Thursday, 22 April 2021

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Jake Lee AfterCare Co-ordinator at Escape

Jake Lee
A warm welcome to Escapee Jake Lee, who took our Animation Short Course, and has just joined Escape Studios as our new "After Care Co-ordinator", helping us to deliver the best possible student experience.

After Care is one of the ways that we keep in touch with our students after formal classes have ended, helping students to keep polishing their work and cut together a successful demo reel. 

Many students at Escape Studios will know Jake already; he is a talented actor, animator and film-maker, who led the MoCap performance for the award-winning short film "Alma"

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

"Alma" Wins "Best Animation" at Flicks Fest

Congratulations to the makers of "Alma", which has won its first festival award - "Best Animation" at the Flicks Film Festival. 

"Alma", is the first fully motion capture CG short film created at Escape Studios; it was directed by Rola Hafez, co-directed by Francesco Cordari and Alexandra Megerdichian, and produced by Emmanouil "Manos" Zervoudakis

Monday, 19 April 2021

Learn Unreal Engine at Escape Studios

 
Learn the fundamentals of Unreal Engine online with Escape Studios.  Our new online course has been launched in partnership with Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine.  Unreal Engine is a real-time renderer that is changing the way that animation and VFX is working; the industry is switching from traditional (and time-intensive) ray-tracers to real-time technology. Come on board and join the revolution.

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Street Ratz Wins Four Stars Award at BIAFF

Winner "Four Stars Award" at BIAFF
Congratulations to the makers of "Street Ratz", which has won a "Four Stars Award" at the British International Animation Film Festival (BIAFF). 

This is the fourth festival award for "Street Ratz", a teaser/trailer written and directed by Austin Hill, produced by Jack Wright, and supervised by Amedeo Beretta

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Lydia Layton CG Dept Manager at Cinesite

Lydia Layton
Many congratulations to Escapee Lydia Layton, who is currently working as CG Dept Manager at Cinesite.

Lydia took our intensive 12 week class in 3D animation at Escape Studios, and has since developed a flourishing career as a producer of animated content.

In recent years, many of our Escapees have gone on to fill producing roles in the creative industries, in part because of Escape Studios' focus on managing group project work on our award-winning films

Friday, 16 April 2021

Slushy Wins "Hon Mention" in Athens Fest

"Slushy" Honourable Mention for "Best VFX" in Athens
Many congratulations to the makers of "Slushy", which has won its second festival award - "Honourable Mention" in the category of "Best VFX" at the Athens International Film Fest.

Directed by Callum Wylie and produced by Jess Hiles"Slushy" is a short animated film about two frozen soft drinks who fall in love.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Sofia Caldeira Shot Creator at the Third Floor

Congratulations to Escapee Sofia Caldeira, who has started working as a Shot Creator at The Third Floor, one of the UK's leading previsualisation houses. 

Sofia took our evening course in Character Creation at Escape Studios, and 3D for VFX, before finding work as a 3D Layout Artist at MPC in London, and later as a Lead Layout Artist at Jellyfish Pictures.

Sofia is one of a number of Escapees to join The Third Floor in recent months. 

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Little Gestures Wins 5 Stars Award at BIAFF

"Five Stars Award" at the BIAFF
Many congratulations to the makers of "Little Gestures", which has won its third festival award - a Five Stars Award at the British International Amateur Film Festival (BIAFF).

"Little Gestures"a short story about an artist's maquette which comes to life, was directed by Richard O'Hanlon and Daniel Brand-Sinyinza, and produced by Nickoel Izharudin and Dominic Strachan

Monday, 12 April 2021

"A Long Way Home" Best Trailer Nom at TMFF

Nominated for "Best Trailer" at TMFF
Congratulations to the makers of A Long Way Home, which has had its first festival success - a nomination for "Best Trailer" at The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF)

A Long Way Home is a short teaser/trailer directed by Harrison Bell and produced by Josiah Martin-Lofters.

"A Long Way Home" was completed as part of Studio Module PR5001, a collaborative module in which students work together on short film projects, simulating as closely as possible the workings of a real animation studio.

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Previs Webinar with The 3rd Floor on 5 May

On May 5th at 5pm Escape Studios is hosting a webinar with guest speaker Brad Blackbourn - Virtual Production Manager from our industry partner Third Floor Studios, specialists in previsualisation. 

