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Framestore’s VFX Supervisor on HP7 Inspires our Students

Framestore’s VFX Supervisor on HP7 Inspires our Students

Last Wednesday, Escape Studios had the honour of having Christian Manz, VFX Supervisor at Framestore come into our studios and talk to our students about life in the industry. Christian discussed the bits about the job that are great (Like getting to see your name up on the big screen after arduous months of working on a project) and the bits which aren’t quite so good (Like the long hours). It wasn’t just our students who enjoyed it, we loved it too.  Christian’s thirteen year career has been an epic one and his latest contribution to the industry as VFX Supervisor on the latest HP7 is particularly impressive. We spoke to Christian about the highs and lows of his career so far, and what it feels like to have been part of one of the biggest films of our recent times.

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Fri 3 Dec 2010: 4:34pm

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Thank you technology customers!

Thank you technology customers!

Last night we had some of the finest brains and talent in Soho out for our Technology Christmas drinks.

We just want to really thank all those who came along and hope you enjoyed the evening.. We certainly did and it was great to see so many new and familiar faces!

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Fri 3 Dec 2010: 1:13pm

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The Foundry's STORM: Now on Beta

The Foundry's STORM: Now on Beta

Hot off the press... The Foundry have just launched the public beta for their long awaited RED camera tool, STORM.

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Fri 3 Dec 2010: 12:18pm

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Free Public Beta of Lightworks

Free Public Beta of Lightworks

EditShare has released the free public beta of the Lightworks non-linear video-editing software.

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Thu 2 Dec 2010: 11:52am

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CG Andrex Puppy!

CG Andrex Puppy!

So an Iconic mascot after 4 decades has finally become a CG character. Having done this myself with the first CG Tony the Tiger I have to wonder whether this will work. The British public being such a fickle bunch! CG Tony was to be a furry character but was squashed at the last moment by Kellogg's in the States as going to far away from the 2D character of Tony (shame he was so cool furry).

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Thu 2 Dec 2010: 9:00am

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The wait’s finally over – CG Whiz 2010 shortlist

We said it was going to be tough to judge and we were right. The entries for this year’s CG Whiz competition blew us away (quite literally!) and the quality of the reels overall impressed each and every judge.

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Thu 2 Dec 2010: 7:25am

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Yo Mo' Bro - Movember Results

Yo Mo' Bro - Movember Results

With Movember now over, I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone for being so sporting and not taking themselves too seriously with their Mo'. We have raised £2,076 (currently) which leaves us ranked 468 Nationally, which we think is pretty good form.  I thought I’d share our leaderboard with you:

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Wed 1 Dec 2010: 2:45pm

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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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Marvelous Designer - A New Tool To Solve CG Cloth Issues

Marvelous Designer - A New Tool To Solve CG Cloth Issues

Here is a very interesting new bit af kit to address the problem of CG cloth. It's called Marvelous Designer.

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Wed 1 Dec 2010: 9:11am

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Kettling, the new video game...

Sometime, I just come across stories that make me laugh out loud. This one is just one of them.

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Tue 30 Nov 2010: 2:22pm

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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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The Foundry’s STORM: Soon on Beta

The Foundry’s STORM: Soon on Beta

The Foundry’s new RED camera production hub, STORM, will soon be available for beta evaluations.

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Tue 30 Nov 2010: 6:00am

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MediaCity UK - Salford Quays, Manchester

MediaCity UK - Salford Quays, Manchester

I was invited up to take a look around MediaCityUK UK last week. I didn't really know what to expect, I had heard quite a bit about the developments over the past few years but it had always been 'up North' and at the back of my mind.

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Mon 29 Nov 2010: 3:21pm

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Taking The Foundry Products On the Road

Taking The Foundry Products On the Road

Last night, Escape Studios and The Foundry kicked off The Foundry Live Tour with an evening presentation at Aardman Animations' private screening room before a packed audience of CG specialists from the Bristol area.

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Fri 26 Nov 2010: 4:34pm

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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.

3 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Wed 24 Nov 2010: 10:33am

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Last few places available for January 2011 Courses

Last few places available for January 2011 Courses

As the end of 2010 approaches we're filling up fast for our next round of courses in January 2011. The last spot on our Compositing course has just gone, so the next seats available for that are now in April. We have also just filled our Character Animation course with Alex Williams so we now only have a few seats left on the two Visual Effects Production courses, taught by Mark Spevick and Dan Shutt.

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Tue 23 Nov 2010: 8:43am

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

I went to see HP7 at the weekend. We are all different but I really miss the magical events of the early Potter, I guess I just didn't want him to grow up!

The VFX work was amazing, as always, well done to everyone involved. Would the film have been enhanced if it was in 3D? I think possibly so, but as we all now know, 3D as an afterthought is not the way to go.

I do worry about having a 'two parter' personally, you are going to the cinema knowing that there will not be a resolution. But that said, the cinema was full and that has to be a good thing for the industry. Count down to the final film... or will it be?

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Mon 22 Nov 2010: 10:58am

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To be academic or not, that is the question...

To be academic or not, that is the question...

Here's a great piece of animation which illustrates something I care deeply about, the education system.

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Fri 19 Nov 2010: 4:26pm

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CG Whiz 2010: A tough task to judge

As this year’s CG Whiz competition finally closes, we’re delighted to announce we had 170 entries through the door (smashing last year’s entry tally) and the quality of reels blew us away. There’s definitely a lot of talented CG artists out there and we know just how much this competition can help up and coming artists get their foot in the door.

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Thu 18 Nov 2010: 10:16am

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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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