The BBC Visits Escape Studios

The BBC Visits Escape Studios

We were absolutely delighted when Iain Mackenzie of the BBC chose to come to Escape Studios to chat to Lee Dankin and Mark Cass about the state of the UK Visual industry, which is currently booming.

As part of his feature, Iain wanted to find out where all of the new VFX artists come from and where they acquire their skills. We've been providing the UK with production ready VFX artists for nearly a decade, and for post production studios across the country being an 'escapee' is a real benchmark in terms of skills and quality.

As part of his research into the industry, Iain also spoke to post house Double Negative about the Oscar winning film Inception and what it takes to make a studio that successful. You can read the full article here.

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Isabelle Duarte
Mon 16 May 2011: 10:25am

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  • canvas prints:

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Paul Wilkes:

    Hi Vicky,

    Animation is only one part in the VFX production process and in terms of staff numbers only makes up a small percentage of the team on a large VFX heavy film project. Combine that with the high level of artistic skill and experience that is required to work as an animator on a high-end film project means that the opportunities for junior animators are very few and far between. These are highly sought after roles so you can understand why a company would give these rare opportunities to someone who has shown the enthusiasm and commitment to work hard as a runner and bide their time.

    There are a whole host of other roles along the VFX pipeline including camera tracking, modelling, texturing, lighting, rendering, roto & paint, compositing as well as other support staff such as in production, tech support, systems engineers and R&D. The current demand in these companies is for good technical artists that understand the production pipeline and the tools used on a day-to-day basis within it.

    Very few people from our animation course go straight into work in film VFX, with most working at smaller companies on commercials or broadcast project and we're very honest and upfront with people about this. From our VFX and Compositing courses however large numbers go into the film post-houses as cameras trackers and roto artists then progress into more senior roles from there.

    If you want to find out more about these roles and the typical entry points in the the VFX industry you could come along to one of our open days or I'd be happy to talk more on the phone.


  • Vicky Smith:

    What type of jobs are they talking about in this article? I rarely see jobs posted for new entrant animators. If the vfx industry is booming why is it that the large production houses only take new animators from their stock of runners or interns?

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