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Gravity wins 7 awards at this year's Oscars

Gravity wins 7 awards at this year's Oscars

Gravity has been celebrated across the film industry for it's outstanding achievements in VFX – a real testament to the skills of the production teams here in the UK. London based VFX studio Framestore managed the creation of the ground-breaking visuals, and 3D conversion company Prime Focus World created the 3D effects. We'd like to send everyone on the Gravity production team our congratulations on the success of their work.

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The Art of Oscar-Winning 3D Modeling

The Art of Oscar-Winning 3D Modeling

3D modeling is one of the very first skills we teach on our 3D for Visual Effects course. The backbone for all convincing 3D VFX, it requires a strong knowledge of topology, form, texture and detail. In every class we find someone with a natural flare for this craft and 8 years ago Adam Dewhirst was one such person.

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Tue 11 Feb 2014: 10:58am

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Superbowl Commercials - VFX wins!

Superbowl Commercials - VFX wins!

I have intentionally waited until the afternoon to post this blog, so that all of you UK based sports fans that actually stayed awake to watch the coverage of the Superbowl last night, are now wide awake! So if you’ve finished your belated breakfast and have washed the beer stains out of your team jersey, then please cast your mind back to approximately 16 hours ago.

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Mon 3 Feb 2014: 5:03pm

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Escapee works on '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Escapee works on '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Seeing escapees working on Hollywood blockbusters is a regular occurrence here at Escape Studios, and 2014 promises to be no change from the usual schedule, as we recently spoke to escapee Simone Cilliani who has worked on one film we’re particularly looking forward to; ‘300: Rise of an Empire’, set for release in March 2014.

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Thu 19 Dec 2013: 11:20am

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The 2013 BFX Competition Awards Ceremony

The 2013 BFX Competition Awards Ceremony

Last Friday we took a train south to Bournemouth for the 2013 BFX awards ceremony, which was a truly wonderful event. Awarding and celebrating emerging talent from eleven UK universities, the teams who took part in this competition impressed us mightily.

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Tue 1 Oct 2013: 10:09am

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Friday Afternoon Outtakes!

Friday Afternoon Outtakes!

Folks, it's Friday, so it's time for a bit of Friday Fun, and who better to deliver it than your good friend Ash? No one! That's who!

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Fri 30 Aug 2013: 2:58pm

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“I can say that what Jaws did for water, Gravity does for air”

“I can say that what Jaws did for water, Gravity does for air”

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)

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Thu 29 Aug 2013: 9:39am

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Escape’s Open Day goes on location…

Escape’s Open Day goes on location…

Is anyone else reminded of school trips when the weather’s like this?

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Wed 5 Jun 2013: 3:07pm

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Iron Man 3 - VFX Straight out of London

Iron Man 3 - VFX Straight out of London

It’s a delight to say that a sizeable chunk of the VFX for Iron Man 3 were produced right here in London, and many of them by our friends at Framestore. Their contribution to the project undeniably creates the all-round key look for the movie.

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Fri 10 May 2013: 12:22pm

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MPC comes to Escape

MPC comes to Escape

Okay folks, our Academy Tour is almost upon us; on Wednesday 15th May Escape Studios will once again open its doors to all you VFX lovers out there wishing to get ahead of the game in the industry.

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Thu 9 May 2013: 9:12am

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On the edge of what’s possible

On the edge of what’s possible

Being a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, chocolate and picturesque Italian landscapes, the new campaign for Galaxy chocolate naturally caught my eye. Oh, and the fact that every shot of Hepburn entails full CG face replacement might also have fuelled my curiosity!

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Tue 5 Mar 2013: 10:15am

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New Dates for our Compositing Taster Courses

New Dates for our Compositing Taster Courses

Last week we released the dates for upcoming taster courses in Compositing. Due to popular demand we’ve been encouraged to add some additional dates for March.

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Thu 28 Feb 2013: 5:16pm

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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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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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Kicking off 2013 with Head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

Kicking off 2013 with Head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

To see in the New Year in style, we have a number of events planned for January 2013, the jewel in this stone clad crown of a month though, is a live interview with escapee and head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

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Wed 12 Dec 2012: 3:57pm

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1 day left to register for CVMP 2012...

Do you want to be in the know of the newest technology and techniques in the VFX industry? Do you want to meet with some of the brightest VFX talent in the UK and Europe?
Then CVMP is the perfect place for you to be on the 5th and 6th of December!

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Live Interview: Defining 50 Years of Bond in a Title Sequence with Diarmid Harrison-Murray

Live Interview: Defining 50 Years of Bond in a Title Sequence with Diarmid Harrison-Murray

We've invited Head of 3D at Framestore Commercials and Escape graduate, Diarmid Harrison-Murray, to kick off the New Year with a live interview, speaking about his latest work on the Skyfall opening title sequence, and his overall journey as a VFX artist.

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Mon 3 Dec 2012: 3:37pm

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Framestore helps James Bond celebrate 50 years of spy-tastic Action

Framestore helps James Bond celebrate 50 years of spy-tastic Action

For 50 years James Bond has been known for may things;  martinis, dames, gadgets, cars, and fantastic action sequences.  The James Bond franchise is also famously known for the stunning title sequences they've had throughout the years.  Many studios have clamored to get the chance to work on these amazing intros, and for the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfallthe UK's own Framestore got their 5th go around on the James Bond title sequence which coincidentally also marked the 50th anniversary of the british spy saga.

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Wed 28 Nov 2012: 1:30pm

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November’s Free Tutorial: Confessions of a Junior Compositor

November’s Free Tutorial: Confessions of a Junior Compositor

How does someone go about getting a Junior Compositor role at an international VFX studio like The Mill? Well in this month’s tutorial Simon Richardson reveals how it all started for him. From experimenting with Adobe’s After Effects at University, Simon was introduced to basic keying techniques in a layer based system. And this was when the seed was planted that would flourish into him conquering NUKE, and working at one of the top VFX studios in the world.

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