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Character Animation Graduation at Aardman Studios

Character Animation Graduation at Aardman Studios

On Friday 5 December, we visited Aardman Animations to celebrate the graduation of 11 students on a 12-week Character Animation course. Now in it’s second year, the course in a collaboration between NFTSCreative Skillset and Aardman. The mission? The provide animation training that is industry focused and addresses the skills gap for animators in the UK. And from what we saw on Friday, this is just our kind of animation course - the kind where students are supported in realising their career ambition, towards getting a job after they graduate.

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Mon 15 Dec 2014: 3:45pm

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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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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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Flappy Bird, no longer the word?

Flappy Bird, no longer the word?

You may have been swept up by the recent craze that is Flappy Bird, and if this really is the case, I’m glad this is a one way interaction, because I’m one of those people who was able to decidedly detest the game before I even got a chance to play it. I have had it up to my wits end hearing about your latest time consuming app-addictions, and I am ecstatic about the following news…

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Mon 10 Feb 2014: 5:21pm

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Escapee works on '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Escapee works on '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Seeing escapees working on Hollywood blockbusters is a regular occurrence here at Escape Studios, and 2014 promises to be no change from the usual schedule, as we recently spoke to escapee Simone Cilliani who has worked on one film we’re particularly looking forward to; ‘300: Rise of an Empire’, set for release in March 2014.

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Thu 19 Dec 2013: 11:20am

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Want to join the Sketch Workshop?

Want to join the Sketch Workshop?

Some products just don’t take much selling, and this project, started by our friends over at 3D Total, falls right into that category.

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Tue 3 Dec 2013: 12:11pm

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Love VFX? You'll love this!

Love VFX? You'll love this!

Once upon a time, in a world full of extremely complex effects, there was a place where people thought that only explosions, giant robots, monsters and set replacements could cause their jaws to drop, then a company called Bot & Dolly decided to show to everyone how they could make something compelling and inspiring... just with primitives!

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Fri 27 Sep 2013: 11:15am

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Challenging the status quo - The future of higher education...

Challenging the status quo - The future of higher education...

An interesting article appeared on Linkedin this week, on the future of Higher Education in America. Written on the back of an encounter between California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (who also sits on the boards of the University of California and California State University systems) and brand new start up education company ‘Udacity’, an organisation that creates online college courses focused largely on science and technology.

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Fri 20 Sep 2013: 10:43am

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A Taste of 3D!

A Taste of 3D!

Often for a VFX artist there is a defining moment of clarity, whether it be during a TV program, an epic film, or just viewing a highly detailed drawing, most of the artists we encounter, when asked “what made you want to become a VFX artist?” Usually one of these occasions is cited as a reply.

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Thu 19 Sep 2013: 3:03pm

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Design in a Digital Age

Design in a Digital Age

We do love a good VFX event, and this one is for all you London dwelling VFX aficionados. As ‘Talking Point’ are set to host an industry panel discussion, about the relationship between VFX & Art departments, next week, September 18th.

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Fri 13 Sep 2013: 4:17pm

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Escapees do great work on Something Really Bad

Escapees do great work on Something Really Bad

Here at Escape, we're always trying to help our Escapees get the best jobs in the VFX industry, as part of our ongoing commitment to every student who passes through our doors. Sometimes that means they'll work on feature films, or hit TV shows, or sometimes, as Roberto Fera was lucky enough to find out, it means music videos.

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Thu 5 Sep 2013: 12:47pm

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This week on YouTube...Part 2!

This week on YouTube...Part 2!

I hope you've slept well, Internet! It's been too long since we spoke. Shall we get a coffee and catch up?

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Wed 4 Sep 2013: 3:30pm

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Learning with augmented reality, the future?

Learning with augmented reality, the future?

If you didn’t already know, we’re big fans of technology in education, when these two fields are spliced together in a truly ground breaking way, we can’t resist a blog post about it!

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Tue 3 Sep 2013: 12:48pm

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Escape Studios Webinar - What is VFX? With Mark Spevick .

Escape Studios Webinar - What is VFX? With Mark Spevick .

In our next webinar we'll be uploading to YouTube, our very own Head of 3D and VFX Tutor, Mark Spevick, will be revealing some of the secrets at the heart of VFX.

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Mon 2 Sep 2013: 10:16am

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Friday Afternoon Outtakes!

Friday Afternoon Outtakes!

Folks, it's Friday, so it's time for a bit of Friday Fun, and who better to deliver it than your good friend Ash? No one! That's who!

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Fri 30 Aug 2013: 2:58pm

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“I can say that what Jaws did for water, Gravity does for air”

“I can say that what Jaws did for water, Gravity does for air”

It was whispered around the film community that we Alfonso Cuarón got started on Gravity, it was going to be something truly epic. Well the first reviews came in today from the Venice film festival where it was premiered, and guess what, it sounds just that! Here are a few snippets from reviewers/tweeters that have been kindly collated by thefilmstage.com. (check the site out here for the full reviews)

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Thu 29 Aug 2013: 9:39am

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The VFX Festival 2013: Latest.

The VFX Festival 2013: Latest.

We’ve been brewing up a VFX storm over the last few weeks in the form of the VFX Festival 2013. Last year’s Festival was a huge success, tickets sold out in 72 hours and after a week of packed workshops and talks, this time we had no choice but to make things bigger and better!

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Thu 22 Aug 2013: 4:55pm

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Google Glass - Raising the technological bar.

Google Glass - Raising the technological bar.

As someone who has close, personal experience of Autism through my son, I can see some really interesting technology being developed using Google Glass as a route into the puzzling world of understanding other people.

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Tue 13 Aug 2013: 2:48pm

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Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Don’t you just love it when two intricate art forms collide to make something equally as wonderful as each ingredient on its own? We saw this video (above) created by students from the University for the Creative Arts, and not only did we fall in love with the computer generated imagery, but we were impressed by the fact that this animation was synchronised with a live recording of  Milhaud’s 'La Création du Monde'.

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Wed 7 Aug 2013: 11:47am

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Tell us about 2D!

Tell us about 2D!

Now and then we like to call upon our wonderfully gifted tutors to dispatch their invaluable knowledge to potential VFX artists across the world, in the form of an online webinar

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Tue 6 Aug 2013: 4:56pm

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