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VFX Festival 2015: Are you ready?

VFX Festival 2015: Are you ready?

You’ve been talking about it, your friends have been talking about it, your friends’ friends have been talking about it, hell I even heard the milkman talking about it the other day, and now the date is finally here. That’s right, it’s time for you to start preparing for the VFX Festival 2015.

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Thu 30 Oct 2014: 4:10pm

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VFX & the Creative Workforce Survey - get involved! (and win an iPad!)

VFX & the Creative Workforce Survey - get involved! (and win an iPad!)

If you’re in the business of creative careers, then it’s likely you’ll be aware of Creative Skillset, an organisation that aims to plug skills gaps, identify funding needs, and train, develop and nurture people within creative industries.

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Tue 28 Oct 2014: 3:45pm

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Open day 29th October: Hosted by VFX legend John Swinnerton

Open day 29th October: Hosted by VFX legend John Swinnerton

Our next open day is going to be hosted by John Swinnerton of the legendary Peerless Camera Company. John has been working at Peerless since the days of Terry Gillam of Monty Python, having started off as a camera operator and working his way up to Compositor and VFX Supervisor.

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Wed 22 Oct 2014: 11:51am

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The annual MOCHA HALLOWEEN VIDEO CONTEST is here!

The annual MOCHA HALLOWEEN VIDEO CONTEST is here!

The lovely folks over at Imagineer Systems have donated licenses for mocha Pro 4 to Escape Studios and just in time for their annual Mocha Halloween Video Contest! Imagineer Systems is the Academy Award-winning developer of mocha: Planar Tracking based visual effects solutions for film and video post production.

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Mon 20 Oct 2014: 4:58pm

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Escape Studios @ The View Conference 2014

Escape Studios @ The View Conference 2014

Anita, Vania and I were at VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy last week, and on Wednesday I hosted a NUKE Taster day style workshop for a packed house of 35 students. Most attendees came from 3 surrounding animation art schools within the arts centre in central Turin. After the session I had lunch with some of them and discovered that in their foundation year they are learning traditional animation, 3D and filmmaking, then specialising afterwards in 2D or 3D animation for their final project.

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Thu 9 Oct 2014: 10:48am

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VFX Supervisor on Inception & the Batman trilogy Paul Franklin @ Escape Studios

VFX Supervisor on Inception & the Batman trilogy Paul Franklin @ Escape Studios

Whether you’re a seasoned VFX pro or just entering the industry, it’s highly likely that you would’ve seen and enjoyed the work of Paul Franklin, in fact considering the insane projects he’s been involved with, this blog doesn’t take much writing, so I’ll keep things short and sweet.

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Mon 6 Oct 2014: 4:14pm

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‘Education for the future of digital creativity’ @ The ZED Space London

‘Education for the future of digital creativity’ @ The ZED Space London

The HP ZED London pop up is a rich source of knowledge for those who are considering a career, or are already involved in, the business of VFX.

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Fri 3 Oct 2014: 12:41pm

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Film Directing Debut on the Horizon for Compositing Master

Film Directing Debut on the Horizon for Compositing Master

Compositing Master and long-time friend of Escape Victor Perez, has recently taken a new direction within his artistic career, and after years in the VFX biz, is taking the skills that he has accrued supervising on some huge projects (you may have seen his story on our Escape & Enter site) into the field of film Directing, and at the moment is embroiled in some pretty exciting projects.

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Thu 2 Oct 2014: 12:17pm

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Inside the Escape Studios online taster course

Inside the Escape Studios online taster course

David Han studied our 3D for VFX Online taster course earlier this year, and he answered a few questions about the experience!

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Thu 25 Sep 2014: 1:26pm

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Real time global illumination; you heard!

Real time global illumination; you heard!

It wasn't that long ago that real time global illumination was the stuff of science fiction, now it’s running in real time and can even be used on high end mobile devices in Unity 5, as it’s adopted the technology from middleware developer Enlighten.

