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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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Online MasterClass: Developing assets for “Rock Band: The Beatles"

Today marks the beginning of Autodesk’s 3December –  an annual event, celebrating 3D computer graphics and the artists who create them.

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Tue 1 Dec 2009: 4:02pm

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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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Interesting Field for Animated Short Oscar

The List of animated short being concidered for an Academy Award this year have been announced and it's a very interesting array of entires. Here they are:  

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Tue 24 Nov 2009: 4:43pm

Recommended Animation Books

I have been asked by a number of Webinar Attendees about what books I would recommend for animation. So I thought I would give you a list of all the ones I have.

1 Comments Jeff Pratt

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Tue 24 Nov 2009: 8:24am

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VFX in the 70s

I came across this the other day, and I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited. Star Wars (the original three, we won’t talk about the new lot) has been a huge inspiration for so many people in the industry over the years, and to see how the graphics were done is fantastic.

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Mon 23 Nov 2009: 12:45pm

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Announcing...the CG Whiz shortlist!

It's the moment you've all been waiting for... Escape Studios and The Mill are delighted to announce the shortlist of our CG Whiz competition. We’re astounded by both the level of interest and the standard of entries: we’ve had 136 entries, whilst the videos have received over 8,300 views! The shortlist (in no particular order) is:

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Fri 20 Nov 2009: 5:05pm

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Survey prize draw winners announced

A few weeks ago we ran a survey to find out what people thought of the CG industry, with a prize draw and some fantastic prizes for a lucky few. We’re please to say we can now announce the winners of the prize draw.

8 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Thu 19 Nov 2009: 9:54pm

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20 animated submissions for upcoming Oscars

Not sure how many of you have been following this story, but a whopping 20 feature films have been submitted for the Animated Feature film category for the upcoming Oscars. This is great news for the industry as it means we’re well on track to getting five nominees qualifying for the category at the awards next February (we normally only have 3!).

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Thu 19 Nov 2009: 10:47am

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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’.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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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.

2 Comments Lee Danskin

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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. #

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 13 Nov 2009: 10:45am

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Good times for anyone training to be a games artist

Very recently there has been a release of two games engines that you can use at home.

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Thu 12 Nov 2009: 8:29am

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CG Whiz shortlist to follow

So the CG Whiz competition has finally come to an end. We’ve been blown away by the number of entries we’ve received and the quality of the submissions.

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Mon 9 Nov 2009: 4:06pm

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