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Making Magic With modo

Making Magic With modo

San Jose University, California came up trumps at the recent Interior Design Association of Northern California (IIDA) Student Design Awards and have their 3D visualisation toolkit to thank for their success.

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Mon 28 May 2012: 3:00pm

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Where Could a Career in VFX Take You?

Where Could a Career in VFX Take You?

Doing a VFX course can lead your career in many directions. For many of our students it has been the launching pad for a career in post-production, for film, TV and commercials. Many students have also gone on to work in other areas such as games and architectural visualisation. We teach the fundamentals and practicalities of working in CG, paving the way for what you will eventually specialise in.

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Mon 28 May 2012: 1:30pm

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The Next Step in VFX

The Next Step in VFX

You may or may not have heard about a recent preview, so to speak, of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, a movie due in cinemas at the end of this year. This has created some concern and confusion over the film. Now before I continue, the aim of this blog isn’t to go into depth about these concerns specifically, because to be honest there are many websites already talking about it and I simply want to suggest some of the potential repercussions.

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Fri 25 May 2012: 10:27am

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Autodesk and Adobe: The Start of a Beautiful Relationship

Autodesk and Adobe: The Start of a Beautiful Relationship

For those of you battling with 3D and 2D interoperability, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Autodesk and Adobe are joining forces to try make these problems a thing of the past.

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Thu 24 May 2012: 4:58pm

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Cracking Job by MPC & mocha Pro

Cracking Job by MPC & mocha Pro

If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last, let’s say 6 months to a year, then you may be unaware of the new Tim Burton movie, Dark Shadows, released this month.

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Tue 22 May 2012: 12:06pm

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Softimage Creatives: Launch Event Line-Up Released!

Softimage Creatives: Launch Event Line-Up Released!

Great news Softimage users out there… the line-up for the launch Softimage Creatives user group meeting has been released. And for those of you who are hoping to attend, I think you’ll agree this is a programme to get excited about.

Here’s the list of speakers and  topics for May 29th 2012:

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Mon 21 May 2012: 12:42pm

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Studio Assistant Workshop - Final Gather Maps Part Two

Studio Assistant Workshop - Final Gather Maps Part Two

Welcome back everyone!! I hope you all had a cracking weekend. Right now we are going to pick up where we left off on Friday with FG Maps.

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Mon 21 May 2012: 10:00am

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Studio Workshop - Final Gather Maps

Studio Workshop - Final Gather Maps

Ladies and gents, welcome to another Studios Assistant blog. Today's topic: Final Gather Maps.

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Fri 18 May 2012: 11:00am

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A Decisive Moment

A Decisive Moment

“The decisive moment. It is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression” Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Thu 17 May 2012: 3:00pm

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All The Best Things Are Made From SCRATCH...Cannes 2012

All The Best Things Are Made From SCRATCH...Cannes 2012

We would like to be one of the first to congratulate Assimilate for their success at the Cannes Festival 2012. Although the winning films are yet to be announced, several films on the competition's roster have been created using SCRATCH, Assimilate’s digital workflow and post-production tools. SCRATCH has been used on recent screen successes like The Artist, Thor and Underworld: Awakening as well as the films nominated at Cannes 2012.

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Wed 16 May 2012: 1:00pm

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Think It's CG? Think Again...Part Two

Think It's CG? Think Again...Part Two

Welcome back to part two of our series on effects that you thought were CG.

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Mon 14 May 2012: 2:00pm

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Think it's CG? Think Again...

Think it's CG? Think Again...

Special effects with computer graphics are all the rage recently. There are very few films produced these days without jaw dropping stunts courtesy of the digital department. But a lot of directors still prefer to shoot the real thing if they can as it nearly always looks better than the CG equivalent.

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Fri 11 May 2012: 12:00pm

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Highway to the Danger Zone - ZBrush Webinar

Highway to the Danger Zone - ZBrush Webinar

We had the pleasure of working with the ever so entertaining Paul Gaboury, 3D Application Engineer at Pixologic, for a special webinar to showcase the newly added features in ZBrush 4R3.

