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Stargate Studios 'The Walking Dead' VFX Showreel

Stargate Studios 'The Walking Dead' VFX Showreel

As an avid zombie fan, I spend my days either killing zombies on the game console or watching them get hacked to pieces on tele (not to mention seeing one in the reflection of the mirror, the morning after a night of partying). One TV series which I'm sure most of you have heard of, is 'The Walking Dead'. Apart from the ghastly zombies and the characters of the show - one of the most common things people talk about is the lovely VFX. The talented guys at Stargate Studios are responsible for the VFX for The Walking Dead and they have just released their Season 2 showreel.

Enjoy, VFX/Zombie fans!

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Fri 9 Mar 2012: 9:30am

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Nike FlyKnit Commercial by Digital Domain

Nike FlyKnit Commercial by Digital Domain

A few friends of mine have posted the Nike 'FlyKnit' commercial link on Facebook and I can't help but share it with you all because it's so cool. Nike is showing off its latest technology for the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London. It was created at Digital Domain, and is directed by David Rosenbaum and VFX supervised by Aladino Debert.

The whole shoe weighs a mere 160g (5.6 ounces) for a size 9 and has been worn by the first, second and third place athletes in the men's marathon at the 2011 World Championships. Nike released the Flyknit HTM Racer in London on Saturday 25th of February, to much anticipation.

I think you'll agree that the commercial looks amazing and stylish. It just makes me want a pair of these bad boys! Well done to the guys at Digital Domain!

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Tue 6 Mar 2012: 8:45am

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Free Tutorial: Mastering Dynamics in Maya

Free Tutorial: Mastering Dynamics in Maya

If you’re an aspiring VFX artist, knowing Maya inside out is an absolute must. On our VFX course, I make sure that every student has a good understanding of Dynamics and linking objects kinematically which are an integral part of the VFX pipeline. Not knowing these just isn’t an option. They form part of a basic skillset which post houses will expect you to know. That’s why, this month, I’ve created a tutorial which will give you two new skills you can add to your showreel. Being able to use Dynamics fluently will demonstrate to potential employers that you understand the key techniques in VFX and are ready to take your first steps in the industry. So what are you waiting for? Log on to our eLearning platform and add these skills to your existing toolset.

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Wed 8 Feb 2012: 2:30pm

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Escapee Amy Cuthbertson now Head of Tracking at Mill Film and TV

Escapee Amy Cuthbertson now Head of Tracking at Mill Film and TV

When Amy Cuthbertson finished her degree in Music Technology, she didn’t expect to find herself starting a career in CG, but that’s exactly what happened. Wandering around a careers fair, Amy spotted the Escape Studios stand, got talking about her love of animation and the rest is history, as they say.

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Tue 31 Jan 2012: 8:30am

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Webinar: Unlock the Secrets of Houdini...

Webinar: Unlock the Secrets of Houdini...

We now teach SideFX Houdini software on our Professional VFX Course, not just because it’s an integral part of the pipeline but also for its ability to create very cool animations that will enhance anyone's showreel.

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Wed 25 Jan 2012: 12:00pm

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Let’s hear it for the girls!

So many of our escapees succeed in getting jobs once they've finished a course with us, and it’s so good to hear that lots of them are very talented young women. As a result, we thought some congratulations were in order, starting with Evgenia Golubeva who accepted the role of Director at Animated Storyboards, a fantastic position and one which we want to wish her every success in!

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Wed 25 Jan 2012: 8:46am

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Cutting it in VFX - The Mill Explain What it Takes

Cutting it in VFX - The Mill Explain What it Takes

As Escape’s Recruitment Manager, it’s my job to know exactly what employers are looking for when they’re hiring candidates. The thing to remember is that it’s different for every company – you have to tailor your showreel and CV to the position and company you’re applying for (Tips you can check out here). We place lots of escapees and freelancers at The Mill and last week, I caught up with Claire Anderson their Talent Manager, who explained exactly what it takes to cut it at their company. For those of you eager to secure a position, pay attention and check out the interview.

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Tue 24 Jan 2012: 1:39pm

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Houdini: The VFX Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Houdini: The VFX Industry’s Best Kept Secret

A few weeks ago, we posted some details of changes and improvements we were making to our courses. We promised we would be giving details of these improvements soon, and today we are going to be talking to you about Houdini.

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Tue 17 Jan 2012: 10:40am

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Training That Works For You

Training That Works For You

After a busy year of new course launches, we now have Visual Effects and Compositing training to suit everyone, whether that’s Classroom Training or Online Mentored study. We know what you need to learn but also understand that everyday life can sometimes make this difficult. This is why we’ve tackled this head on and ensured that our training is flexible and works for you.

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Tue 20 Dec 2011: 3:39pm

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The 2011 CG Whiz Reveal Event

The 2011 CG Whiz Reveal Event

Last Thursday, the winners of CG Whiz 2011 were announced at the much anticipated Reveal Event held at our Escape Studios headquarters in London. The room was busy with noise and champagne as Daniel Danielsson waited patiently to find out whether he had scooped first place. He needn’t have worried though as Mark Cass our General Manager and head judge Lee Danskin soon explained why Daniel deserved first place. With no professional training at all, he took it upon himself to learn all of the software that enabled him to create such a professional looking showreel.  Check out the Reveal Event video, created by The Mill, to find out why Daniel was pretty much speechless when he found out.

