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The Hobbit ‘lands’ in ‘Orcland’ - New Zealand!

The Hobbit ‘lands’ in ‘Orcland’ - New Zealand!

We’ve all been on-board an aeroplane watching with little interest, the safety demonstration given by the air stewardesses. Or if you have a sense of humour like mine, you try and make them laugh during their demonstrations by any means necessary.

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Fri 2 Nov 2012: 4:00pm

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Over the Top Shots (revisited)

Over the Top Shots (revisited)

We all know the importance good VFX play in films. They can turn scenes of total disbelief into ones leaving you asking how on earth did they do that?

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Fri 2 Nov 2012: 12:00pm

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The WARP Factor

The WARP Factor

With BVE only two weeks away we have spreading the word about our partners CandIT Media and their WARP platform.

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 5:00pm

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Escape on BBC Breakfast!

Escape on BBC Breakfast!

It’s been quite a busy morning here at Escape! Our CEO Dom Davenport was interviewed alongside Framestore’s Sir William Sargent at their motion capture studio by BBC Breakfast. The lovely Steph McGovern who presents the breakfast slot conducted the interviews dressed fully in motion-capture gear and Irish danced as the famous Harry Potter animated character Dobby! 

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 12:30pm

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Escape Studios 10,000th follower

Escape Studios 10,000th follower

We hit a Social Media milestone last week, obtaining our 10,000th follower on Twitter...10,000! So to celebrate this, we thought it only right to catch up with the man who took us to the 10,000 mark.

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 12:00pm

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Think outside the Box

Think outside the Box

Thinkbox, the makers of Deadline & Krakatoa, have developed a large number of application and plugins designed to extend existing pipelines and operate seamless with each other to create new workflows. Many of the software platforms that Thinkbox have created started in-house to refine dozens of VFX feature films over 15 years of production.

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Wed 31 Oct 2012: 11:00am

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary - WEEK 1

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary - WEEK 1

Having just started the VFX for Production course here at Escape Studios, I've been keeping a diary to share how the course is going for me so far. And here's the first week.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012: 12:44pm

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“City of Possibilities” A stunning commercial from The Mill

“City of Possibilities” A stunning commercial from The Mill

The Mill recently completed a commercial for US client Norfolk Southern, showcasing the transformative power of freight shipping. Being a rather stunning piece of work, you may be interested to know that this project was rendered primarily using Mental Ray, taking advantage of the newish unified sampling feature.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012: 12:08pm

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Prime Focus World launch new web series 'Close Up'

Prime Focus World launch new web series 'Close Up'

Here at Escape Studios, we know how you all enjoy getting to the heart of what makes up a stunning VFX shot. So imagine our delight when hearing that Prime Focus World have just released the first of a new behind-the-scenes web series, ‘Close Up’. And let me tell you, these nuggets of geekiness will not disappoint.

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Mon 29 Oct 2012: 4:00pm

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October’s FREE Tutorial: Bring a Photo to Life with Camera Mapping

October’s FREE Tutorial: Bring a Photo to Life with Camera Mapping

This month’s free tutorial is a sneak peak of a workshop presented at the VIEW conference in Turin, Italy. Earlier this month one of our VFX tutors, Daniel Shutt, led a 6-hour workshop to demonstrate camera mapping, transforming a still photograph into a photo realistic animated shot. A technique used in film, commercials and broadcast television, it’s now time to apply this process to your own projects.

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Fri 26 Oct 2012: 4:00pm

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Meemoo hackable web apps

Meemoo hackable web apps

Very recently I came across a really cool web based app to create media applications for online. And it’s the kind of thing I felt needed to be shared with you all.

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MPC Class Trip

MPC Class Trip

Friday the 5th of October was marked with red in almost everybody’s calendar for the day our class (Compositing for Production) would visit MPC (Moving Picture Company), for a breakdown of our roto work.

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Thu 25 Oct 2012: 1:00pm

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Bottles Beware!

Bottles Beware!

Okay so it’s 2012 and I’ve seen so much cannon fodder footage on the internet that these days, when surfing the web, I am indeed hard to impress.

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The Online Academy: Meet VFX online tutor Paul Harrison

The Online Academy: Meet VFX online tutor Paul Harrison

Having the opportunity to learn over the web has been hugely beneficial for many aspiring CG artists. The perfect solution to fit around busy schedules, it has allowed students worldwide to take advantage of the comprehensive VFX and Compositing training we offer. But of course, the success of this tuition is very much down to our fantastic Escape tutors.

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Thu 25 Oct 2012: 11:20am

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Who Are CandIT Media?

Who Are CandIT Media?

Earlier this week we let you know that CandIT Media would be showcasing the WARP platform at BVE North on the 13th and 14th of November.

But who are CandIT Media?

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Wed 24 Oct 2012: 4:30pm

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An even better glimpse of Iron Man 3!

An even better glimpse of Iron Man 3!

Some of you may have been feeding off the trickle of teaser footage in circulation for the Iron Man triquel, coming to a cinema screen near us soon! And if you are one such person, you’ll be delighted to learn that a ‘full’ teaser trailer is now doing the rounds, showing off the abundance of action in store for us upon its release in April 2013.

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Wed 24 Oct 2012: 3:18pm

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An impressive body of work

An impressive body of work

Japanese art student Choo San, blew quite a few minds this week when she uploaded her latest side project to internet forums.

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Tue 23 Oct 2012: 6:00pm

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ISOTROPIX: Clarisse iFX

ISOTROPIX: Clarisse iFX

High end graphics company ISOTROPIX released a new product last month called Clarisse iFX, a piece of software which it claims, bridges the gap between 2D and 3D in production.

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Tue 23 Oct 2012: 12:30pm

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Webinar Reminder: Getting to the heart of compositing!

Webinar Reminder: Getting to the heart of compositing!

This Wednesday, October 24th, we’re hosting a webinar with compositing tutor and Head of 2D at Escape Studios, Davi Stein. During her presentation, Davi will guide us through the core processes behind compositing, highlighting exactly what a compositor does, the range of roles available in the industry, and how Compositors are largely responsible for creating the CG magic we see on screen. As well as this, Davi will comment on the effects of some of the most recent changes in the industry to date.

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Tue 23 Oct 2012: 12:00pm

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The VFX Festival, a storming success!

The VFX Festival, a storming success!

With the help of some top class industry speakers, cinemas in a handful of the world’s most prolific post houses, a dedicated team of Escape staff and some fantastically helpful VFX Marshalls, it is no surprise the UK’s first ever VFX Festival, was a storming success.

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