Blog

47 Ronin: Samurai Spirit.

47 Ronin: Samurai Spirit.

There’s been a huge amount of excitement surrounding Keanu Reeves latest action flick 47 Ronin, which was released on Boxing Day. We know that the VFX community in particular have had watchful eyes on how the film is received given the high levels of attention the aesthetic of the film has been given in post.

0 Comments Ash Miles

Posted by
Ash Miles
Tue 7 Jan 2014: 3:49pm

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

"Two years from now, it's going to be one of the most badass things you've ever seen in your life"

"Two years from now, it's going to be one of the most badass things you've ever seen in your life"

The role of VFX in modern blockbusters has for a long time gone unnoticed, but since the recent furore at the Oscars it seems more and more people are speaking out about the importance of VFX and henceforth, the artists that create the magic.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

Posted by
Robert Broadbent
Wed 12 Jun 2013: 11:12am

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lee's App Of The Week: Plants Vs Zombies

Lee's App Of The Week: Plants Vs Zombies

Y'all know I've got a zombie "issue". I've actually developed a theory regarding the outcome of a potential zombie invasion since I unfortunately live quite close to a hospital (a well-known breeding ground for the suburban undead, see episode 1, season 1 of The Walking Dead) which means my fortress would be hit by the first intense wave of walkers to roll out across the nation. I've obviously begun acquiring the usual zombie defence equipment; cross bow, machete and so forth, but it turns out the only thing I really need is...PLANTS.

0 Comments Emma Lee

Posted by
Emma Lee
Tue 5 Mar 2013: 4:24pm

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Too much Apple for Ashton Kutcher?

Too much Apple for Ashton Kutcher?

Ashton Kutcher has unveiled that he got himself into a a real pickle, taking on a method actors approach when preparing for his latest role in a film set to hit screens in April 2013, which will follow the life and times of Steve Jobs.

0 Comments Dom Davenport

Posted by
Dom Davenport
Wed 30 Jan 2013: 9:26am

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The Ultimate Metal Band

The Ultimate Metal Band

Being in a band can be testing, creative differences can get in the way, varying levels musicianship can stunt progression, and of course there are some nights where it just doesn’t come together on stage.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

Posted by
Robert Broadbent
Fri 11 Jan 2013: 4:47pm

Tags: , , , , , ,

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!

0 Comments Bethan Lofthouse

Posted by
Bethan Lofthouse
Wed 9 Jan 2013: 12:21pm

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

SkiBrogues - The height of Alpine fashion?

SkiBrogues - The height of Alpine fashion?

The height of the Ski season is fast approaching, and with the increasing demand for functional yet fashionable attire, here is something that, just like Eddie the eagle, is sure to take off on the slopes.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

Posted by
Robert Broadbent
Mon 7 Jan 2013: 10:20am

Tags: , , , , , ,

Big News From IKinema

Big News From IKinema

Recently we’ve had a few snippets of pretty big news from our friends over at IKinema.
So here are the three little tidbits that we have for you –

0 Comments Tim Flett

Posted by
Tim Flett
Thu 29 Nov 2012: 10:30am

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Online Academy - Free Trial!

Online Academy - Free Trial!
Is your mind a whirling dervish of creativity? Do your Ideas formulate out of the blue, and evolve from non-existence to an intrinsically detailed vision, in a matter of minutes? 
Maybe you need to apply the reins to such skills, and materialise your ideas in an industry where the boundaries are near limitless…
There is a universal rule for all occupations, and whether you’re a butcher, baker, or a candlestick maker, the only way to get to the top of your game, Is to learn from the best in the business. Escape studios is a testament to such a statement. Coupled with a healthy dose of hard work, our experienced professional tutors can keep you on the straight and narrow path towards VFX success.
We understand though, that in the bustling 21st century one of our classroom courses is not the most ideal option for everyone. Which is why we’ve invested a lot of time making our online VFX academy as close to our classroom course as possible.
Mentored by one of our expert tutors on a weekly basis, you’ll be guided personally through each project, all the while receiving feedback on your progress. Our virtual classroom also allows you to meet, chat and see critiques of other students work.  Isn’t technology marvellous?
We’re so pleased with our online set up in fact, that we’re inviting you to take part in a one week free trial of it! You’ll be taken on a tour of our online academy by one of our fantastically helpful training advisors, after which you’ll proceed swiftly onto your costless one week trial. 
Don’t pass up the chance to get stuck into a piping hot, plentiful serving of VFX expertise. It really is an opportunity not to be missed!

