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Disney Fever!

Disney Fever!

For some reason I’ve come over all Disney this week

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Tue 12 Mar 2013: 5:10pm

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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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Every Young Girl’s Dream (well, quite a few…)

Every Young Girl’s Dream (well, quite a few…)

I’ll probably get in to trouble if I say that EVERY young girl dreamed of having their very own Prince Charming slip on the glass slipper and whisk her away from a life of boredom, ill-treatment and endless cleaning, but it would be fair to say that quite a few girls grew up getting lost in this particular fantasy, and it would appear that Emma Watson is one of them!

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Mon 11 Mar 2013: 4:34pm

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Girl Power!

Girl Power!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Fri 8 Mar 2013: 5:03pm

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Who ya gonna call…?

Who ya gonna call…?

I’m showing my age here, but one of my favourite flashbacks to my childhood is of being sat on the sofa with my younger brother staring wide-eyed at the TV screen while bumbling scientists Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis got slimed over and over in the supernatural comedy classic, Ghostbusters. Released in June 1984, I was too young to go and see it at the cinema but I never failed to catch the re-runs when it appeared in our homes during the years that followed, usually around Christmas time if my memory serves me correctly.

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Fri 8 Mar 2013: 12:30pm

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Heads up!

Heads up!

Front of house was entertained today, as a group of Visual Effects TD students transformed the break out space into a film location for the afternoon. The ‘TD’ stands for Technical Direction and these guys are currently working on a scene which they have created using our state of the art 3D design technology. They are learning about camera tracking and match moving, (among other things) and today they were filming footage which they will have to place into the scene they have already designed.

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Thu 7 Mar 2013: 5:22pm

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The First Ascent of Everest, In 3D!

The First Ascent of Everest, In 3D!

Wheels are in motion for the first known ascent of Mt. Everest is to be made into a 3D feature, by award-winning N.Z. documentary maker Leanne Pooley.

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Thu 7 Mar 2013: 12:08pm

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Skyhouse

Skyhouse

Above is a short documentary called 'Skyhouse', that a former colleague of mine (and very talented colourist) from San Francisco, Garry Coats, did the final grading process for.

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Mon 4 Mar 2013: 4:18pm

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"Man it's cool, it's the best thing I've written"

"Man it's cool, it's the best thing I've written"

Harry Potter fans (there are a few of them out there) will have to readjust their vision come 2014/15, as it has been announced that Daniel Radcliffe is in final negotiations with 20th Century Fox over playing the lead role of Igor, in an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is said that production will begin later this year.

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Mon 4 Mar 2013: 2:00pm

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"The best movie of 2013"

"The best movie of 2013"

While we’re blogging away about this year’s upcoming feature films, here is a few words about another one, but this isn’t just any old movie, it’s allegedly going to be the best movie of the year.

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Thu 28 Feb 2013: 12:20pm

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Oz the Great and Powerful.

Oz the Great and Powerful.

After its Superbowl spot, the world premiere of ‘Oz’ became an event that many cinema lovers kept a keen eye on, and by the sounds of things, the film did not disappoint.

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Thu 28 Feb 2013: 11:05am

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Marvel Crossover on the cards?

Marvel Crossover on the cards?

In a press release this week, Marvel teased fans with hopes of a super hero get together of epic proportions.

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Wed 27 Feb 2013: 5:22pm

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From the hand of Walt Disney himself

From the hand of Walt Disney himself

Check out these never before seen sketches from the hand of Walt Disney himself. Classic Mickey Mouse animation is simply one of my favourite things to watch, conveying a story, emotion or an idea in such simple drawings, for me really highlights to skill of this art, and art I have the utmost respect for.

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Tue 26 Feb 2013: 3:13pm

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Industrial Light and Magic - Path to the Death Star

Industrial Light and Magic - Path to the Death Star

As readers of our blog will know, we grab any Star Wars news by the horns, grind it into a couple hundred words, and blog the Sith out of it.

This occasion is no different, and while just last month, Star Wars fans everywhere were petitioning to get a death star built and launched into space, Industrial Light and Magic (VFX Brainchild of Star Wars creator George Lucas) were busy putting together a timeline of their journey, creating the Death Star for it’s first appearance in ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’.

It shows the milestones of an iconic studio as well as the creation of one of the most iconic images in cinematic history.

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Tue 26 Feb 2013: 12:04pm

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HaZ Dulull presents: Project Kronos

HaZ Dulull presents: Project Kronos

We were rather happy this week to hear from an old friend of Escape HaZ Dulull, a) because he has just been appointed as director for ‘IAM entertainment’ Hollywood, which is awesome! and b) because he is promoting his second VFX heavy short, Project Kronos.

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Fri 22 Feb 2013: 3:34pm

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Weta Featurette-a

Weta Featurette-a

The Oscars is on Sunday (anyone staying up for them?) and in preparation, the team over at Weta Digital has released a couple of pretty awesome  behind the scenes/breakdown featurettes, discussing the creation of ‘The Goblin Caverns’ and ‘Rivendell’.

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Thu 21 Feb 2013: 3:06pm

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Framestore Recreate 1865 America for Lincoln

Framestore Recreate 1865 America for Lincoln

Lincoln is very much a hit with the award bodies this year. Having only just recently hit the cinemas, the film has already scooped up a Golden Globe and a BAFTA as well as being nominated for 12 Oscars. And although this is all very lovely, we’re more interested in the stunning results achieved by Framestore for this epic biopic. Providing the backdrop of 1865 America, a country ripped in two by civil war, Framestore worked alongside the filmmakers to make a historically accurate recreation that was both invisible and believable. And having already proved their expertise on Spielberg’s previous project War Horse, Framestore have obviously earned the trust and respect of Steven and his team.

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Wed 20 Feb 2013: 4:53pm

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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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