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The Foundry Announce New Product

The Foundry Announce New Product

Though a very powerful compositing tool NUKE has been missing a component many artist could benefit from. HIERO is a new product in development at The Foundry that hopes to provide the missing link for a more efficient shot management system in your VFX pipeline.

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Wed 28 Sep 2011: 11:53am

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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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Thu 22 Sep 2011: 9:55am

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CityEngine: Mapping Out The Locations on Pixar’s 'Cars 2'

CityEngine: Mapping Out The Locations on Pixar’s 'Cars 2'

Pixar, renowned for their cutting edge animation, know better than anyone the advantages of saving time where possible. The technical directors and supervisors on Cars 2 were faced with the challenge of building locations for this feature length animation. Those of you who have seen the sequel will remember that the lead character, Lightning McQueen, is being sent around the globe to race in the world Grand Prix. The challenge for the Pixar creative team was to build recognizable cities, on a very broad scale.

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Fri 16 Sep 2011: 3:47pm

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23 MARI Tips In 23 Days on Twitter

23 MARI Tips In 23 Days on Twitter

MARI is a relatively new piece of software, and is becoming more popular with artists as its reputation for efficiency and adaptability becomes more widely known. As with any piece of new software there is a period of trial and error before you really get to know its full capability. It is in light of this that Henry South, lead texture artist at Framestore, is offering to share his top 23 tips when working with MARI.

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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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Thu 25 Aug 2011: 12:03pm

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Dreamworks Inspires Our Students

Dreamworks Inspires Our Students

Just over a week ago, our students were treated to a visit by the extroadinarily talented Shelley Page, of Dreamworks. Shelley has been involved with some of the most memorable animation to come out of Dreamworks - titles like 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', ‘The Prince Of Egypt’, ‘Antz’, and ‘Shrek’.

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Tue 23 Aug 2011: 8:17am

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Escape Studios at the London International Animation Festival (LIAF)

Escape Studios at the London International Animation Festival (LIAF)

I'm really honoured to have been asked to join a panel of speakers for a session on Continual Professional Development (CPD) Education and Training at the International Animation Festival (LIAF) in London. 

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Wed 17 Aug 2011: 11:43am

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The Barbican's Brilliant Animation Show: Watch Me Move

The Barbican's Brilliant Animation Show: Watch Me Move

Both animation enthusiasts and novices alike, will be delighted by The Barbican Centre's brilliant animation show Watch Me Move. From Winsor McCay's 1914 classic Gertie the Dinosaur, to Steven Spielberg's T Rex in the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, the exhibition educates and entertains in equal measure. 

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Thu 11 Aug 2011: 1:52pm

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Aardman Create the World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation

Aardman Create the World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation

Here is something cool to brighten your Friday afternoon and to prepare you for the weekend. It has been doing the rounds this week, and was even featured in the Metro earlier in the week.

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Fri 5 Aug 2011: 1:23pm

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Escapee Helen Streeter Gets Job at The Mill

Escapee Helen Streeter Gets Job at The Mill

We are proud to congratulate Helen Streeter on her new position as a runner at The Mill. Helen recently completed the character animation course at Escape Studios, and worked hard on putting together a showreel demonstrating her animation skills. The Mill is one of London's leading VFX houses and recently re-opened its film division following strong successes in commercials and music videos. The biggest hurdle in visual effects is always getting that first job and we couldn't be more pleased for Helen - congratulations.

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A Lost Art?

A Lost Art?

My walk down memory lane continues... 

I went on a simulator ride called 'Slot Car Boogie' at the weekend. it was actually made by some old friends at Rocket Films in Bournemouth quite some years ago. 1996 I believe! Rocket Films are sadly no longer trading but it lead me to wonder who makes these kind of films today? It's hard to find any reference of it in the UK, which is a shame as we were obviously quite good at it.

This work would have been done on a Silicon Graphics machine running PowerAnimator. To put this into perspective, this would have cost around £60-80K for the SGI hardware and the software for just one artist... Oh, how lucky we all are now! 

If you know of any companies that do this type of work in the UK, do let me know.

As with most of my memory lane trips, the memories were normally pre Internet revolution. I have however found this on YouTube, Slot Car Boogie by the originator Ian Williams.

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Tue 2 Aug 2011: 8:34am

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GRAPHIC Animation Competition at the Sydney Opera House

GRAPHIC Animation Competition at the Sydney Opera House

Those of you starting out in the CG industry may be interested to know that the Sydney Opera House is currently running an animation competition.

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Wed 13 Jul 2011: 3:59pm

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Animation Escapee Becomes a Ninja

Animation Escapee Becomes a Ninja

Another escapee from our Character Animation Course has just secured a position in the games industry. Congratulations to Pedro Cabeleira who began an internship this week at Ninja Theory in Cambridge, working on Cinematics for one of their new games.

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Wed 6 Jul 2011: 7:55am

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My Animation Talk at Annecy

My Animation Talk at Annecy

The Animation Festival ‘Annecy’ invited me to give a talk about my career as an animator and to lift the lid on a few Animation Mysteries as well. As much as I love working at Escape Studios, it was great to talk about my life as a freelance animator and some of the jobs that have shaped my career like ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ and ‘The Lion King’. It was also nice to see that people were interested in this too!

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Zappar: A Total Geek Fest!

Zappar: A Total Geek Fest!


I thought it was going to be one of those 'office' moments when a colleague pulled some papers out of his bag and said "you must see this"... He is important, so I paid good attention...!

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Tue 21 Jun 2011: 10:25am

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Annecy Animation Film Festival

Annecy Animation Film Festival

Every June I look forward to heading off to Annecy, not for the sight seeing (although it is a very beautiful place) but for the Film Festival of course. Sadly however, I didn’t attend this year.

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Thu 16 Jun 2011: 10:49am

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The Core Skills of VFX

The Core Skills of VFX

Skillset, the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses in the UK have put together a nice VFX Core Skills handbook that you may be interested in.

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Fri 3 Jun 2011: 9:40am

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Hold Me Clothes

Hold Me Clothes

Evgenia Golubeva recently finished our Character Animation course with us and has very quickly landed a commercials job at Partizan Lab in Soho on the strength of her excellent demo reel. She has also recently put together a short film titled "Hold Me Clothes", a stop-motion film written by her and animated in just one day at a recent film festival in Italy.

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Thu 2 Jun 2011: 9:18am

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Visual Effects Society Slams Hollywood

Visual Effects Society Slams Hollywood

Some of you may have never heard of the Visual Effects Society (VES) - see the previous link or last paragraph if you have not.

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Thu 26 May 2011: 2:30pm

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Spotlight On Escapee Evgenia Golubeva

Spotlight On Escapee Evgenia Golubeva

Evgenia Golubeva recently completed our animation course at Escape Studios and has put together one of the best student animation reels we have seen completed in just 6 weeks. Evgenia took full advantage of the Animation course and diligently completed all of the animation exercises, often working late into the evenings, and working relentlessly to improve her skills. Most of the shots on her reel have been taken from in-class exercises, but the way in which she has compiled the shots together into a single well-edited piece of work makes her reel far more entertaining to watch than a mere series of student shots cut together with music.

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