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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: A Geek and Nerd References' Fest

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: A Geek and Nerd References' Fest

I went to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at the weekend and I was taken with the visual style of the whole movie. Eccentric humour aside, the movie was pretty simplistic as far as plot is concerned, but the aesthetic complexity displayed was pretty amazing. The use of augmented reality styling with major references to to the likes of the Tekken franchise were really interesting to see.

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Tue 21 Sep 2010: 12:58pm

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

"Dad, can we go to the cinema?" Yes it was that time of the summer holidays when the children will do anything to get out of the house. I exclaimed "But we have already seen everything that's any good!"

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Tue 21 Sep 2010: 12:20pm

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Online courses updated to reflect the Maya new 2011 UI

Online courses updated to reflect the Maya new 2011 UI

If you are a user of any software package you'll know that at least once a year software developers deliver an update. Autodesk's Maya 2011 was no exception. 3D users had become accustomed to Maya's UI over the last 10 years but Autodesk thought it was time for a change, enter Maya 2011. So this release brings all sorts of challenges for the diehard Maya user, it has a new interface... I hear the screams of "where did you put that" and "what on earth does this icon represent"!

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Fri 17 Sep 2010: 12:13pm

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IBC 2010 - Amsterdam

IBC 2010 - Amsterdam

I spent my weekend at IBC in Amsterdam, poor me I hear you cry!

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Tue 14 Sep 2010: 3:47pm

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Escape opens the BOXX with Boston

We’re pleased to announce that we are now going to be selling BOXX Technologies’ machines exclusively in the UK. This means that people buying workstations like the 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme will now have access to next day shipping, reduced build times and local customer support.

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Thu 9 Sep 2010: 2:54pm

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Free 1-Week Mentored VFX Training

Free 1-Week Mentored VFX Training

So, to celebrate the launch of our Online Mentored VFX course, we have decided to go mad and give away for free the first week of the course to fifteen lucky people.

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Tue 7 Sep 2010: 10:56am

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Houdini 11 Ready for the Masses?

Houdini 11 Ready for the Masses?

Now that the competitive race between Maya and 3ds Max has somewhat run its course (because they are both owned by Autodesk), we look to other developers to see what they are doing to close the gap.

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Tue 7 Sep 2010: 7:36am

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Inception Zero Gravity

For me the best movie so far this year has to be Christopher Nolan's Inception. it will be interesting come Oscar time to see if the Academy and the world at large agree. It is a fantastic combination of amazing direction and cinematography, a gripping script and amazing VFX. The best VFX are the ones you don't see and only afterwards do you think "How did they do that?".

2 Comments Dom Davenport

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Tue 31 Aug 2010: 8:16am

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Two showreel tips

Those of you who follow us on Twitter will know that we had our first ever realtime Twitter feedback session on Monday. I am told I should refer to them as Tweetups or Twitter parties, but if truth be told, it was a simple, honest, online showreel clinic!  We asked our followers to send us links to their reels, and Lee Danskin, our Training Development Director, provided his usual professional feedback.

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Thu 19 Aug 2010: 5:40pm

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Job hunting: 5 tips for CG graduates

We all know that finding your first job in the CG industry can be tough, but we have good reasons to feel pretty confident about future job prospects. That's because the industry has seen growth for the ninth year in a row. There are jobs out there and I am particularly well placed to comment as I sit opposite our Recruitment Team and so I get to hear everything about the jobs they have available. Over the last few months, they have all been incredibly busy, and that's good news for all aspiring artists.

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Wed 11 Aug 2010: 8:14pm

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Escapees work on Rooney

Escapees work on Rooney

Now almost as hyped an event as the World Cup itself, the Nike ad this year starred a host of big names, from our own Wayne Rooney through to Franck Ribiery of France, Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro and even shiny Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. Most people will have seen at least one of the shorter clips, if not the full thing, and the eagle eyed among you will know that the guys at the Mill were on hand to provide the VFX wizardry.

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Thu 22 Jul 2010: 2:28pm

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Meet Nik Illingworth – Escape Graduate and now VFX TD at MPC

It’s been pretty busy for Nik since completing his VFX course a few weeks back. After a stint at Atticus Finch and then Framestore he’s now working at legendary post house MPC.  We caught up with Nik, sat him down, and asked him what it’s like being the new FX TD on the block.

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Mon 19 Jul 2010: 5:29pm

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Top 8 tips for the perfect show reel

Everyone knows the importance of a well put together show reel, but it's surprising how many there are out there that fail to tick all of the right boxes.  Very often a show reel will fail to showcase the breadth of skill of the candidate, or will let itself down with a few issues that are fairly simple to fix.  Therefore, we've put together a list of points to help you perfect your show reel and to maximise the impact it has on prospective employers.   After much discussion at Escape Studios, plus a fair bit of back and forth on Twitter, we have whittled down the list to these 8 tips:

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Wed 23 Jun 2010: 8:44pm

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VFX Showreel: Part 2

VFX Showreel: Part 2

Last month, we showcased some fantastic work which came off the back of our Visual Effects Course.  Seems that everyone really enjoyed it so we thought we'd treat you to another.  The  quality of work from these guys,  especially as it's after just 12 weeks of training, is pretty amazing.  Hat's off to them!

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Tue 22 Jun 2010: 11:29am

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US VFX industry in strife?

I don’t know how many of you caught this, but there was an interesting article on the Time Magazine's website last week looking at the state of the VFX industry in the US.

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Tue 8 Jun 2010: 3:30pm

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Calling all Uni Grads

We are launching our new online competition to uncover the crème of the CG class of 2010 on both sides of the Atlantic. The CG Graduate Design Awards is the first international competition of its kind, where we’ll be giving the most talented graduates out there a helping hand into the competitive computer graphics world.

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Tue 1 Jun 2010: 8:05pm

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Come along to our Open Evening

Lots of people can't make it to our day time courses or open days, so, we've decided to run an Open Evening for those people interested in attending our VFX, Maya and Compositing Evening Courses.  The courses are perfect for those with busy working lives because they don't interfere with day to day work and you can also pay for them a module at a time, which makes finding the funds a lot easier.

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Fri 28 May 2010: 11:01am

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Latest VFX Graduate Showreels

Latest VFX Graduate Showreels

Check out some of the latest work from the VFX Course that's just finished.  The work is really imaginative and demonstrates real technical ability - all pretty cool considereing they were here for just 12 weeks.  If you're interested in VFX now is the time to get in touch so you can take advantage of our early bird discount.

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Fri 28 May 2010: 10:50am

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Feedback competition winners

We’re pleased to announce the winners of our latest Facebook competition. Having submitted their showreels to the Escape Studios Facebook fan page, five people were selected at random.

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Fri 21 May 2010: 3:37pm

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FREE Tutorial: Professional Lighting for VFX

FREE Tutorial: Professional Lighting for VFX

This month's free tutorial is part of a series that discusses alternative methods of recreating naturalistic lighting in an exterior environment. Taken from our Advanced Lighting with Maya and Mental Ray course, this tutorial concentrates on optimising raytrace shadows within a manually lit scene, and will teach you how to add ambient shadows via a custom occlusion shader. This tutorial will give you the production level skills expected of a junior lighting artist.

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Fri 14 May 2010: 11:14am

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