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Conference on VFX, Animation, Videogames and Digital Architecture seeks work from Animators!

Conference on VFX, Animation, Videogames and Digital Architecture seeks work from Animators!

One of the beautiful things about the internet is the ability to translate any language to your own with the click of a button. Meaning we get to find out about more awesome events like this...

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Fri 15 Mar 2013: 11:18am

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Lee's App Of The Week: Real Bokeh

Lee's App Of The Week: Real Bokeh

I love me some bokeh and I've been searching for a super simple bokeh app that lets me jazz up my pics with the click of button. Finally my search is over, for I have discovered Real Bokeh. Available on the iPhone and Android

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Wed 13 Mar 2013: 10:11am

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'Masks' - The most fantastically bizarre animation you'll see all year!

'Masks' - The most fantastically bizarre animation you'll see all year!

We reckon that this is quite simply on of the most excellent (and unique) animated shorts you’ll have seen in a while!

An animation by Patrick Smith, created entirely on the back of a pre written score by musician Karl Von Kries. This short shows a mad scientist that perfects a cloning process of a small grey population of people. Who in turn are edible to  the larger, superior Masked folk. The little grey clones have a trick up their sleeve though, so make sure you watch until the end!


The animated short has won a number of awards in it’s time, and if you haven’t seen it yet – click away

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Tue 12 Mar 2013: 12:36pm

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PS4 commercial racks up 26 million views in February!

PS4 commercial racks up 26 million views in February!

February’s most watched video was Sony’s Playstation 4 spot; it has been unveiled by Youtube in an insight to last month’s video statistics.

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Tue 12 Mar 2013: 11:12am

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Escape Academy Tours, an Open Day for Open Minds…

Escape Academy Tours, an Open Day for Open Minds…

So it’s that time again… time to tempt, entice and hopefully ensnare a fresh batch of enthusiasts to come tame the beast that is VFX, here at Escape Studios. Hosted by recruitment and training team Flora and Nick, today is all about giving our potential Escapees a feel for what life at Escape has to offer, from our accelerated Classroom courses to the oh-so important free tea/coffee and, of course, the after hours bar downstairs!

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Wed 6 Mar 2013: 11:15am

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Lee's App Of The Week: Plants Vs Zombies

Lee's App Of The Week: Plants Vs Zombies

Y'all know I've got a zombie "issue". I've actually developed a theory regarding the outcome of a potential zombie invasion since I unfortunately live quite close to a hospital (a well-known breeding ground for the suburban undead, see episode 1, season 1 of The Walking Dead) which means my fortress would be hit by the first intense wave of walkers to roll out across the nation. I've obviously begun acquiring the usual zombie defence equipment; cross bow, machete and so forth, but it turns out the only thing I really need is...PLANTS.

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Tue 5 Mar 2013: 4:24pm

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Kinetica Art Fair - London

London is a bustling hive of culture over the weekends and if you’re looking for some activities to do over the weekend, then the Kinetica Art Fair is for you, if you’re a fan of moving, interactive art and sculptures then will truly have a whale of a time!

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Fri 1 Mar 2013: 5:00pm

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New Dates for our Compositing Taster Courses

New Dates for our Compositing Taster Courses

Last week we released the dates for upcoming taster courses in Compositing. Due to popular demand we’ve been encouraged to add some additional dates for March.

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Thu 28 Feb 2013: 5:16pm

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Lee's App Of The Week: Jurassic Park Builder

Lee's App Of The Week: Jurassic Park Builder

Normally I come bearing apps of technical brilliance, photographic immensity and all-round-smarty-pants-show-off material. This week however, I bring you JURASSIC PARK BUILDER. That's right people, you heard me right the first time, JURASSIC PARK BUILDER. Where all of your T-Rex and Jeff Goldblum dreams can come true.

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Tue 26 Feb 2013: 10:44am

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Science fiction concept soon to become reality!

Science fiction concept soon to become reality!

Ever wanted to control things with your mind? Get a secret message over to your pals in a public place? If so, then the future is going to be very exciting for you.

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Mon 25 Feb 2013: 3:48pm

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Irish Producer nominated for 'Best Animated Short' Academy award.

Irish Producer nominated for 'Best Animated Short' Academy award.

