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VFX Festival 2015: Are you ready?

VFX Festival 2015: Are you ready?

You’ve been talking about it, your friends have been talking about it, your friends’ friends have been talking about it, hell I even heard the milkman talking about it the other day, and now the date is finally here. That’s right, it’s time for you to start preparing for the VFX Festival 2015.

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Thu 30 Oct 2014: 4:10pm

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The annual MOCHA HALLOWEEN VIDEO CONTEST is here!

The annual MOCHA HALLOWEEN VIDEO CONTEST is here!

The lovely folks over at Imagineer Systems have donated licenses for mocha Pro 4 to Escape Studios and just in time for their annual Mocha Halloween Video Contest! Imagineer Systems is the Academy Award-winning developer of mocha: Planar Tracking based visual effects solutions for film and video post production.

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Mon 20 Oct 2014: 4:58pm

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Film Directing Debut on the Horizon for Compositing Master

Film Directing Debut on the Horizon for Compositing Master

Compositing Master and long-time friend of Escape Victor Perez, has recently taken a new direction within his artistic career, and after years in the VFX biz, is taking the skills that he has accrued supervising on some huge projects (you may have seen his story on our Escape & Enter site) into the field of film Directing, and at the moment is embroiled in some pretty exciting projects.

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Thu 2 Oct 2014: 12:17pm

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Writer/Director Spotlight: Haz Dulull

Writer/Director Spotlight: Haz Dulull

I spoke to Writer/Director and VFX Artist Haz Dulull this week, the topic of conversation; Project Kronos, 3D World Magazine Awards, and his latest short film SYNC...

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Mon 15 Sep 2014: 1:45pm

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Reasons to be Creative 2014

Reasons to be Creative 2014

Last week Ash Miles and myself spent a fantastic three days filled with education and inspiration at Reasons to be Creative in Brighton. This is a conference that brings together some of the most talented designers, coders, filmmakers, animators, installation builders, illustrators, and artists who offer a little window of insight into their work and careers.

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Mon 8 Sep 2014: 10:38am

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Jacopo Landi: Taking his Compositing skills a step further at DNeg

Jacopo Landi: Taking his Compositing skills a step further at DNeg

This time of year tends to be a busy time for VFX, particularly for Compositing departments, with film production schedules nearing the end of their pipeline, and VFX teams working towards looming delivery deadlines. During this busy time, it’s great to see our graduates benefitting from the industry’s demand for more experienced Compositors. This is certainly the case for Jacopo Landi who graduated from our Advanced Compositing for VFX course last March and is now working at Double Negative as a Digital Stereo Compositor.

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Fri 1 Aug 2014: 10:13am

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Escape Alumni Summer Party: An evening with recruiters!

Escape Alumni Summer Party: An evening with recruiters!

Last Thursday evening we hosted a recruitment event in honour of our Alumni from the last two years. The night was dedicated to celebrating their work in VFX so far, as well as a networking opportunity with recruiters from the leading VFX facilities in London. We were joined by Framestore, MPC, The Mill, Jellyfish Pictures, Milk VFX, Molinare, Rushes and ILM (Industrial Light and Magic).

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Thu 17 Jul 2014: 11:30am

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Escape Studios & HaZ Film team up for VFX Sci-Fi Epic!

Escape Studios & HaZ Film team up for VFX Sci-Fi Epic!

We are very pleased to announce that we have joined forces with HaZ Films as VFX Partner on his latest Sci-Fi Short film: SYNC. HaZ is a VFX Supervisor turned Filmmaker while also one of our tutors on the Producing for VFX course, (which is soon to start its third term)

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Thu 29 May 2014: 9:27am

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A dedication to the genre of Sci-Fi

A dedication to the genre of Sci-Fi

Sci-Fi-London (The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film) kicks off today, boasting a fantastic line up of titles – some new and some offering more of a nostalgic trip down memory lane. We’re particularly excited about the short film programme, Shorts Programme 2, to be screened on the closing day, Sunday 4 May, at BFI Southbank.

