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A career in VFX… What’s stopping you?

A career in VFX… What’s stopping you?

As Training Advisor here at Escape Studios, I speak with a lot of people looking to take the leap into VFX. Although everyone’s situation differs considerably, I do find that many have the same concerns. So after speaking with past student Ashley Miles about his experience on the VFX for Production course, I thought I should share some pearls of wisdom, to help clear up any concerns you have about embarking on this new career path.

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Mon 5 Nov 2012: 5:40pm

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FPV FTW!

FPV FTW!

Escape Tutor Dan Shutt shared one of his past times with us this week, in the form of FPV flight.

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Mon 5 Nov 2012: 5:30pm

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Second dose of Sin City on the way!

Second dose of Sin City on the way!

So aside from the other movie news that can, for the next couple of hours at least, remain in a galaxy far far away, there is an excellent cinematic prospect around the corner, as it surfaced online this week that the Sin City sequel has started shooting. It appears there is still some casting to be done though…

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Mon 5 Nov 2012: 11:30am

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The Hobbit ‘lands’ in ‘Orcland’ - New Zealand!

The Hobbit ‘lands’ in ‘Orcland’ - New Zealand!

We’ve all been on-board an aeroplane watching with little interest, the safety demonstration given by the air stewardesses. Or if you have a sense of humour like mine, you try and make them laugh during their demonstrations by any means necessary.

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Fri 2 Nov 2012: 4:00pm

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Over the Top Shots (revisited)

Over the Top Shots (revisited)

We all know the importance good VFX play in films. They can turn scenes of total disbelief into ones leaving you asking how on earth did they do that?

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Fri 2 Nov 2012: 12:00pm

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The WARP Factor

The WARP Factor

With BVE only two weeks away we have spreading the word about our partners CandIT Media and their WARP platform.

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 5:00pm

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Escape on BBC Breakfast!

Escape on BBC Breakfast!

It’s been quite a busy morning here at Escape! Our CEO Dom Davenport was interviewed alongside Framestore’s Sir William Sargent at their motion capture studio by BBC Breakfast. The lovely Steph McGovern who presents the breakfast slot conducted the interviews dressed fully in motion-capture gear and Irish danced as the famous Harry Potter animated character Dobby! 

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 12:30pm

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Escape Studios 10,000th follower

Escape Studios 10,000th follower

We hit a Social Media milestone last week, obtaining our 10,000th follower on Twitter...10,000! So to celebrate this, we thought it only right to catch up with the man who took us to the 10,000 mark.

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 12:00pm

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Think outside the Box

Think outside the Box

Thinkbox, the makers of Deadline & Krakatoa, have developed a large number of application and plugins designed to extend existing pipelines and operate seamless with each other to create new workflows. Many of the software platforms that Thinkbox have created started in-house to refine dozens of VFX feature films over 15 years of production.

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 11:00am

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Happy Hallowe'en from Escape Studios!

Happy Hallowe'en from Escape Studios!

It's that time of the year again, and everyone is getting ready, carving up their spooky pumpkins for visiting trick-or-treaters...

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Tue 30 Oct 2012: 5:30pm

NVIDIA gets Heavy Hand-ed

NVIDIA gets Heavy Hand-ed

Our friends over at NVIDIA brought to our attention this “Making Of…” video including NVIDIA technology and Adobe CS6 Production Premium software. The video was created for Heavy Hand, a band formed of some NVIDIA employees.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012: 4:00pm

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary - WEEK 1

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary - WEEK 1

Having just started the VFX for Production course here at Escape Studios, I've been keeping a diary to share how the course is going for me so far. And here's the first week.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012: 12:44pm

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“City of Possibilities” A stunning commercial from The Mill

“City of Possibilities” A stunning commercial from The Mill

The Mill recently completed a commercial for US client Norfolk Southern, showcasing the transformative power of freight shipping. Being a rather stunning piece of work, you may be interested to know that this project was rendered primarily using Mental Ray, taking advantage of the newish unified sampling feature.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012: 12:08pm

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Prime Focus World launch new web series 'Close Up'

Prime Focus World launch new web series 'Close Up'

Here at Escape Studios, we know how you all enjoy getting to the heart of what makes up a stunning VFX shot. So imagine our delight when hearing that Prime Focus World have just released the first of a new behind-the-scenes web series, ‘Close Up’. And let me tell you, these nuggets of geekiness will not disappoint.

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Mon 29 Oct 2012: 4:00pm

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Wacom Bamboo—Manga-style!

Wacom Bamboo—Manga-style!

Konnichiwa manga fans!
Capitalising on our ever-growing fascintation in J-Culture, Wacom have unweiled their latest Manga edition of its Pen & Touch tablet, designed for illustrators to easily create Japanese-style comics. The tablet comes teamed with Smith Micro's acclaimed Manga Studio Debut 4 and Anime Studio Debut 8.

Konnichiwa manga fans!

Capitalising on our ever-growing fascintation in J-Culture, Wacom have unveiled a special Manga edition of its Pen & Touch tablet, designed for illustrators to whip up Japanese comicbook-style characters and scenes with ease. The tablet comes teamed with Smith Micro's acclaimed Manga Studio Debut 4 and Anime Studio Debut 8—you can import existing drawings and pictures to Anime Studio, automatically converting them into vector graphics, which you can then animate...Genius!

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Mon 29 Oct 2012: 1:30pm

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October’s FREE Tutorial: Bring a Photo to Life with Camera Mapping

October’s FREE Tutorial: Bring a Photo to Life with Camera Mapping

This month’s free tutorial is a sneak peak of a workshop presented at the VIEW conference in Turin, Italy. Earlier this month one of our VFX tutors, Daniel Shutt, led a 6-hour workshop to demonstrate camera mapping, transforming a still photograph into a photo realistic animated shot. A technique used in film, commercials and broadcast television, it’s now time to apply this process to your own projects.

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Fri 26 Oct 2012: 4:00pm

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Meemoo hackable web apps

Meemoo hackable web apps

Very recently I came across a really cool web based app to create media applications for online. And it’s the kind of thing I felt needed to be shared with you all.

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Fri 26 Oct 2012: 11:00am

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A Pint With The Pixel Farm

A Pint With The Pixel Farm

Want to get up close and personal with PFDepth? You are in luck!

We are pleased to announce that The Pixel Farm team, the creators of industry favourites PFMatchit and PFTrack, will be over in the UK for an exclusive evening with Escape Studios Technology at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho on the 21st of November 2012.

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Thu 25 Oct 2012: 4:45pm

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MPC Class Trip

MPC Class Trip

Friday the 5th of October was marked with red in almost everybody’s calendar for the day our class (Compositing for Production) would visit MPC (Moving Picture Company), for a breakdown of our roto work.

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Thu 25 Oct 2012: 1:00pm

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Bottles Beware!

Bottles Beware!

Okay so it’s 2012 and I’ve seen so much cannon fodder footage on the internet that these days, when surfing the web, I am indeed hard to impress.

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Thu 25 Oct 2012: 11:30am

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