Monday, 22 July 2019

Last Call for Character Design on 2 September

Designs by Josh O'Brien
Last Call for our 4 week Character Design class with Blue Zoo designer Josh O'Brien, starting on 2nd September.

Josh will be the lead tutor for this full-time intensive four week character design class, starting on Monday 2nd September and running until Friday 27th September.

Josh is an experienced visual development artist and character designer, currently working at Blue Zoo animation in London.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Escape Studios Unreal Authorized Training Ctr

Escape Studios is proud to announce that we are now an Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center, meaning that we are now formally authorised by Epic games (makers of "Fortnite") to run training sessions for their software, Unreal Engine.

Head of Games Simon Fenton started developing the games course way back in 2008; since then it has changed beyond recognition, as has the games industry.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Emily Lim Animator at MPC Montreal

Emily Lim-Sarrias
Many congratulations to Escapee Emily Lim Sarrias, who is working as an animator at MPC in Montreal.

At MPC, Emily has contributed shots to multiple VFX projects, including Artemis Fowl - Time to Believe,  The Voyage of Dr DoLittle, and Call of the Wild.

After leaving Escape Studios Emily joined the Technicolour MPC Academy, on the strength of her strong demo reel and a follow-up interview, and soon found work as a junior animator at MPC in Canada.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Escapees "Highly Commended" at The Rookies

The results of this year's "Rookies" contest are in and we're proud to congratulate the makers of "Jerich0", 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".

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Z Brush Evening Class Starts 5 September

We're launching a new evening class in Z Brush on 5th September 2019. Taught by Escape Studios' Games tutor Phil Meredith, this class is an introduction to the art and craft of sculpting with ZBrush, one of the most popular sculpting tools currently available for 3D artists.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Lion King Raises The Bar for Animal Animation

Lion King (2019)
MPC have raised the bar for animal and creature animation with Disney's release of The Lion King, the re-make of the Disney classic which I was fortunate enough to work on back in 1993.

I went to a preview of the film last night fully prepared to dislike it - how could anyone top the original? And why bother with a re-make, other than to please the shareholders?

But the Lion King is a triumph not just of technology but of great storytelling, as the film-makers kept most of the original film but wove in new elements to keep the story fresh.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Foxy Tail Overlap Tutorial

We've uploaded a new tutorial on animating overlapping action to our exanding Vimeo channel.

In this 12 minute video, I explain how to approach the challenge of animating overlapping action, using a simple bouncing ball character with  a flexible tail.

The trick is to break the process down into simple steps so that the principles can be applied easily.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Mike Hermes Video Tutorials

For students who are new to Autodesk Maya, the main software we use at Escape Studios, it's a great idea to do some online tutorials to start getting used to the interface. 

Of course, we teach all our students from scratch, but there is no doubt that students who have already learned the basics have a big head start.  And, of course, any student can download their free copy of Maya from the Autodesk Education Community site.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Daniel Baidoo Animator at Animal Logic

Daniel Baidoo
Many congratulations to our 3rd year undergraduate animator Daniel Baidoo, who has recently started work as an animator at Animal Logic animation studio in Sydney, Australia.

During his 3 years at Escape Studios, Daniel energetically pursued animation internships and industry work experience.

In 2018 Daniel found a role as a junior animator on the WW2 movie "Hurricane", working over the summer at Lipsync Post in London.  Prior to that he worked at Lipsync on the feature film Showdogs.

Daniel started his animation career by interning at King Bee animation while he was still a first year undergraduate, gaining valuable industry insight.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

The Third Floor Visits Escape Studios

Justin Summers, Visualisation Supervisor
Last week our Advanced Animation students received feedback from The Third Floor's Visualisation Supervisor Justin Summers.

The Third Floor is a leading animation and VFX house that specialises in visualisation - both "previs" and "postvis".

In the visualisation process, digital artists work closely with the director to lock down the look and feel of individual sequences on a project, working fast to make creative choices on camera and character performance.

Key creative skills include cinematography, animation and the ability to structure a clear visual narrative.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Sebastian Kuder PreVis Artist at The 3rd Floor

Sebastian Kuder
Many congratulations to Sebastian Kuder, an undergraduate animation student who is part of the first cohort of animators to graduate from Escape Studios this summer, who has just started a new position as a Junior Previs Artist at The Third Floor.

