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Nationwide Tax Break Policy for the CG Industry

I was pretty shocked last week when the Coalition Government reversed its position in their dramatic Budget announcement. The UK government has declared its intention to establish a nationwide games tax break policy, in a manoeuvre that leaves the British sector in shock and jubilation. They stated: "Following consultation on the design, the Government will introduce corporation tax reliefs for the video games, animation and high-end television industries from April 2013, subject to State aid approval," read the official budget report.

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Mon 26 Mar 2012: 10:24am

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The Coolest VFX Apps on the Market

The Coolest VFX Apps on the Market

There are so many useful apps on the market and I have found a couple of super useful and cool iPhone apps for the VFX artist and digital photographer.  Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing these with you in a series of blog posts.

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Fri 16 Mar 2012: 10:10am

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Spot the CG...

Spot the CG...

After six weeks of intense Maya core, halfway through the VFX Production course, escapees gather in the break out space to present their work to their class colleagues, as well as to view the other studio classes projects.

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Thu 8 Mar 2012: 12:00pm

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Answer 5 Questions For a Chance to Win Free Online Courses

Answer 5 Questions For a Chance to Win Free Online Courses

We have been hard at work planning our next set of video tutorials for you all to enjoy but right now, we are very keen to hear directly from you what sort of tutorials would help you most. Since we understand that you are all busy, we have put together a super quick, super simple 5 question survey, and all those who fill it in will get a chance to win a free Maya Essentials online course or a ZBrush for 3D Artist online course.

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Fri 2 Mar 2012: 12:42pm

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Week 05: The Lights Are On...

Week 05: The Lights Are On...

The fifth week of the Maya Core evening course is equivalent to day five of the intensive day time class, so we have now covered one week of the comparable daytime course. The advantage of the evening course is you have more time to soak in the deluge of information showered onto you, but the daytime class are constantly thinking in Maya so perhaps absorb it more thoroughly.

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Fri 2 Mar 2012: 12:08pm

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Week 04: All Tapped out but Ready to Roll

Week 04: All Tapped out but Ready to Roll

After last week’s fruity frolics and forays into furniture, we began week four of our Maya Course finishing the seat cover of our poly modelled chair. The back row gang was complete again as our comrade James returned as he was unable to attend last week’s lessons. He was gutted to miss the chair making exercise, because he’s a budding furniture designer now hoping to get an internship at a London studio, and believes learning Maya will boost his creative potential.

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Fri 24 Feb 2012: 1:00pm

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Week Three: Bye BanaNurbs - Hi Poly Chair

Week Three: Bye BanaNurbs - Hi Poly Chair

I was sitting in the front row, next to Rodrigo from Brazil, on Monday night, as our class made an effort to complete the exercise of modelling fruit in NURBS, before we moved on to making a chair in Polygons. I felt a little more confident, after practicing my Primitive Man Online tutorial last weekend, and I looked forward to shading and texturing my wonky apple. But before I got to that moment there was a NURB banana skin, waiting for me to slip on.

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Fri 17 Feb 2012: 12:00pm

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Week Two: We’ll be Apples

Week Two: We’ll be Apples

There are no Antipodeans in our class, but if there were we might use the Aussie slang phrase ‘We'll be apples’ (meaning it’ll be alright), as we started to understand the workflow, and make our first tentative steps at modelling fruit in Maya. For on Monday night Mark began our second week of tuition with an exercise in creating an apple, giving new meaning to Maya Core.

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Fri 10 Feb 2012: 10:30am

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Week One: I am Primitive Man

Week One: I am Primitive Man

What have I got myself into?…” was the worrying thought running through my mind, as my second class in Maya Core reached the half-way point. This was the less than confident start to my personal experiment, where I’m hoping to demonstrate how Escape Studios can instruct a complete 3D newbie, and turn me into a (hopefully) competent Maya operator.

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Fri 3 Feb 2012: 11:55am

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Webinar: Unlock the Secrets of Houdini...

Webinar: Unlock the Secrets of Houdini...

We now teach SideFX Houdini software on our Professional VFX Course, not just because it’s an integral part of the pipeline but also for its ability to create very cool animations that will enhance anyone's showreel.

