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Just 2 weeks left to apply for MPC internships

Just 2 weeks left to apply for MPC internships

Those who study VFX, listen up! There are only 2 weeks left to apply for MPC’s ‘Comp Academy' and ‘Global First Step’ internships.

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Tue 16 Apr 2013: 3:50pm

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Take your VFX skills for a test drive!

Take your VFX skills for a test drive!

Finding the time to hone ones skills is more often than not more a troublesome task than finding the will to learn. In a busy world it’s never as simple as signing up for a fulltime course and cracking on with it.

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Fri 12 Apr 2013: 2:53pm

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MPC work their magic in epic new Samsung ad!

MPC work their magic in epic new Samsung ad!

The ad above created by MPC, is one of the most epic of the year so far. From a herd of wildebeest, to a T-Rex, to an explosive alien invasion, this one and a half minute clip, set in an empty city, shows a laid back viewer in control of this multiverse, and being rather apathetic to the radical changes occurring around him.

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Fri 12 Apr 2013: 11:38am

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Escape HQ - April 17th - '2D to 3D' - VFX Legend, Paul Chung.

Escape HQ - April 17th - '2D to 3D' - VFX Legend, Paul Chung.

We’re very happy to announce that in just over a week’s time, (Wednesday April the 17th – pencil it in!) we will have none other than VFX legend Paul Chung here at Escape HQ, presenting at our Open day to a room of eager VFX loving attendees.

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Tue 9 Apr 2013: 9:27am

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Spartacus: War of the Damned has been brought to life by some serious green screen action!

Spartacus: War of the Damned has been brought to life by some serious green screen action!

If like me you’ve been eagerly anticipating every weekend for the time when you can stream the latest episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned,  you’ll know that this weekend was the penultimate episode of arguably the most fantastically gory series ever to hit television screens.

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Mon 8 Apr 2013: 10:17am

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I feel like a right Planck in this Lycra!

I feel like a right Planck in this Lycra!

Thanks to the Max Planck institute for Informatics, actors may be spared the embarrassment of wearing the ever so flattering lycra body suits when it comes to shooting scenes laden with VFX. 

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Wed 3 Apr 2013: 10:24am

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The Uncanny Valley is close!

The Uncanny Valley is close!

Readers of our blog out there will remember a piece we posted a few weeks back about the concept of ‘the uncanny valley’, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s pretty darn weird in action!

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Wed 27 Mar 2013: 4:49pm

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When the pencil is mightier than the pixel - Quietly questioning 'the Croods' production choices...

When the pencil is mightier than the pixel  - Quietly questioning 'the Croods' production choices...

I haven't yet seen the Croods, but my four year old's pester power means a trip to the cinema is inevitable this Easter. When I saw the first trailer a number of months ago, however I was left a little cold and felt little compulsion to make the effort to see it. It seemed rather predictable, not particularly lovable characters and no real 'hooks' to grab me. I did change my mind completely a few weeks later when Chris Sanders started releasing his story boards for the Croods. They are nothing short of stunning. 

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Wed 27 Mar 2013: 9:53am

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Check out this Stash!

Check out this Stash!

A great mash up of some amazing VFX, motion and animation work collated by the guys at Stash. Titled ‘Stash 98: Another 100 minutes of motion brilliance’ this one and a half minutes of footage is a showcase collaboration of clips that are tantalising for the eyes.

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Mon 25 Mar 2013: 11:59am

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Lovable Film, Despicable Me 2.

Lovable Film, Despicable Me 2.

I loved the first slice of 'Despicable Me'.  And it’d be an understatement to say I am excited about this new trailer and release of ‘Despicable Me 2’ this summer! On the site, you can see some of their 3D turntables of the CG car they designed that is amphibious, there’s also some concept art on there too.

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Fri 22 Mar 2013: 3:32pm

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A hell of a lot of animals!

A hell of a lot of animals!

Regardless of the controversy surrounding the recent Academy award for Best Visual Effects, given to Life of Pi last month, it is important to remember that R&H was not the only studio to have had creative influence to the film.

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Mon 18 Mar 2013: 12:42pm

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The Visual Effects Academy

The Visual Effects Academy

So, the time is nearly upon us to open our doors to all you budding VFX artist wannabes to show you what we’re made of!

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Fri 15 Mar 2013: 11:49am

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Conference on VFX, Animation, Videogames and Digital Architecture seeks work from Animators!

Conference on VFX, Animation, Videogames and Digital Architecture seeks work from Animators!

One of the beautiful things about the internet is the ability to translate any language to your own with the click of a button. Meaning we get to find out about more awesome events like this...

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Fri 15 Mar 2013: 11:18am

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'Masks' - The most fantastically bizarre animation you'll see all year!

'Masks' - The most fantastically bizarre animation you'll see all year!

We reckon that this is quite simply on of the most excellent (and unique) animated shorts you’ll have seen in a while!

An animation by Patrick Smith, created entirely on the back of a pre written score by musician Karl Von Kries. This short shows a mad scientist that perfects a cloning process of a small grey population of people. Who in turn are edible to  the larger, superior Masked folk. The little grey clones have a trick up their sleeve though, so make sure you watch until the end!


The animated short has won a number of awards in it’s time, and if you haven’t seen it yet – click away

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Tue 12 Mar 2013: 12:36pm

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Every Young Girl’s Dream (well, quite a few…)

Every Young Girl’s Dream (well, quite a few…)

I’ll probably get in to trouble if I say that EVERY young girl dreamed of having their very own Prince Charming slip on the glass slipper and whisk her away from a life of boredom, ill-treatment and endless cleaning, but it would be fair to say that quite a few girls grew up getting lost in this particular fantasy, and it would appear that Emma Watson is one of them!

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Mon 11 Mar 2013: 4:34pm

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Who says you can't create in Microsoft Paint?

Who says you can't create in Microsoft Paint?

There was always one kid in school who, when it came to using computers - was a wizard with the mouse, and would create pictures on ‘Paint’ as soon as your Business Studies teacher had his back turned. Well, some school out there was graced with the presence of this chap ‘Jim’.

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Mon 11 Mar 2013: 10:26am

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Girl Power!

Girl Power!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Fri 8 Mar 2013: 5:03pm

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