Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Escape Animators 3rd & 4th in 11 Second Club

Paloma Zhu and Eilin Berrio Pena
Many congratulations to Paloma Zhu and Eilin Berrio Pena who have been ranked 3rd and 4th in the October 11 Second Club Competition, in which over 180 animators from around the globe tested their skills.

The 11 Second Club is a monthly character animation competition in which aspiring animators compete to win prizes and get their work noticed.

Animators from all over the world participate, animating a character speaking a line of dialogue, which is provided on the first day of every month by the club. 

It's a monthly free animation competition. Participating animators can share their progress with one another and critique each other's work - just like in a real animation studio.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Mock Interviews with Industry Today at Escape

"Interview"by the Animation Workshop
Today at Escape Studios we're running a series of mock interviews with some of our industry partners and mentors, who have kindly offered their time to give our undergraduate students an idea of what a job interview is actually like.

Learning how to survive an interview is an important part of preparing our students for a career in industry.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Character Creation Evening Class Returns 6 Jan

Character Creation is back: we're delighted to announce a new 18 week evening class in Character Creation, which is returning to Escape Studios on Monday 6th January 2020.

This unique evening course will teach students how to create their own character designs and bring them to life. Over 18 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, 8 November 2019

Quadruped Transitions by Maria Robertson

Free tiger rig from Truong
We're adding more animation tutorials to our Vimeo channel, including now a full series on how to use the Time Editor in Maya to animate locomotion transitions.

The tutorials were created by Escapee Maria Robertson, and build on Maria's existing tutorials on quadruped locomotion, such as walks, trots and runs.

Maria's transitions tutorial explains how different gaits can be combined using Maya's Time Editor.

Students who want to learn how to animate transitions should first learn to create a successful quadruped walk, trot and run cycle, before attempting to combine them into one piece of animation.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

AN5002: Advanced Anim Starts This Week

Creature animation: "Planet Mars"
On Monday 4th November our 2nd year undergraduate animators started a new module: AN5002: Advanced Computer Animation.

In this module, worth 30 credits, students get to grips with animating animals and creatures.

The module started on Monday 4th November and lasts six weeks. It finishes on Friday December 20th,  just before Christmas.

In AN5002 students develop their skills in animal and creature animation, including quadruped locomotion and performance.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Chrissy Metge Teaches Producing at Escape

Chrissy Metge
We're delighted to welcome a new animation tutor to Escape Studios; animation & VFX producer Chrissy Metge will teach a class on "Producing for Animators" to our second year undergraduate animators at Escape Studios tomorrow, Thursday 7th November.

Chrissy is an experienced producer, and also creative director at Fuzzy Duckling Media and Duckling Publishing.  She has worked in the animation film and TV industry for 18 years, and has film credits on many movies, including VFX blockbusters The Hobbit, Ironman 3 and Hunger Games 2.

You can see Chrissy's full list of credits at her IMDB page here

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Facial Rigging at our Vimeo Channel

Michael Davies teaches at Escape Studios
Escape Studios tutor Michael Davies has recorded a new series of videos on facial rigging for our Vimeo channel.

The Facial Rigging tutorial builds on the existing character rigging tutorials, and is designed to help students develop their skills in character rigging.

You can find the facial rigging tutorial here, along with hundreds of other video tutorials, available to our students and Escapees.

Monday, 4 November 2019

What is "The Escape Method"?

Framestore's Oz Gani reviews student work
What is the Escape Method? The Escape Method is the way we teach animation at Escape Studios. It has five main pillars: Intensive classroom teaching, online tutorials, constructive feedback, industry engagement, and group projects.

All our students at Escape Studios study intensively, with daily personal tuition from industry-trained tutors, combined with online tutorials, regular, intensive feedback, and engagement from industry.

Our BA and MA courses also have a strong focus on group work, known as "Studio Projects" in which students work together in teams, learning the "soft skills" of working in groups, mirroring the actual processes of a live studio project.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

UCAS Deadline January 15 2020

UCAS - time to apply
It's that time of year again; time to start thinking about your UCAS application. If you're thinking of applying to Escape Studios to study the Art of 3D Animation, Games or Visual effects, it's time to think about UCAS. 

The relevant UCAS deadline is January 15th 2020.   We are welcoming applications for the fourth intake of our new integrated BA/MArt in Animation, Games and VFX - launched in September 2016.

One of the most common questions I get asked by prospective students is: "should I wait to apply until I have finished my portfolio?" The answer is no.  Get your UCAS application in early, and worry about your portfolio later. You'll have plenty of time before attending one of our Creative Workshops to pull your portfolio together.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

12 Week Animation Course Starts 17 Feb 2020

Escapee Chan Sagoo worked on Lion King (2019)
Our next animation short course - three months of intensive training in 3D animation - starts on 17th February 2020.

Our 12 week course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the art and craft of 3D Animation in Maya, 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 rapidly expanding animation and VFX industry.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Carse & Waterman Animation Visits Escape

Gary Carse and Daniel Waterman
Daniel Waterman from Staffordshire-based animation company Carse and Waterman Productions visited Escape Studios this week to give a talk to our MA Animation students.

