Assimilate’s digital workflow and post-production tools. SCRATCH has been used on recent screen successes like The Artist, Thor and Underworld: Awakening as well as the films nominated at Cannes 2012.

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Coming Soon!! mocha Pro Event...

Coming Soon!! mocha Pro Event...

Last June Imagineer Systems and Escape Studios hosted a mocha Pro demonstration event in London to celebrate the success of this tracking software. Due to the success of that event we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting another one this year on May 30th 2012.

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A Successful NAB for The Foundry

A Successful NAB for The Foundry

The Foundry returned triumphant from this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas. For them, this was by far their biggest and most successful NAB, as they exhibited their most advanced portfolio yet. Showcasing the latest versions of NUKE, NUKEX, HIERO, KATANA and MARI they had crowds gathering throughout the event to check out live demos of all these products, as well as the incredible line-up of speakers invited to share their experiences using each of the products above.  

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A “Prometheus” Viral by Hoxton Redsox

A “Prometheus” Viral by Hoxton Redsox

Our friends at Hoxton Redsox recently completed a very fun job for one of their clients, Fox. This is the viral video for the upcoming release of Ridley Scott’s latest feature, PrometheusHappy Birthday David was designed and directed by Johnny Hardstaff and shows the unboxing of Weyland Industries robot David 8, played by Michael Fassbender. A great addition to a range of teasers produced for the lead up to this film, we recommend you all take a look.

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Windows Beta for HIERO Now Open

Windows Beta for HIERO Now Open

Since its official release last month, HIERO 1.0 has been wowing the post-production industry as it is introduced to top studios here in the UK and worldwide. This is the new project management, conform and review application from The Foundry, and like their other tools, this software is going to dramatically change the way you work, for the better.

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Performance Capture in "Wrath of the Titans"

Performance Capture in "Wrath of the Titans"

We're big fans of IKinema and its unique ability to save artists from the heartache of confronting the tricky and often time-consuming task of motion capture. We came across a great article on the CG Channel blog this week that we just had to share with you all.

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Upgrade from CS5.5 to Adobe CS6 for Free!

Upgrade from CS5.5 to Adobe CS6 for Free!

Adobe CS6 is due for release very soon, and for those of you who haven’t already purchased an Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 or a Creative Suite 5.5 component, we recommend you look to do something about it now. Adobe is currently running a promotion that entitles anyone who has upgraded to or purchased CS5.5 between March 26th and May 6th, 2012 to a free CS6 upgrade. The advantages to this are that you pay the current price for the Suite and can request an upgrade to CS6 at no additional cost. If you wait until CS6 ships, you’ll have to pay the CS6 upgrade price, which could be significantly higher.

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SCRATCH: An All-In-One Tool for Post-Production Pipelines

SCRATCH: An All-In-One Tool for Post-Production Pipelines

Industry proven among some great names in the VFX industry, SCRATCH has played a significant role for an impressive list of film and documentary titles. Developed by software vendor, ASSIMILATE Inc., it is the highly flexible and comprehensive tool for digital workflows, giving you a range of features at your disposal. SCRATCH can manage dailies, versioning, conform, colour grading and finishing all within one application. Often referred to as a ‘post-house in a box’, this tool has a great many qualities to impress.

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IKinema Action 2.0: The Animation Solution Chosen by Lead Studios

IKinema Action 2.0: The Animation Solution Chosen by Lead Studios

IKinema is a UK based company with a great technology for quick full-body solving and animation. Their flagship product, IKinema Action, is a plug-in for Maya that enables artists to rig characters as well as stream, retarget and record motion capture data, in less time. It is also a very cost effective solution.

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IKinema Action Promotion is Ending!

IKinema Action Promotion is Ending!

With the release of IKinema Action version 2.0 there has been a range of updates and enhancements made to an already very powerful technology. This upgrade also brings with it a new price. The new pricing will take effect from April 1st, so that leaves you with 2 days to purchase this new version under the old price. For more information on this, please contact our software team.

