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Changing Workflows Within the Post Pipelines...

Changing Workflows Within the Post Pipelines...

I noticed this over at JupiterJazz: AtomKraft Beta2. It's a massive plugin to Nuke enabling a whole host of 3D rendering type workflows. Believe it or not, it puts control of final renders and outputs in the hands of the compers!

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Fri 18 Mar 2011: 10:19am

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Find Out About New Job Opportunities via Twitter

Find Out About New Job Opportunities via Twitter

As most of you know, the UK Visual Effects' industry appears to be in a very healthy position at the moment.  Many of the large post houses in Soho are in the middle of long term projects and most studios are commenting on the lack of available freelancers. As a result, the Recruitment team here at Escape has never been busier!

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 11:33am

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Escape Studios in a Live Q& A at the Guardian

The chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’ve got more than a passing interest in the film industry. Alright, specifically the VFX part, but still, you’re keen to know as much as you can about the industry, and possibly how you can break into it (hopefully with our help…).

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Tue 8 Mar 2011: 12:15pm

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Top Ten Uses of Special Effects for Great Storytelling

Top Ten Uses of Special Effects for Great Storytelling

I came across an interesting little article yesterday on PodcastFilmReview.com about the top ten uses of special effects for story telling. It was refreshing to see someone looking at this from the angle of the story telling rather than just for the special effects themselves.

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Tue 8 Mar 2011: 12:00pm

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Double Negative, The Mill and Framestore Mentor Escape Studios Students

Just want to say a Big Thank You to Double Negative, Framestore and The Mill for the fantastic help you've given our students on the first stage of our industry mentored classroom courses here at Escape Studios.

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Tue 8 Mar 2011: 9:34am

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Nvidia Cleans up at the Oscars

Nvidia Cleans up at the Oscars

There may have been only one winner for the Best Visual Effects award at the Oscars, but it was the top line-up of nominees that gave NVidia a real cause to celebrate.

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BBC to Broadcast New Dinosaurs Documentaries

The BBC have announced that they are to broadcast a new series of famous dinosaurs documentaries. This will be a much shorter series than the original Walking with Dinasaurs - only 3 programs - but will feature all the 3D and visual effects wizardry you would expect from this program. According to Broadcasting News, it will feature photo-realistic fight scenes to give a "whole new perspective on dinosaurs".

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Wed 2 Mar 2011: 1:52pm

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Brit Success at the Oscars

Brit Success at the Oscars

The winners of the 2011 Oscars were finally revealed yesterday amidst the usual pomp and ceremony that we are accustomed to, and I have to say, it was a pretty good night for Britain.

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Mon 28 Feb 2011: 12:55pm

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Visual Effects Benefit from New Rules at the Oscars

No doubt you’ll all be looking forward to the Oscars this weekend. It's particularly significant if you’re a VFX fan, with five nominees in the Visual Effects category this year rather than three.

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Livingstone-Hope Report Launch

Livingstone-Hope Report Launch

On Tuesday I attended the launch of the Livingtone-Hope report which was undertaken to address the skills issues facing the UK's games and visual effects. Escape Studios staff have taken part in a number of the surveys which went into building the data for this report as well as speaking directly to Hasan Bakhshi and Juan Mateos-Garcia from NESTA, who did a large amount of the work of pulling the data for the draft report together. In essence the report lays out 20 recommendations across the talent pipeline from schools through FE and HE to the industry. All these parties as well as the government and other skills and training bodies such as Skillset are called on to do their bit. All of this whilst being realistic about the funding and resources available, the recommendations had to be about the focus of existing funds not calls for large sums of new money.

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Fri 4 Feb 2011: 10:40am

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The title sequence from Scott Pilgrim

The title sequence from Scott Pilgrim

I just wanted to point you towards this article which discusses the amazing title sequence for Scott Pilgram. When I was a student wanting to get into the industry I found out about Shynola (a collective group of visual artists who have collaborated on a variety of projects) when a brilliant but very strange music video was produced by Unkle called "eye for an eye".  When I came across this article of how Shynola worked with the Edgar Wright the director of Scott Pilgram,  I decided to have a look.

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Tue 1 Feb 2011: 2:55pm

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StereoScopic 3D Doesn't Work!

StereoScopic 3D Doesn't Work!

So when an academy awarded influential film editor like Walter Murch makes very detrimental comments about 3D stereo some people should take a long hard look at it. What does 3D really add to the whole film experience except expense and a headache? You can find his comments here - all of which are very observant and true.

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Thu 27 Jan 2011: 12:32pm

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New Year's Resolution

It's that time of year when everybody makes a multitude of New Year's resolutions. I am of the opinion that they are not worth doing unless you are going to stick to them. Having said that, we have actually decided to start the year with a resolution. It’s a fairly simple one: we are resolute in our wish to give you more of the free tutorials that you want. There you are, I told you it would be an easy one.

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Fri 7 Jan 2011: 4:43pm

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Amazing Showreel from Displace Studios

Here's a link to a fantastic reel from our friends at Displace Studios, they worked with us earlier this year to create some eye popping 3D brand furniture for our new website and other collateral. They did an amazing job for us and I wish them every luck with this new venture.

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Thu 9 Dec 2010: 9:01am

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Last few places available for January 2011 Courses

Last few places available for January 2011 Courses

As the end of 2010 approaches we're filling up fast for our next round of courses in January 2011. The last spot on our Compositing course has just gone, so the next seats available for that are now in April. We have also just filled our Character Animation course with Alex Williams so we now only have a few seats left on the two Visual Effects Production courses, taught by Mark Spevick and Dan Shutt.

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Tue 23 Nov 2010: 8:43am

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New Escapee Graduate Showreels Go Live!

New Escapee Graduate Showreels Go Live!

We have just updated three of our graduate showreels here.

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Thu 28 Oct 2010: 11:01am

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Conrad Olson's take on Escape's Compositing Course

Conrad Olson's take on Escape's Compositing Course

One of our escapee - Conrad Olson - recently posted a story on our LinkedIn group which I thought would be of use to all of you who are currently considering taking our Compositing Course.

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Mon 18 Oct 2010: 3:05pm

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3D Conversion of Harry Potter Cancelled - One for the Studios!

According to Variety we have been saved from yet more badly converted stereo films - check out the story here. Warner Brothers have canned the release of Harry Potter Deathly Hallows part 1 in 3D. This is due to quality issues, that were mainly due to time constraints, and Warner have come to the conclusion that the converted film was not high enough quality. I can only applaud them for not releasing yet another stereo nasty.

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Fri 15 Oct 2010: 10:19am

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HDR Video the next stage...

It's been a few years since Paul Debevec produced his paper with Jitendra Malik, Recovering High Dynamic Range Radiance Maps from Photographs, at SIGGRAPH. Since then, people all the world have begun to generate high dynamic range still images and probes - essentially capturing all the light information from a scene in mulitple passes using digital cameras and then merging these into a single HDR image. A simple web search for HDR Images in google images will present you with an array of hyper-real looking images, or try here for some examples.

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Fri 8 Oct 2010: 2:30pm

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Balloons & Zeppelins: Fresh VFX escapee work

Balloons & Zeppelins: Fresh VFX escapee work

Here's my final post showing some work from the courses which have just finished.  These clips are from escapees who were on the Visual Effects Production course taught by Dan Shutt.  Again these are 'work in progress' and need a little more polishing but you can see they are both great ideas that have been really well executed.

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