Success Stories

Escapee Wall of Fame

Click on an escapee's story to find out how you can go from creating 3D models in our classrooms to working in one of the most exciting industries on the planet in less than a year.

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Escapee Wall of Fame

Catarina Goncalves

Catarina Goncalves

After completing a degree in Audiovision and Multimedia, Catarina signed up for a course at Escape Studios - she now works at DNeg.

Daniel Bigaj

Daniel Bigaj

Daniel set out to train in the family business as an Architect. Towards the final semester of his degree, he realised Architecture wasn’t for him, and started to explore a very different career path.

Noor Valibhoy

Noor Valibhoy

Noor Valibhoy has come from a background of studying Neuroscience, to work at ILM SIngapore, we caught up with her!

Carmine Agnone

Carmine Agnone

Since we last caught up with escapee Carmine Agnone, he's been incredibly busy putting his finely tuned skills to use, so we recently had a chat to find out what he'd been up to in the world of VFX!

Laura Macfadyen

Laura Macfadyen

You may have seen escapee Laura Macfadyen on our #ShowreelSunday feature, we had to catch up with her after we'd seen some of the work she had created!

John Gresko

John Gresko

Escapee John Gresko recently began at VFX giants Double Negative, and we couldn’t wait to catch up!

Taran Spear

Taran Spear

Taran Spear tells us about working for Electric Theatre Collective and offers advice for those looking to enter the industry!

Yousuke Matsuno

Yousuke Matsuno

Yousuke Matsuno tells us about his favourite projects since becoming an Escapee and working for MPC as a senior compositor

David Robinson

David Robinson

Escapee David Robinson studied our Evening Compositing Class and catches up with us about his journey so far, in the world of 2D

Leo Sierra

Leo Sierra

Escapee Leonardo Sierra speaks to us regarding his career in VFX so far.

Ana de Almeida Pereira

Ana de Almeida Pereira

Escapee Ana De Almeida Pereira speaks with us about finishing our Compositing for VFX course and what inspired her to pursue a career in VFX.

Kathy Tsola

Kathy Tsola

Kathy Tsola speaks to us about what inspired her to get into VFX and her experience learning online from Greece

Catarina Ferreira

Catarina Ferreira

Escapee Catarina Ferreira speaks to us regarding her recent appointment at Cinesite

Ahmed El Azma

Ahmed El Azma

Escapee Ahmed el Azma speaks to us regarding his recent appointment as an intern at Prime Focus.

Alastair Cross

Alastair Cross

I'm working as a Junior Lighting TD at Blue-Zoo Animation having come from a background in ICT.

Duarte Victorino

Duarte Victorino

Actually entering into the VFX industry was a great surprise for me, and not something I had planned.

Paul Daiko

Paul Daiko

Paul Daiko has just started working at ILM, and it has been fantastic so far.

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Starting as a runner at The Mill, Ryan completed a Visual Effects Production course at Escape before returning to The Mill as a trained VFX artist.

Gavin Platt

Gavin Platt

Escape graduate and escapee Gavin Platt finishes Mentored Visual Effects Course with superb showreel.

James Dower

James Dower

Escape graduate and escapee James Dower finishes Visual Effects Course and lands job at Framestore.

Maxime Cazaly

Maxime Cazaly

Escapee Maxime Cazaly speaks to us regarding his recent appointment at Framestore.

Leo Neelands

Leo Neelands

VFX loving Leo Neelands has traversed the globe on a ship built of his much sought after VFX expertise.

Diarmid Harrison-Murray

Diarmid Harrison-Murray

Diarmid Harrison-Murray studied at Escape Studios and is now VFX Supervisor at world renowned post house MPC, the company responsible for VFX in The Lone Ranger, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men Days of Future Past.

Holly Pickering

Holly Pickering

As a youngster, Holly Pickering was a huge fan of gaming, and simultaneously, was fascinated by using the computer as a means to create art, of an early age, she took to creating her own pieces on her would be canvas, otherwise known in the 21st century, as a screen.