You may remember our very own Paul Harrison recently wrote a blog post about the increasing success of Ireland’s animation industry.

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Fri 22 Feb 2013: 12:11pm

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Event for the animation and creative community: Monday 25th February.

Event for the animation and creative community: Monday 25th February.

This week we had a chat with our friends over at Made Visual Studio, who are screening an animated film about Monty Python legend Graham Chapman – (pretty awesome project right?) and its taking place next Monday, 25th of February at East London’s Rich Mix.

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Fri 22 Feb 2013: 10:22am

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Googly Eyes

Googly Eyes

Contrary to the title of this blog post, we're not writing about these googly eyes, no, this post is about the busy week we've had technologically. HTC unveiled their latest flagship smartphone here in London, the HTC One (not to be confused with the One X, One X+, One S, One V...). Sony announced the Playstation 4, boasting some serious specs as expected, although we don’t actually know what it looks like yet.

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Thu 21 Feb 2013: 12:31pm

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We're going through ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

We're going through ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

If you're a regular through our doors then you might have noticed a few changes. Here at Escape HQ we've been busy building, painting, schlepping, and revamping our office area, studios and break out space for a new and rather fresh look. There's still quite a few bits and bobs to do but here's a look at what we were then and what we are now...

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Wed 20 Feb 2013: 10:22am

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A woman's touch...

A woman's touch...

The role of Visual Effects Supervisor is hugely important on set as well as during the whole post production process.  This person works with both the Director and Clients to convert artistic concepts to stunning visual imagery.

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Wed 20 Feb 2013: 9:24am

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Now THAT'S a portfolio!

Now THAT'S a portfolio!

Tomorrow, Escape Studios will be hosting another industry visit to the heart of Soho, where our friends over at Cinesite will be showing attendees exactly where the lifeblood of UK VFX is pumped from.

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Tue 19 Feb 2013: 10:59am

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Animation Ireland

Animation Ireland

 

And how has this happened? Well a decade of tax breaks and investment basically. Tax breaks to aid production costs and funding for development prior to production from various sources. Very interesting given the impending tax breaks around the corner in the UK. Could this be a new dawn in film and broadcast for us here?
I was amazed by how many companies are turning out real quality work in Ireland. The tax breaks have not affected the passion for excellence. In fact I would say it has merely fuelled it - the companies are competing against eachother to produce the best work. And as the industry steadily grows there are now whispers of full length animated movies being made there.
If you are curious about what has been happening in Ireland check out the Animation Ireland showreel on their website...

Here's something you may not know. Ireland has a booming animation industry. No I didn't know that either until I went to the Cartoon Finance conference in Dublin last year. In fact the animation industry is doing so well, that in the face of the downturn, it has become one of their major exports. At the conference, it was quipped that the animators are now the ones with the proper jobs.

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Wed 6 Feb 2013: 5:30pm

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WFTV: Women in Technology Networking

WFTV: Women in Technology Networking

A big thank you to the ladies from WFTV (Women in Film and TV) for organising a networking event last night for women who work in technical roles across film and television. Three of us (Davi Stein, Anita Gribble and myself) from Escape went along to see what was going down! We had a great time meeting women from lots of different fields. Among them was a DOP, a few editors and to our delight two effects TD’s from MPC.

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Wed 6 Feb 2013: 12:57pm

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Truly EPIC God of War trailer

Truly EPIC God of War trailer

We were enticed this week when we saw this epic live action trailer for Sony’s game ‘God of War: Ascension’, It was made by creative studio and production company ‘Imaginary Forces’, a firm who have worked on a huge amount of projects, spanning from commercial work to television and film,
Google Chrome, Powerade, Transformers, Minority Report, and Boardwalk Empire, are but a few of their accolades to date. Impressive stuff!  

If the game is half as epic as this evocative ad, viewers will no doubt want to get playing right away!

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Wed 6 Feb 2013: 12:13pm

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Too much Apple for Ashton Kutcher?

Too much Apple for Ashton Kutcher?

Ashton Kutcher has unveiled that he got himself into a a real pickle, taking on a method actors approach when preparing for his latest role in a film set to hit screens in April 2013, which will follow the life and times of Steve Jobs.

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