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Amazing Idents for BT Vision By ManvsMachine & Proud Creative

Amazing Idents for BT Vision By ManvsMachine & Proud Creative

BT Vision (a TV-on-demand service from British Telecom) has just been through a re-branding excersise which was carried out by ManvsMachine in collaboration with Proud Creative. ManvsMachine were tasked with creating the idents, while Proud Creative worked on the graphic design elements of the newly created identity.

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Thu 13 Oct 2011: 9:52pm

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Framestore Integrate IKinema

Framestore Integrate IKinema

IKinema are a relatively young company based in the UK with a very special product that is improving the workflow among VFX departments. For anyone lucky enough to have worked with this programme they will know that the IKinema technology is a powerful plug-in and a real asset to any project working with motion capture and animation. It’s an incredible tool with advanced solver settings and a flexible constraint system. It's no wonder Framestore, one of the top VFX companies in Europe, are taking full advantage of this tool by integrating it into their motion capture pipeline.

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Wed 12 Oct 2011: 4:19pm

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Keeping Creativity & Your Animations Alive

Keeping Creativity & Your Animations Alive

One of the most entertaining parts of the Character Animation course that I teach at Escape studios is the lesson where the students invent, design and pitch an original animated character to myself and the rest of the class. The purpose of the exercise is to get students thinking not just about the technical side of character motion and action but also to think inventively and creatively. Can we invent characters as well as animate them? The visual effects industry is often demanding in terms of time and energy, and one of the best antidotes to the problem of "burn out" is to keep the creative spirit alive. After all, we all went into the arts to invent and create, not just to polish other people's ideas.

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Tue 11 Oct 2011: 10:33am

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Mimicking Tilt-Shift in AfterEffects

Mimicking Tilt-Shift in AfterEffects

My cousin - David Itzcovitz - went to Israel last month and he took a series of photos, which he then processed to give this strange look. The process he mimicked in After Effects is called tilt-shift and is usually achieved by using a tilt-shift lens (lensbaby). This puts the focal plane at a strange angle to the film and as a result, you get this strange depth of field effect which makes big things seem like miniatures.

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Tue 11 Oct 2011: 8:29am

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News Round-Up: Monday 10th Oct 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 10th Oct 2011

Here is my usual Weekly Round-Up of News, with stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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Sun 9 Oct 2011: 9:56am

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CVMP - Last Call for Short Papers

CVMP - Last Call for Short Papers

It seems there is an abundance of technology conferences to choose from this year. For fellow technology enthusiasts out there, this is an exciting time, as we are treated to an ocean of updates, new releases and ground breaking developments. One conference we give a particular seal of approval to is the much anticipated CVMP (Conference for Visual Media Production), now in its 8th year running. This is a conference dedicated to the geeks of the visual media production industries, whether that is in film, broadcast or games.

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CG Whiz is Coming!

CG Whiz is Coming!

Those of you who follow us on Twitter will probably have noticed that we are soon to launch the third edition of our now famous CG Whiz competition. So, since the 'cat's out of the bag' already, I thought I might just get away with giving you a bit of an insight in what we have been cooking up for this year's edition of CG Whiz.

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Thu 6 Oct 2011: 11:28am

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Alembic the VFX Pipeline Overhaul...

Alembic the VFX Pipeline Overhaul...

What exactly is Alembic? I know that some of you will have a fair idea, but I can guess that an awful lot of you simply won't have the first idea about what it does and why it should matter to you.

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Thu 6 Oct 2011: 10:49am

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Get Involved With the V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Programme

Get Involved With the V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Programme

Last week, Chaos Group announced that their V-Ray for Softimage is now ready for public Beta testing. This is the latest rendering solution by Chaos Group, due to release towards the end of the year.

