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HeyUGuys speaks to Union VFX’s Special Effects Guru, Tim Caplan

Have you seen the interview with our friends at Union VFX (the company behind the visual effects for 127 Hours) on HeyUGuys? With the Oscars around the corner, it’s good to get an insider’s view on one film that’s up for a few gongs.

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"I can't wait to start my VFX Course" explains CG Whiz winner Stu Schwartz

"I can't wait to start my VFX Course" explains CG Whiz winner Stu Schwartz

Since I’ve been back at school I’ve been constantly asked about the CG Whiz competition. Are you excited about going to LA and studying with Escape Studios? When will your placement start at The Mill? Are you nervous? Apprehensive? And truth is: I'm totally overwhelmed, but so excited!  The more I look at what the course entails, the more eager I get.  I’m looking forward to learning new 3D programs that I haven’t used before.  And not only that, but delving deep into them.  I’m hoping that this will give me a much broader knowledge of VisFx.  I’m also really thrilled about the Instructors who I will be learning from directly - they are all incredibly qualified and will be invaluable as mentors to me!

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Mon 7 Feb 2011: 3:18pm

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A New VFX Outfit to Watch

A New VFX Outfit to Watch

Currently wowing audiences everywhere, and hot off the back of its Oscar nominations, Danny Boyle’s latest film 127 Hours is something we’ve been keeping a particular close eye on. Obviously we’re fans of Mr Boyle’s work (personally, I can’t wait to see the Olympic opening ceremony), but in this case we’re more interested in a small team of people working behind the scenes.

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The title sequence from Scott Pilgrim

The title sequence from Scott Pilgrim

I just wanted to point you towards this article which discusses the amazing title sequence for Scott Pilgram. When I was a student wanting to get into the industry I found out about Shynola (a collective group of visual artists who have collaborated on a variety of projects) when a brilliant but very strange music video was produced by Unkle called "eye for an eye".  When I came across this article of how Shynola worked with the Edgar Wright the director of Scott Pilgram,  I decided to have a look.

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Tue 1 Feb 2011: 2:55pm

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Mentored Training Webinar, 9th February

We know just how popular our webinars are on all things CG, well the next in line is all about our Mentored Training and includes a preview of our exciting e-Learning platform.

For those who can’t give up work for 12 weeks or come to our offices in London or Los Angeles, Mentored Training is just the ticket. You can study our VFX or Compositing online and still get expert mentoring and feedback from our tutors and share your creations with classmates on Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo (that’s thanks to our clever e-learning technology!).

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Fri 28 Jan 2011: 9:26am

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StereoScopic 3D Doesn't Work!

StereoScopic 3D Doesn't Work!

So when an academy awarded influential film editor like Walter Murch makes very detrimental comments about 3D stereo some people should take a long hard look at it. What does 3D really add to the whole film experience except expense and a headache? You can find his comments here - all of which are very observant and true.

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Thu 27 Jan 2011: 12:32pm

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Free Webinar - Mentored Training Tour

We've had lots of questions about how our Mentored Training works and we thought it would be great to give people a guided online tour. We'll take you through what you'll learn on the course but more importantly, how you'll learn on this course - demonstrating our unique e-Learning platform.

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Fri 21 Jan 2011: 4:47pm

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New Year's Resolution

It's that time of year when everybody makes a multitude of New Year's resolutions. I am of the opinion that they are not worth doing unless you are going to stick to them. Having said that, we have actually decided to start the year with a resolution. It’s a fairly simple one: we are resolute in our wish to give you more of the free tutorials that you want. There you are, I told you it would be an easy one.

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That’s all Folks! For now…

With 2011 around the corner, I wanted to reflect on some of the amazing things that Escape Studios has achieved this year.  Opening our offices in LA, launching our brand new US website, the phenomenal success of CG Whiz and the launch of our Mentored Training Courses is just the tip of the iceberg. We've had Paul Frankin of DNEG talk to our students about the incredible VFX created for Inception and Christan Manz, VFX supervisor on the latest HP7 talk about how Framestore wowed with their character creation.

