Thursday, 19 July 2018

Steve Edge Director at Tiger Aspect

Many congratulations to Escapee Steve Edge, who is currently directing "Aliens Love Underpants" for Tiger Aspect Productions in London.

Steve studied animation at Escape Studios and used the training to launch his career.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Advanced Animation Starts 22 August

Head of Animation: Alex Williams
Our newly launched Advanced Animation course starts on 22 August 2018.  Advanced Animation is a new course, aimed at students who want to polish and develop their 3D animation skills.

This 6 week intensive class builds on the lessons learned in the 12 Week Animation Short Course,  developing and enhancing existing skills and making sure that all our students are job-ready by the end of the course.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Technical Animation Class Starts 31 October

Dan Shutt
Our newest animation evening class, Technical Animation (aka Animation TD), starts on 31 October. The tutor is one of our most long-standing and experienced staff members, Dan Shutt, who will be introducing students to the fast-growing field of technical animation.

That is to say, all the physics-based stuff that traditional keyframe animators tend not to have to deal with - such as fur, hair, cloth and muscle systems. This is a part-time course, running on wednesday evenings from 7-10pm, for 8 evenings, designed to fit around jobs and families.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Melissa Coarezza at Technicolour Academy

Many congratulations to Escape Studios graduate Melissa Coarezza, who starts work today as an animator with Technicolor Academy in London.

Melissa took our animation short course at Escape Studios earlier this year, and we asked her a few questions about the new position, how she got it, and what advice she might give to other students hoping to break into the industry.  

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Webinar: "Animating Non-Humans" 24 July

Sea Serpent - Voyage of the Dawn Treader
I'll be hosting a webinar on animating non-human characters on Tuesday July 24th. Like all our webinars, this one is completely free, and there will be plenty of time to take questions during the talk.

How does an animator approach the challenge of animating non-human characters? After all, you probably can't film yourself acting out the scene, so you will need to find other solutions.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Emma Riddell Animator at MPC Vancouver

Many congratulations to Escapee Emma Riddell who is heading to MPC Vancouver to work as a Technical Animator on a six month contract.

Emma has been working on Christopher Robin at Framestore this past year in London, and finished work on Andy Serkis's Mowgli at the end of March. Emma took our short course in animation back in 2016, and from there landed a training contract at Framestore along with fellow Escapee Francesco Nevi.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Fred O'Rourke Storyboard Artist at Blue Zoo

Fred O'Rourke
Many congratulations to Escapee Fred O'Rourke who has recently started a new position as a storyboard artist working at Blue Zoo.

Fred took our evening class in Storyboarding in 2017, and polished his portfolio during the aftercare stage of the course. Later, he did storyboards for an indie feature film, landing the gig through

To read about how Fred broke into the industry, as well as his advice on how to get that crucial first job, read this post.

Friday, 29 June 2018

3D Animation Evening Class Starts 30 October

Sherlock Gnomes
On 30 October we're launching a new part-time animation evening class.

Teaching the class is our newest animation tutor, MPC animator Michelle From, a graduate of the Animation Workshop in Denmark, whose credits include Sherlock Gnomes, a just-released animated feature film made right here in London. 

Michelle was also the lead animator on her graduation film Tsunami, which was included in the official Cinéfondation selection at Festival de Cannes.

3D Animation is a part-time evening class, running for 8 weeks from 7-10 pm at our High Holborn campus. The class will run two nights a week, Mondays and Wednesdays.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Student Showcase - Planet Middle Earth

Many congratulations to our second year animators on their excellent short film "Planet Middle Earth". Planet Middle Earth is a documentary short film completed by undergraduate animation students at Escape Studios, working alongside industry mentors from Framestore, who generously gave their time to make regular visits to our High Holborn Campus and keep us on track.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Character Creation Returns on 5 November

We're delighted to announce a new 12 week evening class in Character Creation, which is returning to Escape Studios on Monday 5th November.

This unique evening course will teach students how to create their own character designs and bring them to life. Over 12 weeks you will design, model, texture, rig and animate your own character.

