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Flying Sorcery

Flying Sorcery

You may remember this fake UFO clip made famous last year - naturally everyone quickly branded it a fake which it clearly was/is.

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Thu 7 Feb 2013: 4:21pm

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Break out of the Box with VFX!

Break out of the Box with VFX!

I really like how Michael Rigley has used 3D in a very creative, non-conventional visual effects project for his thesis.

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Thu 7 Feb 2013: 11:51am

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Photoshop goes (even more) 3D

Photoshop goes (even more) 3D

Fans of 3D and users of Photoshop will be delighted this week, with the announcement that 'Photoshop CS6 Extended' is on the market, it allows you to create 3D shape text using extrusions as a 3D layer... "similar to CS4 Extended" I hear you say! But alas, according to this write up, we are told that this works far more 'natively', with 'the usability you’d expect from an integrated Adobe toolset'.

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Thu 7 Feb 2013: 10:07am

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Animation Ireland

Animation Ireland

 

And how has this happened? Well a decade of tax breaks and investment basically. Tax breaks to aid production costs and funding for development prior to production from various sources. Very interesting given the impending tax breaks around the corner in the UK. Could this be a new dawn in film and broadcast for us here?
I was amazed by how many companies are turning out real quality work in Ireland. The tax breaks have not affected the passion for excellence. In fact I would say it has merely fuelled it - the companies are competing against eachother to produce the best work. And as the industry steadily grows there are now whispers of full length animated movies being made there.
If you are curious about what has been happening in Ireland check out the Animation Ireland showreel on their website...

Here's something you may not know. Ireland has a booming animation industry. No I didn't know that either until I went to the Cartoon Finance conference in Dublin last year. In fact the animation industry is doing so well, that in the face of the downturn, it has become one of their major exports. At the conference, it was quipped that the animators are now the ones with the proper jobs.

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Wed 6 Feb 2013: 5:30pm

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Truly EPIC God of War trailer

Truly EPIC God of War trailer

We were enticed this week when we saw this epic live action trailer for Sony’s game ‘God of War: Ascension’, It was made by creative studio and production company ‘Imaginary Forces’, a firm who have worked on a huge amount of projects, spanning from commercial work to television and film,
Google Chrome, Powerade, Transformers, Minority Report, and Boardwalk Empire, are but a few of their accolades to date. Impressive stuff!  

If the game is half as epic as this evocative ad, viewers will no doubt want to get playing right away!

0 Comments Dom Davenport

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Wed 6 Feb 2013: 12:13pm

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Blown Away by Disney short 'the Paperman'?

Blown Away by Disney short 'the Paperman'?

Walt Disney shorts are always a treat for viewers. In fact I’d go as far to say that when going to the cinema to see a new Disney Pixar film, part of the excitement is the opportunity to see the preluding short that comes with the main feature

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Thu 31 Jan 2013: 10:34am

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JJ Abrams takes on Star Wars Episode VII

JJ Abrams takes on Star Wars Episode VII

As many of you will know, JJ Abrams was last week confirmed as director of new Disney owned segment of the Star Wars saga. We’ll forgive your bare faced denial of the appointment only last month JJ, just make sure episode VII is a killer!

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Wed 30 Jan 2013: 11:49am

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A giant robot, loud music, and plenty of explosions, what's not to like?

A giant robot, loud music, and plenty of explosions, what's not to like?

The office here at Escape is usually bustling with an array of different musical sounds, and it’s rare we fully agree on what radio station to keep on for more than an hour and a half.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Tue 29 Jan 2013: 10:34am

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Escape this Summer

Escape this Summer

While the days are cold, the nights are long, and we’ve seen the back of Christmas and New Year festivities, at one point or another, we all find ourselves daydreaming about the return of the summer sun. The smell of sun cream, the call of the beach, and the excuse to whack on a pair of shades, making ourselves look AT LEAST 20% cooler, is but a dream away at this, the tail end of January.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Mon 28 Jan 2013: 2:27pm

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FINALLY, The Rock has come back, to the big screen!

FINALLY, The Rock has come back, to the big screen!

Dwayne Johnson, known to most as wrestling icon ‘the Rock’, is to play the role of a snitch in his new movie, aptly named, ‘Snitch’, set for release February 22nd..

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Mon 28 Jan 2013: 10:50am

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Christoph Keller - Escape Speaker Feature!

Christoph Keller - Escape Speaker Feature!

We’ve had Senior Compositor at Double Negative Christoph Keller, speaking at Escape HQ today to a room full of keen VFX fans! Ahead of his visit I asked a few questions that are entirely unrelated to his job, because variety is the spice of life, right?

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Wed 23 Jan 2013: 11:19am

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Zombieland TV series in the pipeline!

Zombieland TV series in the pipeline!

It has surfaced this week that hit film Zombieland, is in the process of being developed as an original series by Amazon.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Tue 22 Jan 2013: 9:47am

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VES Cinematic Color White Paper!

VES Cinematic Color White Paper!

Cinematic Color: From Your Monitor to the Big Screen, documents current state-of-the-art practices for accurately working with color throughout the visual effects and animation process.

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Fri 18 Jan 2013: 11:35am

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Using a Green Screen to help kick the habit!

Using a Green Screen to help kick the habit!

Regardless of whether or not you’re a smoker, there’s a fair chance that you’ll be rather sick of the uninventive advertising, encouraging people to quit - that uses revolting images to repel people from indulging in the habit,

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Thu 17 Jan 2013: 12:38pm

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Jurassic Park 4!

Jurassic Park 4!

Students who have entered the doors at Escape (and left as artists) draw their inspiration from a number of VFX pioneering films, many cite movies such as Blade Runner, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings, as the reason they wanted to master the art of VFX.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Tue 15 Jan 2013: 4:59pm

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London's VFX Artists become Superheroes!

London's VFX Artists become Superheroes!

VFX fans and readers of WIRED magazine will have noticed a special feature in this month’s edition, as Soho’s VFX teams are made into super heroes by, well, themselves.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Mon 14 Jan 2013: 11:29am

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 11!

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 11!

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you on how the course is going. Here's my update from week 11!

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Robin Squires
Thu 10 Jan 2013: 3:06pm

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Node based image editing - Send us your creations!

Node based image editing - Send us your creations!

Here is a really cool and totally FREE node based image editing program called ‘Nodewerk’.

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Thu 10 Jan 2013: 12:21pm

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