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Happy New Year everyone!

Happy New Year everyone!

We’re back, and with that we’re preparing some exciting events, bringing you the very best in VFX education. Kicking things off as we mean to continue we're holding a live interview and career talk, and look forward to an exciting 2013 filled with creativity and VFX know-how. We look forward to sharing the latest goings-on within the industry. But most of all, we look forward to seeing what you lovely people are creating or will create with the right training behind you.

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Wed 2 Jan 2013: 5:16pm

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Robin Squires VFX course diary: Week 8

Robin Squires VFX course diary: Week 8

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how the course is going so far. And here's an update on week eight.

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Thu 20 Dec 2012: 3:46pm

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Cloverfield meets Transformers - Some serious VFX action!

Cloverfield meets Transformers - Some serious VFX action!

Just when you thought Hollywood couldn’t create VFX on a larger scale than Cloverfield or Transformers, this trailer is released, for ‘Pacific Rim’, and it really takes the biscuit!

Directed by the world renowned Guillermo del Toro, this is a tale of wait for it, giant robots made by humans, fighting giant monsters that have arrived through a time portal at the bottom of the sea - Sounds crazy right? Check out this trailer and if you plan to go to see this at the cinema, be sure to prepare yourself for some bone crushingly epic VFX sequences.  


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Thu 13 Dec 2012: 3:36pm

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CVMP 2012 - Reflections (and Refractions)...Part One!

CVMP 2012 - Reflections (and Refractions)...Part One!

This was the 9th iteration of the CVMP conference, and it certainly lived up to its billing. The conference struck just the right balance between academic research and commercial production, providing a hugely rich and diverse array of ideas, challenges, successes and future endeavours.

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Wed 12 Dec 2012: 1:00pm

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VFX - want to see how it's really done?

Fancy taking a peak behind the VFX scenes at Framestore's cinema? Framestore are one of the biggest post houses operating on Soho (London's VFX Hub...) today. They've worked on everything from The Golden Compass to Avatar to the Skyfall titles). We're conducting our last Open Day of the year there next Wednesday and we're rather excited about it!

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Tue 11 Dec 2012: 4:30pm

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In the beginning there was... FIFA International Soccer?

In the beginning there was... FIFA International Soccer?

It wasn’t long ago that FIFA 13 was crowned the king of 21st century sports games, with 4.5 million copies sold in the five days after its launch, (1.23 million of those being in the first 48 hours) it’s figures worldwide trounced sporting rivals such as NHL 13 (0.48m), and Madden 13 (1.65m), more importantly though, it exceeded its closest rival, Pro Evolution Soccer, (0.86m) which had Christiano Ronaldo spearheading the advertising campaign, who in this case, off of the pitch, as well as on, has been left in the shadow of this year’s FIFA ambassador Lionel Messi.

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Tue 11 Dec 2012: 11:11am

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Become a superhero this Christmas

Become a superhero this Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, and many people dreading the inevitable high street conquest, my colleagues and I have decided to put together a string of blog posts, enlightening our readers to some unique presents for technology, film and games fans, that will hopefully put a bigger smile on the recipients face AND save the buyer from the perils of the high street hoards.

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Mon 10 Dec 2012: 11:27am

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Escapee Paul Daiko joins MPC London

Escapee Paul Daiko joins MPC London

I caught up with escapee Paul Daiko this week, upon his appointment at world renowned post-house, MPC London.

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Fri 7 Dec 2012: 10:30am

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Discover the Artist Within… at the 2D – 3D Showdown!

Discover the Artist Within… at the 2D – 3D Showdown!

What sets 2D and 3D visual effect artists apart? Most would say, not a lot. Both teams of artists are necessary in the creation of stunning CG visuals. But have you ever wondered why someone would choose one path over another? What makes the ultimate Compositor or 3D VFX artist?

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Thu 6 Dec 2012: 4:50pm

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Escapee Holly Pickering: Success story now live!

Escapee Holly Pickering: Success story now live!

We had the pleasure of catching up with games aficionado and escapee Holly Pickering last week.

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 5:05pm

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1 day left to register for CVMP 2012...

Do you want to be in the know of the newest technology and techniques in the VFX industry? Do you want to meet with some of the brightest VFX talent in the UK and Europe?
Then CVMP is the perfect place for you to be on the 5th and 6th of December!

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 12:30pm

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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Some good news for VFX fans this week, as VES announce that a complete documentary film about the legendary Ray Harryhausen, will be shown at a number of festivals early next year, and better still, those who can’t make these screenings, will be able to get their hands on ‘RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN’ (quite the title, eh?) as soon as March 2013.

Being an avid Harryhausen fan, I own a signed copy of his classic book ‘The Art of Ray Harryhausen’, and have had the great pleasure of attending an intimate lecture held by this ‘Special Effects Titan’ back in 2009.

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 11:19am

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Watering that Creative Seed

Watering that Creative Seed

The VFX industry has emerged to become the most fervent, vibrant and limitless creative platforms of the 21st century, and has created a world where, equipped with the right skills and determination, the phrase ‘the sky is the limit’ is rarely an understatement.  

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Mon 3 Dec 2012: 4:34pm

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Extra Tech Support from Escape Studios

Extra Tech Support from Escape Studios

Good morning internet!

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Fri 30 Nov 2012: 4:52pm

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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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Fri 30 Nov 2012: 12:00pm

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Web series spot light; Forward Unto Dawn

Web series spot light; Forward Unto Dawn

Hello, it’s me again. Have you all been well? I hope you have. You may remember me from my recent stint of blogs about web series that have started to use VFX, and left you with a passionate plea to start watching Red vs Blue, the longest running web-series in the world, based on the Halo games. Well here I am again, because the internet just doesn't stop, and recently it’s been turning out some real gems in terms of visually invigorating moving pictures.

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Fri 30 Nov 2012: 11:52am

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Python Tips & Tricks from a NUKE Master; Recording Now Available!

Python Tips & Tricks from a NUKE Master; Recording Now Available!

Last Monday, November 19th, we ran a very popular webinar with Victor Perez, a master when it comes to using Python inside NUKE. A whopping ninety nine people attended this live webinar to hear what Victor had to share, and we’ve had an incredible number of requests from people who couldn’t attend to share the webinar recording. For us, this interest has been very encouraging, and we look forward to bringing you more webinars like this.

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Thu 29 Nov 2012: 11:30am

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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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Thu 29 Nov 2012: 10:30am

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Rhythm & Hues deliver a tantalizing visual treat with 'Life of Pi'

Rhythm & Hues deliver a tantalizing visual treat with 'Life of Pi'

Despite popular disbelief, deeming the world created by author Yann Martel in his novel ‘Life of Pi’, as “unfilmable”, the guys at Rhythm & Hues Studios have put together a mind blowing piece of cinema that is sure to visually stun audiences around the globe.

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Wed 28 Nov 2012: 4:51pm

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