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Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies

Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies

Irvin Kershner, director of 'The Empire Strikes Back' died on Saturday in Los Angeles, aged 87. 'Kersh'', as he was affectionately known on the set of the 1980 sequel, deserves credit for directing easily the finest of all the Star Wars films, and for a diverse and varied career in which the inter-galactic blockbuster was something of an anomaly.

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Wed 1 Dec 2010: 9:51am

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The Amazing Flying Festo Manta Ray

The Amazing Flying Festo Manta Ray

Have any of you been watching Wallace and Gromit’s new program on BBC1? It’s basically like a new version of Tomorrow’s World with Wallace acting as the presenter and Gromit taking the role of the funny side-kick.

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Tue 30 Nov 2010: 10:43am

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Weird and Beautiful Effects with Acrylic on Flesh

Dom – our CEO – sent me a link to Alexa Meade’s website some time ago and I have been meaning to write about it ever since.

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Wed 24 Nov 2010: 10:33am

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More VFX Wizardry from Framestore with Harry Potter

More VFX Wizardry from Framestore with Harry Potter

Here I am, sat in the airport with some time to kill – so I start reading the papers and the front pages are all covered with reviews of last night’s premiere of Harry Potter (The Deathly Hallows Part 1) in London. That’s lucky, because I really like Harry Potter and I am quite looking forward to seeing the film.

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Wed 17 Nov 2010: 3:28pm

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CG Whiz is closing

We’ve had some fantastic entries for CG Whiz 2010, but the deadline is fast approaching. Any entries submitted after midnight tonight (Pacific Time – 8 am GMT or 7 pm in Sydney, Australia) will not be counted, so you’ve only got a few more hours to get your reel in.  You can do this via Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube or Facebook, but remember to email CGWhiz@escapestudios.com with your contact details too.

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Fri 12 Nov 2010: 9:27am

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Camera Tracking and Nuke Tutorials

Camera Tracking and Nuke Tutorials

There's nothing better than gaining extra skills - especially when you can do it for free. This month's free tutorials have been taken from our Camera Tracking and Nuke courses and are great for boosting your skills if you're looking to become professional.  The great thing is, they're just 10 minutes long so you can easily work through them in your lunch hour, but like last month's six free Maya Tutorials they're staying in our e-learning platform permanently so you can refer to them whenever you want.

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Thu 11 Nov 2010: 12:24pm

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The Pitfalls of Digital Perfection

The Pitfalls of Digital Perfection

At the end of every one of our intensive classroom courses, we get our students to present their finished work to their classmates and to our Training Development Director Lee Danskin. Last Friday, it was the turn of the escapees from our latest Visual Effects Production Course.

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Thu 11 Nov 2010: 11:06am

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Escapee Jacob Flint Lands First VFX Job at The Mill

Escapee Jacob Flint Lands First VFX Job at The Mill

VFX escapee, Jacob Flint has just bagged a job at The Mill which as you can imagine he's pretty pleased about. The truth is, we are too.  Having studied with us for 12 weeks on our VFX Production course, Jacob learned all of the vital skills that he needed to get started in the industry right away.  He was pretty nervous during his interview but ultimately his skills shone through.

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Wed 10 Nov 2010: 2:45pm

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Mandelbrot on roughness

Mandelbrot on roughness

Judging by the high number of re-tweets and Facebook shares of the story I posted on October 19th about Mandelbrot, I figured this was a subject that interested many of you. I am glad I am not the only one!

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Tue 2 Nov 2010: 9:24am

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Salvador Dali and Disney: An Unlikely Collaboration

Salvador Dali and Disney: An Unlikely Collaboration

I came across a tidbit of trivia the other day about Salvador Dali that set me on a little 'surf fest' on this incredible artist. 

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Mon 1 Nov 2010: 12:34pm

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Two New Online Courses: ZBrush for 3D Artists & Character Animation Foundation

Two New Online Courses: ZBrush for 3D Artists & Character Animation Foundation

Today, we are launching two brand new online courses. One is an advanced ZBrush course for professionals; the other is a Character Animation course for 3D novices.

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Thu 28 Oct 2010: 11:27am

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Movember = facial hair for Escape Studios' Men!

Movember = facial hair for Escape Studios' Men!

Dear friends of Escape Studios... We have decided to take part in Movember this year.... OK, let me explain...

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Thu 21 Oct 2010: 10:33am

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AutoCAD for the Mac

AutoCAD for the Mac

Autodesk have released AutoCAD for the Mac after its announcement back in August.

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Tue 19 Oct 2010: 2:04pm

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Celebrating Mandelbrot: Beautiful 3D Images

Celebrating Mandelbrot: Beautiful 3D Images

Those of you into weird mathematical equations will probably have heard of Benoît Mandelbrot - who is famous for being the father of fractal geometry. Sadly he died a few days ago, but not without leaving us with the most amazing body of work.

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Tue 19 Oct 2010: 8:30am

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CG Whiz update

We’re eight days into this year’s CG Whiz competition, and we’ve been amazed by the quality and number of entries through the door so far. It’s going to be a tough one to judge and to think we’ve still got three weeks to go to see what talent’s out there.

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Mon 18 Oct 2010: 3:01pm

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CVMP 2010 Amazing speaker line-up

CVMP 2010 Amazing speaker line-up

CVMP is a unique opportunity to network with production and post-production specialists from the worlds of film, broadcast, games and imaging and graphics researchers. If you register on or before 17th October 2010 you can save yourself £100 on full registration!

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Thu 14 Oct 2010: 3:30pm

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CityEngine 2010.2 Available Now

CityEngine 2010.2 Available Now

There seems to be some momentum growing behind CityEngine and out of all of the new products in the market it certainly seems one to keep an eye on!

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Wed 13 Oct 2010: 2:57pm

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Great Animation by Plato Art Space

Here is another great piece of animation, created by Plato Art Space. It could almost have been created for Escape!

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Wed 13 Oct 2010: 9:50am

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October Free Tutorials

October Free Tutorials

I find it really annoying when I find freebies that are ‘for a limited time only’, and it’s something we’ve been guilty of with our free tutorials. We’ve had some great feedback about them, and with that in mind we've decided to revamp the way our freebies work.

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Portrait of an escapee: How Nick Illingworth Became TD at MPC

When Nik Illingworth came to an Open Day last year, he was brimming with CG enthusiasm. He knew that he wanted a career in VFX but didn't really know how he was going to make it happen. After studying for 12 weeks with us, Nik was up and running.  He finished his course, was offered his first job at Frametore and accepted it, then a short while later he decided to come back to us for 6 weeks of final professional training.  He's now Effects Technical Director at MPC and still has the same love for the industry that he started off with. Nik's is one of many stories of CG enthusiasts who come to study with us and that's why we wanted to share his case study with you - getting a career in VFX off the ground really is easier than you think.

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Thu 7 Oct 2010: 11:07am

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