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24-Hour Overnight GameHack Event at Pinewood Studios

24-Hour Overnight GameHack Event at Pinewood Studios

Attention all gamers, developers and insomniacs… TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, are running a GameHack event on the 28th and 29th April, 2012 at Pinewood Studios. This is an overnight 'hackathon' where participants have 24 hours to develop an original game concept. Working within a team this is a great opportunity for participants to network with peers as well as some of the best developers in the UK games industry. As an added bonus, there are some really awesome prizes up for grabs. Check out the range of prizes and more about the event here

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The Foundry Release HIERO 1.0

The Foundry Release HIERO 1.0

Following an extensive period of beta testing The Foundry release HIERO 1.0. This new project management, conform and review tool is now available for purchase worldwide.

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HIERO Launch Party in London

HIERO Launch Party in London

Wednesday 29th of February marks the official release of HIERO, a VFX tool we’ve been lusting over for the past 6 months. Following rigorous beta testing this product is now ready for integration with VFX pipelines around the globe. To give this product the welcome it deserves, The Foundry are hosting launch events in LA, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, London, Paris, Hamburg, Munich and Sydney. Escape Studios are teaming up with The Foundry for the launch in London, an event we hope you can all attend. The event is on Tuesday, 6th March at the VUE Leicester Square, running from 7-9pm, followed by drinks. Registrations will start at 6:15pm so try to get there early to avoid queues.

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NUKE Gets Results at Flipbook Studios

NUKE Gets Results at Flipbook Studios

Flipbook, the Manchester based animation and VFX boutique studio, are celebrating a second year in business this week. Quite literally two years ago to the date (February 8th 2010) they took on their very first job. Since then Flipbook have grown from strength to strength, and look forward to a prosperous future as they make some significant upgrades in the company’s workflow.

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An Upgrade to V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max

An Upgrade to V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max has had a bit of a makeover, as Chaos Group integrate a range of new features that are sure to speed up your workflow considerably.

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Massive Discount on Motion Synthesis Software, Endorphin 2.7

Massive Discount on Motion Synthesis Software, Endorphin 2.7

Great news for all you animators out there, Escape Studios and Natural Motion are teaming up to bring you an incredible promotion on endorphin 2.7. Here's the deal: you can save up to 90% on this software if you buy before February 14th, 2012.

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The RV/NUKE Integration Package from Tweak Software!

The RV/NUKE Integration Package from Tweak Software!

Tweak Software, the guys who created RV-image and sequence viewer software, have teamed up with The Foundry to build an RV/NUKE integration package that provides a beautifully seamless workflow between the two applications, which are said to deliver high-performance RV playback as you work in NUKE.

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IKinema Introduce WebAnimate; Animation on the Go!

IKinema Introduce WebAnimate; Animation on the Go!

The guys at IKinema have an awesome idea in development that is making their award winning animation technology more available to the masses. For those of you who don’t know IKinema, it is a plug-in for Maya that lets you create full-body animations quickly and easily with brilliant realistic results. It is a time saving tool that eliminates the need for characterisation or special rigs as it does the hard work for you, letting you work directly onto a rig. You can combine multiple models into a single animation, retarget from any source to any target, customise or tweak motion capture and animation as well as retarget data inside Maya in real-time.

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The CAMERATRACKER for AFTER EFFECTS 24hrs Discount Offer

Attention all Adobe After Effects users, today may be your lucky day. The Foundry are running a massive discount on CAMERATRACKER, where you can save over 40% if you purchase a nodelocked version today. This offer is for a limited time, running over the course of January 24th only. The promotion will close at midnight tonight, where ever you are in the world.

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The Foundry Open Beta for HIERO

The Foundry Open Beta for HIERO

This is possibly the moment many of you have been waiting for… HIERO, The Foundry's latest software project, has gone to beta. A closed beta ran over a short period of time for few individuals who got their name on a waiting list nice and early, and from what I’ve heard, they really enjoyed putting it to the test.

