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Stereographic 3D - Who's getting it right?

Stereographic: looks like this time it might be here to stay. But with differing techniques in post and production and delivery mechanisms still in flux who's getting it right?

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Thu 9 Sep 2010: 11:01am

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Free 1-Week Mentored VFX Training

Free 1-Week Mentored VFX Training

So, to celebrate the launch of our Online Mentored VFX course, we have decided to go mad and give away for free the first week of the course to fifteen lucky people.

7 Comments Paul Wilkes

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Tue 7 Sep 2010: 10:56am

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Houdini 11 Ready for the Masses?

Houdini 11 Ready for the Masses?

Now that the competitive race between Maya and 3ds Max has somewhat run its course (because they are both owned by Autodesk), we look to other developers to see what they are doing to close the gap.

1 Comments Mark Cass

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Tue 7 Sep 2010: 7:36am

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4DMax scans Willie Harcourt-Cooze's face

4DMax scans Willie Harcourt-Cooze's face

I wrote about the work that 4DMax have been involved with in helping create a new brand identity for Willie's Wonky Chocolate Factory. They have just sent us the result of their work and I thought you'd be interested in taking a look.

1 Comments Paul Wilkes

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Fri 3 Sep 2010: 11:23am

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Growing up with Maya

Growing up with Maya

I had a picture sent to me from an old colleague this week (above). It was taken in the "fake" Getaway pub on the 4th floor of SCEE’s (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe) offices in Soho.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 2 Sep 2010: 10:19pm

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Inception Zero Gravity

For me the best movie so far this year has to be Christopher Nolan's Inception. it will be interesting come Oscar time to see if the Academy and the world at large agree. It is a fantastic combination of amazing direction and cinematography, a gripping script and amazing VFX. The best VFX are the ones you don't see and only afterwards do you think "How did they do that?".

2 Comments Dom Davenport

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Tue 31 Aug 2010: 8:16am

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California Dreams

California Dreams

As part of our ongoing commitment to the US, we have recently been on a whistle stop tour of California visiting all of the leading lights in the VFX and animation industry. Lee and I were lucky enough to visit the likes of ILM, Pixar, Dreamworks, Sony Imageworks and Tippett Studio. It was like walking into a living museum of the best VFX and animation has to offer, from the original costumes and matte paintings from the Star Wars series to the giant Luxo Jr outside Pixar's HQ. We were completely in geeky film heaven. Lee's excitement at seeing models and maquettes from some of his favourite movies was very obvious. For those of us who know him, well there is no volume control!

2 Comments Dom Davenport

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Thu 26 Aug 2010: 9:21am

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4DMax Helps Creates New Identity for Willie’s Chocolate Factory

4DMax Helps Creates New Identity for Willie’s Chocolate Factory

Our friends at 4DMax are 3D data capture specialists and have been blazing a trail recently with their work scanning heads, bodies, objects and environments for some very high profile VFX movies. We’ve tried the technology here at the Escape Studios’ offices using the heads of a few weary volunteers to see how the technology works. The results are amazing!

1 Comments Paul Wilkes

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Wed 25 Aug 2010: 3:55pm

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Brand New Fluid Simulator Phoenix FD - Out Now

Brand New Fluid Simulator Phoenix FD - Out Now

Our friends at Chaos have just released a brand new fluid simulator plug-in for 3ds Max called Phoenix FD. The new plug-in is designed to make it easier for artists to simulate fire, smoke and haze more realistically and accurately than in 3ds Max alone.

1 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 12 Aug 2010: 5:19pm

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New Hot Fix for 3ds Max & 3ds Max Design 2011 Released

Autodesk have just releasd a brand new Hot Fix for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2011 and Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2011.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 12 Aug 2010: 2:04pm

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Job hunting: 5 tips for CG graduates

We all know that finding your first job in the CG industry can be tough, but we have good reasons to feel pretty confident about future job prospects. That's because the industry has seen growth for the ninth year in a row. There are jobs out there and I am particularly well placed to comment as I sit opposite our Recruitment Team and so I get to hear everything about the jobs they have available. Over the last few months, they have all been incredibly busy, and that's good news for all aspiring artists.

2 Comments Garreth Gaydon

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Wed 11 Aug 2010: 8:14pm

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Highlights from Siggraph 2010

Highlights from Siggraph 2010

I recently returned from nearly a week out at SIGGRAPH and thought I’d put together a few highlights to share with you.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Wed 11 Aug 2010: 3:15pm

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Free Tutorial from Brand New ZBrush Course

Free Tutorial from Brand New ZBrush Course

We’re really excited about this month’s free tutorial because it’s taken from our new soon-to-be launched ZBrush Course. This tutorial is great if you’re looking to up your ZBrush skills to an advanced level. It’s an in-depth tutorial that demonstrates how to use tools to create fine details, specifically ‘Wear and Tear’ on a pre-made Gas Mask model. Plus, it’s only 12 minutes long so you’ll be able to squeeze it into your lunch break.

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Isabelle Duarte
Wed 11 Aug 2010: 2:39pm

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Robert Holmes takes time out to talk about his career to date

It’s always great to find out how escapees get on after their training and enter the world of work. Last week, we met up with ex-student Robert Holmes out at SIGGRAPH. Since his time at Escape, Rob’s gone on to work on some amazing projects at The Mill. He took time to tell us how he got his break and what’s needed to be successful in this industry.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Mon 9 Aug 2010: 12:14pm

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Escapees work on Rooney

Escapees work on Rooney

Now almost as hyped an event as the World Cup itself, the Nike ad this year starred a host of big names, from our own Wayne Rooney through to Franck Ribiery of France, Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro and even shiny Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. Most people will have seen at least one of the shorter clips, if not the full thing, and the eagle eyed among you will know that the guys at the Mill were on hand to provide the VFX wizardry.

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Thu 22 Jul 2010: 2:28pm

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Escape Studios at Siggraph 2010

Escape Studios is going to SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles next week. We’ll have a booth at the SIGGRAPH 2010 Job Fair (booth #26) and we’d love to see you there. Drop by and pick up some of the Escape Studios goodies! 

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Wed 21 Jul 2010: 10:17am

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Exclusive 'Go Pro' Offer for Graduates

Every budding professional needs professional software, so we have devised a brand new promotion to help CG graduates who want to pursue commercial work, get the professional set-up they need.  This means you can now upgrade student licences to full commercial versions for half the price, and be on your way to becoming a professional CG artist.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Wed 23 Jun 2010: 1:38pm

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MAXON Summer Special

MAXON Summer Special

MAXON have announced a Summer Special pricing promotion on their CINEMA 4D software. The promo includes three of their top selling software editions: the Broadcast Edition for motion graphics, the Architecture Edition for visualisation, and the Studio Bundle for 3D professionals, all discounted at 50%. There are discounts for upgrades as well, and the MAXON Service Agreement is also available.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Mark Cass
Tue 15 Jun 2010: 10:58pm

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Autodesk Educational Creative Suite 2011 - Now Shipping

If you’ve been patiently waiting for the new Autodesk Educational Creative Suite 2011 to become available, we’ve got good news for you. The new 2011 Suite has now been released for shipping,  meaning we can now ship all orders as soon as they are placed.

2 Comments Mark Cass

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Mark Cass
Fri 4 Jun 2010: 4:06pm

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Autodesk Finance Deal: 0% Interest Finance or Pay Nothing for 5 months

Did you know that Autodesk are offering some pretty interesting finance deal at the minute?

1 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 28 May 2010: 11:19am

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