Blog

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 9

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 9

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how the course is going so far. And here's an update on week nine

0 Comments Robin Squires

Posted by
Robin Squires
Thu 3 Jan 2013: 10:44am

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Robin Squires VFX course diary: Week 8

Robin Squires VFX course diary: Week 8

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you how the course is going so far. And here's an update on week eight.

0 Comments Robin Squires

Posted by
Robin Squires
Thu 20 Dec 2012: 3:46pm

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The 3rd Dimension

The 3rd Dimension

Many 3D fans will be aware of the power of Maya, and the influence it has on the world of VFX, from blockbuster films to major games series, Maya is one of the most incredible creative tools on the planet. But like a pack of Arctic Huskies, it demands time and attention if you wish it to take you voyaging across the vast plains of 3D.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

Posted by
Robert Broadbent
Mon 17 Dec 2012: 4:00pm

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

"The world gives us garbage, we give back music"

Given this year’s economic climate, you may have found yourself sewing up a pesky hole in your jeans rather than buying a new pair, or whacking another jumper on in lieu of the central heating.

0 Comments mark spevick

Posted by
mark spevick
Thu 13 Dec 2012: 12:40pm

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Kicking off 2013 with Head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

Kicking off 2013 with Head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

To see in the New Year in style, we have a number of events planned for January 2013, the jewel in this stone clad crown of a month though, is a live interview with escapee and head of 3D at Framestore Commercials, Diarmid Harrison Murray.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

Posted by
Robert Broadbent
Wed 12 Dec 2012: 3:57pm

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

CVMP 2012 - Reflections (and Refractions)...Part One!

CVMP 2012 - Reflections (and Refractions)...Part One!

This was the 9th iteration of the CVMP conference, and it certainly lived up to its billing. The conference struck just the right balance between academic research and commercial production, providing a hugely rich and diverse array of ideas, challenges, successes and future endeavours.

0 Comments hugo glover

Posted by
hugo glover
Wed 12 Dec 2012: 1:00pm

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

VFX - want to see how it's really done?

Fancy taking a peak behind the VFX scenes at Framestore's cinema? Framestore are one of the biggest post houses operating on Soho (London's VFX Hub...) today. They've worked on everything from The Golden Compass to Avatar to the Skyfall titles). We're conducting our last Open Day of the year there next Wednesday and we're rather excited about it!

0 Comments Bethan Lofthouse

Posted by
Bethan Lofthouse
Tue 11 Dec 2012: 4:30pm

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

1 day left to register for CVMP 2012...

Do you want to be in the know of the newest technology and techniques in the VFX industry? Do you want to meet with some of the brightest VFX talent in the UK and Europe?
Then CVMP is the perfect place for you to be on the 5th and 6th of December!

0 Comments richard mcguinnesss

Posted by
richard mcguinnesss
Tue 4 Dec 2012: 12:30pm

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

Prime Focus World on "3D'ing" Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'.

Prime Focus World on "3D'ing" Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'.

We spoke to our friends over at Prime Focus World last month, in conjunction with their completed work on the stereo conversion of Tim Burton’s stop motion comedy horror - Frankenweenie. PFW worked closely and moreover, exclusively, with Disney and Burton on the picture, and the opportunity to chat about the project was just too good to miss!

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

Posted by
Robert Broadbent
Fri 23 Nov 2012: 1:30pm

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Framestore to host online Q&A with F1 giants McLaren

Framestore to host online Q&A with F1 giants McLaren

F1 fans out there may have found themselves watching a new animated series over the last few months, following the fictional antics of McLaren drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.  

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

Posted by
Robert Broadbent
Thu 22 Nov 2012: 11:30am

Tags: , , , , ,

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

Posted by
Robert Broadbent
Thu 15 Nov 2012: 4:30pm

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

Escape Studios 10,000th follower

Escape Studios 10,000th follower

We hit a Social Media milestone last week, obtaining our 10,000th follower on Twitter...10,000! So to celebrate this, we thought it only right to catch up with the man who took us to the 10,000 mark.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

Posted by
Robert Broadbent
Wed 31 Oct 2012: 12:00pm

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

ISOTROPIX: Clarisse iFX

ISOTROPIX: Clarisse iFX

High end graphics company ISOTROPIX released a new product last month called Clarisse iFX, a piece of software which it claims, bridges the gap between 2D and 3D in production.

0 Comments mark spevick

Posted by
mark spevick
Tue 23 Oct 2012: 12:30pm

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The VFX Festival, a storming success!

The VFX Festival, a storming success!

With the help of some top class industry speakers, cinemas in a handful of the world’s most prolific post houses, a dedicated team of Escape staff and some fantastically helpful VFX Marshalls, it is no surprise the UK’s first ever VFX Festival, was a storming success.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

Posted by
Robert Broadbent
Tue 23 Oct 2012: 10:49am

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

CVMP 2012

CVMP 2012

Want to be a part of a European forum to discuss the latest research, advances and state-of-the-art industry practises?

0 Comments richard mcguinnesss

Posted by
richard mcguinnesss
Wed 17 Oct 2012: 9:00am

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

September’s Free Tutorial: "Hellboy" Inspired Maya Animation

September’s Free Tutorial: "Hellboy" Inspired Maya Animation

For those of you looking to get more adventurous in Maya, September’s free tutorial is a must see. This is the perfect opportunity to spice up your showreel with something a little different, while learning a diverse range of new skills in the process.

3 Comments Ellen Payne

Posted by
Ellen Payne
Thu 13 Sep 2012: 4:50pm

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Prime Focus Effects on 'Total Recall’... Part II

Prime Focus Effects on 'Total Recall’... Part II

Following on from Part I... Of course, the challenging work didn’t stop there. The team was faced with a range of tasks, including the China Falls sequence, creating multiple Synths for the Synth bay as well as getting the reflective metal and shiny plastic surfaces just right. To tackle this, the team customised their pipeline to help make the workload all the more manageable. Alex continued saying...

0 Comments Ellen Payne

Posted by
Ellen Payne
Wed 5 Sep 2012: 4:07pm

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Prime Focus Effects on 'Total Recall’... Part I

Prime Focus Effects on 'Total Recall’... Part I

If a movie is a massive studio blockbuster, then the Prime Focus World visual effects team have most likely had some involvement in its making. Prime Focus was responsible for creating the stunning effects for titles such as Men in Black 3, Dredd 3D, Mirror Mirror and Total Recall…to name just a few! And of course, every new VFX project comes with its own challenges. Len Wiseman’s remake of Total Recall was one such project that allowed the team to flex their creative and technical muscle.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

Posted by
Ellen Payne
Wed 5 Sep 2012: 2:00pm

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Webinar Exclusive: Snow White & The Huntsman with Amy Cuthbertson

Webinar Exclusive: Snow White & The Huntsman with Amy Cuthbertson

Our visual effects and compositing students have gone on to work on some pretty awesome projects over the years. These include the many studio blockbusters that light up cinema screens around the world. Seeing escapee names in the rolling credits at the end of such films never fails to give us that warm fuzzy feeling of pride – proud to see they have achieved the goal they had when we first met them on our courses. And this was very much the case when some of the Escape team went to an exclusive screening of Snow White and The Huntsman at Framestore a few months ago.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

Posted by
Ellen Payne
Tue 28 Aug 2012: 5:41pm

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