Brad will introduce our students to the work of Previs artists, what skills students need to break into the industry, how mentors provide feedback, and how industry feedback works. 

And, of course, Brad will explain how our students can find work in the fast-expanding previsualisation industry. 

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Kiwi's Dream "Best Micro Short" at Vesuvius

Best Micro Short at Vesuvius Film Festival
Congratulations to the makers of "Kiwi's Dream", which has won its 11th festival award - "Best Micro Short" at the Vesuvius International Film Festival.

Directed by Paloma Zhu and produced by Daniel Rowe"Kiwi's Dream" is a short story about an origami kiwi who dreams of flight.  It was completed as part of the third year animation Module PR6001.

Friday, 9 April 2021

Introducing "Solitude"

Escape Studios is proud to present "Solitude", the latest short film created by our second year animation students at Escape Studios.  

Directed by Molly McCabe and produced by Charlotte Gimbird"Solitude" was completed as part of Studio Module PR5001, a collaborative module in which students work together on short film projects, simulating as closely as possible the workings of a real animation studio.

"Solitude" is a short film about solitude, loneliness, isolation - and friendship. 

The film was animated in Maya, edited in Adobe Premiere and rendered in Redshift. 

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Pitches for PR5001 "Project B" on 12 April

Time to Pitch!
On 12 April from 9.30am to 12.30pm we will be hearing more pitches from our students for PR5001 Studio Project Module, this time for their second short film project, "Project B".

This pitch presentation is where our students present their second idea for a short film, documentary or teaser/trailer. What sort of story do you want to tell? Who are the characters, and why do we care about them? What is the hook? Why do we the audience want to see this film? 

Your eight minute pitch is your chance to capture your audience's attention, intrigue them, and make them want more.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Slushy Wins 5 Stars Award at BIAFF

"Slushy" wins 5 Stars Award
Many congratulations to the makers of "Slushy", which has won its first festival prize - a "Five Stars Award" at the British International Amateur Film Festival. 

Directed by Callum Wylie and produced by Jess Hiles"Slushy" is a short animated film about two frozen soft drinks who fall in love.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Introducing "Pet Shop"

We're proud to introduce "Pet Shop", the latest short film from Escape Studios created by our second year undergraduate animation students.

Directed by Shauna Ludgate and Produced by Emmanouil "Manos" Zervoudakis"Pet Shop" was completed as part of Studio Module PR5001, a collaborative module in which undergraduate students work together on short film projects, simulating as closely as possible the workings of a real animation studio.

"Pet Shop" is about a ragtag gang of pets living in a pet shop - who long to find a home. 

The short took six weeks to complete; it was animated in Maya, edited in Adobe Premiere and rendered in Redshift.  

"Pet Shop" is a teaser/trailer for a TV/web series, currently in development.

Monday, 5 April 2021

Quarantine Chorus Best Micro Short at DIFF

Best Micro Short at Dreamachine Fest
Many congratulations to the makers of "Quarantine Chorus", which has won "Best Micro Short" at the Dreamachine International Film Festival (DIFF)

This is the ninth festival award for Quarantine Chorus, a short story about life under Lockdown in a small town in Italy.  

The film was directed by Edoardo Sartori, produced by Nickoel Izharudin and edited by Paloma Zhu; it was based on an original idea by Tequila Mason

Sunday, 4 April 2021

How Animators Work With Composers

Original music composition helps to lift our student films to a professional level, as our students learn to collaborate with composers and sound designers to push the level of quality of our film projects.

An original score also helps to avoid problems with copyright music, which can be a barrier to entry in film festival competitions.

So, how do our students work with composers to get the best possible results? 

Saturday, 3 April 2021

BoxBots Wins "5 Stars Award" at BIAFF

"BoxBots" wins "Five Stars Award" at the BIAFF
Many congratulations to the makers of "BoxBots", which has won its first festival award - a "Five Stars" award at the British International Amateur Film Festival (BIAFF).

Directed by Jordan Coles and Ross Green, and produced by Priya Shah"BoxBots" is about a contest between two toy figurines who must fight for the "World Plasticweight Championship".