Saturday, 11 July 2020

Evgenia Designs "Mia's Magic Playground"

Many congratulations to Escapee Evgenia Golubeva, whose latest TV Show Mia's Magic Playground will be broadcast on Sky Kids here in the UK.

Evgenia designed all the characters in the Magic World - including the Ice Cream Bear, the Rainbow, the Watermelon Cat, the Leaflings - and everyone else.

Evgenia also helped out with the backgrounds, creating concept art for the trees, bushes, underwater and space environments.

Friday, 10 July 2020

AN5001 "Computer Animation Pro" Starts on Monday 14 September

"Hotel Aloha" 
Module AN5001 Computer Animation Pro starts on Monday 14th September.

That seems like a long way off, but it's a good idea for our students to keep practicing animation over the summer break.

AN5001 is the first animation module that our undergraduate students encounter in their second year of studies.

In September we hit the ground running - our animation students will tackle character actions, pantomime, acting, performance and dialogue.

Thursday, 9 July 2020

"Seeker" Best Director at Prague Film Fest

Many congratulations to Rassoul Edji, director of  the VFX film "Seeker", which has won "Best Director - Runner Up" in the "Super Short Film" category at the Prague Monthly Film Festival.

It's a well deserved award for a film which has also been selected as a finalist in this year's Rookies competition.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Ricardo Ferreira "Catch Up With Alumni" on 14th July at 6.30pm

Ricardo Ferreira 14 July 2020 at 6.30pm
Join us on Instagram on 14 July 2020 at 6.30pm for the first of our "Catch Up With Alumni" events, with special guest and Escapee Ricardo Ferreira.

How do you land that crucial first job in industry? Ricardo will talk about his career journey after leaving Escape Studios, and will take questions from our students and graduates on what they can do to launch their own careers, even in these difficult times. 

Ricardo has worked on many award-winning films, including Interstellar, Ex Machina and Gravity.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

"Stewart" Walk Tutorial with Marc Stevenson

We've uploaded a new Walk Cycle Tutorial, part of our series of online animation tutorials, to support our students' online learning.

The tutorial, recorded by Escape Studios tutor Marc Stevenson, uses the Stewart rig, which is free for download.

Monday, 6 July 2020

Escape Studios Summer Showcase 2020

Check out the Escape Studios Summer Showcase, a collection of the best work completed by our Animation, Games and VFX Students.

Most of the films you can see by clicking on the "showcase" tab at the top of the blog, but the Escape Studios Summer Showcase is a "One Stop Shop" for all of our graduating students' latest work.

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Weight Animation Tutorial with "Heavy"

We've uploaded a new animation tutorial to our growing Vimeo Tutorial Channel, showing how to animate a character lifting a heavy object.

The purpose of the tutorial is to show students how to create the illusion of weight. With CG animation, we get nothing for free, and it is easy for animation to feel floaty and weightless.

Saturday, 4 July 2020

"Offcut" Rookies Finalist: VFX Film of the Year

Congratulations to all our students whose films have been selected for the finals for "VFX Film of the Year" in The 2020 Rookies, which have just been announced.

Three of our students' films were selected for the finals: "Offcut", "Seeker" and "The Lost City of Aztlan", all three of which are currently also in festival competition. 

Friday, 3 July 2020

"Flour Sack Suicide" Tutorial at Vimeo

We've uploaded a new tutorial series to our growing Vimeo Tutorial Channel, showing how to animate a leaping flour sack.

The purpose of the exercise is to learn how to simulate weight, and create an entertaining performance with a simple, basic Maya rig. You can find the flour sack video tutorial here.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Escape Studios' Industry Beginners Guide

One of the most useful resources provided by Escape Studios for prospective students is our Industry Beginners' Guide, an invaluable source of information for understanding what's involved in the animation, VFX and games industries, and how to acquire the skills needed to break in.

Escape Studios track the latest trends in the job market, focusing especially on the skills that are currently in high demand.