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Fri 11 May 2012: 10:59am

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Flying the flag...and carrying the torch.

Flying the flag...and carrying the torch.

As we all know the countdown to the 2012 Olympics is on, in fact it is at 77 days to be precise. The buzz of the Olympics is infectious and seems like a time for us to celebrate all things British, especially when it comes to VFX. So thankfully I found this in little beauty in the VFX news this week, the final version of Studio AKA’s introduction sequence for the BBC and their Olympic Torch Relay Coverage.

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Fri 11 May 2012: 10:00am

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Our Second Visit to the Framestore London Studio

Our Second Visit to the Framestore London Studio

I have found that there are many advantages to studying at Escape Studios. Aside from the obvious vast amount of knowledge that you acquire, you also get to visit and meet some very cool places and people. Last Friday we had the pleasure of visiting Framestore for a presentation with Ben Frost and Chas Jarrett to hear about their experiences working on the second Sherlock Holmes movie - A Game of Shadows. In particular, they discussed with us the typical hurdles and constraints they came across and what we as VFX artists may expect to experience working in the VFX industry.

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Wed 9 May 2012: 1:00pm

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On yer bike..

On yer bike..

I was recently asked to ride the Chiltern 100,  I’m attempting the 58 miles ride for a children’s charity at the end of May.

Now for those that know me, well, they know I am not particularly ‘active’ – I guess that’s why they ask people like me to do charity events, it’s a challenge!

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Tue 8 May 2012: 9:38am

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Fight! Fight! Fight!

Fight! Fight! Fight!

2D or 3D - which camp are you in? This age old fight is battled out by two of our studio assistants and it seems, there is a rather heated argument for both. I'll leave it up to the guys to convince you either way. If however, we can't resolve it in this post,  a mud wrestle might be the only answer.

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Fri 4 May 2012: 12:00pm

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Trading Insider Secrets

Trading Insider Secrets

Scott Squires, of Industrial Light & Magic, has a blog called Effects Corner. Scott talks everything VFX, from artistry to wages. If you are looking to read the frank ins and outs of the VFX world then Scott’s blog is the place to go. Scott has 35 years’ experience in the industry and has work on film projects like Van Helsing, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Stars Wars: Episode I – Phantom Menace.
His articles are well written and packed full of industry top tips. He talks you through key skills like camera tracking and 3D match-moving as well as providing links to some of the latest visual effects news.

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Thu 3 May 2012: 6:14pm

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Upgrade to Autodesk 2013 Promo!

Upgrade to Autodesk 2013 Promo!

As of last month Autodesk released the 2013 update of their 3D software, and with that you’ll find a variety of enhancements and new features that make these versions pretty special. In our competitive industry, having the latest and greatest tools to complete the job is always a bonus, and the 2013 versions may well set you on your way to creating work that stands out from the crowd. Of course for many of you, the cost can make upgrading a tricky business and that’s why we want to make sure you’re all aware of a promotion that could help stretch the pennies a little further.

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Wed 2 May 2012: 3:00pm

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What do you think art should do?

What do you think art should do?

I recently went to see the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. Wow! Intense, raw paintings that reflected his relationship to his sitters. I actually quite liked his early portraits that were very flat in dimension and lacking perspective in a stylised way. He painted the eyes of the faces quite large and dominant in the frame.  But in most cases looking away, or 'blankly' towards the painter. This created for me a disturbing yet intriguing relationship between the viewer of the painting, me, and the personality of the person he is trying to portray. When we look at portraits or a picture of a person, we tend to look at the eyes first to connect in some way. Not being able to do that created a whole new approach of portraiture that I do not see often. Their eyes were wide, but not allowing a connection. The faces were rarely smiling and this one is a great example.

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Mon 30 Apr 2012: 11:34am

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