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To Whom it May Inspire!

To Whom it May Inspire!

Something Pixar are always great at is sharing their wealth of wisdom with fellow artists. Having come across this wonderful snippet of inspiration the other day, I felt it needed to be shared with all you compositing and VFX artists out there. It’s important to know that even the guys at the top have a tough time!

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 10:34am

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 5

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 5

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I've been keeping a diary to share how I’m getting on so far. And here's an update on week five.

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Fri 30 Nov 2012: 2:56pm

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Web series spot light; Forward Unto Dawn

Web series spot light; Forward Unto Dawn

Hello, it’s me again. Have you all been well? I hope you have. You may remember me from my recent stint of blogs about web series that have started to use VFX, and left you with a passionate plea to start watching Red vs Blue, the longest running web-series in the world, based on the Halo games. Well here I am again, because the internet just doesn't stop, and recently it’s been turning out some real gems in terms of visually invigorating moving pictures.

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Fri 30 Nov 2012: 11:52am

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A Hidden Visual Gem

A Hidden Visual Gem

Japanese Animator Tetsuka Niiyama has created yet another beautiful video in the form of this short (but wonderful) CG movie.

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Thu 29 Nov 2012: 10:56am

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Big News From IKinema

Big News From IKinema

Recently we’ve had a few snippets of pretty big news from our friends over at IKinema.
So here are the three little tidbits that we have for you –

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Thu 29 Nov 2012: 10:30am

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Rhythm & Hues deliver a tantalizing visual treat with 'Life of Pi'

Rhythm & Hues deliver a tantalizing visual treat with 'Life of Pi'

Despite popular disbelief, deeming the world created by author Yann Martel in his novel ‘Life of Pi’, as “unfilmable”, the guys at Rhythm & Hues Studios have put together a mind blowing piece of cinema that is sure to visually stun audiences around the globe.

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Wed 28 Nov 2012: 4:51pm

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Framestore helps James Bond celebrate 50 years of spy-tastic Action

Framestore helps James Bond celebrate 50 years of spy-tastic Action

For 50 years James Bond has been known for may things;  martinis, dames, gadgets, cars, and fantastic action sequences.  The James Bond franchise is also famously known for the stunning title sequences they've had throughout the years.  Many studios have clamored to get the chance to work on these amazing intros, and for the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfallthe UK's own Framestore got their 5th go around on the James Bond title sequence which coincidentally also marked the 50th anniversary of the british spy saga.

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Wed 28 Nov 2012: 1:30pm

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Mirror Worlds Technologies to host Fashion and Games Jam.

Mirror Worlds Technologies to host Fashion and Games Jam.

STAM Museum Belgium is playing host to a fantastically innovative event on the 4th of December, as iDROPS bring together the two seismic forces that are the Fashion and gaming industries! 

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Mon 26 Nov 2012: 2:49pm

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 4

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 4

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I've been keeping a diary to share how I’m getting on so far. And here's an update on week four.

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Mon 26 Nov 2012: 2:39pm

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Prime Focus World on "3D'ing" Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'.

Prime Focus World on "3D'ing" Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'.

We spoke to our friends over at Prime Focus World last month, in conjunction with their completed work on the stereo conversion of Tim Burton’s stop motion comedy horror - Frankenweenie. PFW worked closely and moreover, exclusively, with Disney and Burton on the picture, and the opportunity to chat about the project was just too good to miss!

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Fri 23 Nov 2012: 1:30pm

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November’s Free Tutorial: Confessions of a Junior Compositor

November’s Free Tutorial: Confessions of a Junior Compositor

How does someone go about getting a Junior Compositor role at an international VFX studio like The Mill? Well in this month’s tutorial Simon Richardson reveals how it all started for him. From experimenting with Adobe’s After Effects at University, Simon was introduced to basic keying techniques in a layer based system. And this was when the seed was planted that would flourish into him conquering NUKE, and working at one of the top VFX studios in the world.

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Fri 23 Nov 2012: 12:00pm

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Framestore to host online Q&A with F1 giants McLaren

Framestore to host online Q&A with F1 giants McLaren

F1 fans out there may have found themselves watching a new animated series over the last few months, following the fictional antics of McLaren drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.  

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Thu 22 Nov 2012: 11:30am

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Take a look around!

Take a look around!

January is fast approaching, and with that brings new year resolutions and ambitions. Looking to the future, you may be keen to find out what you want to do following the end of your studies. Or perhaps you’re keen to change careers or simply enhance the computer graphics skills you already have. With this in mind, it seems there’s no better time to visit our facilities and discover how doing a course at Escape Studios will help you get to where you want to be.

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Wed 21 Nov 2012: 5:38pm

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Last Call To All Pixel Farm Fanatics...

Last Call To All Pixel Farm Fanatics...

This is your last chance to get your name down on the guest list for our private event “A Pint With The Pixel Farm” on the 21st of November at The Sun and 13 Cantons, Soho.

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Tue 20 Nov 2012: 1:00pm

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Reality Vs Nostalgia

Reality Vs Nostalgia

Here at Escape Studios we understand that more often than not, there is a huge pragmatic element to creating even the most far out scenes.

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Tue 20 Nov 2012: 10:55am

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Attack of the giant...Gromits?

Attack of the giant...Gromits?

Taking a break from his cheese-fuelled escapades, Aardman’s principal pooch Gromit is on sabbatical for a while and is scampering off to help a good cause out.

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Mon 19 Nov 2012: 11:00am

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Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

While everyone is busy hating on Disney for adopting and extending the Star Wars saga, let’s take a moment to remember that Disney do indeed make some seriously visually impressive motion pictures. Their latest endeavour ‘Wreck it Ralph’, is no exception. CTO Andy Hendrickson spoke to Animation World Network about the film…

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Thu 15 Nov 2012: 4:30pm

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The Foundry Demos November

The Foundry Demos November

In August we let you know that The Foundry would be holding a selection of online demos for NUKE, MARI, KATANA and HIERO, which were so darn successful that we are pleased to announce their return.

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Thu 15 Nov 2012: 1:00pm

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Bjorks' Mutual Core Pushes the Limits

Bjorks' Mutual Core Pushes the Limits

Bjork never seems to miss the creative mark.  In her newest video for the song, Mutual Core, Bjork and Director Andrew Thomas-Huang present a fantastic dreamscape that is like no other.  A strangley geologic themed expression really does show the power of well thought out VFX.  Who new geology was so sexy?  

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Thu 15 Nov 2012: 9:00am

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DIY 007

DIY 007

Want to build your own Bond car? Today may be your lucky day. The Aston Martin DB5 used in Skyfall seems like a pretty expensive car to blow up a good couple of times, which is why it isn’t a DB5 that you see blown to smithereens.

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