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Googly Eyes

Googly Eyes

Contrary to the title of this blog post, we're not writing about these googly eyes, no, this post is about the busy week we've had technologically. HTC unveiled their latest flagship smartphone here in London, the HTC One (not to be confused with the One X, One X+, One S, One V...). Sony announced the Playstation 4, boasting some serious specs as expected, although we don’t actually know what it looks like yet.

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Thu 21 Feb 2013: 12:31pm

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Where the gamers at!?

Where the gamers at!?

The PS4 is imminent, excited? We are, especially since Sony have just unveiled a number of tech specs and some confirmed game titles (complete with preview clips) for the console.

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Thu 21 Feb 2013: 11:14am

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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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Ellen Payne
Wed 20 Feb 2013: 4:53pm

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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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Davi Stein
Wed 20 Feb 2013: 9:24am

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Make 2013 your own! New course dates launched

Make 2013 your own! New course dates launched

2013 is set to be a massive year for film, (take a look at our recent blog post to see what cinematic delights we’re yet to sink out teeth into) so why not make it a massive year in film for you too?

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Tue 19 Feb 2013: 3:23pm

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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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Robert Broadbent
Tue 19 Feb 2013: 10:59am

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Paying homage to a VFX legend

Paying homage to a VFX legend

The legend that created the lab process of travelling mattes, (that’s blue/green screens to the rest of us) sadly passed away last week, at the grand age of 96.

0 Comments Mark Spevick

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Mon 18 Feb 2013: 2:23pm

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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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Lee's App of the week: The Walking Dead: Assault

Lee's App of the week: The Walking Dead: Assault

I officially love The Walking Dead but hate the long breaks in between series (can I get an Amen to it's return this month!) so thankfully Skybound - the same company that publishes TWD comics - has produced a top-notch game app to see us through those tough times and give us our zombie slaughtering fixes.

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Emma Lee
Mon 18 Feb 2013: 10:35am

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In the beginning there was 'Display'

In the beginning there was 'Display'

pho·to·shop, transitive verb, often capitalized \ˈfō-(ˌ)tō-ˌshäp\
to alter (a digital image) with Photoshop software or other image-editing software especially in a way that distorts reality (as for deliberately deceptive purposes)
- Merriam-Webster online dictionary, 2012

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David Joos
Fri 15 Feb 2013: 4:41pm

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From MPC to Cinesite, Fuel VFX to Weta Digital and everything in between! Escapee Leo Neelands.

From MPC to Cinesite, Fuel VFX to Weta Digital and everything in between! Escapee Leo Neelands.

Ska loving escapee Leo Neelands made a career change but 7 years ago, when upon the word of a trusty friend who recognised the potential of his artistic skills, he made his way down to London with nothing but a Wacom tablet and pen in his bindle and a bucket load of raw talent in his brain.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Fri 15 Feb 2013: 12:13pm

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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.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Fri 15 Feb 2013: 11:17am

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Hoth in your front room.

Hoth in your front room.

This rather charismatic chap called Barry has made his very own diorama model of the battle sequence on ice planet Hoth, from the Empire Strikes Back.

0 Comments Mark Spevick

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Mark Spevick
Fri 15 Feb 2013: 9:48am

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Game of Thrones fans, series 3 is on the horizon!

Game of Thrones fans, series 3 is on the horizon!

I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones and LOVE the VFX work the guys at Pixomondo have done on the series, especially the set extensions, and it gave me a real thrill to read that series 3 is on it’s way! The series 3 release date being announced at the 31st of March 2013.

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Simon Fenton
Thu 14 Feb 2013: 2:25pm

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2013 Oscars - VFX Nominees!

2013 Oscars - VFX Nominees!

Tis but 10 days until the much anticipated Oscars! Here at Escape we have a keen eye on who will be winning the prize for best VFX, there are some pretty heavyweight contenders and nominees are as follows…

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Thu 14 Feb 2013: 11:47am

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The 3D Printing Revolution!

The 3D Printing Revolution!

I am a huge fan of production design and this week, came across this awesome blog site complete with a nice video explaining set design and 3d printing!

0 Comments Simon Fenton

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Thu 14 Feb 2013: 9:41am

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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)

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Wed 13 Feb 2013: 12:15pm

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Lee's App of the Week!

Lee's App of the Week!

After a brief hiatus, Selby's App of the Week has returned - under the new married guise of Lee's App of the Week!

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Wed 13 Feb 2013: 10:47am

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Are you a natural Compositor? Find out on a Taster Day

Are you a natural Compositor? Find out on a Taster Day

Fancy knowing more about compositing? Do you think you might just be a natural compositor? If you'd like to find out more then why not come along to one of our compositing taster days?

Compositing is a crucial part of the Visual Effects pipeline. It's the bit where everything comes together. pipeline, the bit where it all comes together. As a Compositor, you’re the person who has to make sure the shot meets the artistic brief from the
director. You’re the one who’s finessing that creative vision. That final, all important creative milestone – that’s you. The Compositor. The person who naturally looks for the finer detail, who enjoys checking that the colour is ‘just right’, the person who questions whether that ‘hair’ looks part of the scene or not and if not, why not? You’re the person who helps deceive the eye, so the viewer asks, where there any Visual Effects at all?

Combining lots of different elements to make us believe we’re looking at a single scene is no mean feat and it takes highly dedicated individuals to make it happen. Without Compositors we’d never be looking at those gorgeous finished shots we’re so used to seeing. Instead, we’d be looking at the gaudy wires that support actors during actions sequences and shots lacking in any kind of atmosphere or composition. This is the department where the real magic happens through a variety of processes.

So fancy a day trying this out? seeing if it's for you? Places are limited so make sure you register your details now.

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Bethan Lofthouse
Tue 12 Feb 2013: 3:51pm

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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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