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Delving into the Imaginarium that is... Life of Pi

For those of you who have read this novel you have probably already conjured up your own vibrant images from deep within your own imagination - for those who haven't I would recommend reading it. However by the sound of things in a review I found, it sounds as though the legendary Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain) has taken the hard work out of it - painting an incredible living, breathing picture.

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Tue 27 Nov 2012: 11:00am

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Reality Vs Nostalgia

Reality Vs Nostalgia

Here at Escape Studios we understand that more often than not, there is a huge pragmatic element to creating even the most far out scenes.

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Tue 20 Nov 2012: 10:55am

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Attack of the giant...Gromits?

Attack of the giant...Gromits?

Taking a break from his cheese-fuelled escapades, Aardman’s principal pooch Gromit is on sabbatical for a while and is scampering off to help a good cause out.

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Mon 19 Nov 2012: 11:00am

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Adam Gascoyne: Among London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2012

Adam Gascoyne: Among London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2012

Earlier this month the Evening Standard compiled a list celebrating some of the top most influential creative figures in London. Inspired by the opening ceremony for this year’s London Olympics, which brought together an incredible pool of talent for a spectacular event, the Evening Standard took this opportunity to acknowledge the “fantastic cauldron of creativity” that exists in England's capital.

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Fri 16 Nov 2012: 12:30pm

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Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

While everyone is busy hating on Disney for adopting and extending the Star Wars saga, let’s take a moment to remember that Disney do indeed make some seriously visually impressive motion pictures. Their latest endeavour ‘Wreck it Ralph’, is no exception. CTO Andy Hendrickson spoke to Animation World Network about the film…

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Thu 15 Nov 2012: 4:30pm

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DIY 007

DIY 007

Want to build your own Bond car? Today may be your lucky day. The Aston Martin DB5 used in Skyfall seems like a pretty expensive car to blow up a good couple of times, which is why it isn’t a DB5 that you see blown to smithereens.

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Wed 14 Nov 2012: 5:30pm

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Catching Up With Hoxton Redsox

Catching Up With Hoxton Redsox

We have been catching up with the team over at Hoxton Redsox after the completion of "Transmission", the final video in a series of viral films as a part of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus BluRay release.

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Mon 12 Nov 2012: 1:30pm

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It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year...Maybe Not?

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year...Maybe Not?

We are coming up to that time of year, the time of year that fills single people with dread, fills kids with joy and will empty out most people's wallets. Yes we are in the run up to Christmas...in fact you only have 45 days to prepare yourself.

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Fri 9 Nov 2012: 9:00am

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FPV FTW!

FPV FTW!

Escape Tutor Dan Shutt shared one of his past times with us this week, in the form of FPV flight.

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Mon 5 Nov 2012: 5:30pm

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Second dose of Sin City on the way!

Second dose of Sin City on the way!

So aside from the other movie news that can, for the next couple of hours at least, remain in a galaxy far far away, there is an excellent cinematic prospect around the corner, as it surfaced online this week that the Sin City sequel has started shooting. It appears there is still some casting to be done though…

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Mon 5 Nov 2012: 11:30am

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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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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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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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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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Glowfrog At The VFX Festival

Glowfrog At The VFX Festival

As you probably know Escape Studios organised and hosted the UK’s first VFX Festival last week with events, seminars and master classes taking place across London. The VFX Festival went down an absolute storm and was a fantastic platform to demonstrate the success of the UK’s ever-expanding visual effects industry.

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Thu 18 Oct 2012: 3:30pm

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Evil Dead Exclusive @ NYCC 2012

Evil Dead Exclusive @ NYCC 2012

For those of you who didn’t know, New York Comic Con happened last week, and as promised, the largest celebration of pop culture on the east coast of America, brought awesome exclusives by the bucket load.

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Wed 17 Oct 2012: 6:00pm

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Keeping it real – kudos to Peter Jackson

Keeping it real – kudos to Peter Jackson

It seems that for the last decade, a whole plethora of films have been remade when the original should never have been touched. Classic cult offerings such as Assault on Precinct 13, Cape Fear, Death Race 2000 and even Clash of the Titans have all undergone a reworking, which some might say was wholly unneeded.

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Tue 16 Oct 2012: 12:40pm

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We'll have a Heineken; shaken, not stirred

We'll have a Heineken; shaken, not stirred

Riding on the excitement of the new Bond film, Skyfall, Heineken has a James Bond themed ad, featuring Daniel Craig. The VFX for the ad were done by none other than our good friends at The Mill, and the global TV and digital campaign will be activated across 32 markets and involves the participation of the film's stars, Daniel Craig and the latest Bond girl, Bérénice Marlohe.

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Tue 9 Oct 2012: 9:30am

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Grounded: A VFX Short with some Heart

Grounded: A VFX Short with some Heart

In this day and age of huge Sci-fi VFX productions that really don't go anywhere (cough!.. Prometheus...cough! cough!) emotionally we find ourselves longing for some real substance with our entertainment.  Enter Grounded , a film short by Kevin Margo, a VFX vet from Blur Studio, about an Astronauts journey through space and life.  The short was a top award winner at multiple festivals around the planet and in true VFX fashion Kevin and his team created a process short along with the film to show all of those VFX hopefuls out there just how it was done.  Top notch work from a top notch creative, I do hope we see some more from Mr. Margo's mind!

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