Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Animation Short Course Starts 25th Feb 2019

Animation 12 week course starts 25 February 2019
Our next animation short course - three months of intensive training in 3D animation - starts on 25th February 2019.

The course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the art and craft of 3D Animation in Maya.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Mend the Gap! at Escape Studios on Nov 1st

Mend the Gapan evening of discussion and debate around the current animation training and employment landscape.

Currently up to 30% (or more) of the team at British animation studios are artists sourced from overseas, often from schools in Europe.

But with Brexit looming, and the likely loss of free movement of labour, the future of UK animation could be under threat.

UK universities produce over 600 students with degrees in animation every year - so why are UK animation graduates not ready for work when they leave university? On 1st November our panel event, organised by Film London and hosted at Escape Studios,  will debate what can be done to Mend the Gap.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Escape Studios at Animation Week

Escape Studios was featured at Animation Week yesterday, in the form of an online interview.

Animation Week was interested in the kind of students who study at Escape Studios, and why they study with us. Of course, the answer is - it's all about industry, and learning practical real-world skills. To see the full story, follow this link

Friday, 12 October 2018

Tax Breaks Bring Boost for UK Animation

The British Film Institute recently released some new data showing the big impact that UK Govt tax relief has had on animation production here in the UK over the last few years.

Tax relief has been a big success, and has led to a big increase in animation production. As a result, despite the tax cuts, the Treasury is collecting more tax, not less, thanks to the increase in overall business.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

BA/MArt in Animation Starts Sept 2019

Rocket, animated at MPC in London
Here at Escape Studios we are now taking applications for our four-year BA/MArt in computer animation, now recruiting for September 2019.

So, what's in the course, and what do potential students need to know in order to make a successful application?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Dave Novis Animator at Outpost VFX

Many congratulations to Escapee Dave Novis for starting a new position as Animator at Outpost VFX.

Dave started his career in animation by taking our animation course back in 2016, and then worked as a studio assistant at Escape Studios, helping to train our growing cohort of animators. After that he joined Lipsync Post as a junior animator, working on the movie "Show Dogs".

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

MA Animation Starts 25 February 2019

Get your masters degree in 3D Animation
The Spring 2019 intake of our new MA (Master of Arts) in 3D Animation starts on 25 February 2019.

The course will be taught at our mid-town campus in central London, and we look forward to welcoming our new cohort of students.

If you're looking for an animation course that teaches you how to animate, and also leads to a formal qualification in the field, then this could be the right course for you. 

Monday, 8 October 2018

Drawing Club is Back!

Drawing Club at Escape Studios
Drawing Club is returning to Escape Studios, and all students and all skill levels are welcome. Even if you're just a beginner, and can barely draw a stick figure - come along and get stuck in.

Our Studio Assistants will be on hand to lead the class, presenting drawing challenges such as quick gesture drawings to capture a fast pose.

Drawing club will be taking place on Tuesdays in the basement at 190 High Holborn: Morning session at 11:30-12:30 and afternoon session at 4:30-5:30.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Character Design is Back - 2 September 2019

Josh O'Brien
Save the date! Our Character Design class is returning to Escape Studios next September, taught by leading character designer Josh O'Brien.

Josh will be teaching our full-time intensive four week character design class, starting on Monday 2nd September and running until Friday 27th September.

Josh is an experienced visual development artist and character designer, currently working at Blue Zoo animation in London. Past clients include Ash Gaming, Oxford University Press, Capstone publishing, Melwood Pictures and Zondervan Publishing.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Thief and the Cobbler at BFI 25th November

A Moment in Time
Richard Williams' unfinished masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler - A Moment in Time - is to be screened at the BFI on Sunday 25th November, with a Q&A afterwards.

