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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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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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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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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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Tue 5 Jul 2011: 10:13am

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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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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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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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Wed 25 May 2011: 12:20pm

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Digital Domain IPO?

Digital Domain IPO?

We have talked recently about how well the UK is doing in VFX so it's nice to see some noise happening in the US also. Digital Domain saw its revenue from visual effects climb to $101.9 million last year - up 70% from 2009, according to its filing. Whilst DD have already had one attempt at going public in 2007, they seem convinced that now is possibly the right time.

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Meat Love

Meat Love

It’s always good when people respond to the blogs we write. The one I wrote last week about the MTV advert animation got a great response when we tweeted the link, with @anthonygelatka pointing me in the direction of another great piece of animation.

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Gaming Gets Emotional With LA Noire

Gaming Gets Emotional With LA Noire

No doubt you’ve heard about Rockstar’s latest release LA Noire - apparently a completely new type of video game. Up until recently, most games have been all about hand eye co-ordination but in LA Noire, which is set in the late 40s, the main skill is about being able to judge body language and characters’ faces to figure out if they’re lying or not - or ‘emotional perception’ as some are calling it.

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Fri 13 May 2011: 11:56am

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Pixar Release RenderMan Pro Server 16

Our friends at Pixar have announced the release of RenderMan Pro Server 16! 

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Tue 10 May 2011: 7:40am

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Augmented Reality... Kelly Brooks... Angels Fall...

Augmented Reality... Kelly Brooks... Angels Fall...

OK, so hopefully the title got your attention, and we can get past the Kelly Brook distraction - she's currently "fronting" a new marketing campaign from Lynx "Angels will fall" which is all relevant, honest!

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Mon 9 May 2011: 9:35am

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Back On The Road

The Escape University Tour starts up again this month after a short break for Easter. Last week, I was in Ipswich to speaking with students at the School of Arts and Humanities at University Campus Suffolk.

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The Pixar Podcast

The Pixar Podcast

I stumbled across 'The Pixar Podcast' recently, I just thought I would share it with you in case you had not seen it.

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Tue 3 May 2011: 2:56pm

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Alex Williams to Host Special Animation Open Day in London

Alex Williams to Host Special Animation Open Day in London

Our Character Animation Tutor Alex Williams needs little introduction. if you follow the world of Animation, you will have heard of him and his work. He is one of the most talented animators of the decade and has not only written books such as QC Cartoon Series, but also worked on well known titles such as The Lion King, Pocohontas, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and most notably Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He makes quite an impression on most of the people he meets, and especially the students in his class.

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Thu 28 Apr 2011: 9:41am

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Character Animation Escapee Tracey Chung Secures Job at Ragdoll Productions

Character Animation Escapee Tracey Chung Secures Job at Ragdoll Productions

If you’ve ever dreamt of becoming an animator, Tracey’s story should help you realise that your dream might be easier to attain than you think.

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Thu 28 Apr 2011: 9:19am

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Our Grand Day Out at Aardman

Our Grand Day Out at Aardman

On Tuesday we, our Recruitment Manager, Garreth Gaydon, and I were let out of the office for the day to go and visit Aardman! I have to say, it was awesome! Based in Bristol, it's a bit of a trek but well worth the effort. They are such a brilliant studio and it's every bit as cool as you'd imagine.

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