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Are You a Competition Winner?

Are You a Competition Winner?

Some of you may already know, but once a month we like to post a free tutorial on our website. We started creating these so that you could pick up new tips & tricks, tighten up the skills you already have or add a new technique to your toolkit.

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Wed 13 Jun 2012: 10:30am

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What do you think art should do?

What do you think art should do?

I recently went to see the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. Wow! Intense, raw paintings that reflected his relationship to his sitters. I actually quite liked his early portraits that were very flat in dimension and lacking perspective in a stylised way. He painted the eyes of the faces quite large and dominant in the frame.  But in most cases looking away, or 'blankly' towards the painter. This created for me a disturbing yet intriguing relationship between the viewer of the painting, me, and the personality of the person he is trying to portray. When we look at portraits or a picture of a person, we tend to look at the eyes first to connect in some way. Not being able to do that created a whole new approach of portraiture that I do not see often. Their eyes were wide, but not allowing a connection. The faces were rarely smiling and this one is a great example.

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Mon 30 Apr 2012: 11:34am

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News Round-Up: Monday 5th Mar 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 5th Mar 2012

Here is my usual jumble of news to start off this week. There are tutorials, news of various software releases, a cool "Making of Rango", and really sweet advert for Twinnings tea, and lots more. Feel free to add anything I may have forgotten.

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Mon 5 Mar 2012: 9:06am

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Learning Resources for Coding

There are a lot of people in the CG industry who have an interest in the "wizardry" of coding: from automating repetitive tasks via scripts, to pushing the boundaries of the software packages through the API layer, to smoothing out company pipelines by hooking up software that did not originally understand the other software's lingo.

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Tue 28 Feb 2012: 12:00pm

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News Round-Up: Monday 27th Feb 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 27th Feb 2012

It's the time of the week when I share with you the news that picked my interest over the last seven days. This time, there are the following goodies on offer: a cool making of from Framestore, some great new tutorials, a trailer of Pixar's "Brave", a new trailer for Spiderman and lots of education news related to Michael's latest announcements regarding education reforms.

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Mon 27 Feb 2012: 9:23am

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News Round-Up: Monday 20th Feb 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 20th Feb 2012

After an absence of a week, I am back again with my usual digest of news. This week, we have some great showreels from the likes of Pixomondo, a great trailer from Spiderman and even some tutorials.

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Mon 20 Feb 2012: 2:34pm

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UK Uni Fee’s Up – Applications Down

UK Uni Fee’s Up – Applications Down

This was hardly surprising news, but the positive spin put on this stat by Universities UK, was that the drop wasn’t as great as predicted. However, a decrease of 8.7% is significant, and demonstrates prospective students are unable or unwilling to pay the increase in fees imposed by the current government.

There were more women than men applying, but the biggest drop is not amongst school leavers, down only 3.6%, but from older students over 21 which were down significantly.

However, there was also a slight increase in overseas students applying here, and conversely more UK students are applying abroad, for example, Maastricht University forecasts 600 applications.

It’s not rocket science figuring out that fees of £9000 p/a over a three year degree, plus all living costs will be a considerable sum to repay, and for a non-vocational degree, it will require serious thought to justify. After all, if the degree studied will not guarantee a job at the end earning you X amount, then being saddled with that kind of debt is a hefty burden to bear.

Even the prospect of the student idyll and those first tastes of freedom living away from the parents, in the life of Riley, may now seem a little indulgent.

In our sector, Animation and Computer Graphic degrees are wide ranging and extensive, but this can be both their strength and their weakness. Yes, you may learn a wide range of skills, direct your own mini movie masterpiece, and if you’re exceptionally talented and hardworking, this film may lead to a job winning Showreel.

The reality is too often we see films that are either strong in one discipline but severely lacking in others, so making the overall effect disappointing. Or either, so many students have worked on one jaw dropping movie, that it’s hard to see exactly how much of a role any one individual played in the overall execution.

If getting a job is your top priority, fair to say it’s better to study an in-depth industry specific course, such as we offer here at Escape Studios, rather than something less focused.

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Tue 14 Feb 2012: 4:00pm

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News Round-Up: Monday 6th Feb 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 6th Feb 2012

There's all sorts of goodies in this week's edition of my News Round Up: we have free sofware from DAZ3D, some cool VFX breakdowns, the usual Oscar related stories, and lots of lots of news on the state of the UK education system. Hope you enjoy it, and as usual, I welcome your feedback.

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Mon 6 Feb 2012: 9:50am

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News Round-Up: Monday 30th Jan 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 30th Jan 2012

This week, my round up of CG news features software and hardware announcements, interviews with VFX professionals, and some cool new VFX breakdowns. Hope you enjoy it!

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Mon 30 Jan 2012: 11:51am

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News Round-Up: Monday 23rd Jan 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 23rd Jan 2012

My, what a busy week! There are announcements from the likes of Pixar about their RenderMan software, interviews with London studios such as Pixomondo and the much more education controversy. Here's my pick of last week's more interesting stories.

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Mon 23 Jan 2012: 8:23am

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News Round-Up: Monday 16th Jan 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 16th Jan 2012

After an interesting last week in our Los Angeles studios, I have come back to what seems to have been a week dominated with announcements about the state of our education system. But my round up of news is not just about education news, and this week, there is news about what the London Olympic stadium is going to look like, details of Cinecite's internship program and lots more...

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Mon 16 Jan 2012: 8:28am

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News Round-Up: Monday 9th Jan 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 9th Jan 2012

First week back at work and it's as if Xmas was months ago. The news certainly kept on coming this week, and here is a quick summary of what I picked up on this week.

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Mon 9 Jan 2012: 8:21am

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News Round-Up: Tuesday 3rd Jan 2012

News Round-Up: Tuesday 3rd Jan 2012

It's been a while since my last News Round-Up... Hopefully, you will all be rested after this holiday season and rearing to go. So, to get you going, I have selected a whole bunch of news items which have been published over the last couple of weeks.

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Tue 3 Jan 2012: 8:01am

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Dneg Champion ICT in Schools

Dneg Champion ICT in Schools

It is exciting to see Double Negative lead the charge for the VFX houses, getting on board with Next Gen Skills and being extremely vocal in their support.

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Fri 23 Dec 2011: 9:12am

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News Round-Up: Monday 19th Dec 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 19th Dec 2011

This will be my last Weekly Round-Up of News for this year..., hope you enjoy it. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment. I'll be sure to look at your suggestion during the Xmas break.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Mon 19 Dec 2011: 8:30am

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Four Million Children In The UK Do Not Own A Book

Four Million Children In The UK Do Not Own A Book

This is an incredibly depressing statistic, but one that I wish had been accompanied by more background information and context. I read it in a BBC article entitled “National Literacy Trust highlights book-free millions” published last week. According to the BBC, a new report by the National Literacy Trust indicates that the proportion of children without books is increasing, and now stands at one in three, compared to one in ten in 2005.

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Mon 12 Dec 2011: 2:47pm

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News Round-Up: Monday 12th Dec 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 12th Dec 2011

Here is my usual Weekly Round-Up of News, with stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Mon 12 Dec 2011: 9:57am

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The Future of University Applications Looks Confused

There were a whole raft of announcements and news stories about university applications last week - sadly they didn't get much air time as TV and radio stations remained firmly focused on the state of the Euro. Still, the BBC did publish a few stories which are worthy of further discussion.

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Wed 7 Dec 2011: 10:34am

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News Round-Up: Monday 5th Dec 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 5th Dec 2011

Here is my usual Weekly Round-Up of News, with stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

0 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Mon 5 Dec 2011: 9:45am

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