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Pixel Palace Artist in Residence: Kelly Richardson

Pixel Palace Artist in Residence: Kelly Richardson

Digital artist Kelly Richardson recently completed an artist’s residency at the Pixel Palace, a new digital media arts programme of the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle upon Tyne. During her time there, she began initial research and production into an ambitious new three projection video installation entitled ‘Mariner 9’. During her residency, the Pixel Palace commissioned a short film about the work being developed where she explains some of her processes and ideas behind the new installation.

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Phoenix FD 2.0 Release

Phoenix FD 2.0 Release

Chaos Group recently released Phoenix FD 2.0, the latest version for their grid based simulator. This latest version now comes with liquids, foam & splashes simulation capabilities, a particle shader and GPU preview improvements.

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Tweak Software Release RV 3.12.13

Tweak Software Release RV 3.12.13

Tweak are working hard to develop and expand their powerful playback software, RV-image and sequence viewer. Their latest development comes in the form of RV 3.12.13. With this new version you get all the usual benefits of real time reviewing software, but now with the additional support of Python to make this version the most powerful yet. This new addition to the product has been in beta for a while now, and has benefitted from extensive feedback from customers reporting rough edges and bugs. With this valuable knowledge behind them Tweak are happy to release RV with Python, confident that the results will impress all.

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MARI 1.4 Has Launched!

MARI 1.4 Has Launched!

MARI has already gained a reputation for being a powerful compositing tool, but the team at The Foundry continue developing this software to make MARI an even faster, more flexible tool.

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Esri CityEngine; A New World of Possibility

Esri CityEngine; A New World of Possibility

I wonder how many of you have heard or Esri? Before I go on to explain why I am writting about them today, here is a quick introduction to this very interesting company.

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Book A HIERO Demonstration with Escape Studios

Book A HIERO Demonstration with Escape Studios

The news is travelling fast that The Foundry have a new product in development. This product is called HIERO and is thought to be the 'missing link' in shot management system for VFX pipelines. Designed specifically to help increase output and manage multiple jobs, this tool is said to be a game changer for the post production community.

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MARI vs. Photoshop Webinar Now Available to Watch Online

MARI vs. Photoshop Webinar Now Available to Watch Online

The MARI vs. Photoshop webinar held on November 2nd 2011 was hugely successful. Registrations were record breaking and there was an encouraging attendance on the day. For what is becoming a popular topic at the moment, The Foundry are certainly paving the way for the future of compositing pipelines with products like NUKE and MARI.

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NVIDIA Maximus New Release

NVIDIA Maximus New Release

As a creative professional, we hope you’re going to find the information below as exciting as we do. Last week, 14th November 2011, NVIDIA announced the arrival of NVIDIA Maximus, a technology that is set to revolutionise the way we all work. Delivering significantly increased speed and productivity to any pipeline with a single system that allows you to achieve a range of compute-intensive and graphics-intensive tasks simultaneously, you may start to wonder how you ever managed without it.

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A MARI Massive Update!

A MARI Massive Update!

You may remember my blog post from a couple of weeks ago, where I wrote about a very special event for MARI users/enthusiasts based in the UK. Well the MARI Massive crew have just updated me on a few details that I can now share with you.

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MARI Tuition: A Very Popular Subject

MARI Tuition: A Very Popular Subject

Back in September, Escape Studios and The Foundry joined forces to run a series of free MARI tutorials. To start with, there were two training programmes on offer, but due to an overwhelming demand we scheduled in a third. The aim for the tuition was to introduce professional artists working in the industry to some key features available in MARI, that are fast becoming an integral part of the modern pipeline.

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The Foundry Release OCULA 3.0

The Foundry Release OCULA 3.0

The latest version of OCULA has arrived. Last Thursday, 3rd November 2011, The Foundry announced their release of OCULA 3.0, a leading live action, stereo-3D correction and integration toolset for compositors. A production proven tool, OCULA is a plug-in that has been used extensively on major productions such as Avatar, TRON: Legacy, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. For these films, working in stereoscopic 3D had many undiscovered challenges. Over a course of trial and discovery, OCULA has developed into a reliable tool that meets the demands of artists to mend polarisation issues in photographic plates or correct common stereo-3D defects with precise speed and ease.

