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A Lost Art?

A Lost Art?

My walk down memory lane continues... 

I went on a simulator ride called 'Slot Car Boogie' at the weekend. it was actually made by some old friends at Rocket Films in Bournemouth quite some years ago. 1996 I believe! Rocket Films are sadly no longer trading but it lead me to wonder who makes these kind of films today? It's hard to find any reference of it in the UK, which is a shame as we were obviously quite good at it.

This work would have been done on a Silicon Graphics machine running PowerAnimator. To put this into perspective, this would have cost around £60-80K for the SGI hardware and the software for just one artist... Oh, how lucky we all are now! 

If you know of any companies that do this type of work in the UK, do let me know.

As with most of my memory lane trips, the memories were normally pre Internet revolution. I have however found this on YouTube, Slot Car Boogie by the originator Ian Williams.

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Tue 2 Aug 2011: 8:34am

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Escapees Move on up in The Industry

Escapees Move on up in The Industry

It seems that July was the month of good news for two of our escapees who have secured their dream jobs in the industry. Congratulations to escapee Andrew McGregor who has just landed a 6 month Camera Tracking Job at Framestore from August this year. Andrew studied our VFX for Production Course with tutor Mark Spevick and started working in the industry soon after as a modeller at Polar Media. He is now absolutely delighted to be part of the Framestore Team and can't wait to get started.

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Mon 1 Aug 2011: 9:33am

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There's More From The Foundry on NUKE 6.3

There's More From The Foundry on NUKE 6.3

Jon Wadelton at The Foundry was kind enough to keep giving us more information about NUKE 6.3.  You can read what he had to say about the future of NUKE when he spoke to me last week.

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Fri 29 Jul 2011: 10:37am

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Memories of Digital Media World...

Memories of Digital Media World...

I had an email reminder today that Siggraph is less than two weeks away. It got me thinking about travel and how many of us probably miss the good old days when we would all go to Siggraph on our annual trip. These days, we are not only too busy, it's also harder to justify when all the information we could only find in trade shows is now available at our finger tips on the Internet. 

For some reason 'Digital Media World' popped into my head. Is anyone old enough to remember DMW? It was THE show to be at in Europe and was held in London every November. It was the trade show part of an awards ceremony called LEAF. I did a quick Google search, but couldn't actually find any links to DMW that I could point you towards - it's obviously that long ago!

2 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 28 Jul 2011: 11:12am

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The CG Industry Needs You

The CG Industry Needs You

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how buoyant the VFX industry is and how Senior NUKE Compositors are in high demand. Well, the surge in demand for mid-level and senior artists is continuing. With some of the biggest releases for 2011 and 2012 (films like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and War Horse) being worked on in London's Soho, the post houses have never been busier.

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Wed 27 Jul 2011: 11:17am

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Jon Wadelton at The Foundry Talks About What's New in NUKE 6.3

Jon Wadelton at The Foundry Talks About What's New in NUKE 6.3

I met up with Jon Wadelton at The Foundry a few days ago and we had a chat about what's new in NUKE 6.3.  Here's what he had to say.

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Mon 25 Jul 2011: 1:53pm

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Reporting Back on HP7 in 3D

Reporting Back on HP7 in 3D

Last weeks I wrote about Harry Potter and asked you whether or not you would be watching the last instalment it in 3D (The Harry Potter finale: 2D or 3D?). Many of you replied back through Facebook and on this blog – thanks to all of you who took the time to do so.

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Thu 21 Jul 2011: 8:01am

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Farewell to Potter

Farewell to Potter

It wouldn't be right to let Potter go by and not say a word about it?

Personally I loved it - the early days especially and finally HP7 which was amazing, even in 3D!

And for all our friends in Soho, it's also an end to something which has played a major part in the rise and growth of VFX in the UK. The Industry would have survived and prospered without it but I am not sure it would have had the meteoric rise it did if ILM had not passed the work over to this side of the Atlantic...

2 Comments Mark Cass

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Wed 20 Jul 2011: 2:55pm

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GRAPHIC Animation Competition at the Sydney Opera House

GRAPHIC Animation Competition at the Sydney Opera House

Those of you starting out in the CG industry may be interested to know that the Sydney Opera House is currently running an animation competition.