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Tue 23 Sep 2014: 10:27am

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Escapee @ MPC: How he got the job.

Escapee @ MPC: How he got the job.

When we found out that 3D for VFX Escape graduate Joao Pires had bagged himself a job at MPC as a result of our Summer networking event, we grabbed hold of both parties to find out exactly what clicked!

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Fri 19 Sep 2014: 12:11pm

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Motion Graphics training with an Internship at CAKE

Motion Graphics training with an Internship at CAKE

At the end of this month (29th September to be exact), starts Escape’s very first dedicated Motion Graphics course – a 12 week (part time) evening course for creative folk who want to take their digital designs to new heights. And with an internship at CAKE up for grabs, this course is launching its graduates into the industry, firing on all cylinders!

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Wed 17 Sep 2014: 12:54pm

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Writer/Director Spotlight: Haz Dulull

Writer/Director Spotlight: Haz Dulull

I spoke to Writer/Director and VFX Artist Haz Dulull this week, the topic of conversation; Project Kronos, 3D World Magazine Awards, and his latest short film SYNC...

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Mon 15 Sep 2014: 1:45pm

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'Industry Workshops':event, in partnership with MPC London

'Industry Workshops':event, in partnership with MPC London

With some incredible names on board, the ‘Industry Workshops’ event held in partnership with our friends at MPC is a summit for London creatives that is not to be missed.

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Thu 28 Aug 2014: 10:30am

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Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 3

Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 3

The day started with a fab lesson from the guys that make Fabric Engine, a new procedural software for making tools for any 3D or 2D app, all accelerated on the GPU, very cool and exciting stuff; apparently it is the ice development team from the now defunct softimage. Lots of the big post houses have already adopted this software as an easier way of making tools and plugins.

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Mon 18 Aug 2014: 1:01pm

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Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 2

Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 2

Another great day at SIGGRAPH, we were up early for a meet and greet with educators in VFX, and discussions on how to teach VFX in the classroom and online. We then had a great panelled discussion on how to transition from a VFX Artist to a Teacher. The panel had some great Artists from ILM and top American Universities.

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Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 1

Escape Studios @ SIGGRAPH 2014: Day 1

After 10hr flight and a spot of jet lag kicking in we registered at the one and only SIGGRAPH today in Vancouver (Sunday 10th August)

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Wed 13 Aug 2014: 3:17pm

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Jacopo Landi: Taking his Compositing skills a step further at DNeg

Jacopo Landi: Taking his Compositing skills a step further at DNeg

This time of year tends to be a busy time for VFX, particularly for Compositing departments, with film production schedules nearing the end of their pipeline, and VFX teams working towards looming delivery deadlines. During this busy time, it’s great to see our graduates benefitting from the industry’s demand for more experienced Compositors. This is certainly the case for Jacopo Landi who graduated from our Advanced Compositing for VFX course last March and is now working at Double Negative as a Digital Stereo Compositor.

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Fri 1 Aug 2014: 10:13am

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Escapee spotlight: Adam Dewhirst: Lead Modeller on Guardians of the Galaxy

Escapee spotlight: Adam Dewhirst: Lead Modeller on Guardians of the Galaxy

You may have read that our main man Ash Miles was invited to the private cast and crew screening of Guardians of the Galaxy last weekend, and went along with a number of Escape graduates from MPC who worked on the project. His blog about it got us so excited that we had to get in touch with Adam Dewhirst, escapee and advisory board member who happened to be Framestore's Lead Modeller on the film, to ask a few questions, he was careful not to discuss any spoilers with us so read all about the project below in peace, and discover what it’s like to work on what is soon to be a truly iconic motion picture.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: The cast & crew screening

Guardians of the Galaxy: The cast & crew screening

Seeing a film at the cinema is often a contained experience - you'll go with one or two other people, silently praying that no one else in the theatre makes a noise for the next three hours, arrive just in time then leave straight away afterwards, casually asking the opinion of your companions as you leave to see if the cramp in your butt was worth it.

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Tue 29 Jul 2014: 4:25pm

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