Friday, 27 January 2023

Golden Acorn Wins Best Trailer at FOFA

"The Golden Acorn" wins Best Trailer at FoF Awards
Congratulations to the makers of "The Golden Acorn", which has won an award for Best Trailer at the Future of Film Awards.

"The Golden Acorn" is a movie trailer completed by 2nd year undergraduate Escape Studios Animation students, written & directed by Maciej Osuch, edited & produced by Miguel Teixeira

In The Golden Acorn a detective duo team up in NutTown to defeat an evil squirrel crime boss - two agents, one nutcase.  The Golden Acorn has won many festival awards.

Thursday, 26 January 2023

Integrated MArt Returns in Sept 2023

"Novem", directed by Erin Harrison
Our Level Integrated Masters Degree is ready for launch in September 2023.  Most of our undergraduate students will graduate after three years with a BA, but others will study with us for one more year, at the end of which they will graduate "Master of Arts" in chosen their subject.  This is known as an "integrated masters" degree, because the masters' year builds on the first three years of undergraduate study.  

"Stellar Rescue" Wins "Best Micro Short" in London

"The Stellar RescueBest Micro Short" at LMA
Many congratulations to the makers of "The Stellar Rescue", which has won an award for "Best Micro Short" at the London Movie Awards. 

"The Stellar Rescue" was written and directed by Anthony Sarmiento, and produced by Wiktoria Swierk.  It was created as part of a group project by second-year animation students, working together as a team.   The Stellar Rescue tells the story of a young boy who must rescue a fallen baby star and return it to its parents. It has won many festival awards. 

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Shelley Page to Visit Escape Studios 26 Jan 2023

Escape Studios is delighted to welcome Animation industry veteran Shelley Page to our central London campus tomorrow to give our second year animation students industry feedback on their specialism projects.

Shelley's credits include "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", "Shrek 1-4", "Shark Tale", "Madagascar", "Kung Fu Panda", and "How to Train Your Dragon".  Shelley is currently Key Talent and Artist Liaison at Locksmith Animation in London.  

Escape Students Work on Guard Bros' "Borderland"

Felicity Jones stars in Borderland.
Escape Studios is proud to be contributing over a dozen VFX shots to the forthcoming UK indie thriller "Borderland", directed by London-based film-makers Tom and Charles Guard.

In Borderland, a retired Irish paramilitary witnesses the fatal shooting of his pregnant wife by an SAS officer, taking his revenge to the streets of 1970's London.

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

"Threaded Together" Best Sound Design at Onyko

"Threaded Together" Best Sound Design at Onyko Awards
Congratulations to the makers of "Threaded Together", which has won Best Sound Design at the Onyko Film Awards.

Threaded Together was directed by Shauna Ludgate and produced by Manos Zervoudakis. The original score was composed by Maria Cortes-Monroy. Sound design and foley was by Mihail Sustov.

Threaded Together tells the story of a needle who longs to be reunited with his friends.   This is the latest of many festival awards for Threaded Together

Monday, 23 January 2023

Why Animation Graduates Need The Rookies

We're encouraging all our students at Escape Studios to create their own page at The Rookies, now one of the leading platforms for connecting students to the creative industries. 

Creating an individual page at The Rookies helps our students to showcase their work to the wider VFX and animation community, with a view to maximising their future prospects and employability.

Being visible to industry, easy to find, and easy to hire, is one of the core professional skills learned by our students at Escape Studios.

Sunday, 22 January 2023

Bouncing Ball Rig from Escapee Dave Mattock

Free bouncing ball rig from David Mattock
We're liking this new free bouncing ball rig from Escapee David Mattock, founder of the independent animation studio Full Rotation Ltd, whose clients include Netflix.

David has recently launched a new YouTube channel teaching animation, 3d modelling, and motion design; the channel also serves as a growing online community for animation artists and freelancers. 

Friday, 20 January 2023

Introducing "Tatty"

Escape Studios is proud to present "Tatty", the latest short film created by our third year animation and vfx students at Escape Studios.  Directed by Amelia Watson and produced by Wiktoria SwierkTatty was a collaboration between undergraduate animation and vfx students at Escape Studios, working together to create an original story.  Studio projects such as this one are part of what we call The Escape Method - bringing together students with multiple talents to work in teams. 

