Friday, 13 December 2019

Why Animators Need One Sheets

Adam & Eve Mk II One Sheet
As our Second Year Student Animators put the finishing touches on their VFX projects, they are now putting together "One Sheets" to help promote their finished films.

A One Sheet is a movie poster, a single image that encapsulates what the film is all about and entices the audience to want to go and see the film.

Think of the posters you see on the wall as you leave your movie theatre. You walk down a hallway, past a wall of posters, and you think: "that movie looks cool, I might just go and see that".

So what's in a One Sheet? And how do our students go about making one?

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Advanced Animation is Back on 17 Feb 2020

Character Animation by Jamie Floodgate
Advanced Animation is back - starting on 17th February 2020.  Advanced animation is a six week extension of the existing 12 week course in animation, and is aimed at students who want to polish and further develop their 3D animation skills.

This six 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.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Character Creation Student Showcase

Lizard Character created by Max Brazier-Jones
One of the most exciting courses at Escape Studios is our class in Character Creation, where students design, model, rig and - if time permits - animate their own characters.

The most recent four week class was taught Michael Davies, the artist who rigged Smaug for The Hobbit) and also rigged  The Minions.

Michael's students created some amazing work - feast your eyes on the beautiful characters below.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Escapees Win at the Golden Nugget Film Fest

Many congratulations to our student animators and Escapees - three of our short films received awards at the recent Golden Nugget Film Festival in Leeds on December 3rd.  

Adam & Eve Mk II won "Best Sci-Fi", Vivi Ossa won "Best Microfilm", and Jericho won "Best Animation".

Monday, 9 December 2019

Character Design is Back on 20 Jan 2020

Artwork by Andrea Torrejon
Our Character Design Evening Class is returning to Escape Studios on 20th January 2020

Character Design is an 8 week evening class taught by Andrea Torrejon, an experienced character designer whose recent work includes the Disney TV Series "101 Dalmation St".

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.

Learning character design isn't just about drawing cool characters; it is also about learning what the industry actually needs from a character designer - turnarounds, model packs and an animation "bible".

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Stephan Franck: An Approach to Storyboarding




Stephan Franck is a Hollywood storyboard artist whose story credits include Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseDespicable MeKung Fu Panda: and Osmosis Jones.   In this excellent short video he explores some of the fundamental skills required of a story board artist, including speed and visual efficiency.  Stephan's video is valuable resource for our student board artists, as we start the process of extending the online learning resources available to our storyboarding students, just as we have been doing for our student animators at our online Vimeo Tutorial Channel.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Rise of Skywalker on 20 Dec at Rich Mix

Star Wars is back! We have a special private screening of The Rise of Skywalker on 20 December, just for our students. The screening takes place at 2pm at Rich Mix in Shoreditch.

We will also be welcoming a special guest speaker to talk about the making of the film. We hope all our students agree that this is a great way to end what has been a stellar year for our talented and hard-working students at Escape Studios.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Meet Saint John Walker - Our New Deputy Dean

Saint Walker
A warm welcome to our new Deputy Dean, Saint John Walker, who has just joined Escape Studios this week.

Saint John brings his extensive experience of working in the animation industry and in higher education to Escape Studios, helping us to focus our curriculum on ensuring that our students graduate with the right skills to be able to succeed in industry.

You can also catch Saint John this weekend moderating panels at the LIAF.

Daniel Dutton Studio Assistant at Escape

Daniel Dutton
Many congratulations to our fourth year animation student Daniel Dutton who was recently made a studio assistant at Escape Studios, while studying for his MA in his fourth year.

Daniel has worked a number of award-winning short films during his time at Escape Studios; he was the editor on Jericho, a short film completed by our third year undergraduate students, in which a lonely robot searches for pieces to build a mechanical friend.

Daniel also animated on Minuet, a short film about a young concert pianist who, while preparing for her big performance, finds help in an unlikely place. Daniel was Technical Director (TD) on the project, managing the Unreal Engine pipeline.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Character Creation is Back on 6th January 2020

3D artwork by Jonathan McFall
Character Creation is back; our 18 week evening class in Character Creation returns to Escape Studios on Monday 6th January 2020.

This unique evening course will teach students how to create their own character designs and bring them to life. Over 18 weeks you will design, model, texture, rig and animate your own character.

The course is taught by Jonathan McFall, an experienced 3D artist and veteran of many VFX hits including the Harry Potter series, Men in Black 3, and Immortals.

Escape Studios Top Choice to Study Animation

UK based animation house Full Rotation has listed Escape Studios as one of their top choices to study animation and VFX.

