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Jellyfish Pictures & The Making of Planet Dinosaur

Jellyfish Pictures & The Making of Planet Dinosaur

Since the introduction of HD to our television screens, we’re starting to see a huge push from a number of channels to deliver a broader range of quality viewing in HD, and the BBC are no exception. Their latest project Planet Dinosaur aired on BBC ONE from September 14th and is an exceptionally ambitious six part series, exhibiting the findings from dinosaur research over the past decade. Each episode is entirely computer generated, and it was one lone company based in London that produced this work completly in house. The company I’m referring to is Jellyfish Pictures, and we at Escape Studios were involved with kitting them out in preparation for this difficult project. Jellyfish now have a completely up to date system, and are in a great position to offer future clients the very latest software and hardware, putting them ahead of the rest for a couple of years.

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News Round-Up: Monday 26th Sep 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 26th Sep 2011

Here is my usual Weekly Round-Up of news with the stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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One to Watch: Naiad Fluid Sim

One to Watch: Naiad Fluid Sim

There was a great article on FX Guide on Fluid Simulation recently. It's a computational issue that has been around for quite some time now and clearly it's something that the makers of big packages like Maya and Houdini cannot focus 100% of R&D time on.

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Fri 23 Sep 2011: 3:23pm

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Autodesk 3ds Max Design Competition

Autodesk 3ds Max Design Competition

Autodesk have an awesome competition running at the moment, with great prizes for the winning and runner-up entries. They are calling out for submissions of a scene or design created on either 3ds Max 2012 or 3ds Max Design 2012. The winning entry will be featured on the 3ds Max Design 2012 box cover and splash screen. Entries will not be judged on production quality, but rather on imagination, innovation and an ingenious use of the Max logo. They are looking for inventive concepts or renderings of architectural designs as well as mechanical or industrial production design. So be adventurous.

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News Round-Up: Monday 19th Sep 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 19th Sep 2011

Following on from last week's announcement about our Weekly Round-Up of news, here are the stories that I have picked up over the past week. If you have suggestions for stories I missed, just drop me a line or post a comment.

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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.

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Fri 16 Sep 2011: 3:47pm

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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.

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Thu 15 Sep 2011: 11:37am

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News Round-Up: Monday 12th Sep 2011

News Round-Up: Monday 12th Sep 2011

For some time now, I have been doing a weekly round up of news for our own internal use at Escape Studios. I never actually thought of sharing it more widely until someone pointed out to me last week, that actually, maybe it would be useful to the people who read this blog. 

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23 MARI Tips In 23 Days on Twitter

23 MARI Tips In 23 Days on Twitter

MARI is a relatively new piece of software, and is becoming more popular with artists as its reputation for efficiency and adaptability becomes more widely known. As with any piece of new software there is a period of trial and error before you really get to know its full capability. It is in light of this that Henry South, lead texture artist at Framestore, is offering to share his top 23 tips when working with MARI.

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Fri 2 Sep 2011: 8:14pm

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New Event: Andy Bechtolsheim Discusses the Solution for a Better Network Platform

New Event: Andy Bechtolsheim Discusses the Solution for a Better Network Platform

Ever find yourself wondering about a better alternative to your current network setup? Could there be a larger, faster and more predictable solution out there for your server / storage requirements? You are not alone in asking this question. This is fast becoming a major concern for many IT teams in the media and entertainment sector. That’s why we will be addressing this very topic at a special event being held in London on September 16th, 2011. Andy Bechtolsheim, a highly respected figure in the Information Technology industry is coming to London to share his expertise on this issue. Andy has been involved in the IT industry throughout his career. He has witnessed first-hand how computing infrastructures have scaled over the decades, and how network speeds have failed to keep up.

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An Evening with NUKE and MARI; A Huge Success

An Evening with NUKE and MARI; A Huge Success

In a fast paced industry, where new technologies are being introduced more frequently, it can be difficult to stay on top of which products successfully aid efficiency and quality in our work. It’s great to know that some companies take an opportunity to show off their products and how they are being utilised in the industry. Last Thursday I made a special effort to attend an event for NUKE and MARI software. The torrential down pour that evening made venturing out difficult, so I was glad to see so many people were able to attend. Armed with umbrellas and rain coats well over one hundred of us braved the weather to enjoy an evening with NUKE and MARI, an event hosted by Escape Studios in collaboration with The Foundry and HP.

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Thu 25 Aug 2011: 12:24pm

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Autodesk 3D Subscription Advantage Packs, Coming Soon…

Autodesk 3D Subscription Advantage Packs, Coming Soon…

Our friends at Autodesk have just announced that from 27 September 2011, selected 2012 versions of Autodesk software will be available for download for subscription customers. Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs offer early access to new product enhancements, giving you the very latest in Autodesk software. Subscriptions are available to contract managers, software coordinators or anyone who has been granted access to Autodesk product extensions.

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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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Tue 26 Jul 2011: 12:55pm

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An Evening with NUKE & MARI in London

An Evening with NUKE & MARI in London

We’re going to be hosting an event with The Foundry and Hewlett Packard called An Evening with NUKE and MARI in London on August 18th. The event is designed for professional artists who want to take a peek at the new features of NUKE, NUKEX and the newly launched bridge between NUKE and MARI. It will definitely be exciting to see first hand all that’s new in these products.

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Mantra for Maya & Other Renderers

Mantra for Maya & Other Renderers

I have been looking at Maya to Mantra today, and thought: "Great! Means that sometime soon we'll be able to try out Houdini's Mantra Renderer in Maya".

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Wed 13 Jul 2011: 11:54am

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Mocha Pro Event In London Was A Huge Success

Mocha Pro Event In London Was A Huge Success

Thanks to everyone that attended out mocha Pro Event in Soho last Tuesday evening. 

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Wed 1 Jun 2011: 10:20am

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MARI 1.3 Released

MARI 1.3 Released

Version 1.3 of MARI, The Foundry's High Texture painting tool, used on award winning films like Avatar has just been released.

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Tue 31 May 2011: 5:38pm

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30% Discount on RealFlow Upgrades

30% Discount on RealFlow Upgrades

Starting Monday, May 23 and all the way through to July 1 you can get a 30% discount on all upgrades of RealFlow 4 or earlier (including Standard, Nodes, and RFRK v1).

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Thu 26 May 2011: 3:16pm

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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.

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Tue 24 May 2011: 4:36pm

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Nuke 6.3 Beta Is Now Available

Nuke 6.3 Beta Is Now Available

Good news for NUKE users: The beta of NUKE 6.3 is now available. If you want to be one of the first to check out the new features in this version, then just contact us and we will arrange for you to be part of the beta program.

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