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IKinema Wins CGW Silver Edge Award at SIGGRAPH 2011

IKinema Wins CGW Silver Edge Award at SIGGRAPH 2011

SIGGRAPH is the worlds leading conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques. Each year they welcome thousands of artists, research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students and academics to Vancouver from 74 countries around the world.

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Join The MARI Massive

Join The MARI Massive

Are you a MARI user or have an interest in MARI, then you may be keen to know that a group of artists are getting together on November 24th in London, Soho for a few beers. The venue is currently top sectret but will be released soon.

Mingle and network with fellow MARI users over a drink. There are a few special gifts up for grabs too.

I've also heard that some of the MARI engineers should be attending, which is a great opportunity to ask those all important questions! Should be quite a geek fest.

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KATANA Demo at NAB 2011

Check out this KATANA Demo by Andy Lomas (Product Manager for KATANA at The Foundry) at NAB 2011 earlier this year, prior to yesterday’s version 1.0 release.

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KATANA 1.0 Release: Andy Lomas Q&A

KATANA 1.0 Release: Andy Lomas Q&A

Yesterday afternoon The Foundry announced the release of KATANA 1.0, the much anticipated look development and lighting tool. In addition to this, The Foundry also shared the news that Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a Lucasfilm Company, have purchased a licence of this latest version with the hope to boost their production pipeline across their ILM and Lucasfilm companies. 

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After Effects to NUKE Free Training Workshop

Are you an After Effects user, looking to progress over to NUKE? If so we have a free training workshop that could help you.

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MARI vs Photoshop Webinar… Coming soon!

MARI vs Photoshop Webinar… Coming soon!

There’s a new tool on the market that is taking the industry by storm. MARI is the magnificently user friendly 3D paint package that lets an artist spend more time painting and less time battling tech issues. It offers a great many solutions that until now have been missing from comparable applications. Photoshop continues to be an invaluable tool to compositors and motion graphic artists, but MARI has the time saving functionality currently missing.

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Fri 21 Oct 2011: 11:20am

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Summary of 23 MARI Tips Courtesy of Henry South!

Summary of 23 MARI Tips Courtesy of Henry South!

Last month Henry South, lead texture artist at Framestore, kindly shared 23 MARI tips via twitter over 23 days. For those of you who followed these feeds over the 23 days, thank you for your positive feedback. Your encouraging messages let us know that these little projects are welcomed and necessary.

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The Foundry and Escape Studios UK Tour

The Foundry and Escape Studios UK Tour

The UK has a flourishing VFX industry that is attracting business from all over the world. In terms of film production in this country, we’re securing huge business. The standard of work being produced here is world class, and it’s impressive to see how this industry is flourishing right across the United Kingdom. For those of us who work in London, sometimes we risk embracing the city as being the centre of the universe, paying far too much attention to what’s going on locally, rather than what’s happening countrywide. Granted Soho is a hub for post-production, but if we were to look beyond the M25 and further North, East or West, we would find an amazing number of talented companies working on some fantastic projects.

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Framestore Integrate IKinema

Framestore Integrate IKinema

IKinema are a relatively young company based in the UK with a very special product that is improving the workflow among VFX departments. For anyone lucky enough to have worked with this programme they will know that the IKinema technology is a powerful plug-in and a real asset to any project working with motion capture and animation. It’s an incredible tool with advanced solver settings and a flexible constraint system. It's no wonder Framestore, one of the top VFX companies in Europe, are taking full advantage of this tool by integrating it into their motion capture pipeline.

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The Foundry Announce New Product

The Foundry Announce New Product

Though a very powerful compositing tool NUKE has been missing a component many artist could benefit from. HIERO is a new product in development at The Foundry that hopes to provide the missing link for a more efficient shot management system in your VFX pipeline.

