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Mocha Pro Delivers on Deathly Hallows Part 1

Mocha Pro Delivers on Deathly Hallows Part 1

When Baseblack were tasked with creating individual effects and two full action sequences for the latest Harry Potter movie, they wanted to create a greater sense of realism and really enhance the story.

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Wed 6 Apr 2011: 12:12pm

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Chaos' Top Man Vlado Koylazov Talks to Escape

Chaos' Top Man Vlado Koylazov Talks to Escape

Chaos have been super busy working on their new V-Ray 2.0 for Maya, so when the opportunity came up to chat to Chaos’ top man, CTO Vlado Koylazov, we didn't hesitate to get the inside scoop. So, for the lowdown on where the new ideas come from, what's in store for future releases, and his favourite CG project, read on.

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Tue 5 Apr 2011: 5:35pm

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The Graduate Academy Challenge

The Graduate Academy Challenge

If you are looking for a way into the industry and think you have what it takes to prove yourself as one of the best creative talents in the UK, then check out The Talent Graduate Academy challenge.

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Tue 5 Apr 2011: 10:19am

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Silent Studios Show Our Students How CG and Digital Media Work Together

Silent Studios Show Our Students How CG and Digital Media Work Together

Silent Studios are by no means a big company. As a team of four, they are a tight knit unit comprising a Creative Director, a Music Director, an Art Director/Designer and a Composer. However, they have certainly made some noise (quite literally) in the world of digital media. The Creative Director, Nathan Prince, came to Escape Studios to talk to our classroom students about digital media and how CG is playing a massive role in what they do every day. Liam described Silent Studios as a design and music partnership that blends moving image, creative direction, graphic design, installation and musical composition. A little bit of everything then.

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Tue 5 Apr 2011: 10:10am

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Digital Compositor and Escapee Victor Perez Thanks Escape Studios

Digital Compositor and Escapee Victor Perez Thanks Escape Studios

When Victor Perez finished our 12-week Compositing for Production course last year, we knew that he was destined for great things. Since completing the course he has worked for an impressive range of companies - most of the post houses in Soho in fact - and is absolutely loving it.  Victor was born to be a compositor -it's just in his blood.  He's been hooked since his early days watching Star Wars. For Victor being able to use his artistic and technical skills to tell a story is one of the most important aspect of what he does -he's definitely in the right job then!

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Mon 4 Apr 2011: 10:20am

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iPad – is it CG Friendly?

iPad – is it CG Friendly?

Last year, Apple shook the tech world when it released the iPad, and it quickly became the must have gadget for 2010. Apple is now in the spotlight again with lots of hype around iPad 2. It's all very well lusting after one of these little babies, but for me, the real question is "what can a 3D pro like me actually use it for?".

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Fri 1 Apr 2011: 11:20am

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25 Years of Pixar Animation

25 Years of Pixar Animation

I'm sure many of you will have seen the film medley that represents 25 years of Pixar Animation. Well, it's amazing to be reminded of all their fantastic work - not just the images and characters, but the stories also. They pretty much have it all. I would personally like to thank Pixar for The Incredibles, which for me is unsurpassed. Simply brilliant.

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Wed 30 Mar 2011: 8:29am

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Budget Brings no Relief for the Games Industry

Budget Brings no Relief for the Games Industry

We are always looking for a glimmer of hope with any budget... These days it's hard to find any. And that's certainly the case for the UK Games industry. I appreciate we are a niche sector, but the fact that we are a long established (in CG terms) and vibrant industry that allows us to lead the way just goes seemingly forgotten. The petition paperwork will have been 'filed' and once again we find that there is no support.

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Thu 24 Mar 2011: 11:30am

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Budget day - Tax relief for gamers?

Budget day - Tax relief for gamers?

Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, submitted a petition to Number 10 Downing Street yesterday, calling on the Government to introduce Games Tax Relief in the Budget on March 23rd. Richard also handed in a copy of TIGA’s publication Budget for Growth: Powering the Video Games Sector to Support the Economic Recovery to officials in Downing Street.

