Friday, 18 May 2018

Mike Davies Character Creation Starts 16 July

Michael Davies
3D Artist and rigging specialist Michael Davies, who has worked on VFX blockbusters such as Batman vs Superman, Doctor Strange and Thor Ragnarok, is teaching our new character creation course this summer.

Character Creation is part of our new Summer School, and is an intensive 6 week course that starts on Monday 16 July and runs for six weeks until Friday 24 August.

Character creation is all about designing, modeling, rigging and breathing life into your own characters.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Chan Sagoo at MPC Academy

Many congratulations to Chan Sagoo, who has recently been offered a place at the MPC Academy in Montreal, Canada.

Chan took our recent short course in 3D animation, and is now taking advantage of the global opportunities in the animation and VFX industry.

We asked Chan a few questions about how she managed to land this highly competitive position. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Escape Studios 2018 Showcase on 24th May

Another academic year has slipped through our fingers, and it’s time to show off what our talented and industrious students have produced.

The 2018 Escape Studios Showcase is taking place on Thursday 24th May, from 5.30pm to 9pm at our High Holborn campus.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Rogue Trooper: The Quartz Massacre

Congratulations to all our students and Escapees who successfully collaborated on this awesome short fan-film "The Quartz Massacre", based on the 1980s comic series Rogue Trooper from the stable of 2000AD. The film is a great example of students and graduates of Escape Studios working together on a successful group project, honing their skills and learning how VFX projects get put together. Congratulations to them all on a highly successful outcome.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Character Creation Starts Wednesday 16th May

Last call to sign up for our new evening class in Character Creation, which is coming to Escape Studios on Wednesday 16th May 2018.

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.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Last Call for Character Design on Monday

Character Designs by Andrea Torrejon
Last call for our Character Design Evening Class, which is returning to Escape Studios on Monday 14th May

Character Design is an 8 week evening class, running until 9th July, taught primarily 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.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Mike Davies Rigging Class Starts on 14 May

Michael Davies
3D Artist and rigging specialist Michael Davies starts a new evening class in rigging at our Shepherd's Bush campus.

Mike has worked on many VFX blockbusters such as Batman vs Superman, Doctor Strange and Thor Ragnarok.

There are still a couple of seats available, and you can sign up by following the link here.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Carine Ong Prod'n Coordinator at One of Us

Many congratulations to Carine Ong, an Escapee who studied 3D VFX and also animation back in 2010.

Carine is currently working as a production co-ordinator at London VFX pioneer One of Us, and recently gave an excellent talk at Escape Studios about her work on many VFX projects, including the most recent Star Wars release - The Last Jedi.

The latest Star Wars film was just the most recent of a number of VFX projects Carine has worked on.

Prior to working at One of Us, Carine worked at Double Negative, Method Studios, and also at Rushes.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Francesco and Emma on Paddington 2

Paddington 2
Many congratulations to Francesco Nevi and Emma Thorpe, who both worked as Creature FX TDs  on Paddington 2. That means, in plain English, doing technical animation - hair, fur, and the interactions with the 3D characters and their environments.

Being a technical animator is a highly skilled job that employs traditional animation skills - and technical skills - as part of the overall 3D pipeline.

Congratulations to both Francesco and Emma, who took our animation short course back in 2016, for launching their careers at one of London's top animation and VFX houses.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Saturday Club End of Year Show June 9-17

The Escape Studios Saturday Club End of Year Show will be on display at Somerset House from 9th-17th June. In addition, private viewings for VIPs, family and friends will take place on 9th/10th and 16th/17th June.

The Saturday Club show is the culmination of all the hard work that has been created as part of the Escape Studios Saturday Club Campaign, launched as part of Escape's 15th anniversary celebrations, and part of our committment to making animation, games and VFX training more diverse and more widely accessible.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Free Character Walks Webinar on 5th June

"Monty" character walks
I'll be hosting a webinar on character walks at Escape Studios at 6pm on Tuesday June 5th. Like all our webinars, this one is completely free, and there will be plenty of time to take questions during the demonstration.

