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Professional VFX & Compositing Freelancers Are in High Demand

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

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Tue 12 Apr 2011: 8:24am

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Just Another Comic Book Hero Movie? Maybe Not...

Just Another Comic Book Hero Movie? Maybe Not...

Ok, so there I was, happy in my comfort zone, knowing that the Green Lantern could never be a great movie and that nothing could ever live up to the comic book.

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Tue 12 Apr 2011: 8:18am

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Autodesk 2012 Line-up Now Available!

Autodesk 2012 Line-up Now Available!

We blogged on the 3rd of March that Autodesk had announced their new 2012 product line-up. Well, today you can get your hands on all the new toys! If you have a current support contract simply access your subscription portal to download your 2012 version.

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Mon 11 Apr 2011: 9:21am

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New Free Maya Tutorial: Gimbal and Rotation Order

New Free Maya Tutorial: Gimbal and Rotation Order

This month, I am tackling some pretty technical issues that affect CG artists on a daily basis. I am going to walk you though the often over-looked issue of Gimbal, using a whole bunch of examples to explain what it is, what causes it and the issues it can have over our animations.

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Thu 7 Apr 2011: 2:13pm

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Silent Studios Show Our Students How CG and Digital Media Work Together

Silent Studios Show Our Students How CG and Digital Media Work Together

Silent Studios are by no means a big company. As a team of four, they are a tight knit unit comprising a Creative Director, a Music Director, an Art Director/Designer and a Composer. However, they have certainly made some noise (quite literally) in the world of digital media. The Creative Director, Nathan Prince, came to Escape Studios to talk to our classroom students about digital media and how CG is playing a massive role in what they do every day. Liam described Silent Studios as a design and music partnership that blends moving image, creative direction, graphic design, installation and musical composition. A little bit of everything then.

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Tue 5 Apr 2011: 10:10am

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iPad – is it CG Friendly?

iPad – is it CG Friendly?

Last year, Apple shook the tech world when it released the iPad, and it quickly became the must have gadget for 2010. Apple is now in the spotlight again with lots of hype around iPad 2. It's all very well lusting after one of these little babies, but for me, the real question is "what can a 3D pro like me actually use it for?".

3 Comments Lee Danskin

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Fri 1 Apr 2011: 11:20am

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Rushes Lead TD Mark Pascoe talks to Escape Students

Rushes Lead TD Mark Pascoe talks to Escape Students

This week Escape is very pleased to welcome Mark Pascoe from Rushes to speak to our current classroom students. Mark joined Rushes 5 years ago off the back of the Visual Effects Production Grade course at Escape, doing the Maya comprehensive course before that. He is currently in the Film and TV department at Rushes, taking up a technical role on projects. He has also been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Series.

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Tue 22 Mar 2011: 11:30am

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Games BAFTA's Announced Last Night

Last week I mentioned the 'red carpet day' for Games companies at the BAFTA's. Well, The awards ceremony was last night and the results are in!

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 12:38pm

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Find Out About New Job Opportunities via Twitter

Find Out About New Job Opportunities via Twitter

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

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 11:33am

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University Tour Under Way

I have been out on the road over the last month visiting universities across the UK, as part of our university tour, and wanted to give you an update on my progress so far. It's been a bit of a whirlwind, but meeting up with such enthusiastic and creative people is never a chore - you come back full of ideas an imbued with the same enthusiasm

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Mon 14 Mar 2011: 1:53pm

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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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Fri 11 Mar 2011: 12:49pm

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Escapee Ben Cantor Gets Dream Job at MPC

Escapee Ben Cantor Gets Dream Job at MPC

We’re always pleased when our students start work in the industry working for their dream company or in their dream job. That dream recently became reality for Ben Cantor

0 Comments Miles Pettit

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Thu 10 Mar 2011: 10:48am

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Wimbledon in 3D... Really?!

I don't often get completed 'weirded out' by news announcements, but this one really made me stop for a second. Sports Business News published a story yesterday about this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament being shown in 3D. According to them, "The 3D coverage will be produced in partnership with the BBC, the host broadcaster of the tournament, and will also be offered to international broadcasters. Sony will also work with theatrical distribution partner SuperVision Media to take the action into cinemas".

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Wed 9 Mar 2011: 11:51am

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3D Artist Reviews the BOXX8550

3D Artist Reviews the BOXX8550

Did any of you see the review of the 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme in the latest issue of 3D Artist magazine? I can't say that I was surprised when I read that it had taken the title of the fastest rendering machine ever seen. We have been running test on this machine in our labs ourselves and have seen it deliver some pretty outstanding results.

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Wed 9 Mar 2011: 9:42am

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Top Ten Uses of Special Effects for Great Storytelling

Top Ten Uses of Special Effects for Great Storytelling

I came across an interesting little article yesterday on PodcastFilmReview.com about the top ten uses of special effects for story telling. It was refreshing to see someone looking at this from the angle of the story telling rather than just for the special effects themselves.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Tue 8 Mar 2011: 12:00pm

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Double Negative, The Mill and Framestore Mentor Escape Studios Students

Just want to say a Big Thank You to Double Negative, Framestore and The Mill for the fantastic help you've given our students on the first stage of our industry mentored classroom courses here at Escape Studios.

1 Comments Miles Pettit

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Tue 8 Mar 2011: 9:34am

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Autodesk Media 2012 Announcements!

Autodesk Media 2012 Announcements!

So Autodesk are at it again with a complete update of all their product line for Media and Entertainment. The update for Maya looks very good, with multi-threading in nucleus - a big plus! Check out the video at the top of this page - it shows the work being done on liquids . The viewport technology begun with viewport 2.0 in 2011. Obviously it was not that great in 2011 but it's a different story with this new 2012 version. All the good stuff is now in there: screen based ambient occlusion, motion blur, depth of field, they are all in the viewport.

0 Comments Lee Danskin

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Thu 3 Mar 2011: 11:15am

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BBC to Broadcast New Dinosaurs Documentaries

The BBC have announced that they are to broadcast a new series of famous dinosaurs documentaries. This will be a much shorter series than the original Walking with Dinasaurs - only 3 programs - but will feature all the 3D and visual effects wizardry you would expect from this program. According to Broadcasting News, it will feature photo-realistic fight scenes to give a "whole new perspective on dinosaurs".

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Wed 2 Mar 2011: 1:52pm

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Winners of our Satisfaction Survey Announced

Winners of our Satisfaction Survey Announced

First of all, I want to take the time to thank you all for taking part in our recent satisfaction survey. More than 2,400 of you took part, and over the course of the following weeks, I will be sharing the results of our findings with you.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Wed 23 Feb 2011: 10:10am

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Autodesk Announces Intent to Acquire Scaleform Corporation

Autodesk Announces Intent to Acquire Scaleform Corporation

"Another Autodesk purchase" I hear you cry as the news gets out that a cool $36 million CASH is to be spent on Scaleform

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Tue 22 Feb 2011: 10:33am

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