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Thu 24 Apr 2014: 10:08am

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Gravity wins 7 awards at this year's Oscars

Gravity wins 7 awards at this year's Oscars

Gravity has been celebrated across the film industry for it's outstanding achievements in VFX – a real testament to the skills of the production teams here in the UK. London based VFX studio Framestore managed the creation of the ground-breaking visuals, and 3D conversion company Prime Focus World created the 3D effects. We'd like to send everyone on the Gravity production team our congratulations on the success of their work.

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Thu 6 Mar 2014: 9:00am

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It's all about networking! Escapee works on '47 Ronin' Hypermotion Comic.

It's all about networking! Escapee works on '47 Ronin' Hypermotion Comic.

We recently heard about escapee Lee Medcalf making the most of our industry connections at this year's VFX Festival, and embarking on a creative journey with Universal Pictures, Design Studio for Film Hollywood and Escape Tutor and VFX whiz Haz Dulull, naturally we had to find out from Lee what had been going on, it's all very exciting!

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Mon 6 Jan 2014: 10:54am

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VFX Workshop with Maya Master, Lee Danskin

VFX Workshop with Maya Master, Lee Danskin

If you’ve not heard of Lee Danskin – well now is the time to get introduced. When it comes to Autodesk Maya, this is a man worth knowing. Director of Technology at Escape-Technology and the man who had a hand in creating Maya 1.0 (the 3D package that revolutionised the industry), Lee has enjoyed an incredible 18-year career working on high profile projects for some of the UK’s biggest VFX studios.

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Wed 20 Nov 2013: 5:23pm

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Our new online classroom

Our new online classroom

With a new year fast approaching, there's never been a better time to think about your career prospects and embark in something new. For those of you looking to step up the ranks as a VFX ninja, 2014 could be the year to make it happen.

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Tue 5 Nov 2013: 4:38pm

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Will VFX ruin your Halloween film night? Not necessarily...

Will VFX ruin your Halloween film night? Not necessarily...

Horror films, at their core, probably garner the least amount of respect from the intuitive film goer. It's not hard to see why, as most films are designed to be windows of escapism, where the viewer allows them self to get lost in the twists of the story and emotional journey of the characters, where horrors try to accomplish the opposite; filling you with fear and dread, jumping at loud noises, making it impossible to actually settle down during the film.

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Tue 29 Oct 2013: 10:24am

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"Machete don't tweet"

I loved the first Machete film, and when at the end of the film, the narrator announced “Machete will return in, ‘Machete Kills’ and ‘Machete Kills Again’”, my excitement was uncontainable. So naturally, I ran to the cinema to see ‘Machete Kills’ at the weekend, and I can say conclusively that I’ve never left a cinema with such an overwhelming feeling of confusion.

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Mon 14 Oct 2013: 9:33am

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Special Effects & Telekenisis: #FlexLikeCarrie

Special Effects & Telekenisis: #FlexLikeCarrie

Here is a killer piece of 'advertising meets special effects' that caught our eye this week.

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Tue 8 Oct 2013: 10:01am

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Terribly tired of Toy Story?

Terribly tired of Toy Story?

So, we all loved Toy Story, and most of us who can remember watching it back in 1995, managed to find the same place in our hearts for it by the time the third cinematic instalment arrived in 2010.

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Thu 3 Oct 2013: 10:29am

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The 2013 BFX Competition Awards Ceremony

The 2013 BFX Competition Awards Ceremony

Last Friday we took a train south to Bournemouth for the 2013 BFX awards ceremony, which was a truly wonderful event. Awarding and celebrating emerging talent from eleven UK universities, the teams who took part in this competition impressed us mightily.

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Tue 1 Oct 2013: 10:09am

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Love VFX? You'll love this!

Love VFX? You'll love this!

Once upon a time, in a world full of extremely complex effects, there was a place where people thought that only explosions, giant robots, monsters and set replacements could cause their jaws to drop, then a company called Bot & Dolly decided to show to everyone how they could make something compelling and inspiring... just with primitives!

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Fri 27 Sep 2013: 11:15am

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Witnessing the future of VFX with Lucasfilm.

Witnessing the future of VFX with Lucasfilm.

So you think that visual effects today are really advanced, right? Think that they can do everything? Well think again friends, because the best is yet to come!

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Thu 26 Sep 2013: 10:22am

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