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Happy 10th Birthday V-Ray!

Happy 10th Birthday V-Ray!

Some of you may, or may not, know that V-ray is currently celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary. So, to mark the occasion, what could they be doing? Are they throwing a week long wild party? A massive shopping spree for all employees? Or maybe a month's extra holiday time to all...

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Wed 11 Jul 2012: 4:00pm

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The Joy of Stop Motion Animation - Behind the Scenes Special

The Joy of Stop Motion Animation - Behind the Scenes Special

Working in the CG industry, I have always been fascinated with stop motion animation. Growing up watching films like Tim Burton's 'Nightmare Before Christmas', I have always wondered what goes on behind the scenes and how it all works. And, funnily enough, a couple of months ago, the flat where I live actually turned into an animation studio overnight.

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Wed 11 Jul 2012: 2:00pm

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Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

I think it's safe to say that most of you now know I love a bit of Disney. So, whenever I hear news of new releases, you get to hear about them. Therefore, I would like to bring to your attention the trailer for Disney’s new release; Wreck-it Ralph.

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Tue 10 Jul 2012: 11:00am

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From Past To Present

From Past To Present

It’s always interesting to see how different studios rank, whether it’s in regards to gaming, films or television. On Wednesday, Develop Online released its top 100 best studios, which, let’s be honest is always good to have a nose at. This time, however, what made it more interesting for us is the fact that two escapees have gone on to work for the number one voted UK game’s developer, Traveller’s Tales!

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Mon 9 Jul 2012: 11:00am

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Scene Stealers

Scene Stealers

Film4’s innovative new project ‘Scene Stealers’, is one that waters the seed of creative license, and thus, one that is screaming out to our free thinking, boundary smashing escapees. The project is an opportunity to get your work onto a global platform and represent the world of Visual Effects.

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Fri 6 Jul 2012: 12:13pm

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The Alenka Abraham Success Story

The Alenka Abraham Success Story

We’ve been catching up with lots of the escapees from over the years, and one story in particular has been hugely inspiring to us. Having studied a ten week Maya comprehensive course at Escape Studios back in 2003, Alenka Abraham has paved a very exciting career for herself. Taking on an R&D software project at Glassworks, Alenka met her future business partner, Adam Cubitt. Together they set up Existential Ltd., a company that develops both real-time and off-line computer visualisation and animation technology. Collaborating with leading post-production companies like MPC, and many others across the UK, they’ve been involved in pioneering projects and are making quite a name for themselves.

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Wed 4 Jul 2012: 12:05pm

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Bad Hair Day?

Bad Hair Day?

If we are watching a live action film with actors, it’s very rare that one of the main character features we concentrate on is the hair. Occasionally a judgemental comment of whether it looks good or not is thrown out there but that’s the extent of it. The average viewer will fail to notice if the colour looks wrong in one of the scenes or that it doesn’t look realistic enough.

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Tue 3 Jul 2012: 12:05pm

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Next Generation Of Sony Entertainment

Next Generation Of Sony Entertainment

Huge news was announced this morning that SCE (or Sony Computer Entertainment to those of you not familiar with the Sony department responsible for all things Playstation and games) has purchased the online gaming streaming company GaiKai for $380 million.

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Mon 2 Jul 2012: 4:00pm

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Pixar Top 10 Characters

Pixar Top 10 Characters

I like to end a Friday with a chirpy, feel good post. So, following on from my blog yesterday of Pixar’s top 13 movies; I had to post about this second Pixar ranking order. IGN has released their thoughts on who the top 10 Pixar characters are, and I have to say that I am genuinely shocked at who, and where, they have placed certain individuals.

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Fri 29 Jun 2012: 5:00pm

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Valve Mini-Movies

Valve Mini-Movies

Valve has released this video to show us how they create their mini-movies.

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Thu 28 Jun 2012: 4:00pm

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Pixar Films Rank #1?

Pixar Films Rank #1?

For those of us who like to indulge in a little bit of Pixar, whether it’s to appreciate the animation or just because you love a 'feel good' film, we all tend to have our favourites. My top 5 Pixar films (in no particular order) consist of Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3 (Ken is just hilarious the entire way through), Up and Wall-E.

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Thu 28 Jun 2012: 2:30pm

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CINE-EAST Festival

CINE-EAST Festival

If you, like my good self, are a film junkie then you will be incredibly excited to hear about the upcoming all-day film festival CINE-EAST.

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Thu 28 Jun 2012: 2:00pm

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New Type Of Education

New Type Of Education

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but, as I have said before my favourite developer is Valve. They consistently produce work which is innovative on so many levels and always has engaging narrative and characterisation.

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Wed 27 Jun 2012: 12:24pm

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E3, On The Flip Side

E3, On The Flip Side

As shown in this real time tech demo by Epic Games Unreal Engine 4, there are a host of improvements coming to the next generation of console and PC games. These are notably, real time dynamic lighting and particle effects as well as massive improvements to the UDK itself, enabling developers to leverage all these improvements much easier and faster. Then, just to show off Square-Enix, creaters of the hugely popular Final Fanstasy series, go and show what their latest real time tech is made of, and that really is impressive.

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Mon 25 Jun 2012: 9:30am

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Stop, Motion Time

Stop, Motion Time

Some of you may have read the Frankenweenie blog from last week, well, after doing a little research on the film myself I came across this video that I think anyone who is interested in the film, the director, or stop motion should watch.

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Mon 25 Jun 2012: 9:00am

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The Return of Mike Wazowski

The Return of Mike Wazowski

Many of you will know who I’m referring to if I mention Sulley, Boo and Mike Wazowski. If you don’t, shame on you. They are, of course, the main characters from Disney’s Monsters Inc. The film won an Oscar, a BAFTA and a variety of other awards for its storyline, music and character animation. So if you haven’t seen it, invest, as it’s definitely worth a watch.

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Fri 22 Jun 2012: 10:00am

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All Fear Frankenweenie!

All Fear Frankenweenie!

Tim Burton is one of my favourite directors, with my favourite animation film of all time (so far) being The Nightmare Before Christmas. Nearly every film he has done I’ve loved, whether it’s Batman Forever, Corpse Bride or my favourite. Everything about the films scream his trademark ‘look’, from the plots and animation to his infamous dark twists which make him so easily recognisable. It won’t come as a shock to you then, that his latest film, Frankenweenie, is no different.

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Thu 21 Jun 2012: 2:00pm

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The Summer Must-See Movies Take 2

The Summer Must-See Movies Take 2

I have already aired my excitement over the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in yesterday's blog. However, after searching through more of the summer "must see" films on IGN I came across another film I am excited to see; Ted.

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Wed 20 Jun 2012: 11:00am

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Gamers Paradise: What Should we be Getting Excited About?

Gamers Paradise: What Should we be Getting Excited About?

Epic Games released this trailer of the Unreal Game Engine at the E3 Festival last a few weeks back and it got me thinking, what else can we look forward to seeing this year?  

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Wed 20 Jun 2012: 10:00am

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Create Your Own MOCAP Studio

Create Your Own MOCAP Studio

Well, what a day Thursday was! As part of the Visual Effects Animation Professional TD course, we created our own motion capture studio here at Escape!

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Tue 19 Jun 2012: 3:00pm

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