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Another CG cat entertaining audiences the world over!

Another CG cat entertaining audiences the world over!

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.

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Mon 5 Aug 2013: 5:21pm

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Singing in the SNIKT!

Singing in the SNIKT!

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.

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Fri 2 Aug 2013: 4:44pm

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Davi makes the grade!

Davi makes the grade!

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!

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Wed 31 Jul 2013: 11:43am

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Got the film making bug?

Got the film making bug?

Calling all filmmakers! Are you an IdeasTap member? If so, then you’ve got until Friday 6th of September to enter this competition, run by the  National Theatre, who are in search of creative minds to make a short film inspired by their new show; ‘The Light Princess’, (click here for more information on entrants source of inspiration)

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Mon 29 Jul 2013: 10:02am

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Pixar & The Foundry team up!

Pixar & The Foundry team up!

It came as a pleasant surprise this week, to discover that the mighty Pixar, are to work alongside  another developer for the first time!

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Fri 26 Jul 2013: 3:47pm

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What colour is a mirror?

What colour is a mirror?

Everyone loves a bit of free education, and the internet is full to the brim with juicy info ready for you to soak that brain sponge of yours in. As opposed to the monotony of modern day schooling, you’ll often find that thanks to video streaming channels such as YouTube and Vimeo, information is often presented in an exciting and enthusiastic way.

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Wed 24 Jul 2013: 10:42am

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Webseries Spotlight; RWBY

Webseries Spotlight; RWBY

Hello everyone, Ash here. How've you been? I'm well, thanks. I've been making Youtube videos recently, have you been watching them? Please do, Seriously, I need this job.

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Mon 22 Jul 2013: 4:08pm

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Project Green Screen - The finished product

Project Green Screen - The finished product

Our regular blog readers will remember that that back in March we wrote about a short directed by the legendary Robert Rodriguez that gave movie lovers the opportunity to collaborate with him.

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Mon 22 Jul 2013: 10:56am

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Fancy a treat?

Fancy a treat?

So last week we welcomed Steve Begg as our guest speaker to our Open Day and, as usual, it was a huge success.

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Wed 17 Jul 2013: 10:12am

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1000 frames per second in full HD? Now that's a camera!

1000 frames per second in full HD? Now that's a camera!

Wowzers, check out this amazing camera system devised by the University of Tokyo, by using two small independent mirrors this camera is able to track and stabilize images at 1000 frames per second in full HD.

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Tue 16 Jul 2013: 11:20am

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Pacific Rim, how does it look?

Pacific Rim, how does it look?

Pacific Rim, the mad Japanese Kaiju style monster movie by Guillermo del Toro sounds like it’s crazy fun and action packed, judging from some early reviews we’ve read this week online.

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Mon 15 Jul 2013: 4:39pm

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The Escape Studios Advisory Board – Supporting Aspiring VFX Talent

The Escape Studios Advisory Board – Supporting Aspiring VFX Talent

Delivering the most up-to-date curriculum to our students is always at the heart of Escape Studios’ training. To achieve this we rely heavily on our industry connections to keep us tuned into the latest trends, technologies and processes at use in the current VFX climate, helping us develop and deliver the most relevant training for those looking to forge a career in VFX. To help us with this, we’ve appointed an Advisory Board of top industry figures who share their thoughts on what’s happening in the industry, where it’s headed and what’s required from VFX artists at this time.

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Fri 12 Jul 2013: 4:51pm

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Congrats to all our Escapees who helped make ‘Man of Steel’ possible

Congrats to all our Escapees who helped make ‘Man of Steel’ possible

By now, we’re guessing, many of you VFX fans out there will have seen Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. If you haven’t, we’re sure you have a valid excuse. And for those of you who have, you may have noticed the epic credits list for the VFX department in particular. As we respectfully stay at the end of the movie to watch the credits roll, we’re always proud to spot names we recognise among the list – the names of our graduates.

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Thu 11 Jul 2013: 5:12pm

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CGI VFX Making Of HD Marmalade Identity by Schoenheitsfarm.

CGI VFX Making Of HD Marmalade Identity by Schoenheitsfarm.

Here is a really tasty behind the scenes look at how a talented group of German artisans and technicians, have explored and discovered the wide variety of professional creative services that they’ve come to offer.

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Mon 8 Jul 2013: 5:05pm

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London Film & Comic Con - what's it all about?

London Film & Comic Con - what's it all about?

We got to Earls Court at around 9am on Saturday morning and paid £12 for entry (this was strictly an admission fee, no photo or autograph opportunities/food or drinks included!) and by 11am the queue was truly immense, given that it was blisteringly hot outside, the early birds definitely got the worm!

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Mon 8 Jul 2013: 10:44am

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NEW Webinar: The Role Of A Compositor With Davi Stein

NEW Webinar: The Role Of A Compositor With Davi Stein

When it comes to VFX, Compositors are the masters of make-believe. They're the magicians who create the illusion of reality in every CG shot. They can look at a shot and tell you exactly what's wrong with it and the best way to correct it. In essence, they are true artists with an eye for beauty and their devotion to it means we get to watch something stunning every time.

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Mon 1 Jul 2013: 2:34pm

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VFX Supervisor Steve Begg speaks at our next open day

VFX Supervisor Steve Begg speaks at our next open day

Like all our Open Days here at Escape, the next is set to be even more epic than the last. On July 10th we’ll be joined by industry legend Steve Begg, who’s 27 years' of experience in the industry is quite intimidating. VFX Supervisor on titles such as Skyfall, Batman Begins, Casino Royale, The Golden Compass, Red Dwarf, Aliens... the list goes on… Steve has a great many anecdotes to share, as well as some golden nuggets of wisdom!

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Mon 1 Jul 2013: 11:06am

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That's off the wall!

That's off the wall!

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s a real interesting music video by Electro artist Yuksek, for his song "Off The Wall",

It's sure to get your toes tapping and your brain wondering at the video which is jam packed full of hand manipulated props, instruments and body parts that are brought together and combined with a mirror image.

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Fri 28 Jun 2013: 11:00am

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Time Lapse Mayhem!

Time Lapse Mayhem!

I do love a good time lapse, and here’s one to feast your eyes upon! This amazing video was completely shot on Tokyo’s fully-automated Yurikamome transit system by an artist  who goes by the user name darwinfish105 

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Wed 26 Jun 2013: 12:00pm

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Small Soldiers - How was it done?

Small Soldiers - How was it done?

Small Soldiers was, no sorry –IS, in my book anyway - an awesome film, sure I may think that way because I’ve adorned it in a proverbial cloak of nostalgia, but regardless, I am part of a generation that found itself moved and entertained by the ongoing battle between the Gorgonites, led by the valiant Archer, and the antagonist Chip Hazard’s Commando Elite.

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Thu 20 Jun 2013: 11:38am

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