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Character Animation Graduation at Aardman Studios

Character Animation Graduation at Aardman Studios

On Friday 5 December, we visited Aardman Animations to celebrate the graduation of 11 students on a 12-week Character Animation course. Now in it’s second year, the course in a collaboration between NFTSCreative Skillset and Aardman. The mission? The provide animation training that is industry focused and addresses the skills gap for animators in the UK. And from what we saw on Friday, this is just our kind of animation course - the kind where students are supported in realising their career ambition, towards getting a job after they graduate.

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VFX Festival 2015: Are you ready?

VFX Festival 2015: Are you ready?

You’ve been talking about it, your friends have been talking about it, your friends’ friends have been talking about it, hell I even heard the milkman talking about it the other day, and now the date is finally here. That’s right, it’s time for you to start preparing for the VFX Festival 2015.

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Thu 30 Oct 2014: 4:10pm

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VFX & the Creative Workforce Survey - get involved! (and win an iPad!)

VFX & the Creative Workforce Survey - get involved! (and win an iPad!)

If you’re in the business of creative careers, then it’s likely you’ll be aware of Creative Skillset, an organisation that aims to plug skills gaps, identify funding needs, and train, develop and nurture people within creative industries.

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Tue 28 Oct 2014: 3:45pm

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‘Education for the future of digital creativity’ @ The ZED Space London

‘Education for the future of digital creativity’ @ The ZED Space London

The HP ZED London pop up is a rich source of knowledge for those who are considering a career, or are already involved in, the business of VFX.

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Fri 3 Oct 2014: 12:41pm

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Motion Graphics training with an Internship at CAKE

Motion Graphics training with an Internship at CAKE

At the end of this month (29th September to be exact), starts Escape’s very first dedicated Motion Graphics course – a 12 week (part time) evening course for creative folk who want to take their digital designs to new heights. And with an internship at CAKE up for grabs, this course is launching its graduates into the industry, firing on all cylinders!

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Wed 17 Sep 2014: 12:54pm

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Reasons to be Creative 2014

Reasons to be Creative 2014

Last week Ash Miles and myself spent a fantastic three days filled with education and inspiration at Reasons to be Creative in Brighton. This is a conference that brings together some of the most talented designers, coders, filmmakers, animators, installation builders, illustrators, and artists who offer a little window of insight into their work and careers.

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'Industry Workshops':event, in partnership with MPC London

'Industry Workshops':event, in partnership with MPC London

With some incredible names on board, the ‘Industry Workshops’ event held in partnership with our friends at MPC is a summit for London creatives that is not to be missed.

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Thu 28 Aug 2014: 10:30am

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Story, Character and Animation Masterclass with artists from Pixar

Story, Character and Animation Masterclass with artists from Pixar

VanArts and Pixar Animation Studios are coming to London for a 3 day event this coming August, offering you a fantastic opportunity to learn from a Pixar Story Artist, Pixar Art Designer and Pixar Animator.

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Double it! Two Escape webinars on the horizon...

Double it! Two Escape webinars on the horizon...

It’s fair to say that we’re well known amongst the VFX community for our top quality online VFX content. When it comes to educating yourself in the realms of VFX, Escape Studios YouTube/VLE (Virtual Learning System) will more often than not be on your list of first stop offs for online tips.

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Tue 15 Apr 2014: 12:00pm

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CG Student Awards 2014 – Enter Your Best CG Work Now!

CG Student Awards 2014 – Enter Your Best CG Work Now!

This year’s CG Student Awards competition has just launched and they are now taking entries. As big supporters of this competition we’re delighted to see it back for another year, and it’s looking bigger and better than ever. Dedicated to students studying for careers in Next-Gen Games and VFX / Animation industries, this competition is a great opportunity for students and alumni to showcase their work to industry experts, offering a little helping hand up the VFX career ladder.

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Thu 13 Mar 2014: 8:44am

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VFX Workshop with Maya Master, Lee Danskin

VFX Workshop with Maya Master, Lee Danskin

If you’ve not heard of Lee Danskin – well now is the time to get introduced. When it comes to Autodesk Maya, this is a man worth knowing. Director of Technology at Escape-Technology and the man who had a hand in creating Maya 1.0 (the 3D package that revolutionised the industry), Lee has enjoyed an incredible 18-year career working on high profile projects for some of the UK’s biggest VFX studios.

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Free webinar: The Art and Science of Visual Effects

Free webinar: The Art and Science of Visual Effects

What's the secret behind breath-taking visual effects? There are lots of elements we need to consider before answering this question – such as modelling, texturing and lighting your scene - but a pivotal point in the process of bringing a computer generated image to life, is rendering.  And one man who has dedicated a great many hours into this area is The Mill's Head of Maya Development, Suraj Harrington-Odedra

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The 2013 BFX Competition Awards Ceremony

The 2013 BFX Competition Awards Ceremony

Last Friday we took a train south to Bournemouth for the 2013 BFX awards ceremony, which was a truly wonderful event. Awarding and celebrating emerging talent from eleven UK universities, the teams who took part in this competition impressed us mightily.

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Tue 1 Oct 2013: 10:09am

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What are your tips and tricks?

What are your tips and tricks?

Hello loyal readers, A P Miles here with sad, sad news. It seems that I've bucked the trend and decided to catch the winter cold rather early, turning my normally deep and soothing voice into a growley, crackly mess, and increasing the pressure in my head to somewhere close to 500 fathoms deep.

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Tue 24 Sep 2013: 11:12am

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Challenging the status quo - The future of higher education...

Challenging the status quo - The future of higher education...

An interesting article appeared on Linkedin this week, on the future of Higher Education in America. Written on the back of an encounter between California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (who also sits on the boards of the University of California and California State University systems) and brand new start up education company ‘Udacity’, an organisation that creates online college courses focused largely on science and technology.

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Fri 20 Sep 2013: 10:43am

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A Taste of 3D!

A Taste of 3D!

Often for a VFX artist there is a defining moment of clarity, whether it be during a TV program, an epic film, or just viewing a highly detailed drawing, most of the artists we encounter, when asked “what made you want to become a VFX artist?” Usually one of these occasions is cited as a reply.

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Thu 19 Sep 2013: 3:03pm

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Celebrating 150 years of the London Underground with some VFX!

Celebrating 150 years of the London Underground with some VFX!

This year we’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the fabulous, London Underground.

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Mon 16 Sep 2013: 12:08pm

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The Return of Naiad… Hurrah!

The Return of Naiad… Hurrah!

For those of you who are interested learning more about the tools being used by the pros, here’s a great article from the fxguide crew sharing details of the recent evolution of Naiad into Bifröst. In my opinion, this is one of the most exciting developments to come from Autodesk in quite some time. Find out more here.

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Tue 10 Sep 2013: 12:27pm

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Learning with augmented reality, the future?

Learning with augmented reality, the future?

If you didn’t already know, we’re big fans of technology in education, when these two fields are spliced together in a truly ground breaking way, we can’t resist a blog post about it!

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Tue 3 Sep 2013: 12:48pm

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This week on YouTube....Part 1!

This week on YouTube....Part 1!

Whats up internet? It's September already, nobody told me. I thought I was getting funny looks on the tube, I came to work in swim shorts and a snorkel! But enough about my arrest record. You want to hear about our YouTube channel, I'm sure.

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