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Talk with Alex Williams: Creating and Designing Memorable Animated Characters

Talk with Alex Williams: Creating and Designing Memorable Animated Characters

This Friday, our Character Animation Tutor Alex Williams will be presenting a talk at the Aesthetica Short Film festival. Aesthetica Film Festival is hosted by Aesthetica Magazine a respected voice in contemporary art and culture. The talk being given by Alex is called: Creating and Designing Memorable Animated Characters and its aim is to help you achieve just that! There is certainly no better man for the job. Alex understands exactly what it takes to get to the heart of characters, giving them their very own personalities and making them totally believable. If you don’t believe us, you should check out his CV which includes: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Lion King and The Iron Giant, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawntreader.

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Thu 3 Nov 2011: 1:36pm

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Special Compositing and Animation Open Days announced for November

Special Compositing and Animation Open Days announced for November

Once again we are going to be running a couple of course specific Open Days for those would like to find out more about our courses and the sort of training we offer here at Escape.

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Fri 21 Oct 2011: 5:38pm

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Keeping Creativity & Your Animations Alive

Keeping Creativity & Your Animations Alive

One of the most entertaining parts of the Character Animation course that I teach at Escape studios is the lesson where the students invent, design and pitch an original animated character to myself and the rest of the class. The purpose of the exercise is to get students thinking not just about the technical side of character motion and action but also to think inventively and creatively. Can we invent characters as well as animate them? The visual effects industry is often demanding in terms of time and energy, and one of the best antidotes to the problem of "burn out" is to keep the creative spirit alive. After all, we all went into the arts to invent and create, not just to polish other people's ideas.

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Tue 11 Oct 2011: 10:33am

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Shapes in Motion - Inspiring Animators

Shapes in Motion - Inspiring Animators

Shapes In Motion was founded in 2010 by Sarah Perry who is not just an actor but an acting and movement coach. Having met Sarah recently at Escape Studios I wanted to tell you more about the interesting coaching work she does with animators. Sarah has been working in the visual effects industry in various tutoring/coaching capacities on a freelance basis since 2008, with recent clients including MPC and Double Negative.

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Mon 10 Oct 2011: 10:38am

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Fine Art – Your route into VFX

Fine Art – Your route into VFX

Not many traditional artists ever imagine that they’d be able to transfer their artistics skills from the studio to the computer but in fact it’s quite the opposite. The current growth of the VFX industry in the UK means there is a growing demand for fresh creative talent. Learning the skills is the easy bit; it’s the creativity that the industry is looking for and that really is something that you’re born with.

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Thu 29 Sep 2011: 8:24am

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Last Year's CG Whiz Winner Shares His Experience and Some Tips for 2011 CG Whiz Submissions

Last Year's CG Whiz Winner Shares His Experience and Some Tips for 2011 CG Whiz Submissions

We just caught up with Stu Schwartz—last year’s CG Whiz winner.  Here’s what he had to say about the experience and knowledge he’s gained and, of course, a few tips for this year’s submissions:

I learned a lot this last summer at Escape Studios as a student and intern but one of the most important things I want to make sure students and aspiring artists know is that I found out how important networking can be.  The more you get out there and meet people, the more opportunities will present themselves.  Escape is located right near the heart of countless studios and is always putting on events and connecting with other studios and industry professionals.  It's been a great environment for meeting other artists and potential employers.  So keep that in mind as you move forward in your careers.

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Free MARI Tuition at Escape Studios

Free MARI Tuition at Escape Studios

For those of you who have always dreamt of using MARI, now is your chance. The Foundry and Escape Studios are running two training programs, each broken down over two evenings for MARI and the NUKE <> MARI bridge, both held at Escape Studios.

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Thu 15 Sep 2011: 11:37am

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Free Nuke Tutorial Bonus Pack

Free Nuke Tutorial Bonus Pack

Most of you who keep up with industry news will know that compositing skills - in particular NUKE skills - are in very high demand at the moment. There are more jobs out there than candidates, and we have never had so many compositing students studying with us.

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Wed 14 Sep 2011: 2:38pm

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More Job Success for our Escapees

More Job Success for our Escapees

Seems like August was a great month for many of our recent graduates, who were quite literally snapped up as soon as they finished their courses.

1 Comments Miles Pettit

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Wed 7 Sep 2011: 11:38am

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Escapee Giuseppe Candido Secures Job at FIPLAB

Escapee Giuseppe Candido Secures Job at FIPLAB

Giuseppe Candido is not only a recent character animation course escapee, but now also a very talented animator and a skilled Maya Generalist. He has put together one of the most charming demo reels we have seen here at Escape Studios. Giuseppe combined many of his student exercises into a circus project - creating a stunning short film in the process, and all completed from scratch in just six weeks.

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