The course is taught by Philip Meredith, veteran of Playstation's Overlord Minions and the Silent Hill franchise from Climax Studios.

Student Showcase - The Last of London

Once again, the games students at Escape Studios have impressed us all with the quality of their digital work. The video above is titled "The Last of London", showcasing work done by our masters' students, studying Games Design at Escape Studios as a post-graduate degree. The brief for the Last of London was to create a game environment in the style of "The Last of Us".  Remember that it's not just the case that all the elements shown above have to be beautifully modelled and textured, they must also be very light, so as to permit real-time rendering in the game engine.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Storyboarding Returns on 31 October

Digby Dragon storyboard using PanelForge
Storyboarding is back. Our next evening class in storyboarding starts at our central London campus at 190 High Holborn on wednesday 31st October.

This 8 week evening class is led by Francesca "Chess" Adams,  a story board artist at Blue Zoo, one of London's leading animation houses.

Chess brings her experience of working on shows like Digby Dragon and The Go Jetters, reflecting the huge increase in animated content being created right here in London in recent years, and the growing trend towards digital storyboarding tools such as Panel Forge.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Kevin Hudson Presents "Weeds" July 2nd

"Weeds" by Kevin Hudson
Kevin Hudson, asset artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, is visiting Escape Studios on July 2nd at 4.30pm to talk about his multi-award-winning short film "Weeds" 

“Weeds” is the story of a dandelion, rooted on the wrong side of the driveway in a barren yard surrounded by dry dirt and dead grass.

Animation Taster Day Saturday 30 June

Learn to animate a bird in flight in just one day
We're running an Animation Taster Day here at Escape Studios on Saturday 30th June.

Taster Days are a great chance to learn about character and creature animation, and find out what an animator's job is all about.

You will learn how to use Autodesk Maya and get a hands-on introduction to 3D Animation techniques, all for just £25.

By the end of the day you'll have your own piece of creature animation - a bird in flight - uploaded to your YouTube channel.  No prior knowledge of Maya - or any software - is required.  So, how do you sign up?

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Meet Royce Wesley from Pixar on 28 June

Royce Wesley
Enter our competition and win a chance to meet Royce Wesley from Pixar. Royce is flying in from LA to mentor our animation students and give feedback on their work, and he's giving an animation masterclass at Escape Studios on Thursday 28 June.

Royce has worked on some of Pixar’s biggest hits including Toy Story 3, Brave, Cars 3, Coco, and - most recently - Incredibles 2.

To mark the occasion, we’ve organised a special evening where Royce will share his experiences working on some of Pixar’s latest animation films - and his tips on how to become a successful animator. We’re giving away 20 free tickets to the event.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Maria Robertson Animation Intern at The Mill

The Mill
Many congratulations to 2nd year animator Maria Robertson, who has just started a summer internship animating at London VFX and animation powerhouse The Mill on Monday 18th June.

Maria is interning at the Mill for 12 weeks over the summer, working on live client briefs and honing her skills as an animator.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Character Design Returns on 29 October

Character Designs by Andrea Torrejon
Our popular Character Design Evening Class is returning to Escape Studios on Monday 29th October 2018.

Character Design is an 8 week evening class, running until 17th December, taught by Andrea Torrejon, veteran of Angry Birds, and in-house designer at one of London's leading boutique animation houses, Passion Pictures.

Like all of our courses, this class is taught by a working industry professional; Andrea will guide students through the principles of character design, building up to a live industry brief.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Student Showcase - Working With Dinosaurs

Many congratulations to our second year animators on their excellent short film "Working with Dinosaurs". Working with Dinosaurs is a documentary short film completed last month by 2nd year undergraduate animation students at Escape Studios, working alongside industry mentors from Framestore animation studio.  Directed by Daniel Dutton and Harry Pearson, Produced by Velvet Brandon, Storyboards and Art Direction by Sarah Andrews, Effects Animation by Adam Scrivener, CG supervision by Piotr Noworyta. Well done to them all on their excellent work, and a thousand thanks to the folks at Framestore for their enduring patience and support.

Thursday, 14 June 2018