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Over the Top Shots (revisited)

Over the Top Shots (revisited)

We all know the importance good VFX play in films. They can turn scenes of total disbelief into ones leaving you asking how on earth did they do that?

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Fri 2 Nov 2012: 12:00pm

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The WARP Factor

The WARP Factor

With BVE only two weeks away we have spreading the word about our partners CandIT Media and their WARP platform.

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 5:00pm

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Escape on BBC Breakfast!

Escape on BBC Breakfast!

It’s been quite a busy morning here at Escape! Our CEO Dom Davenport was interviewed alongside Framestore’s Sir William Sargent at their motion capture studio by BBC Breakfast. The lovely Steph McGovern who presents the breakfast slot conducted the interviews dressed fully in motion-capture gear and Irish danced as the famous Harry Potter animated character Dobby! 

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 12:30pm

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Escape Studios 10,000th follower

Escape Studios 10,000th follower

We hit a Social Media milestone last week, obtaining our 10,000th follower on Twitter...10,000! So to celebrate this, we thought it only right to catch up with the man who took us to the 10,000 mark.

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 12:00pm

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Think outside the Box

Think outside the Box

Thinkbox, the makers of Deadline & Krakatoa, have developed a large number of application and plugins designed to extend existing pipelines and operate seamless with each other to create new workflows. Many of the software platforms that Thinkbox have created started in-house to refine dozens of VFX feature films over 15 years of production.

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 11:00am

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NVIDIA gets Heavy Hand-ed

NVIDIA gets Heavy Hand-ed

Our friends over at NVIDIA brought to our attention this “Making Of…” video including NVIDIA technology and Adobe CS6 Production Premium software. The video was created for Heavy Hand, a band formed of some NVIDIA employees.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012: 4:00pm

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary - WEEK 1

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary - WEEK 1

Having just started the VFX for Production course here at Escape Studios, I've been keeping a diary to share how the course is going for me so far. And here's the first week.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012: 12:44pm

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“City of Possibilities” A stunning commercial from The Mill

“City of Possibilities” A stunning commercial from The Mill

The Mill recently completed a commercial for US client Norfolk Southern, showcasing the transformative power of freight shipping. Being a rather stunning piece of work, you may be interested to know that this project was rendered primarily using Mental Ray, taking advantage of the newish unified sampling feature.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012: 12:08pm

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Prime Focus World launch new web series 'Close Up'

Prime Focus World launch new web series 'Close Up'

Here at Escape Studios, we know how you all enjoy getting to the heart of what makes up a stunning VFX shot. So imagine our delight when hearing that Prime Focus World have just released the first of a new behind-the-scenes web series, ‘Close Up’. And let me tell you, these nuggets of geekiness will not disappoint.

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Mon 29 Oct 2012: 4:00pm

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Wacom Bamboo—Manga-style!

Wacom Bamboo—Manga-style!

Konnichiwa manga fans!
Capitalising on our ever-growing fascintation in J-Culture, Wacom have unweiled their latest Manga edition of its Pen & Touch tablet, designed for illustrators to easily create Japanese-style comics. The tablet comes teamed with Smith Micro's acclaimed Manga Studio Debut 4 and Anime Studio Debut 8.

Konnichiwa manga fans!

Capitalising on our ever-growing fascintation in J-Culture, Wacom have unveiled a special Manga edition of its Pen & Touch tablet, designed for illustrators to whip up Japanese comicbook-style characters and scenes with ease. The tablet comes teamed with Smith Micro's acclaimed Manga Studio Debut 4 and Anime Studio Debut 8—you can import existing drawings and pictures to Anime Studio, automatically converting them into vector graphics, which you can then animate...Genius!

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Mon 29 Oct 2012: 1:30pm

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October’s FREE Tutorial: Bring a Photo to Life with Camera Mapping

October’s FREE Tutorial: Bring a Photo to Life with Camera Mapping

This month’s free tutorial is a sneak peak of a workshop presented at the VIEW conference in Turin, Italy. Earlier this month one of our VFX tutors, Daniel Shutt, led a 6-hour workshop to demonstrate camera mapping, transforming a still photograph into a photo realistic animated shot. A technique used in film, commercials and broadcast television, it’s now time to apply this process to your own projects.

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Fri 26 Oct 2012: 4:00pm

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A Pint With The Pixel Farm

A Pint With The Pixel Farm

Want to get up close and personal with PFDepth? You are in luck!

We are pleased to announce that The Pixel Farm team, the creators of industry favourites PFMatchit and PFTrack, will be over in the UK for an exclusive evening with Escape Studios Technology at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho on the 21st of November 2012.

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Thu 25 Oct 2012: 4:45pm

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The Online Academy: Meet VFX online tutor Paul Harrison

The Online Academy: Meet VFX online tutor Paul Harrison

Having the opportunity to learn over the web has been hugely beneficial for many aspiring CG artists. The perfect solution to fit around busy schedules, it has allowed students worldwide to take advantage of the comprehensive VFX and Compositing training we offer. But of course, the success of this tuition is very much down to our fantastic Escape tutors.

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Thu 25 Oct 2012: 11:20am

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Who Are CandIT Media?

Who Are CandIT Media?

Earlier this week we let you know that CandIT Media would be showcasing the WARP platform at BVE North on the 13th and 14th of November.

But who are CandIT Media?

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Wed 24 Oct 2012: 4:30pm

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An even better glimpse of Iron Man 3!

An even better glimpse of Iron Man 3!

Some of you may have been feeding off the trickle of teaser footage in circulation for the Iron Man triquel, coming to a cinema screen near us soon! And if you are one such person, you’ll be delighted to learn that a ‘full’ teaser trailer is now doing the rounds, showing off the abundance of action in store for us upon its release in April 2013.

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Wed 24 Oct 2012: 3:18pm

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The Pixel Farm Wins With PFDepth

The Pixel Farm Wins With PFDepth

We are pleased to announce that The Pixel Farm has been awarded a TVB “Best Of IBC” for their detailed depth map creation and stereoscopic conversion software product, PFDepth.

PFDepth has been recognised for the opportunities it presents to the industry and praised for its ability to greatly increase productivity. 
PFDepth retails for £2000 and integrates seamlessly with the other PF family products especially PFTrack.

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Tue 23 Oct 2012: 2:00pm

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ISOTROPIX: Clarisse iFX

ISOTROPIX: Clarisse iFX

High end graphics company ISOTROPIX released a new product last month called Clarisse iFX, a piece of software which it claims, bridges the gap between 2D and 3D in production.

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Tue 23 Oct 2012: 12:30pm

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The VFX Festival, a storming success!

The VFX Festival, a storming success!

With the help of some top class industry speakers, cinemas in a handful of the world’s most prolific post houses, a dedicated team of Escape staff and some fantastically helpful VFX Marshalls, it is no surprise the UK’s first ever VFX Festival, was a storming success.

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Tue 23 Oct 2012: 10:49am

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VFX for Production Course… 8 Weeks In!

VFX for Production Course… 8 Weeks In!

As a design graduate with 7 years’ experience working within design departments in architecture and retail I spent what time I could learning how to model and animate to create short sequences influenced mainly by films I like. Although fun, learning that way means progress is very slow as is the rate of improvement - at least in my case anyway. I wanted to get better quicker and that's why I signed up for the VFX Production course.

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Mon 22 Oct 2012: 6:00pm

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The countdown to BVE is on!

The countdown to BVE is on!

In four weeks’ time, BVE North will be taking over the Manchester Central Complex for the 13th and 14th of November and CandIT Media will be there to showcase the patented WARP technology.

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