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A truly VFXcellent week!

A truly VFXcellent week!

Last week was super busy for everyone here at Escape Studios, as we crammed in a heck of a lot of VFX related activities, we visited and hosted some of the most skilled artists in the business and simply had to blog about it!

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Tue 22 Apr 2014: 12:20pm

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Double it! Two Escape webinars on the horizon...

Double it! Two Escape webinars on the horizon...

It’s fair to say that we’re well known amongst the VFX community for our top quality online VFX content. When it comes to educating yourself in the realms of VFX, Escape Studios YouTube/VLE (Virtual Learning System) will more often than not be on your list of first stop offs for online tips.

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Tue 15 Apr 2014: 12:00pm

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CG Student Awards 2014 – Enter Your Best CG Work Now!

CG Student Awards 2014 – Enter Your Best CG Work Now!

This year’s CG Student Awards competition has just launched and they are now taking entries. As big supporters of this competition we’re delighted to see it back for another year, and it’s looking bigger and better than ever. Dedicated to students studying for careers in Next-Gen Games and VFX / Animation industries, this competition is a great opportunity for students and alumni to showcase their work to industry experts, offering a little helping hand up the VFX career ladder.

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Thu 13 Mar 2014: 8:44am

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Terribly tired of Toy Story?

Terribly tired of Toy Story?

So, we all loved Toy Story, and most of us who can remember watching it back in 1995, managed to find the same place in our hearts for it by the time the third cinematic instalment arrived in 2010.

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Thu 3 Oct 2013: 10:29am

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Softimage Creatives - London user group meeting this Wednesday

Softimage Creatives - London user group meeting this Wednesday

Calling all Softimage (XSI) fans out there - get yourself down to the next user group event tomorrow night. With an awesome line up of speakers it’s another great opportunity to catch up with your fellow animation Softimage users and a chance to check out some of the Softimage projects from over the last year.

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Tue 24 Sep 2013: 1:47pm

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Reasons To Be Creative

Reasons To Be Creative

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - the role of an artist is a complex and often challenging one. Every artist, no matter what stage you’re at in your career, will struggle with diminishing motivation and inspiration. It’s incredibly easy to slip into this state as we work ourselves into the ground, letting the pot of ideas run empty. But you are not alone! I know this because last week I spent three days at Reasons to be Creative in Brighton and was surrounded by artists and developers from across the creative industries, all looking for a fix of something that would get their creative juices flowing…

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Mon 9 Sep 2013: 3:29pm

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Trojan Horse was a Unicorn Festival - Intrigued?

Trojan Horse was a Unicorn Festival - Intrigued?

The imaginatively named ‘Trojan Horse was a Unicorn’ festival is an event taking place this September in Portugal for Producers, Animators, Game Developers, Concept Artists and 3D Generalists.

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Fri 9 Aug 2013: 12:20pm

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Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Don’t you just love it when two intricate art forms collide to make something equally as wonderful as each ingredient on its own? We saw this video (above) created by students from the University for the Creative Arts, and not only did we fall in love with the computer generated imagery, but we were impressed by the fact that this animation was synchronised with a live recording of  Milhaud’s 'La Création du Monde'.

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Wed 7 Aug 2013: 11:47am

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Beware the Batman!

Beware the Batman!

Beware the Batman, the new show about the Dark Knight, is facing somewhat of an uphill struggle. DC have decided to dumb down their animation hour this year, meaning fans of the incredible Young Justice and Green Lantern shows that were cancelled to make room for it are already on the back foot. And it's not reminiscent of the classic Bats shows; Alfred is a young, ex-military knucklehead. Kevin Conroy isn't providing his voice skills. And it's entirely CG.

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Tue 30 Jul 2013: 2:39pm

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Dreamworks to Build Chinese Theme Park

Dreamworks to Build Chinese Theme Park

Ever wanted to travel to China? The culture, the history, the Dreamworks Theme Park– hold on a second, what was that last one?

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Thu 18 Jul 2013: 12:15pm

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How far would you go for your dream job?

How far would you go for your dream job?

One would certainly expect that creatively editing footage is a very valuable skill to demonstrate to a prospective employer in the VFX industry, especially so when that prospective employer is DreamWorks Studios, the position? Post-Production Assistant.

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Thu 4 Jul 2013: 11:57am

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John David Wilson - Animation Legend

John David Wilson - Animation Legend

The art world was moved last week, as we were informed of the death of iconic English animator, John David Wilson, at the age of 93. Wilson was a household name in the animation world and is well known for his work during the 50’s and 60’s.

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Wed 3 Jul 2013: 2:42pm

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"Two years from now, it's going to be one of the most badass things you've ever seen in your life"

"Two years from now, it's going to be one of the most badass things you've ever seen in your life"

The role of VFX in modern blockbusters has for a long time gone unnoticed, but since the recent furore at the Oscars it seems more and more people are speaking out about the importance of VFX and henceforth, the artists that create the magic.

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Wed 12 Jun 2013: 11:12am

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Building Bridges

Building Bridges

Beyond: Two Souls brings the game and film world one step closer together.

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Mon 10 Jun 2013: 3:22pm

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VFX that pass the test of time?

VFX that pass the test of time?

Doctor Who is a real household name for many people who grew up wanting to understand what VFX were all about, nowadays we consider the 70’s and 80’s visuals rather novelty,  but it’s worth considering that a lot of these opinions are derived from unfair context of hindsight.

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Fri 7 Jun 2013: 11:07am

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Escape Tutor Paul Harrison on the Wacom Cintiq13HD

Escape Tutor Paul Harrison on the Wacom Cintiq13HD

Our Escape Tutors are always on the ball when it comes to the latest tech, and a couple of weeks back my eye was caught by one of our online mentors Paul Harrison, who was sketching on his new piece of Wacom kit, the latest addition to his arsenal of tools.

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Tue 4 Jun 2013: 11:31am

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Let’s all go to the Zoo!

Let’s all go to the Zoo!

Or maybe the Zoo will come to Escape Studios instead…       

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Tue 28 May 2013: 3:28pm

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The Da Vinci of Dust: Works of Art on a Dirty Car Window

The Da Vinci of Dust: Works of Art on a Dirty Car Window

I grew up with parents who couldn’t bear driving around in a dirty car. It just wasn’t socially acceptable in Ireland amongst that generation. And so, many a weekend during my childhood was spent polishing car windows. However, little did my parents know, we were washing away free art materials. Yep, that seems unlikely right? I thought the same, until I read about Scott Wade, the Da Vinci of dust!

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Mon 29 Apr 2013: 3:58pm

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Escape's Industry Relationship Manger visits UWE

Escape's Industry Relationship Manger visits UWE

A few weeks back, Escape’s Relationship Manager, Anita Gribble, was invited to speak with students at the University of Western England in Bristol, and on Friday 12th April she made the trip westbound.  Undergrads, MA. and graphic design students were invited to come and meet with her to learn more about Escape Studios and the VFX industry in the UK, via a presentation followed by some Q & A.

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Fri 19 Apr 2013: 9:26am

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Escapee work on IKEA 'Ad of the day'

Escapee work on IKEA 'Ad of the day'

In this new Ad from IKEA, we see a gang of garden gnomes waging war against an influx of new modern furniture, appearing on their turf. Watch as the battle ensues and mass gnomes are killed in action, and after you’ve seen it, take a second to ponder how it was created!

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Thu 18 Apr 2013: 10:31am

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