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The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Escape students possess a unique ability to intake an insanely-high level of caffeine. Some claim it assists their CGI wizardry in the classroom, others argue it's due in part to our breakout space housing the largest cappucino machine ever created by mortal hands.

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Mon 13 Aug 2012: 11:00am

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Spirograph - Spirogreat!

Spirograph - Spirogreat!
I recently commandeered a kinder egg toy from my colleague Ellen in the form of a mini-spirograph!
It has subsequently stolen enough minutes of my working day to justify a blog post.
After a bit of research into this eighties megadoodle phenomenon, I found its evolution to be a fantastic representation of our evolving use of spare time, in the wake of the technological revolution.
Youtube provides an interesting distinction between the retro adverts, showing spirograph as fun for all the family, (is this what the world did before the internet?) to contemporary videos of digitalised spirographs, often using laser omitting contraptions to further enhance the visual tantalisation!
I recommend having a look If you’re overdue a healthy dose of nostalgia.

I recently commandeered a kinder egg toy from my colleague Ellen, in the form of a mini-spirograph!

1 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Mon 13 Aug 2012: 10:45am

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The FREE tutorial for August!

The FREE tutorial for August!

August’s free tutorial goes out to all the Compositors. Take this opportunity to breathe a little life into your projects, using some NUKE trickery. Based on a technique applied while working on Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderCompositing tutor and Head of 2D at Escape, Davi Stein looks at how to enhance basic elements within your scene for a more filmic look.

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Fri 10 Aug 2012: 12:00pm

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Cartoon Yourself?

Cartoon Yourself?

So we’re really busy here at Escape, which is why I’ve been playing around on the internet, making a cartoon of myself… all in the name of research of course.

2 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Fri 10 Aug 2012: 11:17am

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Eye-Eye!

Eye-Eye!

These Autodesk eyeball sweets are causing quite a storm at Escape Studios—not least because a trail of Chinese whispers has led some students to believe we're giving away 'free Autodesk suites' ... awkward!

Also awkward: the look visitors give as you sit casually munching eyeballs, whilst taking a phone call.

0 Comments Alison Cobb

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Fri 10 Aug 2012: 10:00am

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14 Days and Counting...

14 Days and Counting...

There are just 14 days before the Assimilate and Escape Studios BBQ Round Two…not that we are counting!

That gives you only 14 days to nab yourself a spot at our exclusive BBQ event and after the success of the first event, places are limited. This second round BBQ will be taking place at The Shepherd’s Bar, Shepherd’s Bush on Thursday the 23rd of August and that is a date for your diary if I ever did see one!

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Thu 9 Aug 2012: 12:30pm

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A New Look for Escape

A New Look for Escape

To mark Escape's 10 year anniversary we decided to give the office a new look. Some of you who have been to our office may remember the funky brown and orange colour scheme gracing our office walls and the old layout of the desks next to our Reception area. Over the past few weeks the Escape office has dramatically changed and now we have a fresh, chic and very cool colour scheme of metallics and white. We've opened up a new area for our main office space and moved the Tech team into their very own area. There are more changes to come - we've got big ideas for the uninhabited space next to the Reception area plus some trendy furniture is arriving from our LA office.

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Wed 8 Aug 2012: 4:00pm

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Lexhag visit Escape Studios

Lexhag visit Escape Studios

A short time ago, our current students were treated to a presentation from some chaps from Lexhag Visual Effects. Lexhag are a small post production house with in house grading capabilities and benefit from years of on-set experience to create stunning effects for mid-level tv shows, such as Whitechapel and The Fades. We were visted by Effects Supervisor Alexis Haggar, founder of Lexhag and fellow escapee (from way back when), and Senior Producer Dan Marbrook. They took the time to come exhibit some shows they'd worked on, so the Escape Students could see the quality of work a small studio can produce.

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Wed 8 Aug 2012: 1:00pm

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New Relationship Manager at Escape Studios

New Relationship Manager at Escape Studios

There have been some exciting changes at Escape Studios recently, and with that we are very pleased to welcome our new Relationship Manager, Anita Gribble. In this role Anita will have two main responsibilities. One is to work closely with post houses up and down the country to continue building on the industry coaching scheme we currently have for our full-time students. As well as this she will be helping to maintain our relationship with recruiters at a variety of post houses to further benefit our students.

