"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."
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.
Escape Tutor Dan Shutt shared one of his past times with us this week, in the form of FPV flight.
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…
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
It's that time of the year again, and everyone is getting ready, carving up their spooky pumpkins for visiting trick-or-treaters...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.