Finola O'Brien

Finola O'Brien

Starting out as a Research and Planning Executive at a creative branding consultancy, Finola had always longed to work in the film industry, having originally studied the subject at university.

Simon Richardson

Simon Richardson

Earlier this month we were brimming with pride as we waved farewell to our in-house ‘2D genius’ and all-round helluva guy, Simon Richardson, who has moved onto pastures new as a Junior NUKE Artist...

Chris Chadwick

Chris Chadwick

Escapee Chris Chadwick speaks to us about his career highlights since studying with us in 2011.

Carlos de la Sotilla

Carlos de la Sotilla

Escapee Carlos de la Sotilla speaks to us about his career highlights since studying with us in 2011.

Carlos Conceição

Carlos Conceição

After an overdue stint on our professional Compositing course at the beginning of 2011, it’s fair to say that ever since, Carlos has grabbed the bull by the horns and tamed it into his very own four legged chauffeur.

Mark Pascoe

Mark Pascoe

Mark has applied his skills to a number of different projects, including the UEFA Champions League title sequence, the BBC’s ‘Inside the Human Body’ and 13 episodes of ABC’s ‘Combat Hospital’.

Carmine Agnone

Carmine Agnone

Carmine finished his study with us on April 1st 2011, and by the following September, was working at Baseblack and shortly after, MPC.

Allyn Lawson

Allyn Lawson

“Having a passion for something and the constant opportunity to share it, enjoy it and build upon it is the best thing about my job”.

Suraj Harrington-Odedra

Suraj Harrington-Odedra

“Escape is brilliant. It’s just such a hub for this entire industry… they’re pretty well connected.”

Grant Walker

Grant Walker

From Builder to Technical Director, Grant Walker made one of the biggest career changes ever. And it was all down to Lord of the Rings...

Amy Cuthbertson

Amy Cuthbertson

It wasn't long ago that Amy was heading up the VFX tracking team at The Mill, London. Now at the top of her game (with a BAFTA under her belt), Amy has started an exciting new opportunity at the VFX home for Hobbits, Gollum and Middle Earth, Weta Digital in New Zealand.

Peter Bartfay

Peter Bartfay

“I was amazed by the ability and creativity that people needed to work in this industry. It made me want to become one of them”

Maxwell Smith

Maxwell Smith

When Maxwell Smith finished his university course, there were two things he was absolutely sure about. One, he wanted to work in the VFX industry. And two, he didn’t have the right skills to secure...

Alexander Kirichenko

Alexander Kirichenko

“Knowing NUKE is a must for any compositor. Studying compositing in the evening with Escape Studios was the best decision I’ve ever made”.

Richard Sowerby

Richard Sowerby

Richard studied Multimedia at Cheltenham and Gloucester University, and it took him a good while afterwards to realise that he wanted to get into Compositing for films...

Sophie Robinson

Sophie Robinson

Sophie Robinson was inspired to become an artist from an early age and it was traditional forms of art like model making and set design that held the most appeal for her...

Chris Mulcaster

Chris Mulcaster

Chris Mulcaster has only recently graduated with Escape Studios, but already he’s notched up an impressive list of credits. From The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Trader...

Alexander Swann

Alexander Swann

"I went on a 3-day introductory course at Escape and to learn what software each role used – I decided pretty quickly that Compositing was for me".

Emma Berkeley

Emma Berkeley

“I suppose my story proves that you can start a career in VFX whenever you want. I studied Geography at Uni but found Escape and started the career I’d always dreamt of”.

Victor Perez

Victor Perez

When Victor Perez started studying with us he had enough imagination to sink a battle ship, or rather, enough to create a CG one. Throughout his 12 weeks studying compositing...

Ben Cantor

Ben Cantor

Escape gave me the complete package: The skills, the inspiration and a shockingly good showreel!

Ben Wiggs

Ben Wiggs

“From Animation-wanabe to Animator at DNEG – I owe Escape big time.”

