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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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Pixar artists grab funding by the horns

Pixar artists grab funding by the horns

These days, it is commonplace for new projects to be funded by creative idea fuelling website – ‘kickstarter’. This is not your only option of funding if you’re a legendary artist from Pixar though.

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Tue 19 Feb 2013: 9:53am

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An Insight to Industrial Light and Magic

An Insight to Industrial Light and Magic

Industrial Light and Magic was created back in 1975 by the legend that is George Lucas, and has kept going ever since, racking up work on over 300 movies to date.

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Mon 18 Feb 2013: 12:39pm

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Behind the scenes at Cinesite - See you there?

Behind the scenes at Cinesite - See you there?

Find out what it's like to be a VFX Artist - as Cinesite take attendees through the creation process of some of their coolest shots.

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Fri 15 Feb 2013: 11:17am

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View Conference announces cash prizes for 2013 winners!

Our friends over at View Conference Italy, last week unveiled that they will be providing cash prizes for winners of their different awards. The prizes vary from top of the range tablets to a lump sum of 2000 Euros. The categories for application are as follows (complete with direct links)

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Wed 13 Feb 2013: 12:15pm

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C (299,792 km/s)

C (299,792 km/s)

The phrase ‘put your money where your mouth is’, is rarely put into practice. However, over the last few years, website kickstarter.com has bucked the trend by allowing generous and creative types to come together and put their money into projects that they genuinely believe in.

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Fri 8 Feb 2013: 11:06am

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Bad Robot & Valve - Oh yes!

Bad Robot & Valve - Oh yes!

My goodness, it’s only January but for games and scifi fans dare I say it, Christmas is coming early.

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Fri 8 Feb 2013: 10:02am

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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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A giant robot, loud music, and plenty of explosions, what's not to like?

A giant robot, loud music, and plenty of explosions, what's not to like?

The office here at Escape is usually bustling with an array of different musical sounds, and it’s rare we fully agree on what radio station to keep on for more than an hour and a half.

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Tue 29 Jan 2013: 10:34am

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FINALLY, The Rock has come back, to the big screen!

FINALLY, The Rock has come back, to the big screen!

Dwayne Johnson, known to most as wrestling icon ‘the Rock’, is to play the role of a snitch in his new movie, aptly named, ‘Snitch’, set for release February 22nd..

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Mon 28 Jan 2013: 10:50am

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It's Superman, but not as you know it...

It's Superman, but not as you know it...

This project has amazed and dumbfounded us this morning, as a) We've had to deal with the whole concept of a Superman movie – directed by Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage, that never was, and b) We discovered that a documentary is set to be created, about this semi-mythical piece of film history.

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Fri 25 Jan 2013: 11:51am

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2013, the year of the special effects film?

2013, the year of the special effects film?

It’s no secret, here at Escape, we love special effects. For that reason, we are especially pleased that someone (Cinefex) has taken the time to find out what VFX clad films we’re set to expect in 2013/14, and compiled them into a succinct, chronological list for our (and your) perusal.

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Mon 21 Jan 2013: 4:09pm

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Home-made CG Speed bump!

Joy riders are a worry in many communities, and at a time of year when the icy roads have us all thinking twice about our speed, here’s a little bit of CG that lowers the speed limit.

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Mon 21 Jan 2013: 10:40am

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Toy Story - Remade!

Toy Story - Remade!

Someone once told me, that life is like a marmalade sandwich; the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.

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Wed 16 Jan 2013: 4:43pm

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The Stunning Effects of Life of Pi

The Stunning Effects of Life of Pi

Thanks to the kind people at Rhythm and Hues, who last month gave us some very informative industry info, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi has already made an appearance on the Escape blog. But now we've all seen it, and since it’s received 11 Oscar nominations (not bad eh?) we reckon it’s worth another mention!

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Tue 15 Jan 2013: 11:23am

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London's VFX Artists become Superheroes!

London's VFX Artists become Superheroes!

VFX fans and readers of WIRED magazine will have noticed a special feature in this month’s edition, as Soho’s VFX teams are made into super heroes by, well, themselves.

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Mon 14 Jan 2013: 11:29am

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Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters

Followers of the Escape Blog may remember that last week, we wrote about a few up and coming films due to hit the screen in early 2013. One that caught our eye in particular, was the Tommy Wirkola directed adaptation of the brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘Hansel & Gretel’.

We were quite pleased this week then, as you’d imagine, when another trailer for the movie, (that, by the way, is aptly titled 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters') was released as part of a final promotion push by Paramount, before the film’s belated release on the 25th of January.

The film stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and picks up the plot 15 years after the gingerbread house-kidnap trauma, when Hansel and Gretel are fully fledged bounty hunters. Prepare yourself for an array of outrageous weapons, some serious explosions and all enhanced of course by some state of the art 3D!

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Wed 9 Jan 2013: 12:21pm

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Ones to Watch in 2013

Ones to Watch in 2013

It goes without saying that film fans everywhere are looking forward to the release of a vast number of motion pictures in the upcoming year. Over the course of 2012, how many times have we heard the line “I can’t wait for this film to hit cinemas next year!”?

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Thu 3 Jan 2013: 3:33pm

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A Hidden Visual Gem

A Hidden Visual Gem

Japanese Animator Tetsuka Niiyama has created yet another beautiful video in the form of this short (but wonderful) CG movie.

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Thu 29 Nov 2012: 10:56am

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