To buy tickets to see this rarely-screened film, follow the link to the BFI website here.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Meet Our Studio Assistants

Studio assistants - the undergraduate team
Our Studio Assistants are the backbone of Escape Studios - we couldn't manage without them.  Studio Assistants help keep our classes running smoothly and keep an eye out for all the students in the class - to help make sure that everyone gets the most out of their studies.

Our team has grown of late - so here's a group photo to match some names to faces. Our studio assistants are there to help all our students - so if you get stuck, don't be shy to ask Michael, Ash, Mael, Amanda, Federico, Pol, Matt, Lorenzo, Thierry, Thomas, Mitch, Fabrizio or Harry for help.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Daniel Baidoo Animator on "Hurricane"

Many congratulations to 3rd year animation undergraduate Daniel Baidoo, who recently finished work as a junior animator on the WW2 movie "Hurricane", currently in theatres in the UK.

Daniel did the work this summer with Lipsync Post in London.

Daniel started his animation career by interning at King Bee animation while he was still a first year undergraduate. Later he joined Lipsync and worked as a Junior animator on Showdogs.

We asked him how he got the position on "Hurricane", and what advice he might have for other students at Escape Studios looking to find internships and summer jobs.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Last Call for Storyboarding 31st October

Digby Dragon storyboard using PanelForge
Last call to sign up for our storyboarding evening class, starting on 31st October.

The class starts at our central London campus at 190 High Holborn on Wednesday 31st October, and is an introduction to the art and craft of storyboarding.

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.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Concept Art with Jonathan McFall 20th March

Concept Art by Escapee Xu Xing
Concept Art is returning to Escape Studios on Wednesday 20th March 2019, taught by industry veteran Jonathan McFall.

Concept Art is a part-time evening class, designed to fit around jobs and families, and is taught one night a week, running for eight weeks.

Concept Art introduces students to the many techniques and skills that go up to make a well-rounded concept artist, including 3d and 2d software.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Portfolio Advice at Skwigly

We're in Skwigly again, the online animation magazine, this time with some portfolio tips for applicants for our undergraduate and MA courses. the question "what should go in my portfolio"? is one which gets asked a lot. So, here are our top ten tips.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Chan and Melissa Animators at MPC

Escapees Chan and Melissa celebrate
Many congratulations to Escapees Chan Sagoo and Melissa Coarezza, who are celebrating graduating from the Technicolour Academy, and becoming junior animators at MPC in London, following completion of the animation short course at Escape Studioes earlier this year.

Technicolour Academy describes itself as a "learning and development program supporting VFX talent ready to step into a career at one of the world’s leading VFX Studios for feature and episodic content".

We are thrilled that Melissa and Chan are well on their way to becoming professional animators.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Maria Robertson Reports From The Mill

The Mill
Third year undergraduate animator Maria Robertson has recently completed a summer internship animating at London VFX and animation powerhouse The Mill.

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

 We asked her a few questions about her work, what the experience was like, and what advice she might offer students looking for summer internships.

Monday, 17 September 2018

What Kind of Laptop Should You Buy?

"What kind of laptop should I buy?" is a question that gets asked at the beginning of every new academic year.

It's a tricky question to answer, because computer specifications change all the time and - of course - it all depends on exactly what you want to use the laptop for.

But, let's say you want to buy a decent laptop capable of running Maya well, for doing computer animation and rendering out your shots.

What sort of laptop should you buy, and how much do you need to spend? Our new animation tutor Amedeo Beretta offers some advice to new students.

Friday, 14 September 2018

2nd Year Animation at Escape Studios

Summer is coming to an end, and our undergraduate students are returning to Escape Studios.

Like last year, I'll be teaching the second year animation students, as they start to specialise in their chosen field and also tackle their first group projects.

So, what can our students expect from their second year of study at Escape Studios?

Thursday, 13 September 2018

BYOA Monday Sept 17th

If you are a student who is working on a shot or an updated reel, bring your work on a USB or hard drive and get feedback from professional animators. You'll also hear the local gossip and find out who is hiring animators.