Daniel explained to our students, who are studying the business of animation, about the functioning of development funds, capital funds, and tax credits, with practical examples on how to access them.

Daniel also discussed his own first iteration at business and how it evolved over time, his approach to managing growth, and how to find a niche in the animation industry.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Adam & Eve Mk II Wins Best Short Film

Adam & Eve Mk II by Sebastian Kuder
Many congratulations to Sebastian Kuder, director of Adam & Eve Mk II, which has won the award for Best Short Film Under 5 Minutes at the Arch 1 Festival of Film in London this week.

The award represents the latest in a long line of wins for student films at Escape Studios.

Adam & Eve: Mk II is a sci-fi re-telling of the Genesis story, written and directed by Sebastian Kuder, who has directed and animated a number of short films at Escape Studios over the last three years, including Planet Mars and The Good Old Days.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

ToonBoom Harmony Returns on 18 March 2020

Plamen Ananiev with Harmony animators at Escape Studios
Our popular 2D Animation evening class in Toonboom Harmony is returning on 18 March 2020.

The class runs for 8 weeks, one evening a week (Tuesdays), and is an introduction to animating in Toonboom Harmony, one of the leading software packages for the creation of 2D animation.

The evening class is taught by Harmony animator Plamen Ananiev, who is an animator at London animation powerhouse Blue Zoo. Harmony animators are much in demand, as 2D animation experiences a significant revival, both in the UK and overseas.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Ash Ellis Technical Animator at MPC

Ash Ellis
Many congratulations to Ash Ellis, who has recently landed a job as a Technical Animator at MPC.

Ash studied animation and VFX at Escape Studios, and then became a Studio Assistant, helping to teach new students at Escape Studios.

Ash was a also a regular tutor in the animation classroom, teaching animation "taster days" for prospective students, and also teaching "lighting for animators" for our 2nd year animation undergraduates.

We're delighted to congratulate Ash on his new job at one of the UK's leading animation houses.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Simone Giampaolo: How Cartoons are Born

Simone Giampaolo at VIEW conference
Escape Studios animation tutor Simone Giampaolo was at the View Conference in Turin this past week, talking to a packed audience about How Cartoons are Born.

Simone explained the basics of animation, including the Twelve Principles, such as the importance of strong poses and silhouettes. He also explained some of the basics of design; such as the use of circles, triangles and squares to express basic contrasts between animated characters.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Funny Fail Stories on Tuesday 29 October

Funny Fail Stories is coming; book your seats on Tuesday 29 October for tales of failure from the world of animation and VFX.

Hosted by Escape Studios' tutor Simone Giampaolo, and sponsored by Escape Studios, this event takes place at Zigfried Von Underbelly at 11 Hoxton Square, London N1, just a 5 minute walk from Old St Tube station.

Speakers bringing tales of disaster and near-disaster in the animation and VFX industry include Alina Bopele from Studio AKA,  Sabina Janetzka from Cinesite, and Stefano Marrone from Nucco Brain.

The event is also supported by the London chapter of SIGGRAPH.

Tickets are free and you can book them here.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Escape Students Learn to Make Sean the Sheep

Recently Aardman animation came to London, bringing model making workshops as part of the launch of their latest feature film Sean the Sheep - Farmageddon.

The workshops took place at the Hackney Picturehouse and The Ritzy in Brixton, and many of our animation students were able to take part.

The afternoon workshops were led by Senior Model Makers from Aardman: Claire Cohen and Ellie Hugill.

Claire and Ellie gave our students a fascinating insight into stop-motion animation, helping the students to build their very own Sean the Sheep.

The skills that make a great stop-motion animator are very similar to the skills that make a great 3D animator. Whether you are working with clay or pixels, an animator still has to give an entertaining performance.

Friday, 25 October 2019

MA 3D Animation Starts 17th Feb 2020

"Flame": MA film project
Our new MA (Master of Arts) in 3D Animation is back, with a new class starting on 17th February 2020.

The MA in animation will be taught at our mid-town campus at 190 High Holborn 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 to a professional level, and also leads to a formal qualification in the field, then this could be the right course for you.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Why Animation Graduates Need Linkedin

Tiffany Feeny, Ted Ty, Alex Williams, Jan-Bart Van Beek
How do animation graduates break into the industry? At this week's VIEW conference in Turin I was invited onto a recruitment panel hosted by New York's School of Visual Arts, hosted by SVA's Director of Career Development Angie Wojak.

Also on the panel was the recruiter Tiffany Feeney of Talent Outpost, an independent recruitment agency based in Switzerland.

Tiffany's big message to recent graduates looking for work?  "Be on Linkedin".

Secrets of the Spider-Verse by Peter Ramsey

Peter Ramsay at VIEW: Into the Spider-Verse
One of the highlights of today's VIEW conference in Turin, Italy, was a talk by Peter Ramsey, co-director of Spiderman – Into The Spider-Verse.

Ramsay's talk was sub-titled “What Story are You Telling?”, and he showed the audience how the answer to that question informed every frame and every pixel of the Oscar and BAFTA winning movie.

Spiderman – Into The Spider-Verse re-invented the Spiderman franchise, and achieved a unique comic book-style look for the world of Spiderman.  How did they do it?