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CityEngine: Mapping Out The Locations on Pixar’s 'Cars 2'

CityEngine: Mapping Out The Locations on Pixar’s 'Cars 2'

Pixar, renowned for their cutting edge animation, know better than anyone the advantages of saving time where possible. The technical directors and supervisors on Cars 2 were faced with the challenge of building locations for this feature length animation. Those of you who have seen the sequel will remember that the lead character, Lightning McQueen, is being sent around the globe to race in the world Grand Prix. The challenge for the Pixar creative team was to build recognizable cities, on a very broad scale.

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Free MARI Tuition at Escape Studios

Free MARI Tuition at Escape Studios

For those of you who have always dreamt of using MARI, now is your chance. The Foundry and Escape Studios are running two training programs, each broken down over two evenings for MARI and the NUKE <> MARI bridge, both held at Escape Studios.

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Mere Mortals Take On Dubai

Mere Mortals Take On Dubai

The UK attracts worldwide attention for the high standard of post-production being undertaken by facilities around the country. London houses a number of such companies, but this talent stretches up and down the country. Mere Mortals Moving Image, based in Newcastle, is a company growing from strength to strength, while adopting new technologies like Nuke X and Pro Tools HD.

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23 MARI Tips In 23 Days on Twitter

23 MARI Tips In 23 Days on Twitter

MARI is a relatively new piece of software, and is becoming more popular with artists as its reputation for efficiency and adaptability becomes more widely known. As with any piece of new software there is a period of trial and error before you really get to know its full capability. It is in light of this that Henry South, lead texture artist at Framestore, is offering to share his top 23 tips when working with MARI.

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There's More From The Foundry on NUKE 6.3

There's More From The Foundry on NUKE 6.3

Jon Wadelton at The Foundry was kind enough to keep giving us more information about NUKE 6.3.  You can read what he had to say about the future of NUKE when he spoke to me last week.

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IKinema Provide New Game Animation Experience

 IKinema Provide New Game Animation Experience

I’ve been looking at the latest version of IKinema, and I reckon those of you out there who work on game animation might want to take a look at it. If you don’t know what IKinema is, the official marketing description is “A full-body animation technology that allows effortless run-time control of characters during game play to achieve full adaptation to a scene giving users a new game animation experience”.

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Jon Wadelton at The Foundry Talks About What's New in NUKE 6.3

Jon Wadelton at The Foundry Talks About What's New in NUKE 6.3

I met up with Jon Wadelton at The Foundry a few days ago and we had a chat about what's new in NUKE 6.3.  Here's what he had to say.

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An Evening with NUKE & MARI in London

An Evening with NUKE & MARI in London

We’re going to be hosting an event with The Foundry and Hewlett Packard called An Evening with NUKE and MARI in London on August 18th. The event is designed for professional artists who want to take a peek at the new features of NUKE, NUKEX and the newly launched bridge between NUKE and MARI. It will definitely be exciting to see first hand all that’s new in these products.

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NUKE 6.3 is Released

NUKE 6.3 is Released

The Foundry just released NUKE 6.3 and there’s a lot of new stuff in the product. They’ve taken product development in a direction that allows users in all VFX industries to partake in the benefits of the product. NUKE is no longer just built for artists in the film industry, it is built to create highly visual commercials with the functionality that it now has.

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New Bridge Between MARI and NUKE

I’ve just finished speaking with Jack Greasley at The Foundry. He shared some interesting information about the latest version of MARI and the bridge between NUKE and MARI. See what he had to say…

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Massive Savings on NUKE and MARI

Massive Savings on NUKE and MARI

Most compositors out there want to be using NUKE, and those who are would love to be using NUKEX. Now's the time to update your workflow and take advantage of these special promotions by The Foundry for their award winning NUKEX and MARI products.

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Fri 8 Jul 2011: 11:22am

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New HP Laptop—Worth a Look

New HP Laptop—Worth a Look

We have a new addition to our range of hardware products. It's the HP laptop Envy17, and it is really is worth a look. This laptop offers an expansive canvas that should make most all technology enthusiasts excited.