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TWO Free Tutorials: Car Lighting and MIA Material X Passes

TWO Free Tutorials: Car Lighting and MIA Material X Passes

Lighting and Shading are an integral part of the VFX pipeline and if you want to take your skills to a professional level these tutorials are the best place to start learning. What’s great about these tutorials is that they tackle pretty complicated subjects head-on and they are practical so, although you’ll understand the theory, you’ll also learn how to practically apply this knowledge. The best part is that these tutorials will sit in our resource centre permanently, so you can access them whenever you want and learn whenever it suits you.

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Wed 15 Dec 2010: 2:58pm

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Escapees to work on Halo Fan Film

Escapees to work on Halo Fan Film

Escape Studios has been approached to help with some of the CG and VFX work on an exciting new, non-profit project called Operation Chastity.

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Wed 15 Dec 2010: 10:02am

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Amazing Showreel from Displace Studios

Here's a link to a fantastic reel from our friends at Displace Studios, they worked with us earlier this year to create some eye popping 3D brand furniture for our new website and other collateral. They did an amazing job for us and I wish them every luck with this new venture.

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Thu 9 Dec 2010: 9:01am

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Ben Hibon Talks About Deathly Hallows

Ben Hibon Talks About Deathly Hallows

For those of you who have seen the latest instalment in the Harry Potter franchise, here's an interview with the sequence lead of the animated section explaining the Deathly Hallows. You can check out the full interview here.

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Framestore’s VFX Supervisor on HP7 Inspires our Students

Framestore’s VFX Supervisor on HP7 Inspires our Students

Last Wednesday, Escape Studios had the honour of having Christian Manz, VFX Supervisor at Framestore come into our studios and talk to our students about life in the industry. Christian discussed the bits about the job that are great (Like getting to see your name up on the big screen after arduous months of working on a project) and the bits which aren’t quite so good (Like the long hours). It wasn’t just our students who enjoyed it, we loved it too.  Christian’s thirteen year career has been an epic one and his latest contribution to the industry as VFX Supervisor on the latest HP7 is particularly impressive. We spoke to Christian about the highs and lows of his career so far, and what it feels like to have been part of one of the biggest films of our recent times.

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Thank you technology customers!

Thank you technology customers!

Last night we had some of the finest brains and talent in Soho out for our Technology Christmas drinks.

We just want to really thank all those who came along and hope you enjoyed the evening.. We certainly did and it was great to see so many new and familiar faces!

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Fri 3 Dec 2010: 1:13pm

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CG Andrex Puppy!

CG Andrex Puppy!

So an Iconic mascot after 4 decades has finally become a CG character. Having done this myself with the first CG Tony the Tiger I have to wonder whether this will work. The British public being such a fickle bunch! CG Tony was to be a furry character but was squashed at the last moment by Kellogg's in the States as going to far away from the 2D character of Tony (shame he was so cool furry).

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Thu 2 Dec 2010: 9:00am

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Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies

Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies

Irvin Kershner, director of 'The Empire Strikes Back' died on Saturday in Los Angeles, aged 87. 'Kersh'', as he was affectionately known on the set of the 1980 sequel, deserves credit for directing easily the finest of all the Star Wars films, and for a diverse and varied career in which the inter-galactic blockbuster was something of an anomaly.

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MediaCity UK - Salford Quays, Manchester

MediaCity UK - Salford Quays, Manchester

I was invited up to take a look around MediaCityUK UK last week. I didn't really know what to expect, I had heard quite a bit about the developments over the past few years but it had always been 'up North' and at the back of my mind.

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Mon 29 Nov 2010: 3:21pm

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

I went to see HP7 at the weekend. We are all different but I really miss the magical events of the early Potter, I guess I just didn't want him to grow up!

The VFX work was amazing, as always, well done to everyone involved. Would the film have been enhanced if it was in 3D? I think possibly so, but as we all now know, 3D as an afterthought is not the way to go.

I do worry about having a 'two parter' personally, you are going to the cinema knowing that there will not be a resolution. But that said, the cinema was full and that has to be a good thing for the industry. Count down to the final film... or will it be?

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