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What is VFX? Dig a little deeper with Mark Spevick

What is VFX? Dig a little deeper with Mark Spevick

Ever found yourself watching something with really cool effects and were left wanting to know how on earth they made that? If the answer is yes, then you’re not alone. We meet people like you every day here at Escape, and it’s your curiosity in the mechanics of VFX that shows you have the right aptitude to take it in and understand the technology behind it. VFX artists are curious beings by nature, who love experimenting with new technologies and ideas. It’s why they have so much fun in their day jobs.

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Fri 28 Jun 2013: 12:17pm

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Awards galore for Discovery Channel's Maya Animated Idents!

Awards galore for Discovery Channel's Maya Animated Idents!

Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet idents won a Cannes Lion: Bronze in the design category for Animal Planet. I’m also proud to say our Animal Planet ident has won Gold at PromaxBDA US as well!

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Mon 24 Jun 2013: 3:20pm

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Escape Students go to Peerless!

Escape Students go to Peerless!

Escape Student Sokratis Synitos writes... 

"For what started out as a small tour, yesterday’s visit to the Peerless Camera Company ended up a truly historical journey!

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Fri 21 Jun 2013: 10:36am

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Origami Anatomy!

Origami Anatomy!

Made a 3d model lately? Try downloading some of these templates... then print them out (yes, onto paper) and with a good old fashioned combination of glue and patience, you too can make these awesome sculptures of the anatomy human body.

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Thu 20 Jun 2013: 10:13am

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Riddick - What's it all about?

Riddick - What's it all about?

I'm not sure if you noticed, but the internet has become quite popular recently. In fact, if you're reading this, chances are you’re on the internet right now, and you might not even know it. Surprise!

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Wed 19 Jun 2013: 10:48am

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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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“you couldn't pay me to get out of bed right now”

“you couldn't pay me to get out of bed right now”

Ever rose from your slumber, only to think “you couldn’t pay me to get out of bed right now”?

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Tue 18 Jun 2013: 10:34am

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Photoshop Prank!

Photoshop Prank!

I do love a practical joke, and this one – played on unsuspecting people at a bus stop, is just downright awesome!

2 Comments Mark Spevick

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Mon 17 Jun 2013: 11:58am

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Elysium is going to be awesome!

Elysium is going to be awesome!

We have been champing at the bit for the release of Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium”, and we were extra pumped this week when this extended theatrical trailer was released, this film looks nuts.

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Fri 14 Jun 2013: 5:19pm

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"Two years from now, it's going to be one of the most badass things you've ever seen in your life"

"Two years from now, it's going to be one of the most badass things you've ever seen in your life"

The role of VFX in modern blockbusters has for a long time gone unnoticed, but since the recent furore at the Oscars it seems more and more people are speaking out about the importance of VFX and henceforth, the artists that create the magic.

0 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Wed 12 Jun 2013: 11:12am

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Behind the scenes of some seriously iconic movies

Behind the scenes of some seriously iconic movies

I think it’s fair to say, when it comes to films- everyone is a fan of behind the scenes photographs, especially when they’re of some of the most iconic movies of all time, AND they show the making of some of the most well-known scenes ever.

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Tue 11 Jun 2013: 5:05pm

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Next Hansel & Gretel promises to be 'Pretty Insane'

Next Hansel & Gretel promises to be 'Pretty Insane'

If you caught Hansel and Gretel at the cinema a few months ago, you’ll probably remember it for the imaginative violence, tongue in cheek dialogue and an out of place Jeremy Renner.

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Mon 10 Jun 2013: 2:14pm

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Fast & Furious 6 – One epic finale sequence!.

Fast & Furious 6 – One epic finale sequence!.

The recent release of Fast and Furious 6 sees a refreshing change of setting - to the streets of London, which is fairly apt given that the lasting impression on the audience seems to be the epic VFX scenes, many of which were created right here London at Double Negative.

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Mon 10 Jun 2013: 9:50am

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Webinar Recording: More to VFX than just Hollywood!

Webinar Recording: More to VFX than just Hollywood!

Last week we were joined by Junior Lighting TD and Escape graduate Alastair Cross for a webinar that shows another side to VFX. The Hollywood side of VFX is probably why most of us want to work in the CG industry, but CG artists are putting their skills and knowledge to good use in lots of different areas. If you missed this webinar, the great news is we recorded it and the recording is now available to watch on our YouTube channel.

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Fri 7 Jun 2013: 10:00am

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3D Printing to hit the masses sooner than we think?

3D Printing to hit the masses sooner than we think?

We do love a good Kickstarter project, and with 3D printing being all the rage of late, this one in particular caught our eye.

1 Comments Dom Davenport

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Thu 6 Jun 2013: 5:19pm

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Watching sport is set to get a hell of a lot better - brace yourselves for bullet time!

Watching sport is set to get a hell of a lot better - brace yourselves for bullet time!

Being a sports fan, I have been consistently impressed with improvements in viewer experience over the last few years. Technology has improved the situation of the armchair fan tenfold, making the long trip to their ground of choice at the weekend, increasingly less appealing.

1 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Thu 6 Jun 2013: 10:49am

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Equity investment for Prime Focus World values company at $250 million

Equity investment for Prime Focus World values company at $250 million

On March 20th 2013, Prime Focus World N.V. gained equity investment from AID Partners (a private equity firm focused on expansion capital and buyout opportunities specifically in the media and entertainment sector). Investing USD 10 million, this venture has contributed significant value to Prime Focus Limited as a whole, valuing the company at a total of USD 250 million.

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Wed 5 Jun 2013: 9:30am

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Escape Tutor Paul Harrison on the Wacom Cintiq13HD

Escape Tutor Paul Harrison on the Wacom Cintiq13HD

Our Escape Tutors are always on the ball when it comes to the latest tech, and a couple of weeks back my eye was caught by one of our online mentors Paul Harrison, who was sketching on his new piece of Wacom kit, the latest addition to his arsenal of tools.

1 Comments Robert Broadbent

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Tue 4 Jun 2013: 11:31am

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FREE Kindle No1 bestseller (beating ‘Star Wars’) download for 32 hours

FREE Kindle No1 bestseller (beating ‘Star Wars’) download for 32 hours

How to get into and survive Film, Advertising and TV post-production is topping the charts on free Kindle downloads, out-doing Star Wars. Pretty epic! If this tells us anything, it’s that there are still a healthy number of talented people looking to break into the post side of production. The author of this very popular book is none other than Klaudija Cermak, a compositing tutor who previously taught here at Escape Studios, and she certainly knows her stuff!

0 Comments Ellen Payne

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Mon 3 Jun 2013: 5:03pm

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Alessio Bertotti @ Pixomondo Hamburg

Alessio Bertotti @ Pixomondo Hamburg

Escapee Alessio Bertotti answers some questions on VFX and tells us about his time at Pixomondo Hamburg.

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Thu 30 May 2013: 10:18am

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