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MARI for your Mac!

MARI for your Mac!

Here at Escape, when teaching our compositing professional class – a question that always comes up is, “is Mari available for the Mac?” It gives me great pleasure to announce that it now is!

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Tue 18 Jun 2013: 3:29pm

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Finding Dory

Finding Dory

“I’ve waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time”

0 Comments Claire Vandenbroecke

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Thu 4 Apr 2013: 1:14pm

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Pixar artists grab funding by the horns

Pixar artists grab funding by the horns

These days, it is commonplace for new projects to be funded by creative idea fuelling website – ‘kickstarter’. This is not your only option of funding if you’re a legendary artist from Pixar though.

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Tue 19 Feb 2013: 9:53am

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Blown Away by Disney short 'the Paperman'?

Blown Away by Disney short 'the Paperman'?

Walt Disney shorts are always a treat for viewers. In fact I’d go as far to say that when going to the cinema to see a new Disney Pixar film, part of the excitement is the opportunity to see the preluding short that comes with the main feature

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Thu 31 Jan 2013: 10:34am

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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.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Wed 16 Jan 2013: 4:43pm

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To Whom it May Inspire!

To Whom it May Inspire!

Something Pixar are always great at is sharing their wealth of wisdom with fellow artists. Having come across this wonderful snippet of inspiration the other day, I felt it needed to be shared with all you compositing and VFX artists out there. It’s important to know that even the guys at the top have a tough time!

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Miriam Payne
Tue 4 Dec 2012: 10:34am

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Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

Wreck-it Ralph, a delight for the eyes!

While everyone is busy hating on Disney for adopting and extending the Star Wars saga, let’s take a moment to remember that Disney do indeed make some seriously visually impressive motion pictures. Their latest endeavour ‘Wreck it Ralph’, is no exception. CTO Andy Hendrickson spoke to Animation World Network about the film…

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Thu 15 Nov 2012: 4:30pm

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Partysaurus Rex!

Partysaurus Rex!

Like many other film fans, my journey with Pixar’s original animation classic Toy Story, has been an emotional one. From the age of 5 I’ve watched every instalment of the Toy Story trilogy, each time within a week of its release at the cinema, even the third, which as a 20 year old I saw in 3D, twice.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Thu 20 Sep 2012: 10:00am

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The One Man Nostalgia Show

The One Man Nostalgia Show
I don’t think there’s much to be said about this clip from Pixar’s Nick Pitera, apart from the fact that it just grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and dragged me down to euphoric depths of my childhood. I do have a couple of questions though…
Having hit Youtube in 2011, am I the only person not to have seen this?  
HOW DOES HE DO THAT?
and last but not least… Is he available for birthday parties?

I don’t think there’s much to be said about this clip from Pixar’s Technical Director, Nick Pitera, apart from the fact that it just grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and dragged me down to the euphoric depths of my childhood. I do have a couple of questions though…

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Robert Broadbent
Tue 21 Aug 2012: 10:30am

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A Special VES Screening of Pixar’s BRAVE

A Special VES Screening of Pixar’s BRAVE

I had the opportunity to watch a VES (Visual Effects Society) preview screening of Pixar’s Brave, a few weeks back. And this screening, like many VES screenings, was a very special one. We were greeted by two guest speakers who had come all the way from the US to answer questions from the London professional visual effects community, and well as some kids along for the ride to see the amazing red locks of the heroine, Princess Merida. Director Mark Andrews and Producer Katherine Serafian provided fascinating trivia about the whole process of making this film.

0 Comments Davi Stein

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Davi Stein
Tue 7 Aug 2012: 12:01pm

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RenderMan proves Brave enough!

RenderMan proves Brave enough!

Pixar have recently released several production images from the movie Brave that showcase the quality of work that can be produced using Pixar's RenderMan products.

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Fri 20 Jul 2012: 10:30am

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Bad Hair Day?

Bad Hair Day?

If we are watching a live action film with actors, it’s very rare that one of the main character features we concentrate on is the hair. Occasionally a judgemental comment of whether it looks good or not is thrown out there but that’s the extent of it. The average viewer will fail to notice if the colour looks wrong in one of the scenes or that it doesn’t look realistic enough.

1 Comments Sophie Collier

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Sophie Collier
Tue 3 Jul 2012: 12:05pm

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Pixar Top 10 Characters

Pixar Top 10 Characters

I like to end a Friday with a chirpy, feel good post. So, following on from my blog yesterday of Pixar’s top 13 movies; I had to post about this second Pixar ranking order. IGN has released their thoughts on who the top 10 Pixar characters are, and I have to say that I am genuinely shocked at who, and where, they have placed certain individuals.

2 Comments Sophie Collier

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Sophie Collier
Fri 29 Jun 2012: 5:00pm

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Pixar Films Rank #1?

Pixar Films Rank #1?

For those of us who like to indulge in a little bit of Pixar, whether it’s to appreciate the animation or just because you love a 'feel good' film, we all tend to have our favourites. My top 5 Pixar films (in no particular order) consist of Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3 (Ken is just hilarious the entire way through), Up and Wall-E.

1 Comments Sophie Collier

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Thu 28 Jun 2012: 2:30pm

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Ready For RenderMan 4.0?

Ready For RenderMan 4.0?

As of today RenderMan Studio on our Tech Store will be changing to make way for RenderMan Studio 4.0 with the beta version due for release soon.

0 Comments Tim Flett

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Mon 18 Jun 2012: 4:00pm

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Trailer for Pixar’s “Brave”

Trailer for Pixar’s “Brave”

Finally we can take a glimpse at the new Pixar feature animation, Brave. We’ve heard great things about the film, and so we’re all completely psyched about its upcoming release later this summer. This is Pixar’s first time to tackle a fairy tale, and it’s set to be much darker in tone to their previous Pixar releases, as it takes inspiration from the masters of whimsical storytelling, Hans Christian Anderson and Brothers Grimm.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Ellen Payne
Tue 1 May 2012: 12:14pm

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Reach for La Luna

Reach for La Luna

Ever since escapee Afonso Salcedo aka @fonziewonzie, tweeted about a cool Pixar Short animation he worked on called La Luna, I had been extremely keen to see this gem.

2 Comments Toby Young

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Toby Young
Wed 8 Feb 2012: 2:00pm

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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.

1 Comments Tim Flett

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Tim Flett
Fri 16 Sep 2011: 3:47pm

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The Ancient History of Computer Animation

The Ancient History of Computer Animation

When you ask people about Pixar's early 3D animated films they may answer you Luxo Jr from 1986, but Ed Catmull, Pixar founder, made his first animated film while still at the University of Utah, way back in 1972.

0 Comments Toby Young

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Wed 7 Sep 2011: 4:43pm

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What Happened at the London RenderMan UGM

What Happened at the London RenderMan UGM

We hosted the much-anticipated London Pixar RenderMan User Group Meeting last week, and all I can say is that it was pretty packed.

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Isabelle Duarte
Tue 26 Jul 2011: 12:55pm

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