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Balloons & Zeppelins: Fresh VFX escapee work

Balloons & Zeppelins: Fresh VFX escapee work

Here's my final post showing some work from the courses which have just finished.  These clips are from escapees who were on the Visual Effects Production course taught by Dan Shutt.  Again these are 'work in progress' and need a little more polishing but you can see they are both great ideas that have been really well executed.

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Thu 7 Oct 2010: 10:53am

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Lundgren vs Unicorn and The Hoff!

Lundgren vs Unicorn and The Hoff!

Absolute genius on the part of the creatives at Leo Burnetts for Norton.

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Fri 1 Oct 2010: 11:24am

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The Most Exciting RenderMan Toolset in Years!

The Most Exciting RenderMan Toolset in Years!

The upcoming RenderMan for Maya 4 and RenderMan Studio 3 offers mouth watering upgrades & new features; we are busy working away on the RenderMan Certified courseware and will cover these cool new workflows in depth.

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Fri 1 Oct 2010: 10:40am

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VFX Professional - New work!

VFX Professional - New work!

We've just had another round of courses finish and again we've seen some really great work!

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Mon 27 Sep 2010: 11:21am

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Last Chance to Apply for Skillset Bursaries

If you work in TV or produce work for TV as a freelancer, you could receive between 50% (employees) to 80% (freelancers) off the price of four of our visual effects courses. These are online courses, so can be done in your own time. They are: Maya Core; Nuke for 3d Artists; Zbrush Foundation; and Advanced Lighting and Shading.

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Thu 23 Sep 2010: 4:50pm

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Junior Artists - Keep that VFX Shot Simple

A common misconception amongst Junior Artists when preparing their first reel is that they have to come up with some overly elaborate and complex VFX shot to wow future employees. These usually feature exotic spaceships, massive explosions and weapons of mass destruction. It doesn't have to be like that. So, what makes a good CG shot? I had a chat with our Training Development Director and Maya Guru Lee Danskin to find out.

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Thu 23 Sep 2010: 11:57am

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Paul Franklin, VFX supervisor of Inception talks to our students

Paul Franklin, VFX supervisor of Inception talks to our students

Few VFX artists can claim to have as prestigious a career as Paul Franklin. From junior VFX artist to co-founder of Double Negative, one of London's most prestigious post houses, Paul has been on quite a journey. He's worked on some of the most memorable and successful films of recent times, titles such as Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Dark Knight.  His work has brought him nominations for an Oscar and two BAFTAs along the way.

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Wed 22 Sep 2010: 1:04pm

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: A Geek and Nerd References' Fest

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: A Geek and Nerd References' Fest

I went to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at the weekend and I was taken with the visual style of the whole movie. Eccentric humour aside, the movie was pretty simplistic as far as plot is concerned, but the aesthetic complexity displayed was pretty amazing. The use of augmented reality styling with major references to to the likes of the Tekken franchise were really interesting to see.

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Tue 21 Sep 2010: 12:58pm

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

"Dad, can we go to the cinema?" Yes it was that time of the summer holidays when the children will do anything to get out of the house. I exclaimed "But we have already seen everything that's any good!"

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Tue 21 Sep 2010: 12:20pm

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Online courses updated to reflect the Maya new 2011 UI

Online courses updated to reflect the Maya new 2011 UI

If you are a user of any software package you'll know that at least once a year software developers deliver an update. Autodesk's Maya 2011 was no exception. 3D users had become accustomed to Maya's UI over the last 10 years but Autodesk thought it was time for a change, enter Maya 2011. So this release brings all sorts of challenges for the diehard Maya user, it has a new interface... I hear the screams of "where did you put that" and "what on earth does this icon represent"!

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Fri 17 Sep 2010: 12:13pm

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IBC 2010 - Amsterdam

IBC 2010 - Amsterdam

I spent my weekend at IBC in Amsterdam, poor me I hear you cry!

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Tue 14 Sep 2010: 3:47pm

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Escape opens the BOXX with Boston

We’re pleased to announce that we are now going to be selling BOXX Technologies’ machines exclusively in the UK. This means that people buying workstations like the 3DBOXX 8550 Xtreme will now have access to next day shipping, reduced build times and local customer support.

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Thu 9 Sep 2010: 2:54pm

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Free 1-Week Mentored VFX Training

Free 1-Week Mentored VFX Training

So, to celebrate the launch of our Online Mentored VFX course, we have decided to go mad and give away for free the first week of the course to fifteen lucky people.

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Tue 7 Sep 2010: 10:56am

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Houdini 11 Ready for the Masses?

Houdini 11 Ready for the Masses?

Now that the competitive race between Maya and 3ds Max has somewhat run its course (because they are both owned by Autodesk), we look to other developers to see what they are doing to close the gap.

1 Comments Mark Cass

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Tue 7 Sep 2010: 7:36am

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Inception Zero Gravity

For me the best movie so far this year has to be Christopher Nolan's Inception. it will be interesting come Oscar time to see if the Academy and the world at large agree. It is a fantastic combination of amazing direction and cinematography, a gripping script and amazing VFX. The best VFX are the ones you don't see and only afterwards do you think "How did they do that?".

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Tue 31 Aug 2010: 8:16am

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Two showreel tips

Those of you who follow us on Twitter will know that we had our first ever realtime Twitter feedback session on Monday. I am told I should refer to them as Tweetups or Twitter parties, but if truth be told, it was a simple, honest, online showreel clinic!  We asked our followers to send us links to their reels, and Lee Danskin, our Training Development Director, provided his usual professional feedback.

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Thu 19 Aug 2010: 5:40pm

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Job hunting: 5 tips for CG graduates

We all know that finding your first job in the CG industry can be tough, but we have good reasons to feel pretty confident about future job prospects. That's because the industry has seen growth for the ninth year in a row. There are jobs out there and I am particularly well placed to comment as I sit opposite our Recruitment Team and so I get to hear everything about the jobs they have available. Over the last few months, they have all been incredibly busy, and that's good news for all aspiring artists.

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Wed 11 Aug 2010: 8:14pm

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Escapees work on Rooney

Escapees work on Rooney

Now almost as hyped an event as the World Cup itself, the Nike ad this year starred a host of big names, from our own Wayne Rooney through to Franck Ribiery of France, Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro and even shiny Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. Most people will have seen at least one of the shorter clips, if not the full thing, and the eagle eyed among you will know that the guys at the Mill were on hand to provide the VFX wizardry.

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Thu 22 Jul 2010: 2:28pm

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Meet Nik Illingworth – Escape Graduate and now VFX TD at MPC

It’s been pretty busy for Nik since completing his VFX course a few weeks back. After a stint at Atticus Finch and then Framestore he’s now working at legendary post house MPC.  We caught up with Nik, sat him down, and asked him what it’s like being the new FX TD on the block.

0 Comments Garreth Gaydon

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Mon 19 Jul 2010: 5:29pm

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Top 8 tips for the perfect show reel

Everyone knows the importance of a well put together show reel, but it's surprising how many there are out there that fail to tick all of the right boxes.  Very often a show reel will fail to showcase the breadth of skill of the candidate, or will let itself down with a few issues that are fairly simple to fix.  Therefore, we've put together a list of points to help you perfect your show reel and to maximise the impact it has on prospective employers.   After much discussion at Escape Studios, plus a fair bit of back and forth on Twitter, we have whittled down the list to these 8 tips:

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Wed 23 Jun 2010: 8:44pm

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