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VFX Workshop with Maya Master, Lee Danskin

VFX Workshop with Maya Master, Lee Danskin

If you’ve not heard of Lee Danskin – well now is the time to get introduced. When it comes to Autodesk Maya, this is a man worth knowing. Director of Technology at Escape-Technology and the man who had a hand in creating Maya 1.0 (the 3D package that revolutionised the industry), Lee has enjoyed an incredible 18-year career working on high profile projects for some of the UK’s biggest VFX studios.

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MARI vs. Photoshop Webinar Now Available to Watch Online

MARI vs. Photoshop Webinar Now Available to Watch Online

The MARI vs. Photoshop webinar held on November 2nd 2011 was hugely successful. Registrations were record breaking and there was an encouraging attendance on the day. For what is becoming a popular topic at the moment, The Foundry are certainly paving the way for the future of compositing pipelines with products like NUKE and MARI.

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Wed 23 Nov 2011: 1:53pm

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CG Whiz Judge Lee Danskin: Tips for the Amateur Category

CG Whiz Judge Lee Danskin: Tips for the Amateur Category

CG Whiz 2011 has been open for entries for over a week now, and we’re already seeing lots of great work coming in. We know a lot of you will be hard at work on your showreels, so to give you some insight into what the judges will be looking for in the amateur category, we caught up with Lee Danskin, our Training Director and a CG Whiz judge since the competition started two years ago.

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Fri 21 Oct 2011: 2:23pm

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MARI vs Photoshop Webinar… Coming soon!

MARI vs Photoshop Webinar… Coming soon!

There’s a new tool on the market that is taking the industry by storm. MARI is the magnificently user friendly 3D paint package that lets an artist spend more time painting and less time battling tech issues. It offers a great many solutions that until now have been missing from comparable applications. Photoshop continues to be an invaluable tool to compositors and motion graphic artists, but MARI has the time saving functionality currently missing.

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Fri 21 Oct 2011: 11:20am

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Free Tutorial: Generating Faster Renders Using Command Shells

Free Tutorial: Generating Faster Renders Using Command Shells

In this month's free tutorial, I have a real treat for you - something which I know many VFX artist wish they could do. It all stems from my experience working in the industry where I have so often witnessed artists resorting automatically to using Maya's Render Tool when they could actually be so much more efficient if they knew some of the alternatives available to them.

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Tue 18 Oct 2011: 11:54am

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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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Autodesk Incremental Suite Webinar Recording Now Available

Autodesk Incremental Suite Webinar Recording Now Available

On September 7th, 2011 we held a webinar for Autodesk’s 2012 version of the Entertainment Creative Suites. As ever, registrations for this Autodesk webinar were plentiful, and we're delighted so many of you were able to join us on the day.

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Mon 26 Sep 2011: 1:08pm

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

I noticed this cool little project knocking around the web and just couldn't resist sharing it with you.

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Fri 22 Jul 2011: 11:36am

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Mantra for Maya & Other Renderers

Mantra for Maya & Other Renderers

I have been looking at Maya to Mantra today, and thought: "Great! Means that sometime soon we'll be able to try out Houdini's Mantra Renderer in Maya".

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Wed 13 Jul 2011: 11:54am

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Free Maya Tutorial - Creating Realistic Materials

If you want to replicate the complexity of real world objects, you need to create materials that mimic them and this month's free tutorial will show you exactly how to do that. A car body is made up of lots of materials or layers, like metal and paint. If you want to create a rusty car you'll need more materials to create the common signs of deterioration. Many Maya users will be familiar with the 'layered shader' and 'layered texture' nodes. This tutorial asks what happens if you are using the MIA material and rendering in Mental Ray.

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Mon 11 Jul 2011: 2:28pm

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Online Mentored Student Spotlight: Miska Janhunen

Online Mentored Student Spotlight: Miska Janhunen

Finland native, Miska Janhunen had been working for his family’s visual design firm as a Webmaster for some time, but he harboured a dream of working in VFX. For years he has been trying to find time and flexibility to study CG. “Because of my location and current situation in life, it felt more or less ‘mission impossible’. Then, in the autumn of 2010, I found Escape Studios’ Online Mentored VFX course and all the pieces fell into place.”

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Tue 28 Jun 2011: 1:48pm

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An Interesting Google Chrome Experiment With WebGL

An Interesting Google Chrome Experiment With WebGL

The Ro.me site created in association with Google is doing the rounds at Escape Studios at the moment. In fact, you might even have read the story that Miles posted a few days ago.

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Fri 17 Jun 2011: 12:15pm

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Escape Studios Online Mentored Student Spotlight - Ricardo Viana

Escape Studios Online Mentored Student Spotlight - Ricardo Viana

Current Escape Studios’ VFX Online Mentored student, Ricardo Viana is approaching the end of his course and looking forward to developing his showreel and meeting with our recruitment team. In addition to his coursework, he has a very busy schedule to maintain, but that has not stopped him from pursuing his dream.

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Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Trailer Causes A Stir!

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Trailer Causes A Stir!

Activision released the trailer for its new Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 game last week and to say it got people talking would be an understatement. As you might expect, it shows war up close and personal. The visuals are nothing short of brilliant, which is one of the reasons why it’s causing such a stir.

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Were You Fooled by CG?

Were You Fooled by CG?

Cadbury is getting a bit of a rep for ads that really catch the eye. First there was the gorilla playing along to Phil Collins; now its dancing clothes ad has left many of us wondering how it was made.

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Mon 23 May 2011: 10:21am

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Gaming Gets Emotional With LA Noire

Gaming Gets Emotional With LA Noire

No doubt you’ve heard about Rockstar’s latest release LA Noire - apparently a completely new type of video game. Up until recently, most games have been all about hand eye co-ordination but in LA Noire, which is set in the late 40s, the main skill is about being able to judge body language and characters’ faces to figure out if they’re lying or not - or ‘emotional perception’ as some are calling it.

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Fri 13 May 2011: 11:56am

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Free Tutorial: Effects in V-Ray for Max

For those of you who want to learn V-Ray for Max, you’re in for a real treat this month. We’ve released a tutorial from our new V-Ray course which will be launched over the coming weeks. The tutorial has been taken directly from one of the major case studies within the course and this video is designed to demonstrates the power of V-Ray.

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Thu 12 May 2011: 2:02pm

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Augmented Reality... Kelly Brooks... Angels Fall...

Augmented Reality... Kelly Brooks... Angels Fall...

OK, so hopefully the title got your attention, and we can get past the Kelly Brook distraction - she's currently "fronting" a new marketing campaign from Lynx "Angels will fall" which is all relevant, honest!

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Mon 9 May 2011: 9:35am

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Breaking into the VFX industry – Escape Studios Featured on The Guardian’s Latest Careers Q&A

You may remember last month that Lee Danskin and Paul Wilkes were featured on The Guardian’s careers blog about the film industry. This month, the topic was ‘Breaking into the Visual Effects’, and as it’s our specialist subject we had no less than three spokespeople on the panel this time.

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Just Another Comic Book Hero Movie? Maybe Not...

Just Another Comic Book Hero Movie? Maybe Not...

Ok, so there I was, happy in my comfort zone, knowing that the Green Lantern could never be a great movie and that nothing could ever live up to the comic book.

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