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Mon 6 Aug 2012: 4:30pm

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Escapees Work on New UK Zombie Flick

Escapees Work on New UK Zombie Flick

Since 2002’s 28 Days Later, the world has seen the return of the zombie film - in a massive way, and in the last 10 years we have been witness to films of this genre in all manner of shapes and forms.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Mon 6 Aug 2012: 2:13pm

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Interview with Legendary Matte Artist

Interview with Legendary Matte Artist

The art of filmmaking has come a long way over the last 100 years. The technology we use today to create breath-taking scenes continues to push the boundaries of high-definition and realism, but we should never forget the genius of film crews who didn’t have the opportunity to ‘fix it in post’ or rely on computer graphics to set the scene. As lots of you know, some of the best moments in film history were created by filmmakers having to think on their feet, making the best of an impossible situation. And of course there are certain skills that were essential to the filmmaking process back then that will start to be forgotten due to the rise in post-production capabilities and accessibility.

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Fri 3 Aug 2012: 4:57pm

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Ever Wanted To See Your Name In Lights?

Ever Wanted To See Your Name In Lights?

Or wanted to be able to say, ‘I did that’, when watching a film and seeing a huge, breath taking explosion? Then maybe you should start to think about pursuing a career in Visual Effects. At Escape Studios, we want to make those first steps into the industry as easy as possible whilst providing you with the tools to succeed. Our Visual Effects Production course will not only give you the skills to progress in the exciting world of Film Visual Effects, but will also show you how to make an impressive show reel (which results in many of our students securing jobs once they have finished.)

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Wed 1 Aug 2012: 10:00am

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Rule, Britannia, Britannia, Rule The Screen

Rule, Britannia, Britannia, Rule The Screen

It's obvious to everyone that 2012 has truly been a year to celebrate Great Britain. In a speech at yesterday’s ‘GREAT’ campaign David Cameron highlighted the very importance of British contribution to the arts, inadvertently giving a thumbs up to the VFX industry.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Tue 31 Jul 2012: 1:00pm

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Bring on the BBQ...Round Two!

Bring on the BBQ...Round Two!

Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare yourselves and dust off your knives and forks as we are happy to announce round two of the Assimilate and Escape Studios Technology BBQ!

On Thursday the 23rd of August at the Shepherd’s Bar we are hosting a second BBQ with Assimilate and HP, but this time we have also partnered up with NVidia and Red Digital Cinema Professional to showcase a SCRATCH turnkey package exclusive to Escape Studios Technology.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Mon 30 Jul 2012: 5:00pm

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Escapee Reunion at Saddington Baynes

Escapee Reunion at Saddington Baynes

Last Wednesday we sauntered down to our friends at Saddington Baynes, devoured some gourmet Pizza, washed it down with some ice cold beer and cleansed our pallets with some invigorating VFX related conversation, all in the name of our second graduate reunion…who says you can’t mix business with pleasure? And with a high calibre of industry employed attendees from the likes of Double Negative, Framestore, The Mill and MPC London, conversation was rife.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Mon 30 Jul 2012: 4:30pm

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Like A Kid In A Candy Store

Like A Kid In A Candy Store

Last week I accompanied the current Compositing class on a trip to the MPC studio in London. It's all part of the industry mentoring scheme we're encouraging at Escape, as we work to prepare our students for the working world. With aspirations for one day working in the industry, we feel it's really important for all our students to get a taste for what is expected from them as early as possible in their training. Irene Bonilla was one student who joined us that day, and here's what she had to say about it...

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Mon 30 Jul 2012: 3:00pm

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Still waiting to hear from VFX companies? Improve your Compositing Demo Reel!

It’s been a little quiet for a lot of Compositors this summer, but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. I’m hearing that some companies will be busy this Autumn and into next year. So while you’re waiting for that call, there are lots of things you can do to spend this down time wisely.

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Mon 30 Jul 2012: 10:31am

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This Is How We Roll...

This Is How We Roll...

Historically we've had a quite basic server architecture. The list of applications we run kept on growing and more and more users started to make use of these applications, so we've recently had to take a step back and take some time to reflect on our architecture as rolling out an additional server and/or release applications doesn't need to be a huge task.

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Thu 26 Jul 2012: 4:30pm

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CG Whiz 2011 Winner: Journey So Far

CG Whiz 2011 Winner: Journey So Far

For the past three years, we have held a ‘CG Whiz’ competition, and one of the winners from last year just recently claimed part of his award by beginning a 12 week VFX course here at Escape Studios. We wanted to offer a little insight into what this opportunity means for Daniel, but, before we jump in, here’s a low down on the competition itself.

1 Comments Sophie Collier

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Thu 26 Jul 2012: 10:11am

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A Union Of Olympic Standard

A Union Of Olympic Standard

It has been brought to our attention that Visual Effects facility Union VFX have recently collaborated with award winning director Danny Boyle on a couple of projects.

0 Comments Sophie Collier

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Wed 25 Jul 2012: 1:20pm

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