Jacob Flint

Jacob Flint

Jacob embarked on the 12 week VFX course, which he describes as ‘Intensive’ and ‘thorough’...

Nik Illingworth

Nik Illingworth

Sat cross-legged in front of the TV screen watching Jurassic Park, Nik Illingworth certainly didn’t think that one day, he’d be part of the CG team that...

Alvaro Martinez

Alvaro Martinez

It was very intensive. Even having some previous experience, it took lots of commitment on my part to make sure...

John Shelley

John Shelley

I found out about the course because I am a member of CG Society and jumped on board soon after I read about the studio opening in NYC.

Afonso Salcedo

Afonso Salcedo

I never thought it would be possible to be an animator. When 'Toy Story' came out I was so exited and knew I would do whatever I could...

Sergio D'Innocenzo

Sergio D'Innocenzo

I was looking for a course that could put me on the right path to a career as an animator and I thought that Escape Studios was my best choice.

Marc Austin

Marc Austin

I developed a love for all things CG whilst working as a product designer but I wanted to step up my game.

Will Preston

Will Preston

As a kid I wanted to draw for the comic 2000AD. I've been through a lot of artistic disciplines from stone carving to product design to try...

Charlie Bayliss

Charlie Bayliss

Charlie studied the Maya Core course at Escape Studios and it gave him the best possible grounding to go on and setup a 3D department for Partizan.

James Sindle

James Sindle

After completing the Maya Core course, James went on to work at The Mill as a junior 3D Artist. Now he creates some of the coolest adverts...

Meena Ayittey

Meena Ayittey

After graduating from a fine art sculpture degree I soon realised that Visual Effects was what I really wanted to do.

Adam Dewhirst

Adam Dewhirst

When I started looking for a computer graphics course, Escape Studios kept popping up everywhere.

Kristaan Cain

Kristaan Cain

I've always loved animation and VFX and hoped that one day I'd actually be able to do it for a living.

Mike Outlaw

Mike Outlaw

No, not really, I just got lucky. A friend of mine works at Escape so after talking to him I took a studio tour and decided to give it a go.

Zissou

Zissou

Having a background in fine art, Zissou wanted to get into the more technical area of 3D. He began the Maya Core course...

Sergio Xisto

Sergio Xisto

I was looking for a career change and a family member suggested that I delve deeper into 3D and take a course.

Nicole Gabriel

Nicole Gabriel

I’ve always loved art so I did an art foundation course and completed my degree in 3D design.

Matt Perry

Matt Perry

I looked for a course that taught 3D Max or Maya. I found Escape on the internet and after seeing the 12 week Maya course...

Glyn Evans

Glyn Evans

I'd always wanted to work in games, even from junior school when the 'Games Master' and 'Bad Influence' TV shows were...

Manuel Cosentino

Manuel Cosentino

After graduating from the European Institute of Design in Rome I started freelancing in Italy. It was exciting but after a while I realised that...

Ross Colgan

Ross Colgan

I started searching for 3D training in Maya, and naturally Escape was high on the list.

Samir Battistotti

Samir Battistotti

I found out about Escape Studios on the Internet, and after the studio visit I realized it was a really professional environment and right for me.

Chris Bradwell

Chris Bradwell

Not until after three years of hobby-time game level design, when, at 21, I decided the games industry is where I wanted to be.

Matt Foster

Matt Foster

Of course I wanted to do this stuff when I was little! My favourite things to watch on TV were those ‘making of’ featurettes on 'Star Wars'...

Serena Lam

Serena Lam

After a slow year as a runner for an animation company, I began to feel disillusioned at the thought of never getting a real job in the industry.

Trevor Ley

Trevor Ley

Since the days of Deluxe Paint on the Amiga I’ve been interested in visual effects and creating visuals for computer games.

Phil Radford

Phil Radford

Phil works at the BBC and searched for the ultimate place to learn everything under one roof. He wanted to learn in a short space of time.