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Games industry salaries on the up

Good news for all those in the games industry. A new survey out this week showed that salaries are on the rise, going up 2%-3% over the last year, with those of you working on the technical development and programming side of things earning the most.

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Wed 14 Apr 2010: 6:14pm

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Skillset Bursaries for Online Courses now Available

Skillset Bursaries for Online Courses now Available

If you're a TV professional who has always wanted to study Visual Effects, you can now apply for a Skillset Bursary to fund your online training at Escape Studios.  Bursaries are available to both employees and freelancers working in the UK TV Industry.

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Tue 13 Apr 2010: 12:42pm

Quick-fire Q&A with Pixar's Story Artist Matthew Luhn

At the Animation and Story Master Class which took place recently, we caught up with Matthew Luhn to get his thoughts on animation. He has worked on some of the biggest animated films produced, including Toy Story and Toy Story 2, Monsters’ Inc., Finding Nemo and Up. Prior to joining Pixar in 1992 Matthew worked on The Simpsons as an animator.

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Tue 13 Apr 2010: 8:28am

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Free Advanced Level Tutorial - Perfect Your Shading Skills

This month's Free Tutorial is taken from our Advanced Shading with Maya & Mental Ray online course and is one of many videos which explains how to harness the power of Maya's utility nodes to simplify, speed up & add realism to your work.  This tutorial is great because you'll use a practical example.

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Thu 8 Apr 2010: 12:11pm

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Autodesk 2011 Software Officially Released

Autodesk 2011 Software Officially Released

We're pleased to announce that the long awaited 2011 Autodesk products have now been officially released and there are loads of new features and enhancements in these new versions.

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Wed 7 Apr 2010: 10:40am

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Facebook fan page competition winner

We're delighted to announce that Alida Serrano has won our competition for three months' free access to one of our online courses. Alida, from New Jersey, US, was one of our fans on Facebook, and was selected at random from our followers on Thursday 1st April.

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Wed 7 Apr 2010: 9:58am

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The Official Architectural V-Ray Demo Reel Released

The Official Architectural V-Ray Demo Reel Released

Chaos have released their official Ach Vis 2009 Demo reel today. It showcases some really cool imagery from very talented Arch Vis artists.  This is definitely worth a peek if you are interested in Arch Vis and want to see some amazing work from the industry’s top Arch Vis Studios.

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Thu 1 Apr 2010: 3:08pm

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Playing the Game

I came across a report from NESTA at the weekend which suggested strategies to help the UK remain at the top of global video games development. It makes for interesting reading in light of last week’s announcement on tax relief for the industry.

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Tue 30 Mar 2010: 8:33pm

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We’re in the money

As you probably saw, the Chancellor has awarded the games industry its much deserved tax break. Following Wednesday’s budget, game developers that create profitable games will be able to use the relief to pay less tax on profits, while unsuccessful games will be awarded a cash tax credit to reduce losses – which must be a nice surprise for all you developers out there.

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Fri 26 Mar 2010: 4:42pm

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Escape Studios Competition - 500 on Facebook

We’ve got a great competition for those of you on Facebook. One lucky person will be selected from members of our fan page to have free access for three months to one of our new online courses.

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Fri 26 Mar 2010: 10:42am

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Fusion Master Class – Dates Announced!

We have good news for all Fusion users out there. We are going to be hosting an exclusive three-day Fusion master class, which will be delivered by eyeon’s expert trainer, Eric Westphal.

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Thu 25 Mar 2010: 12:27pm

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Escape Studios Helps Havendale Deck out a start-up Arch Vis Studio

A while back we helped kit out a start-up arch vis studio set-up up by an arch vis artist Jon Yates. Jon came to us wanting to set up his very own studio, and needed to recreate the performance and scalability he was used to, but this time on a tighter budget and within a more restricted space.

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Thu 25 Mar 2010: 12:11pm

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Become a Phoenix Fluid Dynamics Beta Tester

Our friends at Chaos have developed a new product called Phoenix Fluid Dynamics which is designed to simulate fluids in a quicker and more realistic way.  Apparently, it simplifies and speeds up the process of simulating things like fire, smoke and haze.

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Thu 25 Mar 2010: 11:53am

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This month's Free Tutorial - Reflections, Raytracing and Render Settings

Make sure you don't miss out on this month's free tutorial - Reflections, Raytracing and Render Settings.  This month we've focused on the skills that graduates need when looking for work. This free professional-level tutorial concentrates on developing those key skills as well as understanding reflectivity, material attributes & render settings.  Here's a quick breakdown of what's included:

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Fri 19 Mar 2010: 1:26pm

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Featured Artist - VFX Graduate Diego Pastor

Featured Artist - VFX Graduate Diego Pastor

It's proving to be a very busy month for the recruitment team at Escape Studios.   Lots of our students are going straight from our classroom courses into paid work, proving it's an ideal time for Junior Artists to make that break into the post production industry.

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Fri 19 Mar 2010: 9:43am

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Last seats on the Games Course

Just to let you budding games artists know, we've a few seats remaining on our 12 week Games course starting  April 6th, so if you are interested in attending you should book your place as soon as possible. We're also offering a one-off chance to attend the first six weeks of the course which is completely Maya focused.  It's perfect for anyone wanting to grasp the foundation skills required to become a 3D artist.

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Fri 19 Mar 2010: 9:38am

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New online courses for next generation of bedroom CG enthusiasts

We’re launching a brand new set of online courses – Self Directed Learning. These low-cost distance learning courses are aimed at students, aspiring 3D artists and computer graphics (CG) hobbyists across the world, and cover CG industry staples Maya, ZBrush and Nuke in detail.

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Thu 18 Mar 2010: 10:10am

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Weta's making of Avatar – Inside Scoop

Our friends at Science D Visions have released an insightful interview with Weta Digital, the Studio credited with delivering over 300 stereoscopic matchmoves for Avatar.

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Wed 17 Mar 2010: 2:55pm

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New Skillset course open for applications

We're pleased to announce that we’re running a ‘3D for Visual Effects’ classroom course, which runs for 12 weeks and includes hands-on practical training using the latest industry standard software and techniques.

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Mon 15 Mar 2010: 11:33am

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