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Framestore’s VFX Supervisor on HP7 Inspires our Students

Framestore’s VFX Supervisor on HP7 Inspires our Students

Last Wednesday, Escape Studios had the honour of having Christian Manz, VFX Supervisor at Framestore come into our studios and talk to our students about life in the industry. Christian discussed the bits about the job that are great (Like getting to see your name up on the big screen after arduous months of working on a project) and the bits which aren’t quite so good (Like the long hours). It wasn’t just our students who enjoyed it, we loved it too.  Christian’s thirteen year career has been an epic one and his latest contribution to the industry as VFX Supervisor on the latest HP7 is particularly impressive. We spoke to Christian about the highs and lows of his career so far, and what it feels like to have been part of one of the biggest films of our recent times.

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Fri 3 Dec 2010: 4:34pm

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Thank you technology customers!

Thank you technology customers!

Last night we had some of the finest brains and talent in Soho out for our Technology Christmas drinks.

We just want to really thank all those who came along and hope you enjoyed the evening.. We certainly did and it was great to see so many new and familiar faces!

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Fri 3 Dec 2010: 1:13pm

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CG Andrex Puppy!

CG Andrex Puppy!

So an Iconic mascot after 4 decades has finally become a CG character. Having done this myself with the first CG Tony the Tiger I have to wonder whether this will work. The British public being such a fickle bunch! CG Tony was to be a furry character but was squashed at the last moment by Kellogg's in the States as going to far away from the 2D character of Tony (shame he was so cool furry).

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Thu 2 Dec 2010: 9:00am

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The wait’s finally over – CG Whiz 2010 shortlist

We said it was going to be tough to judge and we were right. The entries for this year’s CG Whiz competition blew us away (quite literally!) and the quality of the reels overall impressed each and every judge.

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Thu 2 Dec 2010: 7:25am

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Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies

Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies

Irvin Kershner, director of 'The Empire Strikes Back' died on Saturday in Los Angeles, aged 87. 'Kersh'', as he was affectionately known on the set of the 1980 sequel, deserves credit for directing easily the finest of all the Star Wars films, and for a diverse and varied career in which the inter-galactic blockbuster was something of an anomaly.

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Wed 1 Dec 2010: 9:51am

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The Amazing Flying Festo Manta Ray

The Amazing Flying Festo Manta Ray

Have any of you been watching Wallace and Gromit’s new program on BBC1? It’s basically like a new version of Tomorrow’s World with Wallace acting as the presenter and Gromit taking the role of the funny side-kick.

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Tue 30 Nov 2010: 10:43am

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MediaCity UK - Salford Quays, Manchester

MediaCity UK - Salford Quays, Manchester

I was invited up to take a look around MediaCityUK UK last week. I didn't really know what to expect, I had heard quite a bit about the developments over the past few years but it had always been 'up North' and at the back of my mind.

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Mon 29 Nov 2010: 3:21pm

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

I went to see HP7 at the weekend. We are all different but I really miss the magical events of the early Potter, I guess I just didn't want him to grow up!

The VFX work was amazing, as always, well done to everyone involved. Would the film have been enhanced if it was in 3D? I think possibly so, but as we all now know, 3D as an afterthought is not the way to go.

I do worry about having a 'two parter' personally, you are going to the cinema knowing that there will not be a resolution. But that said, the cinema was full and that has to be a good thing for the industry. Count down to the final film... or will it be?

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Mon 22 Nov 2010: 10:58am

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To be academic or not, that is the question...

To be academic or not, that is the question...

Here's a great piece of animation which illustrates something I care deeply about, the education system.

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Fri 19 Nov 2010: 4:26pm

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CG Whiz 2010: A tough task to judge

As this year’s CG Whiz competition finally closes, we’re delighted to announce we had 170 entries through the door (smashing last year’s entry tally) and the quality of reels blew us away. There’s definitely a lot of talented CG artists out there and we know just how much this competition can help up and coming artists get their foot in the door.

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Thu 18 Nov 2010: 10:16am

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More VFX Wizardry from Framestore with Harry Potter

More VFX Wizardry from Framestore with Harry Potter

Here I am, sat in the airport with some time to kill – so I start reading the papers and the front pages are all covered with reviews of last night’s premiere of Harry Potter (The Deathly Hallows Part 1) in London. That’s lucky, because I really like Harry Potter and I am quite looking forward to seeing the film.

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Wed 17 Nov 2010: 3:28pm

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Pixar's RenderMan amazing 40% price reduction!

Pixar's RenderMan amazing 40% price reduction!

Yesterday, Pixar announced an unprecedented price drop in their flagship product RenderMan® Pro Server. The 40% reduction will allow studios and freelancers that were previously unable to buy into the technology, to get a slice of the Film / VFX industry standard renderer. With the global CG expansion, Pixar appreciate that the growth of renderfarms is real and happening now, this move allows existing customers to ramp up their rendering capabilities in a more cost effective manner whilst allowing smaller shops and freelancers access to the toolset.

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Tue 16 Nov 2010: 10:39am

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Escape Studios' Mo progress

The team here at Escape are on day 12 of the Mo' growing, for some of us it's more like no growing... But it's all for The Prostate Cancer Charity so we don't care!

We have some updated pictures, please laugh, we are every day!

Please sponsor us, any amount really appreciated!

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Fri 12 Nov 2010: 11:40am

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CG Whiz is closing

We’ve had some fantastic entries for CG Whiz 2010, but the deadline is fast approaching. Any entries submitted after midnight tonight (Pacific Time – 8 am GMT or 7 pm in Sydney, Australia) will not be counted, so you’ve only got a few more hours to get your reel in.  You can do this via Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube or Facebook, but remember to email CGWhiz@escapestudios.com with your contact details too.

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Fri 12 Nov 2010: 9:27am

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The Pitfalls of Digital Perfection

The Pitfalls of Digital Perfection

At the end of every one of our intensive classroom courses, we get our students to present their finished work to their classmates and to our Training Development Director Lee Danskin. Last Friday, it was the turn of the escapees from our latest Visual Effects Production Course.

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Thu 11 Nov 2010: 11:06am

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Escapee Jacob Flint Lands First VFX Job at The Mill

Escapee Jacob Flint Lands First VFX Job at The Mill

VFX escapee, Jacob Flint has just bagged a job at The Mill which as you can imagine he's pretty pleased about. The truth is, we are too.  Having studied with us for 12 weeks on our VFX Production course, Jacob learned all of the vital skills that he needed to get started in the industry right away.  He was pretty nervous during his interview but ultimately his skills shone through.

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Wed 10 Nov 2010: 2:45pm

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Mandelbrot on roughness

Mandelbrot on roughness

Judging by the high number of re-tweets and Facebook shares of the story I posted on October 19th about Mandelbrot, I figured this was a subject that interested many of you. I am glad I am not the only one!

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Tue 2 Nov 2010: 9:24am

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CG Whiz competition reaches the half-way mark.

We’ve just blown the half time whistle on the CG Whiz competition and thought it might be time for a team talk; a chance to touch base with everyone and let you know how it’s all going.

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What’s Your Favourite CG Film or Scene of all Time?

Our CG Whiz competition got us thinking about what our favourite CG films and scenes of all time are. One thing led to another, much "debating" took place around the office and then we thought it would be best to let our Twitter followers have the last say. After being inundated with many great suggestions from them, here are the top five.

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Tue 26 Oct 2010: 12:27pm

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CG Whiz : 3 Weeks to Go

I have been checking out all the entries received so far into our CG Whiz competition, and it's been a lot of fun watching all the work submitted. Thanks to everyone who has entered so far.

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