Is your mind a whirling dervish of creativity? Do your ideas formulate out of the blue, and evolve from non-existence to intrinsically detailed visions, in a matter of minutes? Channeling these skills can be an adventure, especially if you enter an industry where the boundaries are seemingly limitless…

0 Comments Bethan Lofthouse

Posted by
Bethan Lofthouse
Tue 14 Aug 2012: 10:30am

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Full of E.Motion

Full of E.Motion

On Tuesday, a lucky few of us got to go on a trip that ventured outside of the confines of the Shepherds West building. Drinking more coffee than one body ever needs, we went to do some film and games grade motion capture at the impressive facility at E.Motion.

2 Comments Brad Collier-Brown

Posted by
Brad Collier-Brown
Thu 21 Jun 2012: 3:15pm

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Free MARI Tuition at Escape Studios

Free MARI Tuition at Escape Studios

For those of you who have always dreamt of using MARI, now is your chance. The Foundry and Escape Studios are running two training programs, each broken down over two evenings for MARI and the NUKE <> MARI bridge, both held at Escape Studios.

3 Comments Tim Flett

Posted by
Tim Flett
Thu 15 Sep 2011: 11:37am

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

20% Off mocha Pro For One Week Only

20% Off mocha Pro For One Week Only

If you did or are looking to buy mocha Pro in the near future, you might want to take advantage of this exclusive offer. From May 24-May 31 we are offering 20% off mocha Pro. Contact us for more details. This promotion is for our UK customers only at the moment.

0 Comments Tim Flett

Posted by
Tim Flett
Tue 24 May 2011: 4:36pm

Tags: ,

Fusion NAB Special Promo

Fusion NAB Special Promo

It’s time to upgrade your Fusion license to the latest and greatest version—Fusion 6.2!

0 Comments

Posted by

Thu 5 May 2011: 4:18pm

Tags: , ,

Autodesk Media 2012 Announcements!

Autodesk Media 2012 Announcements!

So Autodesk are at it again with a complete update of all their product line for Media and Entertainment. The update for Maya looks very good, with multi-threading in nucleus - a big plus! Check out the video at the top of this page - it shows the work being done on liquids . The viewport technology begun with viewport 2.0 in 2011. Obviously it was not that great in 2011 but it's a different story with this new 2012 version. All the good stuff is now in there: screen based ambient occlusion, motion blur, depth of field, they are all in the viewport.

0 Comments Lee Danskin

Posted by
Lee Danskin
Thu 3 Mar 2011: 11:15am

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs arrive

Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs arrive

Autodesk have started something new for those on support: it's called Subscription Advantage Packs. This is a way for those that pay the price of subscription to get new features dropped in, fast... One of the most awaited 'drops' is Mudbox on Linux!

0 Comments Mark Cass

Posted by
Mark Cass
Mon 4 Oct 2010: 11:18am

Tags: , , , , , , ,

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.

7 Comments Paul Wilkes

Posted by
Paul Wilkes
Tue 7 Sep 2010: 10:56am

Tags: , , , , , ,

Exclusive 'Go Pro' Offer for Graduates

Every budding professional needs professional software, so we have devised a brand new promotion to help CG graduates who want to pursue commercial work, get the professional set-up they need.  This means you can now upgrade student licences to full commercial versions for half the price, and be on your way to becoming a professional CG artist.

0 Comments Mark Cass

Posted by
Mark Cass
Wed 23 Jun 2010: 1:38pm

Tags: , , , ,

Maxwell Render World Cup Promo

Next Limit have just announced a World Cup inspired promotion which will see Maxwell Render’s price drop, the further Spain progress in the tournament. This is quite an interesting promotion and there is no mistaking Next Limit is supporting their home country, Spain.

0 Comments Mark Cass

Posted by
Mark Cass
Thu 17 Jun 2010: 11:13am

Tags: ,

Autodesk Educational Creative Suite 2011 - Now Shipping

If you’ve been patiently waiting for the new Autodesk Educational Creative Suite 2011 to become available, we’ve got good news for you. The new 2011 Suite has now been released for shipping,  meaning we can now ship all orders as soon as they are placed.

2 Comments Mark Cass

Posted by
Mark Cass
Fri 4 Jun 2010: 4:06pm

Tags: , , , , ,