We're delighted to have been included in Full Rotation's exhaustive list of the best places to study animation in the UK, which includes a Q&A with some of the leading providers of animation education in this country.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Adam & Eve Mk II Wins ICONA Audience Award

Audience Distinction Award for Adam & Eve Mk II
Many congratulations to Escapee Sebastian Kuder, director of Adam & Eve Mk II, which has won the Audience award at the ICONA film festival in the Best Student Short Film category.

The ICONA festival takes place annually on the island of Corfu.

Sebastian's award represents the latest in a long line of wins for student films at Escape Studios.

Meet Your Tutor - Iliana Franklin

Iliana Franklin
A warm welcome to Iliana Franklin, the newest member of the animation team at Escape Studios.  Iliana teaches our new master's degree in Storyboarding and Previsualisation, which launched in September and is already producing some remarkably skilled and imaginative work.

Iliana Franklin has worked in the animation industry for over 30 years.  Her feature credits include The Tale of DesperauxA Monkey’s Tale (1999) and The Princess and the Pea (2002). She has also worked on various TV shows including Mecky and friends (1994), Hungarian Folk Tales (1992-1996),  Spirou (1993–1995), and Carland Cross (1996).

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Saturday Club is Back - January 2020

Escape Studios Saturday Club, part of the National Saturday Club Campaign, is back.

Saturday Club starts up in January 2020; in the meantime you can register your interest here.

Saturday Club is open to students between the ages of 13-16, and aims to give them a taste of life in the creative industries, such as animation, visual effects and games.

Saturday Club is open to all, but is especially aimed at students from disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom lack the opportunity at school to tackle creative subjects.

Monday, 2 December 2019

Escapee Rich Jeffrey's "Bluey" Wins AACTA

We're proud to congratulate Escapee Rich Jeffrey (aka "Richie Jeffrey"), whose new TV series "Bluey" picked up an award for Best Children’s Programme at the AACTA awards (Australian Academy of Cinema and Televisions Arts) this weekend.

The AACTAs are a bit like the Oscars, or perhaps the BAFTAs - but for Australia. Rich was the director on the 2nd series of "Bluey".

Rich said "It is hard to put into words how wonderful that felt but there’s no doubt it’s down to the hard work of an incredibly dedicated team that I’m proud to be a part of and to the creative genius of Joe Brumm. Big thanks to Charlie, Sam, Daley, Joe and our amazing crew. This one’s for you!"

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Introducing "Jelly Cars" by Lee Caller

Escape Studios animation tutor Lee Caller has recently completed his short film Jelly Cars, a short story about perseverance in the urban jungle.   

"Jelly Cars" is an inventive piece of film-making;  it's a charming story, entertaining and fun - and beautifully animated. 

Lee took a simple exercise - animating a vehicle in motion, (in this case, animating a cartoon car, using the free yellow Beetle rig by Aaron Parker), and turned it into a short film, which has already been accepted into its first film festival - the annual KRAF film festival in Croatia.

Congratulations to Lee on his excellent work; we wish him every success in film festivals around the world.

Friday, 29 November 2019

DreamWorks Animation Comes to London

DreamWorks Animation
Jeffrey Katzenberg may have left DreamWorks animation, the studio he founded back in the late 1990s, but the old place feels much the same, and just as busy as ever.

I was there this past week visiting Stuart Sumida, the paleontologist-turned-movie consultant, who has advised on the science behind animal locomotion and behaviour since The Lion King back in 1993.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

VFX Festival 16-18 March 2020



The countdown to Escape Studios' 2020 VFX Festival - the 8th edition - is on.  As in previous years, we've got some great speakers coming to talk about the latest developments in Animation, Games and VFX.  In 2020, the festival will focus on discovering and developing new and emerging talent.  Two parts of The VFX Festival 2020 - EDU and Emerging Talent - will take place on 16 - 18 March at the Southbank Centre - the UK’s largest arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Escape Studios in Golden Nugget Fest 3 Dec

GNFF - Leeds, 6 December 2019
Many congratulations to our student animators - our short films The Good Old DaysHome Sweet Home, Jericho, Flame, Vivi Ossa, Adam & Eve Mk II and Reece have all been selected for the Golden Nugget Film Festival

The festival takes place in Leeds on Tuesday 3rd December 2019, and you can buy tickets here.

We're delighted to have no less than seven student films in the competition, and we're encouraging our students to attend, vote in the audience award, and offer applause and support

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

MA in Previs and Story Starts 17 Feb 2020

Iliana Franklin
Our Master's Degree course in Previsualisation and Storyboarding starts a new class on 17th February 2020.

This new degree, first launched in September 2019, is the first-ever master's degree in Previsualisation & Storyboarding.

Developed in consultation with industry, and formally validated by the University of Kent, this degree is a unique opportunity to learn industry-level skills and also earn an internationally recognised academic qualification.