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Everyone loves a good graphic novel...

Everyone loves a good graphic novel...

I am a great fan of Neil Gaiman, I was from the moment I read Good Omens to his most recent The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, they are captivating stories and his graphic novels have some amazing art work to boot.

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Wed 28 Aug 2013: 11:58am

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The VFX Festival 2013: Latest.

The VFX Festival 2013: Latest.

We’ve been brewing up a VFX storm over the last few weeks in the form of the VFX Festival 2013. Last year’s Festival was a huge success, tickets sold out in 72 hours and after a week of packed workshops and talks, this time we had no choice but to make things bigger and better!

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Thu 22 Aug 2013: 4:55pm

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All the best games landscapes in one place - Inspiration central!

All the best games landscapes in one place - Inspiration central!

I'll admit I don't play video games, but I do thoroughly enjoy seeing the environments that they create. I came across this site that highlights some beautiful game worlds, assembled by ultrabrilliant.

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Mon 19 Aug 2013: 11:35am

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You think this is CG? Think again!

You think this is CG? Think again!

Seeing these stunning images and being surrounded by incredible CG artists here at Escape, I assumed that they were created in a Dynamic Simulation Software such as Houdini.

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Wed 14 Aug 2013: 11:56am

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Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Don’t you just love it when two intricate art forms collide to make something equally as wonderful as each ingredient on its own? We saw this video (above) created by students from the University for the Creative Arts, and not only did we fall in love with the computer generated imagery, but we were impressed by the fact that this animation was synchronised with a live recording of  Milhaud’s 'La Création du Monde'.

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Wed 7 Aug 2013: 11:47am

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Tell us about 2D!

Tell us about 2D!

Now and then we like to call upon our wonderfully gifted tutors to dispatch their invaluable knowledge to potential VFX artists across the world, in the form of an online webinar

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Tue 6 Aug 2013: 4:56pm

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Star Wars Episode VII set to keep things old school.

Star Wars Episode VII set to keep things old school.

Star Wars Episode VII is on the horizon, and whether you are jumping in the air with excitement or recoiling every time the film's title is uttered – the creation of the motion picture is going to be one interesting venture.

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Tue 6 Aug 2013: 3:02pm

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Rotoscoping legend vists Escape - you coming?

Rotoscoping legend vists Escape - you coming?

On Wednesday Aug 7th rotoscoping guru Martin Body, whose work spans from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Casino Royale to Skyfall, is speaking at our Open Day about his epic career in the world of Visual Effects. Pre-digital, Martin was an optical and rostrum cameraman and even used to roto by hand using paper and scissors to create matts back in the day!

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Fri 2 Aug 2013: 5:00pm

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Free VFX Webinar – Last change to sign up, don't miss out!

Free VFX Webinar – Last change to sign up, don't miss out!

Tomorrow, August 1st, we're hosting a free webinar with Head of 3D and Escape tutor, Mark Spevick, who will be revealing some of the secrets at the heart of VFX. Introducing you to key techniques and exposing what this creative career is really like, Mark hopes to demystify the science behind the art.

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Wed 31 Jul 2013: 7:02pm

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Davi makes the grade!

Davi makes the grade!

Fan favourite film mag Empire recently released a list of cinema's greatest VFX shots as picked by industry experts and it certainly hit all the right notes. Classic scenes from Jurassic Park, Star Wars and The Abyss were all on there, but we were particularly proud to see number 1 being Davy Jones' face from POTC:DMC, which our very own Head of 2D and tutor Davi Stein worked on during her time at ILM! Congratulations Davi!

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Wed 31 Jul 2013: 11:43am

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Got the film making bug?

Got the film making bug?

Calling all filmmakers! Are you an IdeasTap member? If so, then you’ve got until Friday 6th of September to enter this competition, run by the  National Theatre, who are in search of creative minds to make a short film inspired by their new show; ‘The Light Princess’, (click here for more information on entrants source of inspiration)

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Mon 29 Jul 2013: 10:02am

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Pixar & The Foundry team up!

Pixar & The Foundry team up!

It came as a pleasant surprise this week, to discover that the mighty Pixar, are to work alongside  another developer for the first time!

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Fri 26 Jul 2013: 3:47pm

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Fluid sim software lovers, behold!

Here’s some amazing news for fans of the now defunct Naiad.

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Thu 25 Jul 2013: 9:51am

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Webseries Spotlight; RWBY

Webseries Spotlight; RWBY

Hello everyone, Ash here. How've you been? I'm well, thanks. I've been making Youtube videos recently, have you been watching them? Please do, Seriously, I need this job.

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Mon 22 Jul 2013: 4:08pm

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Very cool, Very cool indeed...

Very cool, Very cool indeed...

It’s been a sweltering couple of weeks, and in the UK, it’s a well-known fact that we love to talk about the weather, what kind of London based establishment would we be if we didn’t blog about it?

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Fri 19 Jul 2013: 4:59pm

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Dreamworks to Build Chinese Theme Park

Dreamworks to Build Chinese Theme Park

Ever wanted to travel to China? The culture, the history, the Dreamworks Theme Park– hold on a second, what was that last one?

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Thu 18 Jul 2013: 12:15pm

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World War Z - Next Level VFX!

World War Z - Next Level VFX!

Hi dudes! It's been a while since I've seen a film where the special effects really surprised me. The thing is that these days everything is ordinary: it's absolutely normal to go to the cinema and see giant robots, extreme explosions, blah blah blah.

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Wed 17 Jul 2013: 3:49pm

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Pacific Rim, how does it look?

Pacific Rim, how does it look?

Pacific Rim, the mad Japanese Kaiju style monster movie by Guillermo del Toro sounds like it’s crazy fun and action packed, judging from some early reviews we’ve read this week online.

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Mon 15 Jul 2013: 4:39pm

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The Escape Studios Advisory Board – Supporting Aspiring VFX Talent

The Escape Studios Advisory Board – Supporting Aspiring VFX Talent

Delivering the most up-to-date curriculum to our students is always at the heart of Escape Studios’ training. To achieve this we rely heavily on our industry connections to keep us tuned into the latest trends, technologies and processes at use in the current VFX climate, helping us develop and deliver the most relevant training for those looking to forge a career in VFX. To help us with this, we’ve appointed an Advisory Board of top industry figures who share their thoughts on what’s happening in the industry, where it’s headed and what’s required from VFX artists at this time.

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Ellen Payne
Fri 12 Jul 2013: 4:51pm

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Congrats to all our Escapees who helped make ‘Man of Steel’ possible

Congrats to all our Escapees who helped make ‘Man of Steel’ possible

By now, we’re guessing, many of you VFX fans out there will have seen Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. If you haven’t, we’re sure you have a valid excuse. And for those of you who have, you may have noticed the epic credits list for the VFX department in particular. As we respectfully stay at the end of the movie to watch the credits roll, we’re always proud to spot names we recognise among the list – the names of our graduates.

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Ellen Payne
Thu 11 Jul 2013: 5:12pm

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