Our goal is to place students in well-paid work in the best animation, games and visual effects houses in London and overseas. We recommend that all of our students download a copy.  Best of all, it's absolutely free.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Foxy Tail Tutorial with Marc Stevenson

We've uploaded a new tutorial on animating overlapping action to help our students working from home. Escape Studios animation tutor Marc Stevenson explains how to approach the challenge of animating overlapping action, using a simple bouncing ball character with  a flexible tail - in this case a low poly fox rig.  The trick is to break the process down into simple steps so that the principles can be applied easily.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Escape Studios Animation Reel Summer 2020

We're proud to present the Summer 2020 Escape Studios Animation Demo Reel.  This latest edit of our best shots showcases the finest work our animation students have put together since we cut our last reel.  Our students keep doing better and better work, setting higher and higher standards for what can be achieved; all of the work shown is taken from the various short films which are being entered into festivals, many of them collaborations between different departments at Escape Studios. As ever, we have had to make some hard choices this time around, leaving out much excellent work from this latest selection of our best character, creature and short film animation.

Monday, 29 June 2020

"Monty" Run Tutorial with Marc Stevenson

"Monty" run tutorial with Marc Stevenson
We've uploaded a new run cycle tutorial to our Vimeo Channel, part of our expanding series of online animation tutorials.

The tutorial, recorded by Escape Studios tutor Marc Stevenson, uses the Monty rig, free for download, and can be found here

Run cycles are part of the foundation of the study of animation. Animating a run cycle introduces student animators to the basic principles of human locomotion.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

The Making of "Death From Above"

"Death From Above" is a teaser/trailer created by director Jordan Coles and a group of second year animation students, working together in Module PR5001 to deliver a group project. The teaser is currently in competition for a number of festivals, and Jordan was asked by Will and Rowena at Escape Studios to talk a little about the making of "Death From Above". In this interview, Jordan explains where his inspiration came from, what the challenges were, and how the team worked together to complete the project.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Animation Showreel Clinic 23rd July

Passion Pictures will give us industry feedback
The Demo Reel Doctor is back!  Our next Animation Showreel Clinic takes place on 23rd July with a special guest from Passion Pictures.

The event is all about animation demo reels: how to make them, how to perfect them, and how to use them to land your first job in the industry.

If you're working on your animation demo reel and you'd like to make your reel the best it possibly can be - join us on 23rd July.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Scorpion Animation Tutorial at Vimeo

Artwork by Lee Caller
We've uploaded a new animation tutorial to our large and growing collection of video tutorials at our Vimeo Channel.

The tutorial shows how to animate a six-legged creature; in this case a robot scorpion.

The tutorial takes a superficially complex action - a multi-legged creature - and shows how to break the motion down into simple components. Animators can create a successful outcome with just one or two animation curves.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

The Lost City of Aztlan

The Lost City of Aztlan from Mariam Hussein on Vimeo.
What secrets lie within The Lost City of Aztlan? Directed by Mariam Hussein and produced by Michael Vodden, this short film about a long-hidden Mayan civilisation was created by our VFX students as part of their final graduation project. Filmed on location in Chislehurst Caves in South East London, the film was completed under Lockdown and is now being entered into international film festivals.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

"Ask Me Anything" with Pixar's Mike Makarewicz on Wednesday July 1st at 6pm

Mike Makarewicz
We're delighted to welcome Pixar animator Michal Makarewicz for an exclusive webinar with our animation students at Escape Studios on July 1st at 6pm.

Mike is a 17 year veteran animator at Pixar Animation Studios, and Co-Founder of the Animation Collaborative in Emeryville, California.

Mike has generously agreed to give up an hour of his time to talk to our students about animation, breaking into the industry, and what it's like to work on a Pixar film. All questions are welcome.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Introducing "Seeker"

Seeker - A VFX Short Film from Rassoul Edji on Vimeo.

Meet "Seeker", a short VFX film combining live action and animation, completed by our final year students at Escape Studios. "Seeker" is a film about a giant robot seeking out its victim in a quiet suburban setting. The project was directed by Rassoul Edji and produced by Tosin Ogunleye, and overseen by supervising tutors Jonathan McFall and Allar Kaasik.  "Seeker" has already been accepted for two film festivals, despite only having been entered into competition a few days ago.