Character walks are one of the most important parts of the animator's toolkit, and I will be showing how you can take a basic walk cycle and, with just a few tweaks, completely change the character's mood and personality.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Character Design Class Starts August 28

Josh O'Brien
Escape Studios is excited to welcome Josh O'Brien, our newest tutor at Escape Studios.

Josh will be teaching our four week character design class this summer, starting on 28th August and running until the end of September.

Josh is an experienced visual development artist and character designer. Past and present clients include Ash Gaming, Oxford University Press, Capstone publishing, Melwood Pictures and Zondervan Publishing.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

MA Animation Starts 8 October 2018

Our newest course - MA in 3D Animation
We're excited to add a new course to the Escape Studios portfolio: our new MA (Master of Arts) in 3D Animation, a post-graduate degree, validated by the University of Kent, and taught at our mid-town campus in central London.

The MA is now passing through the various approval processes, having been subjected to both internal and external scrutiny, and - subject to final approval from Kent - we should soon be ready to welcome our first cohort in October 2018.

Frances Trought: Internships Workshop

Frances Trought
Frances Trought, Deputy Vice Principal of Talent Development at Pearson College, is hosting a jobs and internships workshop at Escape Studios this afternoon, and we strongly recommend that all our students attend.

One of the most common questions asked by students at this time of year is "how do I get a summer internship"? Frances' talk is titled "Applications: Marketing your Personal Brand", and she will be helping students to polish their CV, draft cover letters, fill out application forms, and make sure your LinkedIn profile can help you find work.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Summer School - Big Discounts for Students

Save pennies with a NUS card
Our new summer courses at Escape Studios have recently launched, and we are offering a significant discount on all of them for students.

Thinking of studying storyboarding or character design this summer? You can get a very substantial discount off the courses if you have a current NUS card.

For example, our 4 week storyboarding class costs £1,850 with an NUS card, and our 4 week character design class is also £1,850

Friday, 20 April 2018

Framestore's Oz Gani and Ross Burgess Reveal Animation Workflow Secrets

Ross Burgess and Oz Gani acting out some dinosaur action
Think of Framestore and you think of high-end animal and creature animation. Paddington, for example, was animated at Framestore, raising the bar for the whole industry in terms of the quality and believability of the animated performance.

Today we were lucky enough to have two senior Framestore animators (and the head of talent development) visit us at Escape Studios, to check out our students' work and give us some insights into the Framestore animation workflow.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Locksmith Animation Studio Opens in London

Good news for the London animation industry; the long awaited Locksmith animation studio, first announced back in 2014,  has opened its new premises in Primrose Hill, housing up to 70 artists.

Locksmith brings with it the prospect of jobs, creative success, and - at last - a proper, fully equipped animation studio right here in London.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Sergio D'Innocenzo Animator at TeamTo

TeamTo, Paris, france
Many congratulations to Escapee Sergio D'Innocenzo who is a senior animator at TeamTo, an animation studio in Paris, France.

Sergio studied our Animation course here at Escape Studios, and worked on developing a great demo reel. His hard work paid off, and he now works at TeamTo Studio doing animated TV series.

We asked him a few questions about his work, and how he broke into the industry.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Pixar's Royce Wesley to Visit Escape

Royce Wesley
We're excited to welcome Pixar animator Royce Wesley to London in June, when he will be mentoring our student animators.

Royce is an experienced character animator whose credits include Brave, Coco, Robots and Inside Out.  Royce will be visiting us in London right after finishing up on "Incredibles 2" to mentor our animators and help us to strive for Pixar quality animation.

Like Aaron Hartline, who visited us earlier this year, Royce brings industry talent to our classroom, to make sure our teaching techniques are as cutting-edge as possible.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Trailer Project - Student Showcase

The Adventures of Little Hanzo
Recently our second year animators completed their first collaborative group project - a short teaser/trailer for an animated film, TV series, or game.

Group work is notoriously hard to manage - one of the reasons why schools and universities often avoid it - but it is very much at the heart of what we do at Escape Studios, because it's how the industry works.

Animation and VFX are rarely solo sports. Being able to work together in teams is one of the core skills our students learn at Escape Studios, and it's why we introduce group projects as early as possible in the curriculum. Scroll down to see how the projects turned out.