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VFX in the making of 2012

VFX in the making of 2012

Check out this interview with Marc Weigert, the 2012 Co-producer and VFX Supervisor behind the blockbuster 2012.  His team of  over a 100 artists worked on this feature and formed the central VFX hub for the movie. To their credit they completed an astonishing number of shots within a very short timeframe using a traditional pipeline,  including eyeon's Fusion and Generation. Here he chats to eyeon's CEO Steve Roberts about the Visual Effects in the film.

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Thu 10 Dec 2009: 4:15pm

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Nick's Doodles: The Judge

Nick Savy, our character tutor, has done us another fantastic sketch.

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Thu 10 Dec 2009: 4:12pm

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New feature - Nick's Doodles

Here at Escape Studios, we pride ourselves on our close links with the industry. One of the ways we maintain these links is by having tutors who have done the jobs they teach. This means that our tutors are some of the best CGers in the business, and they’re an incredibly creative bunch.

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Fri 27 Nov 2009: 2:05pm

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Top Down Animation - Work in Progress - Step 1

I am currently working on (amongst other things) a simple animation in order to demonstrate the Top Down Animation Technique. The animation I am going to do is of a character walking up and sitting down in a chair then tipping backwards. I thought it would be interesting to demonstrate the steps that I would go through in doing an animation this way, so I'll be posting my progress as I go.

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Fri 27 Nov 2009: 12:40pm

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ZBrush 3.5 R3 for Windows now released!

We have good news for all users of Zbrush: the new ZBrush 3.5 update for Windows has just been released. It's called R3, and it has loads of new features and enhancements as well as a better toolset. If you are a registered user of Zbrush, you can download it for free here.

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Wed 25 Nov 2009: 10:30am

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Recommended Animation Books

I have been asked by a number of Webinar Attendees about what books I would recommend for animation. So I thought I would give you a list of all the ones I have.

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Tue 24 Nov 2009: 8:24am

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20 animated submissions for upcoming Oscars

Not sure how many of you have been following this story, but a whopping 20 feature films have been submitted for the Animated Feature film category for the upcoming Oscars. This is great news for the industry as it means we’re well on track to getting five nominees qualifying for the category at the awards next February (we normally only have 3!).

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Thu 19 Nov 2009: 10:47am

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How to Become a World-Class Animator

Thanks to everyone who attended my "Becoming a World-Class Animator" webinar last night - it was great to get a chance to speak to all of you!  We're going to make the presentation available in the Escape Studios Free Resources section of our website soon - so make sure that you keep an eye out for it.

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Fri 13 Nov 2009: 12:34pm

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Upgrade to Maya, 3ds Max and SoftImage 2010 apps and save up to 59%!

For those of you wanting to get their fingers on the latest versions of Maya, SoftImage and 3ds Max, you can now get considerably more bang for your buck with our new Upgrade Promotion. #

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Fri 13 Nov 2009: 10:45am

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Western Spaghetti

All the talk of stop motion animation last week got me thinking, so I went in search of some great examples of this type of work. This Western Spaghetti viral is awesome. 

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Mon 2 Nov 2009: 2:19pm

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The Tate Movie Project – Tate teaming up with Aardman Animations

Now this is what we like to see – children getting involved in animation from a young age. This week we heard that Tate is teaming up with Aardman Animations, the team behind Wallace and Gromit, to create a new film.  And,  they want children to help them brainstorm. Check out the video on our YouTube channel.

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Thu 22 Oct 2009: 5:38pm

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Old-school animation: Fantastic Mr Fox

Towelling for grass, cotton balls for smoke and cling film for water – Wes Anderson has reverted to traditional forms of animation in his new film Fantastic Mr Fox.

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Mon 19 Oct 2009: 4:21pm

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Are YOU a CG Whiz?

Enter our YouTube Competition and Win a Course at Escape and a Placement at The Mill

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Thu 1 Oct 2009: 8:35am

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Free Animation Video Tutorial now available from Escape Studios

Our September Free video tutorial is now available! This month, we are giving away an hour long tutorial from our Online Animation Course.

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Tue 29 Sep 2009: 10:00am

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Give us a break

I’ve been reading a lot about tax breaks in the past couple of months. First there was the anticipation and ultimate disappointment of Digital Britain, when we hoped that the games industry might get the tax breaks it needed. A missed opportunity, many said.

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Fri 11 Sep 2009: 1:16pm

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The value of vocational training

An article appeared in last weekend’s Sunday Times discussing the fact that two of Britain’s former polytechnics have outperformed Oxford and Cambridge by getting more of their graduates into work than any other university. For years vocational courses, typically taught at newer institutes, have been stigmatised for their lack of academic prowess. However, employers in some industries, such as the computer graphics industry, prefer to hire candidates with vocational qualifications, so could this mean opinions are about to change? Universities are starting to understand that certain courses, which can be tailored to specific careers, will produce graduates with more relevant skills than those covering a broad range of theoretical topics, leaving students in a better position to find work after they graduate.

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Wed 19 Aug 2009: 2:17pm

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Traditional Animation makes a comeback

The first trailer for the upcoming Disney Feature The Princess and the Frog has just been released. It heralds a return to the hand drawn traditional animation that Disney is famous for. I for one am excited to see it and hope that it heralds the rebirth of traditional animation as a whole.

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Fri 19 Jun 2009: 9:18am

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