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What would have Pompeii looked like in 80 AD?

What would have Pompeii looked like in 80 AD?


This 3D reconstruction of ancient Pompeii is quite neat. Generated with Procedural’s CityEngine, it shows how quickly a 3D city can be created using a plug-in, and eliminate the time-consuming tasks of manual modeling and design often required in games, post-production and architectural visualisation. It is also up to 10 times more efficient at creating urban environments than existing packages. It is completely brand new to Escape Studios – no need to say we are quite excited about it.

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Mon 1 Feb 2010: 11:34am

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2009 Customer Satisfaction Survey - Winners!

A few weeks ago we ran a customer satisfaction survey. As part of the survey, we had a prize draw, with the winners bagging a masterclass with our VFX tutor Lee Danskin and the runners up all receiving Amazon vouchers.

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Fri 29 Jan 2010: 3:03pm

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Videogames violence

I’ve seen in the news this week that Scottish MP Joe Fitzpatrick has been defending Dundee’s videogames industry after the Scottish Parliament was urged to recognise the fact violent games are easily obtainable for children.

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Fri 29 Jan 2010: 10:33am

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Game Course - images

Here's a selection of what our game course students have created. As I mentioned before, I'm really proud of what the guys have come up with, and I would love to show you every single students work, were it not for amount of space it would take up on the blog. So here, as a compromise, is a selection:

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Thu 21 Jan 2010: 11:05am

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Autodesk Mudbox 2010 Service Pack 1

Our friends at Autodesk have released the first service pack for Mudbox 2010.

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Fri 15 Jan 2010: 12:08pm

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A work of art

On one of my (out of work hours) trawls around the internet, I came across this little gem (if you can, watch fullscreen).

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Thu 14 Jan 2010: 8:06pm

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Videogames more popular than films?

As I’m sure some of you would have seen, last week figures were released showing that revenues from UK videogames hit £1.73 billion last year – a whopping 44% higher than what was generated from UK films during the same time. If you consider some of the huge cinema releases we saw last year, it’s no mean feat that it was only UK television that made more money than the video games industry. Impressive stuff, but is it really a surprise? I’ve said before that playing videogames is becoming a family past time – games consoles are now found in the family living room rather than banished to a “geeky” teenager’s bedroom. Gaming has a far reaching appeal, and I doubt that the growth of the gaming industry will cease any time soon. Interest in our games course, particularly since Sony veteran Simon Fenton came on board, has continued to grow. It’s great to see this exciting industry gaining rightful recognition – not just in terms of increased sales, but in the demand for creative talent which boosts the development of video gaming in the UK. Would you rather spend two hours playing Modern Warfare 2 or watching Blackhawk Down?

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Wed 13 Jan 2010: 12:36pm

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Survey - Graduates find a long term home in CG industry

You might have read that we recently surveyed people working in the industry for their thoughts about their jobs and the world they work in. We’ve now taken this one step further by asking graduates about their expectations of a career in this field.

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Thu 17 Dec 2009: 4:53pm

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CG Whiz Awards video

CG Whiz Awards video

Regular readers of the blog will know that last week we had the awards ceremony of the CG Whiz competition. We managed to grab the three winners and some of the judges, including Steve Venning from The Mill, to film their views on the competition. We think everyone had a great time, and over the next few months we’re hoping to have blog posts from Adam Droy, the overall winner, and runners up Ronan McMeel and Marco Barrato, to see how the competition prizes have helped them break into the CG industry.

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Wed 16 Dec 2009: 4:03pm

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Taking online, offline: Escape studios meets the Twitterers

Over the last few months we've spent a lot of time meeting various people from the CG world on Twitter, and have been discussing everything from the latest Autodesk upgrades or Softimage updates, to Nick's doodles and even elephant clocks (this conversation really did happen). After all of this interaction, we thought it was about time that we got to meet some of you face to face, so on Friday we invited three of the more vocal Twitterers to a beer and CG evening at Escape Studios.

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Tue 15 Dec 2009: 10:18am

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Announcing The Winners of the CG Whiz Competition...

Congratulations to all the finalists of our CG Whiz competition. We had a great time at the Reveal Event last night, meeting the future stars of the CG industry. As we’ve said before, we were overwhelmed by the sheer number and quality of the entries we’ve received.

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Thu 10 Dec 2009: 8:42am

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Survey - State of the CG industry

You might have read a couple of weeks ago about the winners of a prize draw we held for those who completed our survey. We wanted to see what people in and around the CG industry thought about their jobs and the world in which they work. We had a fantastic response, with over 2,800 professionals, hobbyists and students answering questions for us, and the results make for interesting reading.

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Wed 2 Dec 2009: 11:53am

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New feature - Nick's Doodles

Here at Escape Studios, we pride ourselves on our close links with the industry. One of the ways we maintain these links is by having tutors who have done the jobs they teach. This means that our tutors are some of the best CGers in the business, and they’re an incredibly creative bunch.

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Fri 27 Nov 2009: 2:05pm

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VFX in the 70s

I came across this the other day, and I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited. Star Wars (the original three, we won’t talk about the new lot) has been a huge inspiration for so many people in the industry over the years, and to see how the graphics were done is fantastic.

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Mon 23 Nov 2009: 12:45pm

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Announcing...the CG Whiz shortlist!

It's the moment you've all been waiting for... Escape Studios and The Mill are delighted to announce the shortlist of our CG Whiz competition. We’re astounded by both the level of interest and the standard of entries: we’ve had 136 entries, whilst the videos have received over 8,300 views! The shortlist (in no particular order) is:

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Fri 20 Nov 2009: 5:05pm

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Survey prize draw winners announced

A few weeks ago we ran a survey to find out what people thought of the CG industry, with a prize draw and some fantastic prizes for a lucky few. We’re please to say we can now announce the winners of the prize draw.

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Thu 19 Nov 2009: 9:54pm

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20 animated submissions for upcoming Oscars

Not sure how many of you have been following this story, but a whopping 20 feature films have been submitted for the Animated Feature film category for the upcoming Oscars. This is great news for the industry as it means we’re well on track to getting five nominees qualifying for the category at the awards next February (we normally only have 3!).

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Thu 19 Nov 2009: 10:47am

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Hollywood producer, Charlotte Huggins to discuss 3D breakthroughs in film and TV.

For those in the film industry, this may be an interesting event for your December diary. The Institution of Engineering and Technology is holding the inaugural John Logie Baird event on the 8th December entitled ‘3D – Back to the future’.

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Wed 18 Nov 2009: 4:45pm

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Free Advanced Lighting Tutorial

We have just made a great new free tutorial available to you all: Advanced Lighting for VFX Artists. This is ideal material for VFX artists who wants to improve your lighting skills.

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Fri 13 Nov 2009: 1:53pm

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How to Become a World-Class Animator

Thanks to everyone who attended my "Becoming a World-Class Animator" webinar last night - it was great to get a chance to speak to all of you!  We're going to make the presentation available in the Escape Studios Free Resources section of our website soon - so make sure that you keep an eye out for it.

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