Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Rookies Ranks Escape No 4 for VFX & Anim

2019 "Rookies" Rankings
The Rookies, the international online competition for aspiring VFX artists, has ranked Escape Studios at No4 globally for VFX and Animation Production Excellence.

This follows the huge success of films like Jericho, which was "Highly Commended" in the VFX Film category.

Our Games, VFX and Animation students made a stellar showing in this years' Rookies contest, with multiple projects reaching the finals in all three disciplines, and a number winning "Runner Up" or "Highly Commended".

The BAFTA Short-listed Short Jericho was directed by animator Sarah Andrews and produced by Matt Wight was "Highly Commended" in the category of VFX Film of the Year. 
Jericho has been accepted in multiple film festivals and has won a number of awards, including Best Animation and Best VFX at the Nexus film festival.

Jericho is playing alongside shorts from Pixar and Disney in the BFI London Film Festival on Saturday October 5th.

Our games students also got a great Rookies result, being ranked second globally for Immersive Media Production Excellence Our games students also placed 9th globally for Console and PC Production Excellence

Maria Robertson
3rd year undergraduate animation student Maria Roberton's animation reel was a finalist for 3D Animator Rookie of the Year; Maria is currently working as a junior animator at VR pioneer Factory 42.

Escape Studios Entries
Maria Robertson: Finalist
Four undergraduate games projects made it to the Games finals.

In the category of Game of the Year - Console and PC, was The Last of London, a game set in a post-apocalyptic Piccadilly Circus.

In the Category of Game of the Year: Immersive Media, was The Order of Quadrivium - VR Escape Room, which won Runner Up.

Games graduate Fabrizio Bergamo also won a "Highly Commended" award for his work on The Lost City.

About the Rookies
The Rookie Awards 2019 received 3,548 entries from aspiring digital artists around the world. Finalists competed for awards for Rookie of the Year, Game of the Year, and Film of the Year. Also up for grabs were a number of Studio Internships and Educational Scholarships. Finalists were scored on creative skills, technical skills, presentation, variety of skills, complexity, raw talent, and employment potential.  Winners in each category were announced on July 16th.

Finalists from Escape Studios

VFX Film of the Year - Jericho

Individual showreels
3D Animation  - Maria Robertson

Environmental Art - Thomas Djalloul - Covent Garden Culture Chambers - a Bioshock London Project

The Order of Quadrivium
Games Finalists

Games: Immersive Media - The Lost City by Fabrizio Bergamo. - The Order of Quadrivium - VR Escape Room. This project was a "Runner Up" in the Immersive Media Category. - "Brynjars" - Viking Mead Hall

Games: Console & PC - The Last of London: Piccadilly Circus

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To find out more about our new BA/MArt now recruiting for September 2019, follow this link. To apply, visit the official page here.

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