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Wed 23 Mar 2011: 9:16am

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Rushes Lead TD Mark Pascoe talks to Escape Students

Rushes Lead TD Mark Pascoe talks to Escape Students

This week Escape is very pleased to welcome Mark Pascoe from Rushes to speak to our current classroom students. Mark joined Rushes 5 years ago off the back of the Visual Effects Production Grade course at Escape, doing the Maya comprehensive course before that. He is currently in the Film and TV department at Rushes, taking up a technical role on projects. He has also been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Series.

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Tue 22 Mar 2011: 11:30am

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Games BAFTA's Announced Last Night

Last week I mentioned the 'red carpet day' for Games companies at the BAFTA's. Well, The awards ceremony was last night and the results are in!

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 12:38pm

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Tech Industry will be Affected by Mega Japanese Earthquake

After the shocking events that hit Japan there is of course a severe knock on effect to our industry in terms of technology.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 9:24am

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University Tour Under Way

I have been out on the road over the last month visiting universities across the UK, as part of our university tour, and wanted to give you an update on my progress so far. It's been a bit of a whirlwind, but meeting up with such enthusiastic and creative people is never a chore - you come back full of ideas an imbued with the same enthusiasm

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Mon 14 Mar 2011: 1:53pm

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Escapee Ben Cantor Gets Dream Job at MPC

Escapee Ben Cantor Gets Dream Job at MPC

We’re always pleased when our students start work in the industry working for their dream company or in their dream job. That dream recently became reality for Ben Cantor

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Thu 10 Mar 2011: 10:48am

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Prepare for Your First Compositing Job With Our New Free Webinar

Prepare for Your First Compositing Job With Our New Free Webinar

If you’re an aspiring compositor who would like to know more about what the industry is going to expect from you, then sign up for my new webinar, entitled:'Entry Level and Junior Roles for Compositors".

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Thu 10 Mar 2011: 9:38am

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Free Tutorial: Volume Caustics for the Maya Expert

Free Tutorial: Volume Caustics for the Maya Expert

This month’s free tutorial is aimed at the experienced Maya user.  It has been designed by Mark Spevick, our VFX tutor, to help you master some of the advanced tools which can sometimes be complex and take a while to get to grips with. 

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Wed 9 Mar 2011: 11:23am

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Top Ten Uses of Special Effects for Great Storytelling

Top Ten Uses of Special Effects for Great Storytelling

I came across an interesting little article yesterday on PodcastFilmReview.com about the top ten uses of special effects for story telling. It was refreshing to see someone looking at this from the angle of the story telling rather than just for the special effects themselves.

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Tue 8 Mar 2011: 12:00pm

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Red Carpet Day for Games at the BAFTA Awards

Red Carpet Day for Games at the BAFTA Awards

Is it any wonder that the games companies in the UK have a hard time? So many companies going out of business already this year (and it's only March) and seemingly no government support or tax breaks. Whilst computer games feature as heavily in many people's lives as film, I suspect that few know about the games BAFTA awards.

Well, it is red carpet day for the games industry on Wednesday 16th March 2011 and you can view the awards online starting from 8:30 PM. Will the awards ever make it to live TV? OK maybe not, we don't generally know these faces as they are not on the big screen. But give a thought for the awards, the games and the technology these guys produce - they need everyone's support... It's not like we don't play games right?

Has your favourite game been nominated? Check out the nominees here. For me in the family section it has to be Kinect Sports but good luck to everyone who has been nominated! 

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Tue 8 Mar 2011: 9:13am

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UK Games Industry in Need of Help

We were all delighted for our friends at Double Negative on Sunday, as they scooped an Oscar for their VFX work on Inception, and the whole country was feeling a touch of national pride as Brits dominated the ‘big’ awards. No matter what your thoughts on the future of British film, it was certainly a good day to be a part of the UK film industry.

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Thu 3 Mar 2011: 5:30pm

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London VFX Houses Create Wizardry

It was great to see a write up in Variety about the big four post houses in the UK for more than one reason.

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