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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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Aw, Here it goes!

Aw, Here it goes!

Nickelodeon has come a long way from the days of Kenan and Kel, Saved by the Bell, Rocket Power, Doug, and Hey Arnold! (just a handful of my personal favourites) and it’s fair to say that considering this most recent announcement, the level of broadcast on kids television is becoming ever more sophisticated.

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Tue 2 Apr 2013: 9:19am

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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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Davi Stein meets Davy Jones!

Davi Stein meets Davy Jones!

This morning, Escape Relationship Manager Anita Gribble and Head of 2D Davi Stein, took students on a trip to the heart of the West End – to see the newly opened Double Negative facility in Great Portland Street, which opened just 3 months ago! As is always the case with our studio visits, everyone set off early with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a hunger for adventure.

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Tue 26 Mar 2013: 3:47pm

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Project Green Screen!

Project Green Screen!

Most film lovers out there will be well vested in the work of legendary director and writer, Robert Rodriguez, and especially if you’re a fan of the grindhouse double bill, then it’s fair to assume that you are probably an owner of at least one Rodriguez DVD.

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Mon 25 Mar 2013: 4:04pm

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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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NEW Webinar: Painting a Picture of Compositing

To get a real good grasp of compositing and the discipline that surrounds it, there’s no better way than seeing the process in action for yourself. And if this is something that sounds right up your street, the only other thing to add is that your guide for this comp session is none other than NUKE devout, Simon Richardson.

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Thu 21 Mar 2013: 5:48pm

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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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Disney Fever!

Disney Fever!

For some reason I’ve come over all Disney this week

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Tue 12 Mar 2013: 5:10pm

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Black Phoenix 3D Project (it's as cool as it sounds!)

Black Phoenix 3D Project (it's as cool as it sounds!)

You may have read our blog a few weeks back about the robot dog/drone/potential death machine that was created by the US military, if you did catch it, you’ll know that this ‘Black Phoenix’ from 3D artist Vitaly Bulgarov project is not far away from being very much a spot on prediction of the near future.

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Fri 8 Mar 2013: 10:36am

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Escape Academy Tours, an Open Day for Open Minds…

Escape Academy Tours, an Open Day for Open Minds…

So it’s that time again… time to tempt, entice and hopefully ensnare a fresh batch of enthusiasts to come tame the beast that is VFX, here at Escape Studios. Hosted by recruitment and training team Flora and Nick, today is all about giving our potential Escapees a feel for what life at Escape has to offer, from our accelerated Classroom courses to the oh-so important free tea/coffee and, of course, the after hours bar downstairs!

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Wed 6 Mar 2013: 11:15am

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Lee's App Of The Week: Plants Vs Zombies

Lee's App Of The Week: Plants Vs Zombies

Y'all know I've got a zombie "issue". I've actually developed a theory regarding the outcome of a potential zombie invasion since I unfortunately live quite close to a hospital (a well-known breeding ground for the suburban undead, see episode 1, season 1 of The Walking Dead) which means my fortress would be hit by the first intense wave of walkers to roll out across the nation. I've obviously begun acquiring the usual zombie defence equipment; cross bow, machete and so forth, but it turns out the only thing I really need is...PLANTS.

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Tue 5 Mar 2013: 4:24pm

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On the edge of what’s possible

On the edge of what’s possible

Being a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, chocolate and picturesque Italian landscapes, the new campaign for Galaxy chocolate naturally caught my eye. Oh, and the fact that every shot of Hepburn entails full CG face replacement might also have fuelled my curiosity!

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Tue 5 Mar 2013: 10:15am

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A School in the Cloud

A School in the Cloud

Those who watch TED talks, will know that the theme of education has been making regular appearances of late. An emerging theory is that the nurturing of children’s natural curiosity is a way to educate.

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Mon 4 Mar 2013: 10:25am

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Stranger than fiction - 'Doomed: A Biological Cartoon'

Stranger than fiction - 'Doomed: A Biological Cartoon'

Here at Escape, we’re fans of the weird and wonderful in all shapes and forms, and something that’s caught our eye recently, is this rather bizarre nature documentary titled… Doomed: A biological cartoon.

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Fri 1 Mar 2013: 5:02pm

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Kinetica Art Fair - London

London is a bustling hive of culture over the weekends and if you’re looking for some activities to do over the weekend, then the Kinetica Art Fair is for you, if you’re a fan of moving, interactive art and sculptures then will truly have a whale of a time!

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Fri 1 Mar 2013: 5:00pm

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