Hello loyal readers, A P Miles here with sad, sad news. It seems that I've bucked the trend and decided to catch the winter cold rather early, turning my normally deep and soothing voice into a growley, crackly mess, and increasing the pressure in my head to somewhere close to 500 fathoms deep.
An interesting article appeared on Linkedin this week, on the future of Higher Education in America. Written on the back of an encounter between California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (who also sits on the boards of the University of California and California State University systems) and brand new start up education company ‘Udacity’, an organisation that creates online college courses focused largely on science and technology.
Often for a VFX artist there is a defining moment of clarity, whether it be during a TV program, an epic film, or just viewing a highly detailed drawing, most of the artists we encounter, when asked “what made you want to become a VFX artist?” Usually one of these occasions is cited as a reply.
Here at Escape Studios we’re no strangers to European VFX enthusiasts. We have people come through our doors from all over the globe, and that’s why we love events like this, events that further confirm that the art of VFX is an international language.
The Trojan Horse is a Unicorn Festival is a premier event for producers, animators game developers concept artists and 3D generalists, and is taking place in Troi Portugal from the 18th to the 21st of September.
It was whispered around the film community that we Alfonso Cuarón got started on Gravity, it was going to be something truly epic. Well the first reviews came in today from the Venice film festival where it was premiered, and guess what, it sounds just that! Here are a few snippets from reviewers/tweeters that have been kindly collated by thefilmstage.com. (check the site out here for the full reviews)
Happy Friday everyone! May the woo be with you. There's a good vibe in the office this morning as we sail towards August bank holiday; the sun is shining, birds are swaying, trees are singing. I might even go for a walk later.
We’ve been brewing up a VFX storm over the last few weeks in the form of the VFX Festival 2013. Last year’s Festival was a huge success, tickets sold out in 72 hours and after a week of packed workshops and talks, this time we had no choice but to make things bigger and better!
I'll admit I don't play video games, but I do thoroughly enjoy seeing the environments that they create. I came across this site that highlights some beautiful game worlds, assembled by ultrabrilliant.
Those of you who know me, know I'm into games. It's a great time to be a fan of video games, especially with the next generation so close to blowing all of our minds.
Don’t you just love it when two intricate art forms collide to make something equally as wonderful as each ingredient on its own? We saw this video (above) created by students from the University for the Creative Arts, and not only did we fall in love with the computer generated imagery, but we were impressed by the fact that this animation was synchronised with a live recording of Milhaud’s 'La Création du Monde'.
Star Wars Episode VII is on the horizon, and whether you are jumping in the air with excitement or recoiling every time the film's title is uttered – the creation of the motion picture is going to be one interesting venture.
I’m not sure if many of you have seen Kittywood Studios: Cat Videos Incorporated, but there’s definitely something in it! It seems the media world has gone cat mad. The advertising gurus of the 1900’s possibly missed a trick… ‘Cats sell…’ Why? Well I work with a group of people who avidly share cat videos with me (not that I’m complaining, I do enjoy them), but also my most recent cinema trip was made all the more enjoyable last weekend when I was introduced to MPC’s latest project – Be More Dog - by far one of the more entertaining commercials out there at the moment.
So the Friday feeling has been spreading around the office a bit - we've had chocolates! - and I think it’s time to share some of it with you, our loyal reader.
Fan favourite film mag Empire recently released a list of cinema's greatest VFX shots as picked by industry experts and it certainly hit all the right notes. Classic scenes from Jurassic Park, Star Wars and The Abyss were all on there, but we were particularly proud to see number 1 being Davy Jones' face from POTC:DMC, which our very own Head of 2D and tutor Davi Stein worked on during her time at ILM! Congratulations Davi!