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Thu 9 Jun 2011: 11:37am

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Mocha Pro Event In London Was A Huge Success

Mocha Pro Event In London Was A Huge Success

Thanks to everyone that attended out mocha Pro Event in Soho last Tuesday evening. 

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Wed 1 Jun 2011: 10:20am

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MARI 1.3 Released

MARI 1.3 Released

Version 1.3 of MARI, The Foundry's High Texture painting tool, used on award winning films like Avatar has just been released.

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Tue 31 May 2011: 5:38pm

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Pixel Farm and Escape Studios Offering Exclusive Demo of PFTrack 2011 in London

Pixel Farm and Escape Studios Offering Exclusive Demo of PFTrack 2011 in London

If you are a professional looking to really understand PFTrack 20011, join Pixel Farm and the Escape Studios’ team on Wednesday, June 8 for and exclusive demonstration in London.

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Thu 26 May 2011: 2:44pm

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20% Off mocha Pro For One Week Only

20% Off mocha Pro For One Week Only

If you did or are looking to buy mocha Pro in the near future, you might want to take advantage of this exclusive offer. From May 24-May 31 we are offering 20% off mocha Pro. Contact us for more details. This promotion is for our UK customers only at the moment.

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Tue 24 May 2011: 4:36pm

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Autodesk and Escape Studios to Host Event at Aardman Studios

Autodesk and Escape Studios to Host Event at Aardman Studios

Autodesk and Escape Studios are hosting an evening event at the Academy Award winning Aardman Studios in Bristol.

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Mon 23 May 2011: 5:04pm

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Nuke 6.3 Beta Is Now Available

Nuke 6.3 Beta Is Now Available

Good news for NUKE users: The beta of NUKE 6.3 is now available. If you want to be one of the first to check out the new features in this version, then just contact us and we will arrange for you to be part of the beta program.

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Tue 17 May 2011: 11:11am

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Harry Potter and Black Swan Case Studies Detail How mocha Pro Was Used

Harry Potter and Black Swan Case Studies Detail How mocha Pro Was Used

Just wanted to make you all aware that we have two new case studies available. They describe how mocha Pro was used in both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Black Swan. The details are interesting and worth the read.

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Fri 6 May 2011: 11:59am

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CityEngine's London Event Wrap-up

CityEngine's London Event Wrap-up

Thank you to everyone who attended the CityEngine event last week, and to Procedural for giving us a sneak peak at the latest in procedural modelling technology (and for bringing lots of Swiss chocolate).

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Wed 13 Apr 2011: 11:20am

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Hot of the press: PF Track 2011 Released

Hot of the press:  PF Track 2011 Released

The latest version of PFTrack has just been released, and it looks like The Pixel Farm dev team have been quite busy, packing in a lot of new features, Python scripting and even a new architecture in this latest release. The full list of features have yet to be released but here are just some of the things you can expect in PFTrack 2011...

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Celebrating TIGA’s 10th Anniversary

Celebrating TIGA’s 10th Anniversary

TIGA are celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year and are inviting all game artists and developers to their birthday bash, at Channel 4 Studios next Thursday night.

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Mon 11 Apr 2011: 9:55am

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Illusion VFX Work on New Fantasy Epic

Illusion VFX Work on New Fantasy Epic

Illusion VFX have just finished work on their latest project, a teaser short for a new fantasy epic, Mrs. Peppercorn's Magical Reading Room, creating four VFX shots in just 3 months, a really impressive feat.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 4:12pm

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Create Lens Flares Easily with Optical Flares Plug-in

Create Lens Flares Easily with Optical Flares Plug-in

Do you use After Effects? Do you spend a lot of time designing and animating lens flares? Then Optical Flares might just be the plug-in for you. We’ve just added it to our Techstore, and we think it is pretty cool.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 8:21am

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Add Realism to Composite Shots with 220 Organic Effects

Add Realism to Composite Shots with 220 Organic Effects

OK, so Sapphire is not a new product. It has been used by a lot of the top studios like Framestore, MPC and The Mill for some time now. But is it new to our Techstore range, so we thought we’d make a bit of noise about it.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 8:21am

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New Way to Sculpt and Model with 3D-Coat

New Way to Sculpt and Model with 3D-Coat

It’s not often that I come across a new product that shows me a completely different way of working… We’ve been checking out 3D-Coat and have come to the conclusion that it might just provide something quite special in terms of modelling and sculpting.

