Saturday, 14 March 2020

Online Resources at Escape Studios

Working from home
In these uncertain times it's important to remember that we have many online resources at Escape Studios, lots of ways of supporting our students who are currently working from home.

As long as you have a laptop and a decent broadband connection, our students can continue to work remotely, following tutorials, working on projects and also working in teams on platforms such as Facebook and Slack.

The tutors at Escape Studios offer feedback and support to all our students via email, our online classrooms, bespoke video feedback, and through our Vimeo channel.

Facebook Classroom
We have Facebook Classrooms for all the animation classes. As an online classroom, these closed groups are already well-used forums where students post their work to get feedback,  and where we run animation dailies.

For team projects, such as our second year animators are currently doing, students are encouraged to set up their own classrooms either at Facebook or using other virtual collaboration platforms such as Slack.

Online learning
We also have a range of tutorials hosted at Vimeo which teach the art and craft of animation, as well as related areas such as modeling, texturing and lighting. You can find the Vimeo channel here. You can learn a huge amount online. If there is a video you need, but can't find, let us know, and we'll get a video uploaded to the channel. 

Video Feedback
Our students will need detailed video feedback on their work. If you're a student at Escape Studios and need video feedback on your shot, send the Maya file to me or to your tutor (don't forget to include the audio file if there is one) at alex.williams1@pearson.com and I'll send you frame-by-frame video feedback. My videos are recorded using Camtasia, but there are many other platforms available for recording video feedback.

Toonboom Harmony - Free 30 Day License
One software company, Toonboom, are offering free 30 day licenses for students working from home at this time. To find out more, follow this link. This is a big benefit for our students studying on our Toonboom Harmony evening class.

These are uncertain times. But let's focus on the positive, and find ways to keep all our projects moving forwards.

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 2020, follow this link.   To apply, visit the offical page here.

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