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Wed 13 Jul 2011: 3:59pm

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Terrence Malick: Visionary Genius or Boring Pseud?

Terrence Malick: Visionary Genius or Boring Pseud?

His films certainly divide modern critics and audiences alike, which is perhaps no surprise. In a Hollywood saturated with formulaic product for multiplex audiences, his films are an anomaly, breaking from a conventional narrative and featuring extended, languid shots of the natural world that often serve to emphasise his character's - and therefore Man's - insignificance in the face of events.

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Tue 12 Jul 2011: 11:38am

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A Crowded Market?

A Crowded Market?

For many years now Massive has owned the crowd sim market space, especially at the high end of VFX. Of course some of the larger post-houses have written their own tools, but the availability of any other commercially viable product has been limited.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Fri 8 Jul 2011: 9:00am

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Escapee Showcase: Jonny Harris

Escapee Showcase: Jonny Harris

Here's another escapee reel for your viewing pleasure.

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Thu 7 Jul 2011: 12:34pm

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Online Mentored Student Spotlight: Miska Janhunen

Online Mentored Student Spotlight: Miska Janhunen

Finland native, Miska Janhunen had been working for his family’s visual design firm as a Webmaster for some time, but he harboured a dream of working in VFX. For years he has been trying to find time and flexibility to study CG. “Because of my location and current situation in life, it felt more or less ‘mission impossible’. Then, in the autumn of 2010, I found Escape Studios’ Online Mentored VFX course and all the pieces fell into place.”

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Tue 28 Jun 2011: 1:48pm

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L.A. Noire in 7 Years!

L.A. Noire in 7 Years!

So how long does it take to make a console game? Of course it varies from project to project but Team Bondi are no strangers to long haul development.

0 Comments Mark Cass

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Mon 27 Jun 2011: 4:25pm

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Zappar: A Total Geek Fest!

Zappar: A Total Geek Fest!


I thought it was going to be one of those 'office' moments when a colleague pulled some papers out of his bag and said "you must see this"... He is important, so I paid good attention...!

2 Comments Mark Cass

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Tue 21 Jun 2011: 10:25am

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Escapee Showcase: Ben Revens

Escapee Showcase: Ben Revens

As promised here's another escapee reel. This time from Ben Revens, one of our recent VFX graduates. This is a great reel with good examples of work from two of our most popular courses. The violin and tank shots were produced during our 12-week Visual Effects Production course. The more elaborate and advanced staircases shot was produced during our 6-weeks Visual Effects Professional extension which Ben took straight after his VFX Production course.

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Mon 20 Jun 2011: 11:25am

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An Interesting Google Chrome Experiment With WebGL

An Interesting Google Chrome Experiment With WebGL

The Ro.me site created in association with Google is doing the rounds at Escape Studios at the moment. In fact, you might even have read the story that Miles posted a few days ago.

1 Comments Lee Danskin

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Fri 17 Jun 2011: 12:15pm

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Annecy Animation Film Festival

Annecy Animation Film Festival

Every June I look forward to heading off to Annecy, not for the sight seeing (although it is a very beautiful place) but for the Film Festival of course. Sadly however, I didn’t attend this year.

1 Comments Mark Cass

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Thu 16 Jun 2011: 10:49am

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Free Tutorial - Demolish a Brick Wall With nCloth In Maya

Free Tutorial - Demolish a Brick Wall With nCloth In Maya

If you're reading this blog, then chances are you're like most of us here at Escape Studios and love blowing things up and putting them back together again. So this month's free tutorial should be right up your street because we're going to teach you how to demolish a brick wall using nCloth.

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Tue 14 Jun 2011: 10:19am

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Games Course Escapee Holly Pickering Gets Job At Travellers Tales

Games Course Escapee Holly Pickering Gets Job At Travellers Tales

We have got some good news to share today about one of our Games Course escapees. Holly Pickering - who finished our Games Art Course a little while back - will be joining Adam Esat (another escapee) at Travellers Tales working on AAA titles as a Character Modeller. 

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Mon 13 Jun 2011: 11:30am

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