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The Foundry’s Storm: Free Trials Now Available

The Foundry’s Storm: Free Trials Now Available

The Foundry’s new RED Digital Cinema product Storm has been released, and we now have free trial licences available for those of you keen to test it out.

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Share 3D Designs in Interactive PDF Files

Share 3D Designs in Interactive PDF Files

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of new plug-ins and products starting to emerge. Some good, some not so good. But a few of them have really caught our eye, so we’ve decided to add them to our Techstore range. It means that there’ll be a lot of new additions for you to check out over the next few days.

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Kuro Dragon Produces Its First Kids TV Title Sequence

Kuro Dragon Produces Its First Kids TV Title Sequence

Last night I caught up with Stuart Howard, the Managing Director of a start-up VFX studio that’s doing some great work.

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FxFactory Pro: 170 Plug-ins in One Box

FxFactory Pro: 170 Plug-ins in One Box

FxFactory Pro's plug-ins are brand new to Escape Studios, and we are pretty excited about adding this clever package to our software range. FXFactory Pro is basically a bundle of 170 plug-ins which have been developed by Noise Industries specifically for CG artists who work with Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects.

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LookFX creates stunning visual effects for Black Swan

LookFX creates stunning visual effects for Black Swan

Black Swan has received raving reviews for its VFX work, and even impressed the critics with nominations for both BAFTA and VES awards. It’s a big credit to LookFX, who had to overcome some pretty tough tracking challenges to make it all happen.

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V-Ray 2.0 Student Bundles & Educational Licences

V-Ray 2.0 Student Bundles & Educational Licences

We’ve had a lot of interest from students around V-Ray 2.0 lately, so I thought I’d shed a little more light on what’s new in the educational package.

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CityEngine's a hit with Ministry of Sound

CityEngine's a hit with Ministry of Sound

Producing a city in the shape of a Ministry of Sound logo might seem like a pretty tough feat, but not for award-winning agency Fold 7 and freelance motion design director Paul Clements, who used CityEngine to do just that.

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Mega Cities made easy with CityEngine

Mega Cities made easy with CityEngine

Constructing a whole city spread out over 385 square kilometres in just 4 weeks seems like a tall order. Base Productions faced this very dilemma when creating 6 CGI sequences for National Geographic's Mega Cities, to create the large Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. They managed to get around it by using CityEngine to procedurally generate buildings, and only concentrate on a few hero buildings to recreate the huge city. You can check out the opening sequence to see the final result, and although the buildings aren’t very detailed, it gives you a great feel for the density of the city and its size.

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Christmas CG Student Bundle – Save 20%

Christmas CG Student Bundle – Save 20%

We have put together a great student Christmas CG bundle, for all you budding artists out there. The bundle combines our top-selling software and hardware products, giving you a great CG set-up for 20% less.

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Designing & Developing an iPad App

Designing & Developing an iPad App

I have to admit I’m fond of iPad apps and games, and have always wondered how developers go about creating them. So, when I got a chance to get the inside scoop from Qurios, an iPad games developer, I jumped at it.

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How Studio01 used CityEngine

How Studio01 used CityEngine

It’s always interesting to see how CityEngine can help studios complete new projects. I caught up with Simon Röjder, the Managing Director of Swedish arch viz studio, Studio01, to get the inside scoop. Studio1 have some great projects to their credit. They are unrivalled in Sweden for their unique ways of using game technology in visualisation work, which enables them to produce an amazing level of interactivity in their 3D-visualisations. Impressive stuff. Here’s the low down on CityEngine…

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Top 5 Reasons to use Mari

Top 5 Reasons to use Mari

So many people were impressed with The Foundry’s Mari presentation at our recent Bristol event, that I decided to find out a little more about the new product. For those that haven’t come across Mari before, it’s a new 3D creative texture-painting tool that was originally designed by Weta Digital for painting high-resolution textures on 3D models in King Kong and Avatar.

