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Conference on VFX, Animation, Videogames and Digital Architecture seeks work from Animators!

Conference on VFX, Animation, Videogames and Digital Architecture seeks work from Animators!

One of the beautiful things about the internet is the ability to translate any language to your own with the click of a button. Meaning we get to find out about more awesome events like this...

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Fri 15 Mar 2013: 11:18am

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Lee's App Of The Week: Real Bokeh

Lee's App Of The Week: Real Bokeh

I love me some bokeh and I've been searching for a super simple bokeh app that lets me jazz up my pics with the click of button. Finally my search is over, for I have discovered Real Bokeh. Available on the iPhone and Android

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Wed 13 Mar 2013: 10:11am

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'Masks' - The most fantastically bizarre animation you'll see all year!

'Masks' - The most fantastically bizarre animation you'll see all year!

We reckon that this is quite simply on of the most excellent (and unique) animated shorts you’ll have seen in a while!

An animation by Patrick Smith, created entirely on the back of a pre written score by musician Karl Von Kries. This short shows a mad scientist that perfects a cloning process of a small grey population of people. Who in turn are edible to  the larger, superior Masked folk. The little grey clones have a trick up their sleeve though, so make sure you watch until the end!


The animated short has won a number of awards in it’s time, and if you haven’t seen it yet – click away

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Tue 12 Mar 2013: 12:36pm

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PS4 commercial racks up 26 million views in February!

PS4 commercial racks up 26 million views in February!

February’s most watched video was Sony’s Playstation 4 spot; it has been unveiled by Youtube in an insight to last month’s video statistics.

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Tue 12 Mar 2013: 11:12am

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Every Young Girl’s Dream (well, quite a few…)

Every Young Girl’s Dream (well, quite a few…)

I’ll probably get in to trouble if I say that EVERY young girl dreamed of having their very own Prince Charming slip on the glass slipper and whisk her away from a life of boredom, ill-treatment and endless cleaning, but it would be fair to say that quite a few girls grew up getting lost in this particular fantasy, and it would appear that Emma Watson is one of them!

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Mon 11 Mar 2013: 4:34pm

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Girl Power!

Girl Power!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Fri 8 Mar 2013: 5:03pm

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Who ya gonna call…?

Who ya gonna call…?

I’m showing my age here, but one of my favourite flashbacks to my childhood is of being sat on the sofa with my younger brother staring wide-eyed at the TV screen while bumbling scientists Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis got slimed over and over in the supernatural comedy classic, Ghostbusters. Released in June 1984, I was too young to go and see it at the cinema but I never failed to catch the re-runs when it appeared in our homes during the years that followed, usually around Christmas time if my memory serves me correctly.

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Fri 8 Mar 2013: 12:30pm

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Black Phoenix 3D Project (it's as cool as it sounds!)

Black Phoenix 3D Project (it's as cool as it sounds!)

You may have read our blog a few weeks back about the robot dog/drone/potential death machine that was created by the US military, if you did catch it, you’ll know that this ‘Black Phoenix’ from 3D artist Vitaly Bulgarov project is not far away from being very much a spot on prediction of the near future.

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Fri 8 Mar 2013: 10:36am

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Heads up!

Heads up!

Front of house was entertained today, as a group of Visual Effects TD students transformed the break out space into a film location for the afternoon. The ‘TD’ stands for Technical Direction and these guys are currently working on a scene which they have created using our state of the art 3D design technology. They are learning about camera tracking and match moving, (among other things) and today they were filming footage which they will have to place into the scene they have already designed.

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Thu 7 Mar 2013: 5:22pm

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The First Ascent of Everest, In 3D!

The First Ascent of Everest, In 3D!

Wheels are in motion for the first known ascent of Mt. Everest is to be made into a 3D feature, by award-winning N.Z. documentary maker Leanne Pooley.

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Thu 7 Mar 2013: 12:08pm

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Have you seen James' Face?

Have you seen James' Face?

So we may be a bit slow on the uptake on this one, but we’ve recently come across a page called James’ Face, and I for one, haven’t laughed this hard at something on the internet for a while. Here’s the description of the ‘project’ straight from the site…

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Wed 6 Mar 2013: 12:24pm

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Escape Academy Tours, an Open Day for Open Minds…

Escape Academy Tours, an Open Day for Open Minds…

So it’s that time again… time to tempt, entice and hopefully ensnare a fresh batch of enthusiasts to come tame the beast that is VFX, here at Escape Studios. Hosted by recruitment and training team Flora and Nick, today is all about giving our potential Escapees a feel for what life at Escape has to offer, from our accelerated Classroom courses to the oh-so important free tea/coffee and, of course, the after hours bar downstairs!

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Wed 6 Mar 2013: 11:15am

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Lee's App Of The Week: Plants Vs Zombies

Lee's App Of The Week: Plants Vs Zombies

Y'all know I've got a zombie "issue". I've actually developed a theory regarding the outcome of a potential zombie invasion since I unfortunately live quite close to a hospital (a well-known breeding ground for the suburban undead, see episode 1, season 1 of The Walking Dead) which means my fortress would be hit by the first intense wave of walkers to roll out across the nation. I've obviously begun acquiring the usual zombie defence equipment; cross bow, machete and so forth, but it turns out the only thing I really need is...PLANTS.

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Tue 5 Mar 2013: 4:24pm

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On the edge of what’s possible

On the edge of what’s possible

Being a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, chocolate and picturesque Italian landscapes, the new campaign for Galaxy chocolate naturally caught my eye. Oh, and the fact that every shot of Hepburn entails full CG face replacement might also have fuelled my curiosity!

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Tue 5 Mar 2013: 10:15am

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Skyhouse

Skyhouse

Above is a short documentary called 'Skyhouse', that a former colleague of mine (and very talented colourist) from San Francisco, Garry Coats, did the final grading process for.

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Mon 4 Mar 2013: 4:18pm

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"Man it's cool, it's the best thing I've written"

"Man it's cool, it's the best thing I've written"

Harry Potter fans (there are a few of them out there) will have to readjust their vision come 2014/15, as it has been announced that Daniel Radcliffe is in final negotiations with 20th Century Fox over playing the lead role of Igor, in an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is said that production will begin later this year.

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Mon 4 Mar 2013: 2:00pm

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Stranger than fiction - 'Doomed: A Biological Cartoon'

Stranger than fiction - 'Doomed: A Biological Cartoon'

Here at Escape, we’re fans of the weird and wonderful in all shapes and forms, and something that’s caught our eye recently, is this rather bizarre nature documentary titled… Doomed: A biological cartoon.

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Fri 1 Mar 2013: 5:02pm

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Kinetica Art Fair - London

London is a bustling hive of culture over the weekends and if you’re looking for some activities to do over the weekend, then the Kinetica Art Fair is for you, if you’re a fan of moving, interactive art and sculptures then will truly have a whale of a time!

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Fri 1 Mar 2013: 5:00pm

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New Dates for our Compositing Taster Courses

New Dates for our Compositing Taster Courses

Last week we released the dates for upcoming taster courses in Compositing. Due to popular demand we’ve been encouraged to add some additional dates for March.

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Thu 28 Feb 2013: 5:16pm

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"The best movie of 2013"

"The best movie of 2013"

While we’re blogging away about this year’s upcoming feature films, here is a few words about another one, but this isn’t just any old movie, it’s allegedly going to be the best movie of the year.

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Thu 28 Feb 2013: 12:20pm

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