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Survey - State of the CG industry

You might have read a couple of weeks ago about the winners of a prize draw we held for those who completed our survey. We wanted to see what people in and around the CG industry thought about their jobs and the world in which they work. We had a fantastic response, with over 2,800 professionals, hobbyists and students answering questions for us, and the results make for interesting reading.

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Wed 2 Dec 2009: 11:53am

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Hurry - last days to save 59% on Autodesk Upgrades!

There are only a few days left to get huge savings to the latest Autodesk 2010 releases - saving you up to 59% on Softimage 2010, Maya 2010 and 3ds Max 2010 Suites if you order before the 1st December, 2009.

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Fri 27 Nov 2009: 2:35pm

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New feature - Nick's Doodles

Here at Escape Studios, we pride ourselves on our close links with the industry. One of the ways we maintain these links is by having tutors who have done the jobs they teach. This means that our tutors are some of the best CGers in the business, and they’re an incredibly creative bunch.

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Fri 27 Nov 2009: 2:05pm

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Top Down Animation - Work in Progress - Step 1

I am currently working on (amongst other things) a simple animation in order to demonstrate the Top Down Animation Technique. The animation I am going to do is of a character walking up and sitting down in a chair then tipping backwards. I thought it would be interesting to demonstrate the steps that I would go through in doing an animation this way, so I'll be posting my progress as I go.

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Fri 27 Nov 2009: 12:40pm

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ZBrush 3.5 R3 for Windows now released!

We have good news for all users of Zbrush: the new ZBrush 3.5 update for Windows has just been released. It's called R3, and it has loads of new features and enhancements as well as a better toolset. If you are a registered user of Zbrush, you can download it for free here.

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Wed 25 Nov 2009: 10:30am

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Hollywood producer, Charlotte Huggins to discuss 3D breakthroughs in film and TV.

For those in the film industry, this may be an interesting event for your December diary. The Institution of Engineering and Technology is holding the inaugural John Logie Baird event on the 8th December entitled ‘3D – Back to the future’.

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Wed 18 Nov 2009: 4:45pm

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Free Advanced Lighting Tutorial

We have just made a great new free tutorial available to you all: Advanced Lighting for VFX Artists. This is ideal material for VFX artists who wants to improve your lighting skills.

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Fri 13 Nov 2009: 1:53pm

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How to Become a World-Class Animator

Thanks to everyone who attended my "Becoming a World-Class Animator" webinar last night - it was great to get a chance to speak to all of you!  We're going to make the presentation available in the Escape Studios Free Resources section of our website soon - so make sure that you keep an eye out for it.

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Fri 13 Nov 2009: 12:34pm

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Upgrade to Maya, 3ds Max and SoftImage 2010 apps and save up to 59%!

For those of you wanting to get their fingers on the latest versions of Maya, SoftImage and 3ds Max, you can now get considerably more bang for your buck with our new Upgrade Promotion. #

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Fri 13 Nov 2009: 10:45am

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Online Maya courseware at The Arts University College at Bournemouth

Hi all,

I recently caught up with Paul Hilton, Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Animation at The Arts University College at Bournemouth. AUCB recently purchased our online Maya coursware for themselves and their students, so I asked Paul how they were finding the experience:

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Fri 6 Nov 2009: 1:10pm

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V-Ray® for Autodesk® 3dsMax® Service Packs Officially Released!

The newest build of V-Ray has officially been released! You can now upgrade your version with new Service Packs and get brand new and modified features for free.

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Fri 6 Nov 2009: 1:00pm

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Last call for entries

We’re almost at the end! The CG Whiz competition ends at midnight tonight, so if you’re going to enter act now. We’ve had a tremendous response so far, with over 125 entries posted here.

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Fri 30 Oct 2009: 5:01pm

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Old-school animation: Fantastic Mr Fox

Towelling for grass, cotton balls for smoke and cling film for water – Wes Anderson has reverted to traditional forms of animation in his new film Fantastic Mr Fox.

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Mon 19 Oct 2009: 4:21pm

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We’ve reached the halfway point

We’re halfway through the competition and we’ve already had 49 entries – a great response, but we’re still keen to see what everyone else is working on.

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Wed 14 Oct 2009: 3:19pm

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Keep those entries coming…

Keep those entries coming…

Our CG Whiz competition has got off to a fantastic start - we’ve already had an impressive 27 entries but there’s still time to submit your best work.

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Wed 7 Oct 2009: 11:59am

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Are YOU a CG Whiz?

Enter our YouTube Competition and Win a Course at Escape and a Placement at The Mill

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Thu 1 Oct 2009: 8:35am

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Free Animation Video Tutorial now available from Escape Studios

Our September Free video tutorial is now available! This month, we are giving away an hour long tutorial from our Online Animation Course.

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Tue 29 Sep 2009: 10:00am

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Back to the future of 3D cinema

I’ve mentioned 3D movies before on the blog, but this week another article on the topic caught my eye. Pixar has said that it’s hoping 3D films will encourage people to watch movies at the cinema – rather than pirate copies or illegal downloads at home.

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Mon 21 Sep 2009: 9:02am

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Give us a break

I’ve been reading a lot about tax breaks in the past couple of months. First there was the anticipation and ultimate disappointment of Digital Britain, when we hoped that the games industry might get the tax breaks it needed. A missed opportunity, many said.

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Fri 11 Sep 2009: 1:16pm

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