The 3rd Floor is one of a number of animation VFX houses that specialise in previsualisation ("previs") in which digital artists work closely with the director to lock down the look and feel of individual sequences on a project, working fast to make creative choices on camera and character performance.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Concept Art Returns on 28th August

Concept Art Student Work
Last call for Concept Art, our evening class in visual development which is returning to Escape Studios on Wednesday 28th August 2019, taught by industry veteran Cenay Oekmen.

Concept Art is a part-time evening class, taught one night a week, running for eight weeks.

Concept Art introduces students to the many techniques and skills that go up to make a well-rounded concept artist, including 3D and 2D software.

Monday, 8 July 2019

What Goes in an Animation Bible?

Our animation students at Escape Studios don't just learn technical skills, they also learn to be creative artists, imagining new characters and stories, and pitching their ideas. 

A good animation pitch includes an animation bible, a vital part of the process of developing an animation film or TV series. is an excellent resource for aspiring writers and creators, not just for traditional scriptwriters but also for anyone interested in pitching their own ideas.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Lipsync Tutorial by Simone Giampaolo

We've uploaded a new tutorial on animating Dialogue & Lipsync to our Vimeo channel.

Like the recent tutorial titled Building and Blocking a Scene, this one is by Aardman director and visiting tutor at Escape Studios, Simone Giampaolo.

In this 8-part video, Simone explains how to approach the challenge of animating dialogue and lipsync, breaking the process down into a simple, dependable workflow.

Friday, 5 July 2019

Maria Robertson Animator at Factory 42

Maria Robertson
Many congratulations to Escape Studios undergraduate animation student Maria Robertson for starting a new position as Junior Animator at Factory 42, an immersive and television content production studio based at Somerset House on the Strand.

Factory 42 specialises in virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, creating "unique multi-sensory experiences for broadcasters, brands, destinations and artists."

Maria studied 3D animation at Escape Studios, and will graduate this summer, part of our first cohort of students to achieve their BA at Escape Studios.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Previs & Story Taster Day Wed 10 July 2019

Iliana Franklin teaches at Escape Studios
We're running a taster day in previsualisation & storyboarding on Wednesday 10 July, so that prospective students can get a feel for the content of our new MA in Previsualisation & Storyboarding, which launches on 30 September.

Story board & Previs artist Iliana Franklin, whose production credits include The Tale of Despereaux, will teach the class; and the full day of tuition costs just £25.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Storyboarding is Back on 29th October

Panel Forge
Storyboarding is back; our next evening class in storyboarding starts at our central London campus at 190 High Holborn on 29th October, running through to 17th December 2019.

This 8 week evening class is led by Francesca "Chess" Adams,  a story board artist at Blue Zoo, one of London's leading animation houses.

Chess brings her experience of working on shows like Digby Dragon and The Go Jetters, reflecting the huge increase in animated content being created right here in London in recent years, and the growing trend towards digital storyboarding tools such as Panel Forge, which speed up the process and help to bridge the gap with 3D Layout.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

ILMxLAB Visits Escape Studios

Vikki Dobbs Beck at Escape Studios
Vikki Dobbs Beck from Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) visited Escape Studios last week to introduce our students to ILMxLab, the virtual reality pioneer that "invites audiences to step inside the world of our stories".

ILMxLab is all about immersive experiences. Their challenge as a startup venture within ILM is to leverage their in-house talent and create new experiences, using VR to tell stories in a fresh, innovative way.

As Vikki put it, we are "entering an age of experiential storytelling". To create this new reality, ILMxLab needed to "take risks, to learn, explore and discover new ideas".

Monday, 1 July 2019

Escape Studios Rocks "The Rookies"

Our Games, VFX and Animation students have made a stellar showing in this years' Rookies contest, with a multiple projects reaching the finals in all three disciplines.

BAFTA Short-listed Short film Jerich0, directed by animator Sarah Andrews and produced by VFX artist Matt Wight, made it to the finals for VFX Film of the Year.

And 3rd year undergraduate animation student Maria Roberton's animation reel is a finalist for 3D Animator Rookie of the Year.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Adam & Eve: Mk II by Sebastian Kuder

We're proud to present Adam & Eve: Mk II, a short animated film by Sebastian Kuder, an undergraduate animation student who is part of the first cohort of animators to graduate from Escape Studios this summer.  Adam & Eve: Mk II is a sci-fi re-telling of the Genesis story. Sebastian has directed and animated a number of short films at Escape Studios over the last three years; including the fan film Star Wars - the Escape, and Planet Mars, which has made the official selection for many animation festivals around the world. Adam & Ev Mk II was Sebastian's final project at Escape Studios.