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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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VFX that pass the test of time?

VFX that pass the test of time?

Doctor Who is a real household name for many people who grew up wanting to understand what VFX were all about, nowadays we consider the 70’s and 80’s visuals rather novelty,  but it’s worth considering that a lot of these opinions are derived from unfair context of hindsight.

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Fri 7 Jun 2013: 11:07am

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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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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.

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Wed 5 Jun 2013: 9:30am

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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!

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Mon 3 Jun 2013: 5:03pm

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A Career in VFX… a world of possibility!

A Career in VFX… a world of possibility!

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a career in Visual Effects is far from boring. As far as careers go, this is an industry that keeps us on our toes, offering us a never ending number of new creative project ideas to be realised, fun new problems to be solved and new technologies to be developed. This is an industry that constantly pushes us to learn and discover more.

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Fri 24 May 2013: 4:49pm

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Just 2 weeks left to apply for MPC internships

Just 2 weeks left to apply for MPC internships

Those who study VFX, listen up! There are only 2 weeks left to apply for MPC’s ‘Comp Academy' and ‘Global First Step’ internships.

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Tue 16 Apr 2013: 3:50pm

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GMUNK: Get Creative to Progress Your Career in VFX

It's very easy to lose creative motivation and it's something every artist will experience at some stage in their career. We all got into Visual Effects to work in a creative career, so why stop living the dream? To remain on the cutting edge of creativity, sometimes you need to take yourself out of your comfort zone and remind yourself of the things in VFX that speak to you the loudest - because ultimately that’s what will drive your best work.

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Mon 8 Apr 2013: 3:06pm

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NEW Webinar: Painting a Picture of Compositing

To get a real good grasp of compositing and the discipline that surrounds it, there’s no better way than seeing the process in action for yourself. And if this is something that sounds right up your street, the only other thing to add is that your guide for this comp session is none other than NUKE devout, Simon Richardson.

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Thu 21 Mar 2013: 5:48pm

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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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Framestore Recreate 1865 America for Lincoln

Framestore Recreate 1865 America for Lincoln

Lincoln is very much a hit with the award bodies this year. Having only just recently hit the cinemas, the film has already scooped up a Golden Globe and a BAFTA as well as being nominated for 12 Oscars. And although this is all very lovely, we’re more interested in the stunning results achieved by Framestore for this epic biopic. Providing the backdrop of 1865 America, a country ripped in two by civil war, Framestore worked alongside the filmmakers to make a historically accurate recreation that was both invisible and believable. And having already proved their expertise on Spielberg’s previous project War Horse, Framestore have obviously earned the trust and respect of Steven and his team.

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Wed 20 Feb 2013: 4:53pm

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WFTV: Women in Technology Networking

WFTV: Women in Technology Networking

A big thank you to the ladies from WFTV (Women in Film and TV) for organising a networking event last night for women who work in technical roles across film and television. Three of us (Davi Stein, Anita Gribble and myself) from Escape went along to see what was going down! We had a great time meeting women from lots of different fields. Among them was a DOP, a few editors and to our delight two effects TD’s from MPC.

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Wed 6 Feb 2013: 12:57pm

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Webinar: Kick starting your career in CG with Anita Gribble and Garreth Gaydon

Webinar: Kick starting your career in CG with Anita Gribble and Garreth Gaydon

Recruiters in any company will be sent hundreds of applications on a weekly basis, and when it comes to getting your application noticed, just try putting yourself in their shoes for a moment. For example, their first job is to sort through the good from the bad. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to impress at a glance.

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Tue 22 Jan 2013: 9:06am

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2013, the year of the special effects film?

2013, the year of the special effects film?

It’s no secret, here at Escape, we love special effects. For that reason, we are especially pleased that someone (Cinefex) has taken the time to find out what VFX clad films we’re set to expect in 2013/14, and compiled them into a succinct, chronological list for our (and your) perusal.

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Mon 21 Jan 2013: 4:09pm

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VES Cinematic Color White Paper!

VES Cinematic Color White Paper!

Cinematic Color: From Your Monitor to the Big Screen, documents current state-of-the-art practices for accurately working with color throughout the visual effects and animation process.

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Fri 18 Jan 2013: 11:35am

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Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 11!

Robin Squires VFX Course Diary: Week 11!

Having started a VFX course here at Escape Studios, I’m keeping a diary to share with you on how the course is going. Here's my update from week 11!

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Thu 10 Jan 2013: 3:06pm

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Webseries Spotlight; Blood and Chrome

Webseries Spotlight; Blood and Chrome

Happy New Year folks, hope you all got the things you wanted for Christmas. I certainly did; that pony was a long time coming. Let's kick off the new year with another one of my trademark spotlight blogs, focusing on Battlestar Galactica; Blood and Chrome. (Shout out to user DHW who posted about this after my last blog)

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Escapee Spotlight: Tiago Carmo

Escapee Spotlight: Tiago Carmo

We have welcomed a great many students to our studio over the years, and those students all share something in common. That is, a passion for creativity and to start a career in visual effects. Students come from far and wide to attend our training facility, and emerge with skills that are truly mind blowing for 12 weeks of training. Each and every student invests extraordinary dedication to their work, and through that we are treated to some fantastic results.

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