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Wed 25 Jan 2012: 12:00pm

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Cutting it in VFX - The Mill Explain What it Takes

Cutting it in VFX - The Mill Explain What it Takes

As Escape’s Recruitment Manager, it’s my job to know exactly what employers are looking for when they’re hiring candidates. The thing to remember is that it’s different for every company – you have to tailor your showreel and CV to the position and company you’re applying for (Tips you can check out here). We place lots of escapees and freelancers at The Mill and last week, I caught up with Claire Anderson their Talent Manager, who explained exactly what it takes to cut it at their company. For those of you eager to secure a position, pay attention and check out the interview.

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Tue 24 Jan 2012: 1:39pm

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Maya Core Calendar Begins 30th Jan 2012

Maya Core Calendar Begins 30th Jan 2012

If you share my fascination with 3D and have always wanted to learn how to do it yourself, make 2012 the year your Maya calendar begins.

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Wed 18 Jan 2012: 4:40pm

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Learning to Master Houdini with Escape

Learning to Master Houdini with Escape

I promised to keep you posted on how we're changing our curriculum to include Houdini in some of our courses, and that’s the subject of this post.

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Wed 11 Jan 2012: 10:10am

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Escapee Showcase: Hyeon Joon Kang

Escapee Showcase: Hyeon Joon Kang

As some of you may know, we recently launched a new course called "Visual Effects Animation Professional". Well, our first group of students from the courses have been handing their projects in and I wanted to take the opportunity to showcase a fantastic piece of work by Hyeon Joon Kang. His work clearly shows how the VFX pipeline works and if we retrace his steps, we can take a closer look at each part of the process. Joon's project is a great illustration of what we teach in this new course and what you can achieve in just 18 weeks with us.

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Thu 5 Jan 2012: 9:24pm

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A Great iPhone App From MPC

A Great iPhone App From MPC

For anyone with an iPhone or an iPad here is a great app from our friends at MPC. If you are interested in entering the VFX industry, this is something which I would highly recommend. MPC's app shows the jobs they have available as soon as they are published, and is a great way of finding out about those entry level positions that aspiring artists are after.

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Thu 22 Dec 2011: 9:41am

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Training That Works For You

Training That Works For You

After a busy year of new course launches, we now have Visual Effects and Compositing training to suit everyone, whether that’s Classroom Training or Online Mentored study. We know what you need to learn but also understand that everyday life can sometimes make this difficult. This is why we’ve tackled this head on and ensured that our training is flexible and works for you.

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Tue 20 Dec 2011: 3:39pm

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Escapee Showcase: Alaric Holberton

Escapee Showcase: Alaric Holberton

It's been a while since we featured any escapee work on our blog so I wanted to show you a recent reel which has really impressed us.

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Fri 16 Dec 2011: 8:59am

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New Additional VFX Course Dates for January!

New Additional VFX Course Dates for January!

Due to the unprecedented demand for our 12 Week Visual Effects Production courses we have just opened up another VFX classroom for January! Having filled the two existing January dates so quickly, and while we are still receiving enquires for these courses, we wanted to give as many people as possible the opportunity to start with us in January.

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Thu 1 Dec 2011: 3:46pm

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Students Love our Mentored Training Courses

Students Love our Mentored Training Courses

We have students from all over the world training with us - all from different walks of life and with different priorities and motivations. Whether they’re in full-time work or part time study, it’s our core aim to help them develop the skills required to progress their career as a VFX artist in a way that works for them. Our Online Mentored Training enables students to do just that – learning online, and working around day-to-day commitments.

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Thu 24 Nov 2011: 12:27pm

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MARI Tuition: A Very Popular Subject

MARI Tuition: A Very Popular Subject

Back in September, Escape Studios and The Foundry joined forces to run a series of free MARI tutorials. To start with, there were two training programmes on offer, but due to an overwhelming demand we scheduled in a third. The aim for the tuition was to introduce professional artists working in the industry to some key features available in MARI, that are fast becoming an integral part of the modern pipeline.

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Fri 11 Nov 2011: 2:48pm

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