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HDR Video the next stage...

It's been a few years since Paul Debevec produced his paper with Jitendra Malik, Recovering High Dynamic Range Radiance Maps from Photographs, at SIGGRAPH. Since then, people all the world have begun to generate high dynamic range still images and probes - essentially capturing all the light information from a scene in mulitple passes using digital cameras and then merging these into a single HDR image. A simple web search for HDR Images in google images will present you with an array of hyper-real looking images, or try here for some examples.

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Fri 8 Oct 2010: 2:30pm

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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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Balloons & Zeppelins: Fresh VFX escapee work

Balloons & Zeppelins: Fresh VFX escapee work

Here's my final post showing some work from the courses which have just finished.  These clips are from escapees who were on the Visual Effects Production course taught by Dan Shutt.  Again these are 'work in progress' and need a little more polishing but you can see they are both great ideas that have been really well executed.

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Thu 7 Oct 2010: 10:53am

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Amazing Physics Engine

Amazing Physics Engine

Check out this amazing physics engine created by Thiago Costa, he's 23 and never even got a high school diploma! Life's not fair! 

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Wed 6 Oct 2010: 9:19am

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Giant Sculpture Made of 420,000 Balls

Giant Sculpture Made of 420,000 Balls

A friend of mine sent me this link recently. It combines lots of things I love, the use of high end technology for the creation of art, the use of physics to produce an abstraction and an inherent understanding of making something that just looks really cool.

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Mon 4 Oct 2010: 11:25am

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Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs arrive

Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs arrive

Autodesk have started something new for those on support: it's called Subscription Advantage Packs. This is a way for those that pay the price of subscription to get new features dropped in, fast... One of the most awaited 'drops' is Mudbox on Linux!

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Mon 4 Oct 2010: 11:18am

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Tracey Chung: a budding character animation artist

Tracey Chung: a budding character animation artist

Last week, I promised to share with you some more of the work that our students have presented to us at the end of their courses. This time, I have decided to show you the work of Tracey Chung, who recently completed our Character Animation course taught by Alex Williams.

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Mon 4 Oct 2010: 11:04am

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Lundgren vs Unicorn and The Hoff!

Lundgren vs Unicorn and The Hoff!

Absolute genius on the part of the creatives at Leo Burnetts for Norton.

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Fri 1 Oct 2010: 11:24am

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The Most Exciting RenderMan Toolset in Years!

The Most Exciting RenderMan Toolset in Years!

The upcoming RenderMan for Maya 4 and RenderMan Studio 3 offers mouth watering upgrades & new features; we are busy working away on the RenderMan Certified courseware and will cover these cool new workflows in depth.

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Fri 1 Oct 2010: 10:40am

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Nuke, Mari, Ocula now available at Escape Studios!

Nuke, Mari, Ocula now available at Escape Studios!

I’m pretty excited to announce that Escape Studios is now an exclusive reseller for The Foundry’s top products, Nuke, NukeX, Mari and Ocula.

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Thu 30 Sep 2010: 4:04pm

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Ultimate Geek Out

Ultimate Geek Out

At the end of a busy day in the classroom - a day full of complex concepts and software training - conversations with Joe and Flora in our training sales team naturally turned to equally weighty subjects.

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Thu 30 Sep 2010: 2:50pm

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Calling all Professional Freelancers!

Escape’s recruitment team has been extremely busy lately. As I come to the end of yet another busy month one thing is becoming increasingly clear - there is a genuine shortage of VFX freelancers within the Post Production Industry.

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Thu 30 Sep 2010: 2:27pm

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Escape Studios hosts TIGA’s Self-Publishing Seminar

Escape Studios hosts TIGA’s Self-Publishing Seminar

As part of this year’s London Games Festival, we are going to be hosting a free TIGA event in our studios. If you want to get an insight into self-publishing your games, come along and chat with the pros.

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Thu 30 Sep 2010: 12:10pm

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GoBOXX 1640 Really Goes!

GoBOXX 1640 Really Goes!

The GoBOXX 1640 was recently reviewed by Cadalyst, and underwent a benchmark assessment designed to test and compare the performance of all sorts of systems running AutoCAD.

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Thu 30 Sep 2010: 12:08pm

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Has the boxed game had its day?

Has the boxed game had its day?

Last week’s high profile launch of Halo: Reach, and the stories of gamers camping outside retailers' doors, tell me that game launches have become just like movie premieres and create just as much excitement as the launch of new Apple gadgets.  

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Wed 29 Sep 2010: 1:00pm

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VFX Professional - New work!

VFX Professional - New work!

We've just had another round of courses finish and again we've seen some really great work!

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Mon 27 Sep 2010: 11:21am

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Watch the RenderMan Tips and Tricks Webinar and download the Q & A

All of us on the RenderMan team were delighted to hear that so many of you found Lee Danskin's RenderMan tips and Trick's webinar so useful. There were a lot of questions at the end, some of which Lee did not get a chance to answer so we have put them in a Q&A which you can check out by logging into Escape's Free Resource Centre. We've also recorded the webinar, so if you missed it or want to see it again, log in and watch it.

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Sun 26 Sep 2010: 9:00am

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Neil Thompson of Bizarre Creations to present at Autodesk’s Manchester Event

Neil Thompson of Bizarre Creations to present at Autodesk’s Manchester Event

Autodesk have announced that Neil Thompson, the Studio Art Director at Bizarre Creations will be taking the guest speaker spot at this year’s Manchester event.

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Fri 24 Sep 2010: 1:00pm

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Last Chance to Apply for Skillset Bursaries

If you work in TV or produce work for TV as a freelancer, you could receive between 50% (employees) to 80% (freelancers) off the price of four of our visual effects courses. These are online courses, so can be done in your own time. They are: Maya Core; Nuke for 3d Artists; Zbrush Foundation; and Advanced Lighting and Shading.

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Thu 23 Sep 2010: 4:50pm

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