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Creating a Medieval City with CityEngine

Creating a Medieval City with CityEngine

Ever thought how hard it would be to design all the different buildings for a Medieval town and then deal with the layout and terrain?... Wow what a headache! Well, not such a headache any more. You can now create realistic looking medieval dwellings and villages that look like they have just come out of an episode of Merlin using CityEngine.

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New NUKE Bundle Promo – Save up to 50%

New NUKE Bundle Promo – Save up to 50%

The Foundry is spreading the festive cheer this December with a great new promotion that can save you up to 50% on bundles of NUKE and NUKEX.

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The Foundry's STORM: Now on Beta

The Foundry's STORM: Now on Beta

Hot off the press... The Foundry have just launched the public beta for their long awaited RED camera tool, STORM.

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The Foundry’s STORM: Soon on Beta

The Foundry’s STORM: Soon on Beta

The Foundry’s new RED camera production hub, STORM, will soon be available for beta evaluations.

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Taking The Foundry Products On the Road

Taking The Foundry Products On the Road

Last night, Escape Studios and The Foundry kicked off The Foundry Live Tour with an evening presentation at Aardman Animations' private screening room before a packed audience of CG specialists from the Bristol area.

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Top 5 Reasons to Use CityEngine

Top 5 Reasons to Use CityEngine

It's not often I see new technology come along with the potential to really make a difference in a pipeline. CityEngine is one such product that is gaining momentum in the industry and worthy of a closer look.

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RealtimeUK Complete Work on Kinectimals

RealtimeUK Complete Work on Kinectimals

I caught up with the guys at RealtimeUK to check out a project they've completed for Microsoft’s new Kinect console, and was really impressed with what I saw.

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Will We See a New TimeSplitters?

Will We See a New TimeSplitters?

Crytek UK have recently announced that they are talking to publishers regarding the viability of producing another TimeSplitters

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Midlands IGDA Chapter Event: Celebration of Indie Game Development

Midlands IGDA Chapter Event: Celebration of Indie Game Development

The Midlands chapter of the IGDA is holding an event for all their members on the 9th December at The Royal Pump Rooms at Leamington Spa from 7.30pm.

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Self-Publishing: Buzz of the Games Industry

Self-Publishing: Buzz of the Games Industry

We hosted a TIGA event on Self-Publishing a couple of days ago. There were developers from many of UK’s independent studios and a few larger studios as well - proof if I needed one, that this topic is very much the buzz of the industry.

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Steam Hit 30M Users

Wow! Steam have announced that they've hit the 30 Million user mark last week. That's a phenomenal number of people they can deliver games direct to. And now with over 1,200 games in the catalogue to chose from, that's a very impressive market reach. I reckon we may see a lot more developers/publishers using this as a platform to deliver games over the coming years as digital distribution products seem to be increasing in demand. What do you all think?

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Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

First there was the Wii Mote from Nintendo which offered a new gaming experience. Now, we have Move from PlayStation using both the PlayStation Eye Camera and Move Controller.

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Mythbusters: Do game developers need publishers?

I caught up with Nicholas Lovell of GamesBrief the other day to find out what he'll be talking about at TIGA's Self-publishing seminar next Wednesday. Here’s what he had to say, and it’s pretty interesting stuff:

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Apple TV makes a play for online gaming

Apple TV makes a play for online gaming

Over the last few days Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have been strutting around like peacocks displaying their new technology at Tokyo Game Show (TGS). Even though the technology on display is extremely impressive and I personally can't wait for The Last Guardian to be released on PS3, my attention has been focused on Apple's new £99 Apple TV.

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