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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 6

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 6

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how I’ve been getting on so far. And here's an update on week six.

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 11:10am

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To Whom it May Inspire!

To Whom it May Inspire!

Something Pixar are always great at is sharing their wealth of wisdom with fellow artists. Having come across this wonderful snippet of inspiration the other day, I felt it needed to be shared with all you compositing and VFX artists out there. It’s important to know that even the guys at the top have a tough time!

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 10:34am

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Watering that Creative Seed

Watering that Creative Seed

The VFX industry has emerged to become the most fervent, vibrant and limitless creative platforms of the 21st century, and has created a world where, equipped with the right skills and determination, the phrase ‘the sky is the limit’ is rarely an understatement.  

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Mon 3 Dec 2012: 4:34pm

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Live Interview: Defining 50 Years of Bond in a Title Sequence with Diarmid Harrison-Murray

Live Interview: Defining 50 Years of Bond in a Title Sequence with Diarmid Harrison-Murray

We've invited Head of 3D at Framestore Commercials and Escape graduate, Diarmid Harrison-Murray, to kick off the New Year with a live interview, speaking about his latest work on the Skyfall opening title sequence, and his overall journey as a VFX artist.

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Mon 3 Dec 2012: 3:37pm

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 5

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 5

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I've been keeping a diary to share how I’m getting on so far. And here's an update on week five.

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Fri 30 Nov 2012: 2:56pm

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Web series spot light; Forward Unto Dawn

Web series spot light; Forward Unto Dawn

Hello, it’s me again. Have you all been well? I hope you have. You may remember me from my recent stint of blogs about web series that have started to use VFX, and left you with a passionate plea to start watching Red vs Blue, the longest running web-series in the world, based on the Halo games. Well here I am again, because the internet just doesn't stop, and recently it’s been turning out some real gems in terms of visually invigorating moving pictures.

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Fri 30 Nov 2012: 11:52am

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Python Tips & Tricks from a NUKE Master; Recording Now Available!

Python Tips & Tricks from a NUKE Master; Recording Now Available!

Last Monday, November 19th, we ran a very popular webinar with Victor Perez, a master when it comes to using Python inside NUKE. A whopping ninety nine people attended this live webinar to hear what Victor had to share, and we’ve had an incredible number of requests from people who couldn’t attend to share the webinar recording. For us, this interest has been very encouraging, and we look forward to bringing you more webinars like this.

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Thu 29 Nov 2012: 11:30am

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A Hidden Visual Gem

A Hidden Visual Gem

Japanese Animator Tetsuka Niiyama has created yet another beautiful video in the form of this short (but wonderful) CG movie.

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Thu 29 Nov 2012: 10:56am

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Rhythm & Hues deliver a tantalizing visual treat with 'Life of Pi'

Rhythm & Hues deliver a tantalizing visual treat with 'Life of Pi'

Despite popular disbelief, deeming the world created by author Yann Martel in his novel ‘Life of Pi’, as “unfilmable”, the guys at Rhythm & Hues Studios have put together a mind blowing piece of cinema that is sure to visually stun audiences around the globe.

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Wed 28 Nov 2012: 4:51pm

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Framestore helps James Bond celebrate 50 years of spy-tastic Action

Framestore helps James Bond celebrate 50 years of spy-tastic Action

For 50 years James Bond has been known for may things;  martinis, dames, gadgets, cars, and fantastic action sequences.  The James Bond franchise is also famously known for the stunning title sequences they've had throughout the years.  Many studios have clamored to get the chance to work on these amazing intros, and for the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfallthe UK's own Framestore got their 5th go around on the James Bond title sequence which coincidentally also marked the 50th anniversary of the british spy saga.

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Wed 28 Nov 2012: 1:30pm

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Faces in the Trees...

Faces in the Trees...

One of my favourite things about the internet is the ability it has to present many different art forms as they happen, and in fantastic quality.

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Wed 28 Nov 2012: 12:13pm

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Take a behind the scenes look at the Post Production process in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.

Take a behind the scenes look at the Post Production process in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.

In preparation for what promises to be a visually stunning addition to the middle earth motion picture family, be sure to take a behind the scenes look at the post production process for The Hobbit.

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Tue 27 Nov 2012: 3:33pm

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Delving into the Imaginarium that is... Life of Pi

For those of you who have read this novel you have probably already conjured up your own vibrant images from deep within your own imagination - for those who haven't I would recommend reading it. However by the sound of things in a review I found, it sounds as though the legendary Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain) has taken the hard work out of it - painting an incredible living, breathing picture.

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Tue 27 Nov 2012: 11:00am

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Mirror Worlds Technologies to host Fashion and Games Jam.

Mirror Worlds Technologies to host Fashion and Games Jam.

STAM Museum Belgium is playing host to a fantastically innovative event on the 4th of December, as iDROPS bring together the two seismic forces that are the Fashion and gaming industries! 

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Mon 26 Nov 2012: 2:49pm

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 4

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: WEEK 4

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I've been keeping a diary to share how I’m getting on so far. And here's an update on week four.

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Mon 26 Nov 2012: 2:39pm

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Prime Focus World on "3D'ing" Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'.

Prime Focus World on "3D'ing" Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'.

We spoke to our friends over at Prime Focus World last month, in conjunction with their completed work on the stereo conversion of Tim Burton’s stop motion comedy horror - Frankenweenie. PFW worked closely and moreover, exclusively, with Disney and Burton on the picture, and the opportunity to chat about the project was just too good to miss!

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Fri 23 Nov 2012: 1:30pm

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November’s Free Tutorial: Confessions of a Junior Compositor

November’s Free Tutorial: Confessions of a Junior Compositor

How does someone go about getting a Junior Compositor role at an international VFX studio like The Mill? Well in this month’s tutorial Simon Richardson reveals how it all started for him. From experimenting with Adobe’s After Effects at University, Simon was introduced to basic keying techniques in a layer based system. And this was when the seed was planted that would flourish into him conquering NUKE, and working at one of the top VFX studios in the world.

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Fri 23 Nov 2012: 12:00pm

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Framestore to host online Q&A with F1 giants McLaren

Framestore to host online Q&A with F1 giants McLaren

F1 fans out there may have found themselves watching a new animated series over the last few months, following the fictional antics of McLaren drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.  

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Thu 22 Nov 2012: 11:30am

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Take a look around!

Take a look around!

January is fast approaching, and with that brings new year resolutions and ambitions. Looking to the future, you may be keen to find out what you want to do following the end of your studies. Or perhaps you’re keen to change careers or simply enhance the computer graphics skills you already have. With this in mind, it seems there’s no better time to visit our facilities and discover how doing a course at Escape Studios will help you get to where you want to be.

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Wed 21 Nov 2012: 5:38pm

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Wow talk about computing power....

Wow talk about computing power....

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory have introduced a new beast into the world of supercomputing. And as this new release is ten times more powerful than their previous world-leading system, this beast has been aptly named, Titan!

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Wed 21 Nov 2012: 11:27am

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