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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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Bad Robot & Valve - Oh yes!

Bad Robot & Valve - Oh yes!

My goodness, it’s only January but for games and scifi fans dare I say it, Christmas is coming early.

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Fri 8 Feb 2013: 10:02am

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Animation Ireland

Animation Ireland

 

And how has this happened? Well a decade of tax breaks and investment basically. Tax breaks to aid production costs and funding for development prior to production from various sources. Very interesting given the impending tax breaks around the corner in the UK. Could this be a new dawn in film and broadcast for us here?
I was amazed by how many companies are turning out real quality work in Ireland. The tax breaks have not affected the passion for excellence. In fact I would say it has merely fuelled it - the companies are competing against eachother to produce the best work. And as the industry steadily grows there are now whispers of full length animated movies being made there.
If you are curious about what has been happening in Ireland check out the Animation Ireland showreel on their website...

Here's something you may not know. Ireland has a booming animation industry. No I didn't know that either until I went to the Cartoon Finance conference in Dublin last year. In fact the animation industry is doing so well, that in the face of the downturn, it has become one of their major exports. At the conference, it was quipped that the animators are now the ones with the proper jobs.

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Wed 6 Feb 2013: 5:30pm

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A giant robot, loud music, and plenty of explosions, what's not to like?

A giant robot, loud music, and plenty of explosions, what's not to like?

The office here at Escape is usually bustling with an array of different musical sounds, and it’s rare we fully agree on what radio station to keep on for more than an hour and a half.

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Tue 29 Jan 2013: 10:34am

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FINALLY, The Rock has come back, to the big screen!

FINALLY, The Rock has come back, to the big screen!

Dwayne Johnson, known to most as wrestling icon ‘the Rock’, is to play the role of a snitch in his new movie, aptly named, ‘Snitch’, set for release February 22nd..

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Mon 28 Jan 2013: 10:50am

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It's Superman, but not as you know it...

It's Superman, but not as you know it...

This project has amazed and dumbfounded us this morning, as a) We've had to deal with the whole concept of a Superman movie – directed by Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage, that never was, and b) We discovered that a documentary is set to be created, about this semi-mythical piece of film history.

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Fri 25 Jan 2013: 11:51am

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2013, the year of the special effects film?

2013, the year of the special effects film?

It’s no secret, here at Escape, we love special effects. For that reason, we are especially pleased that someone (Cinefex) has taken the time to find out what VFX clad films we’re set to expect in 2013/14, and compiled them into a succinct, chronological list for our (and your) perusal.

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Mon 21 Jan 2013: 4:09pm

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Home-made CG Speed bump!

Joy riders are a worry in many communities, and at a time of year when the icy roads have us all thinking twice about our speed, here’s a little bit of CG that lowers the speed limit.

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Mon 21 Jan 2013: 10:40am

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Toy Story - Remade!

Toy Story - Remade!

Someone once told me, that life is like a marmalade sandwich; the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.

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Wed 16 Jan 2013: 4:43pm

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The Stunning Effects of Life of Pi

The Stunning Effects of Life of Pi

Thanks to the kind people at Rhythm and Hues, who last month gave us some very informative industry info, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi has already made an appearance on the Escape blog. But now we've all seen it, and since it’s received 11 Oscar nominations (not bad eh?) we reckon it’s worth another mention!

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Tue 15 Jan 2013: 11:23am

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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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Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters

Followers of the Escape Blog may remember that last week, we wrote about a few up and coming films due to hit the screen in early 2013. One that caught our eye in particular, was the Tommy Wirkola directed adaptation of the brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘Hansel & Gretel’.

We were quite pleased this week then, as you’d imagine, when another trailer for the movie, (that, by the way, is aptly titled 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters') was released as part of a final promotion push by Paramount, before the film’s belated release on the 25th of January.

The film stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and picks up the plot 15 years after the gingerbread house-kidnap trauma, when Hansel and Gretel are fully fledged bounty hunters. Prepare yourself for an array of outrageous weapons, some serious explosions and all enhanced of course by some state of the art 3D!

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Wed 9 Jan 2013: 12:21pm

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Ones to Watch in 2013

Ones to Watch in 2013

It goes without saying that film fans everywhere are looking forward to the release of a vast number of motion pictures in the upcoming year. Over the course of 2012, how many times have we heard the line “I can’t wait for this film to hit cinemas next year!”?

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Thu 3 Jan 2013: 3:33pm

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A Hidden Visual Gem

A Hidden Visual Gem

Japanese Animator Tetsuka Niiyama has created yet another beautiful video in the form of this short (but wonderful) CG movie.

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Thu 29 Nov 2012: 10:56am

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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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Delving into the Imaginarium that is... Life of Pi

For those of you who have read this novel you have probably already conjured up your own vibrant images from deep within your own imagination - for those who haven't I would recommend reading it. However by the sound of things in a review I found, it sounds as though the legendary Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain) has taken the hard work out of it - painting an incredible living, breathing picture.

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Tue 27 Nov 2012: 11:00am

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Adam Gascoyne: Among London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2012

Adam Gascoyne: Among London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2012

Earlier this month the Evening Standard compiled a list celebrating some of the top most influential creative figures in London. Inspired by the opening ceremony for this year’s London Olympics, which brought together an incredible pool of talent for a spectacular event, the Evening Standard took this opportunity to acknowledge the “fantastic cauldron of creativity” that exists in England's capital.

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Fri 16 Nov 2012: 12:30pm

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Second dose of Sin City on the way!

Second dose of Sin City on the way!

So aside from the other movie news that can, for the next couple of hours at least, remain in a galaxy far far away, there is an excellent cinematic prospect around the corner, as it surfaced online this week that the Sin City sequel has started shooting. It appears there is still some casting to be done though…

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Mon 5 Nov 2012: 11:30am

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The Hobbit ‘lands’ in ‘Orcland’ - New Zealand!

The Hobbit ‘lands’ in ‘Orcland’ - New Zealand!

We’ve all been on-board an aeroplane watching with little interest, the safety demonstration given by the air stewardesses. Or if you have a sense of humour like mine, you try and make them laugh during their demonstrations by any means necessary.

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Fri 2 Nov 2012: 4:00pm

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Over the Top Shots (revisited)

Over the Top Shots (revisited)

We all know the importance good VFX play in films. They can turn scenes of total disbelief into ones leaving you asking how on earth did they do that?

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Fri 2 Nov 2012: 12:00pm

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