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Wed 5 Oct 2011: 9:43am

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News Round-Up: Monday 3rd Oct 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 3rd Oct 2011

Following on from last week's announcement about our Weekly Round-Up of news, here are the stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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Mon 3 Oct 2011: 9:09am

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Fine Art – Your route into VFX

Fine Art – Your route into VFX

Not many traditional artists ever imagine that they’d be able to transfer their artistics skills from the studio to the computer but in fact it’s quite the opposite. The current growth of the VFX industry in the UK means there is a growing demand for fresh creative talent. Learning the skills is the easy bit; it’s the creativity that the industry is looking for and that really is something that you’re born with.

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Thu 29 Sep 2011: 8:24am

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The Foundry Announce New Product

The Foundry Announce New Product

Though a very powerful compositing tool NUKE has been missing a component many artist could benefit from. HIERO is a new product in development at The Foundry that hopes to provide the missing link for a more efficient shot management system in your VFX pipeline.

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Wed 28 Sep 2011: 11:53am

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News Round-Up: Monday 26th Sep 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 26th Sep 2011

Here is my usual Weekly Round-Up of news with the stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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Last Year's CG Whiz Winner Shares His Experience and Some Tips for 2011 CG Whiz Submissions

Last Year's CG Whiz Winner Shares His Experience and Some Tips for 2011 CG Whiz Submissions

We just caught up with Stu Schwartz—last year’s CG Whiz winner.  Here’s what he had to say about the experience and knowledge he’s gained and, of course, a few tips for this year’s submissions:

I learned a lot this last summer at Escape Studios as a student and intern but one of the most important things I want to make sure students and aspiring artists know is that I found out how important networking can be.  The more you get out there and meet people, the more opportunities will present themselves.  Escape is located right near the heart of countless studios and is always putting on events and connecting with other studios and industry professionals.  It's been a great environment for meeting other artists and potential employers.  So keep that in mind as you move forward in your careers.

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News Round-Up: Monday 19th Sep 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 19th Sep 2011

Following on from last week's announcement about our Weekly Round-Up of news, here are the stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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CityEngine: Mapping Out The Locations on Pixar’s 'Cars 2'

CityEngine: Mapping Out The Locations on Pixar’s 'Cars 2'

Pixar, renowned for their cutting edge animation, know better than anyone the advantages of saving time where possible. The technical directors and supervisors on Cars 2 were faced with the challenge of building locations for this feature length animation. Those of you who have seen the sequel will remember that the lead character, Lightning McQueen, is being sent around the globe to race in the world Grand Prix. The challenge for the Pixar creative team was to build recognizable cities, on a very broad scale.

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Fri 16 Sep 2011: 3:47pm

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Who Remembers Scanimate?

Who Remembers Scanimate?

I stumbled upon a really good site the other day which sent me on a trip down memory lane. The site is called "Scanimate Central" and is basically a resource for anyone to read about how animations used to be made.

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Thu 15 Sep 2011: 12:02pm

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Escapee Jacob Flint Sees His Name in the Credits of Pirates of The Caribbean

Escapee Jacob Flint Sees His Name in the Credits of Pirates of The Caribbean

Checking out Facebook this morning I couldn't help but notice something that one of our escapees had posted earlier. Jacob Flint who studied VFX with us has posted a picture of his name in the film credits of the latest final Pirates of the Caribbean instalment!

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Tue 13 Sep 2011: 11:18am

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Mere Mortals Take On Dubai

Mere Mortals Take On Dubai

The UK attracts worldwide attention for the high standard of post-production being undertaken by facilities around the country. London houses a number of such companies, but this talent stretches up and down the country. Mere Mortals Moving Image, based in Newcastle, is a company growing from strength to strength, while adopting new technologies like Nuke X and Pro Tools HD.

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Mon 12 Sep 2011: 12:35pm

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News Round-Up: Monday 12th Sep 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 12th Sep 2011

For some time now, I have been doing a weekly round up of news for our own internal use at Escape Studios. I never actually thought of sharing it more widely until someone pointed out to me last week, that actually, maybe it would be useful to the people who read this blog. 

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