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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 11!

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 11!

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you on how the course is going. Here's my update from week 11!

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Thu 10 Jan 2013: 3:06pm

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Node based image editing - Send us your creations!

Node based image editing - Send us your creations!

Here is a really cool and totally FREE node based image editing program called ‘Nodewerk’.

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Thu 10 Jan 2013: 12:21pm

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Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters

Followers of the Escape Blog may remember that last week, we wrote about a few up and coming films due to hit the screen in early 2013. One that caught our eye in particular, was the Tommy Wirkola directed adaptation of the brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘Hansel & Gretel’.

We were quite pleased this week then, as you’d imagine, when another trailer for the movie, (that, by the way, is aptly titled 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters') was released as part of a final promotion push by Paramount, before the film’s belated release on the 25th of January.

The film stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and picks up the plot 15 years after the gingerbread house-kidnap trauma, when Hansel and Gretel are fully fledged bounty hunters. Prepare yourself for an array of outrageous weapons, some serious explosions and all enhanced of course by some state of the art 3D!

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Wed 9 Jan 2013: 12:21pm

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 10!

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 10!

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you on how the course is going. Here's my update from week ten!

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Tue 8 Jan 2013: 11:00am

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Webseries Spotlight; Blood and Chrome

Webseries Spotlight; Blood and Chrome

Happy New Year folks, hope you all got the things you wanted for Christmas. I certainly did; that pony was a long time coming. Let's kick off the new year with another one of my trademark spotlight blogs, focusing on Battlestar Galactica; Blood and Chrome. (Shout out to user DHW who posted about this after my last blog)

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Tue 8 Jan 2013: 9:19am

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Ones to Watch in 2013

Ones to Watch in 2013

It goes without saying that film fans everywhere are looking forward to the release of a vast number of motion pictures in the upcoming year. Over the course of 2012, how many times have we heard the line “I can’t wait for this film to hit cinemas next year!”?

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Thu 3 Jan 2013: 3:33pm

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Escapee Spotlight: Tiago Carmo

Escapee Spotlight: Tiago Carmo

We have welcomed a great many students to our studio over the years, and those students all share something in common. That is, a passion for creativity and to start a career in visual effects. Students come from far and wide to attend our training facility, and emerge with skills that are truly mind blowing for 12 weeks of training. Each and every student invests extraordinary dedication to their work, and through that we are treated to some fantastic results.

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Thu 3 Jan 2013: 11:53am

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 9

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 9

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how the course is going so far. And here's an update on week nine

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Robin Squires VFX course diary: Week 8

Robin Squires VFX course diary: Week 8

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how the course is going so far. And here's an update on week eight.

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Thu 20 Dec 2012: 3:46pm

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Some Christmas Inspiration!

Some Christmas Inspiration!

With the holidays so close by, it’s about time we continue our list of gift suggestions, and today’s slice of idea filled blog post, contains 2 fantastic lists that brim with quirky, unique and rather eccentric present ideas.

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Tue 18 Dec 2012: 10:37am

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The 3rd Dimension

The 3rd Dimension

Many 3D fans will be aware of the power of Maya, and the influence it has on the world of VFX, from blockbuster films to major games series, Maya is one of the most incredible creative tools on the planet. But like a pack of Arctic Huskies, it demands time and attention if you wish it to take you voyaging across the vast plains of 3D.

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Mon 17 Dec 2012: 4:00pm

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Kicking off 2013 with Head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

Kicking off 2013 with Head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

To see in the New Year in style, we have a number of events planned for January 2013, the jewel in this stone clad crown of a month though, is a live interview with escapee and head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

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Wed 12 Dec 2012: 3:57pm

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Old School Toys (we mean really old school!)

Old School Toys (we mean really old school!)

Forget microscopic hyper intelligent computer chips. modern technology? I laugh in the face of modern technology (for a moment anyway) - you will too after watching some of these mechanical toys from yesteryear, they are simply amazing

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Wed 12 Dec 2012: 11:44am

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VFX - want to see how it's really done?

Fancy taking a peak behind the VFX scenes at Framestore's cinema? Framestore are one of the biggest post houses operating on Soho (London's VFX Hub...) today. They've worked on everything from The Golden Compass to Avatar to the Skyfall titles). We're conducting our last Open Day of the year there next Wednesday and we're rather excited about it!

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Tue 11 Dec 2012: 4:30pm

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Escapee Paul Daiko joins MPC London

Escapee Paul Daiko joins MPC London

I caught up with escapee Paul Daiko this week, upon his appointment at world renowned post-house, MPC London.

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Fri 7 Dec 2012: 10:30am

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Escapee Holly Pickering: Success story now live!

Escapee Holly Pickering: Success story now live!

We had the pleasure of catching up with games aficionado and escapee Holly Pickering last week.

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Tue 4 Dec 2012: 5:05pm

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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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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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