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Frederic Du Chau Visits Escape Studios 23 Jan 2023

Frederic Du Chau
Escape Studios is delighted to welcome Hollywood director Frederic Du Chau will visit our central London campus on Monday January 23rd, to meet our second year animation students, and introduce them to the principles underlying a successful Hollywood pitch. 

What is involved in a great pitch? How do aspiring artists and content creators pitch ideas to studios and production houses?  

Frederic Du Chau has directed many Hollywood films including "Quest For Camelot", "Racing Stripes" and "Underdog".  All of these projects began with a successful pitch. 

ToonBoom Harmony Online Tutorials

As part of our new 2D Animation Pathway at Escape Studios, we've curated a list of helpful tutorials in Toonboom Harmony, to support our new 2D animation students in their classroom studies.  

Veteran animator and Escape Studios tutor Steve Lall has curated a playlist of resources to help get our students up and running with Harmony. 

Today, Harmony animators are much in demand, as 2D animation experiences a significant revival.

"Papercut" Wins Best Micro Short at Int'l Gold Awards

"Papercut": Best Micro Short at International Gold Awards
Many congratulations to makers of the VFX short film "Papercut", which has won "Best Micro Short" at the International Gold Awards.
Directed by Giorgos Konstantinou and produced by Victoria ArraezPapercut was a collaboration between 3rd year undergraduate animation and vfx students, working together to create an original short.  

Wednesday, 18 January 2023

MA 3D Animation Returns on 20 Feb 2023

Our MA (Master of Arts) in 3D Animation is back, with a new class starting on 20th February 2023.

The MA in animation will be taught both online and at our mid-town campus at 190 High Holborn in central London.

In recent years our MA animation students have created many award-winning film projects such as "Alma", "Flame", "Hat Shop""Mafia Mix-Up" and "Moon Rockz". Many have also gone on to enjoy successful careers in industry

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

Animation Short Course Starts 20 Feb 2023

Animation by Sunny Asada
Our 12 week animation course starts on 20 February 2023. The course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the art and craft of 3D Animation, and aims to take students to a professional level of skill, making them studio-ready talent.

Taught by veteran animation tutor Lee Caller, our animation is designed to help our students find employment in the expanding animation and VFX industry.

Tuesday, 17 January 2023

AN4001 "Animation One" is Back Jan 2023


For our first year undergraduates, our core animation module - Animation 1 - started last week.  AN4001 is a 15 Credit module that teaches all our first year students the fundamentals of character and creature animation. The module lasts four weeks, and covers all the basic principles of animation. To see some of the best work done by our first year undergraduate animators, watch the short video above, recently cut together by Escape Studios' animation tutor Marc Stevenson.

Short Course & PG Taster Day Sat 21 Jan 2023

Animation & VFX Tasters on Saturday 12 November
Join us on Saturday 21st January 2023 for a Short Course and Post-Graduate Open Day at Escape Studios, hosted at our central London campus at 190 High Holborn WC1. 

The event takes place on Saturday 21st January, where you can visit our studios, try out our software and find out what it's like to study with us. 

Monday, 16 January 2023

Alex Maynard Teaches Unreal Engine 17 Jan 2023

Alex Maynard teaches Unreal Engine
Tomorrow Tuesday 17th January Escape Studios welcomes Studio Assistant Alex Maynard to introduce our second year animation students to the power of Unreal Engine. 

Realtime rendering is a growing part of the animation production pipeline. Whether our students are studying VFX, animation, or games, Unreal Engine offers big savings in render times.

BSc/MSci Character Creation: Animation Games & VFX

Goblin Creature by Paul Strachan
We're delighted to announce our newest undergraduate "Tech Degree": BSc/MSci Character Creation for Animation, Games and VFX, which is now recruiting for September 2023.  

This new degree has come about after long consultation with industry, seeking to establish the right mix of creativity and technical skills needed in the modern animation, games and VFX industries. 

Sunday, 15 January 2023

"Jerich0" Wins "Best Sound Design" at FOF Awards

Jerich0, wins "Best Sound Design" at FoF Awards
Many congratulations to the makers of Jerich0, which has won an award for "Best Sound Design" at the Future of Film Awards.

Jerich0 is a short VFX film about a lonely robot who builds a friend.  This is the latest of many awards for the BAFTA-shortlisted Jerich0; directed by Sarah Andrews, and produced by Matt Wight.  

Sound Design was by Aaron Hopwood and the original score was composed by Alexandra Harwood.