Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Nine New Year's Resolutions for Animators

Happy 2020
Happy New Year to all our students past, present and future. The New Year brings new challenges and - with the animation industry in London continuing to boom - many new opportunities as well.

The industry doesn't stand still, and animators need to maintain their edge so as not to be left behind by technological change. Even the recent resurgence of 2D animation (have you seen Klaus yet?) will only benefit those who are learning new technology, such as Toonboom Harmony.

It's clear then that a few New Year's resolutions may be in order to keep us all on our toes.

So what should an animator's new year's resolutions be? Below are our suggestions to maintain your competitive edge in 2020.

Monday, 30 December 2019

For a Few Guineas More

This year I published my 10th "Queen's Counsel" book - For a Few Guineas More, a collection of the best cartoons published over the last six years in law pages of The Times.

I started drawing Queen's Counsel back in 1993, when newspapers were still pretty much the only way that people got their news. And every self-respecting lawyer read the law pages of The Times on Tuesdays.

At a pupillage interview candidates would always be asked "what newspaper do you read?". It was a question with just one correct answer; only The Times covered the law in serious detail.

This is my first book in full colour throughout - Queen's Counsel finally hurtled into the 20th Century in 2011,  when the cartoon switched into colour.

You can buy the book from amazon here.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Hang on to Your Character's Eyes

Characters must look at one another
One of the most common mistakes made by junior animators is to animate characters who aren't looking at each other.

When we speak, most people tend to look at each other when they are in conversation. Actors know this, and when another actor is talking, they listen - and react.

Saturday, 28 December 2019

What are Storyboards For?

"Chess" Adams
What are storyboards for? And why do animators need them?  In this guest post, Francesca "Chess" Adams explains the purpose of storyboards, and why animators should want to master this important part of the pre-production process.

Chess is a story board artist at Blue Zoo, one of London's leading animation houses.  She is a graduate of the National Film and Television School (NFTS), and her extensive TV credits include Digby Dragon and the Go Jetters.

Chess also teaches our evening classes in storyboarding, which starts on 22 January 2020.

Friday, 27 December 2019

3D Online VFX Taster Now Live

Online 3D VFX Taster Course
Escape Studios is proud to launch our new online 3D VFX taster course.

This online taster has been developed by our Head of 3D, Mark Spevick.

The course is delivered through the Smashcut platform, costs just £25, and takes under 6 hours to complete. What are you doing between now and New Year's Eve? Watching movies? Why not spend a day learning the fundamentals of VFX instead?

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Roger Rabbit Reunion at Disney

Doy, Alex, Nik Ranieri, Ross Anderson, Burny Mattinson, Max Howard, Charles Fleischer, Andreas Deja

Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released in the summer of 1988, making the movie 31 years old this year.  A couple of weeks ago at Disney in Los Angeles we had a brief informal reunion with some the people who worked at the film, hosted in the Rotunda Building by Disney marketing head Howard Green.  Lead animator Andreas Deja was there, as well as Burny Mattinson, officially the longest serving employee of The Walt Disney Company,  Producer Max Howard, Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit, Ross Anderson, who has written the history of the film, animator Nik Ranieri, and me.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Happy Christmas from Escape Studios

Happy Christmas from the animation dept at Escape Studios. Above is a short piece of animation created by Morgan Mda, a second year undergraduate animation student at Escape Studios. Morgan created this animation for AN5002, one of the second year animation modules in which our student animators tackle the art and craft of animal and creature animation.  Many thanks to Morgan for the animation, and a very Merry Christmas to all our students, friends and Escapees.

Monday, 23 December 2019

Concept Art is Back on 5th Feb 2020

Concept Art Returns on 5 February 2020, taught by our newest tutor, character designer and concept artist Sandra Duchiewicz.

Concept Art is a part-time evening class, taught one night a week, running for ten weeks at Escape Studios in London, at 190 High Holborn WC1.

The Concept Art Evening Class introduces students to the many techniques and skills that go up to make a well-rounded concept artist, and is taught primarily in Photoshop.

The tutor for this course is Sandra Duchiewicz, an experienced concept artist and illustrator based in London.

Sandra's has extensive industry experience; her film credits include the 2014 indie horror film "Apparition of Evil"

Sunday, 22 December 2019

2020 Vision: Watch Some Animation You Don’t Think You’ll Like For Christmas

Our new Deputy Dean, Saint John Walker, who joined Escape Studios a few weeks ago, offers his suggestions on Christmas viewing for our animation students.

As you take a break from mince pies, turkey and presents, why not watch some animation you've never seen before, to broaden your understanding of the possibilities of this remarkable medium.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Five Reasons to Study Storyboarding

Francesca Adams teaches at Escape Studios
Francesca "Chess" Adams, who teaches our evening classes in storyboarding, offers five good reasons why students should want to master the art and craft of making storyboards.

Chess is a story board artist at Blue Zoo, one of London's leading animation houses.  She is a graduate of the National Film and Television School (NFTS), and her extensive TV credits include Digby Dragon and the Go Jetters.

Industry has been telling us for many years that storyboarding is an area of critical skills shortage. As animation production in the UK has expanded rapidly over the last five years, the supply of talent has not kept pace.

So, what are Chess's five reasons to study storyboarding?

Friday, 20 December 2019

Escape Studios 2019 Demo Reel

Check out the latest Escape Studios Demo Reel - this studio-wide showreel showcases the very best work our students have put together over the last year. This reel is a selection of the best work done by students on the visual effects, games and animation courses.  It's a reminder of the very high quality of work being achieved by our students - not just those studying animation, but across all the departments. Congratulations to all our students on their excellent work.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Anim Evening Class Returns on Tues 7th Jan

Animation by Jamie Floodgate
Our 20 week part-time Animation evening class in 3D animation starts on Tuesday 7th January 2020 at our High Holborn campus.

The class runs for 20 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 7-10pm, and is taught by Framestore animator Benoit Moranne, veteran of VFX hits such as Kingsman, Annihilation, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and WonderWoman.

We're delighted to welcome Benoit back to Escape Studios to bring his skills as an animator to a new generation of artists.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

CR5001 Anim Specialism Starts on Jan 13th

Creature animation by Amanda Costa
Module CR5001 "Animation Specialism" starts on January 13th 2020.

The second year of animation studies at Escape Studios is where our students begin to focus on individual proficiency in the craft of animation.

The Specialism Module (Module Code CR5001) is a self-study module in which students must select an area of specialism and develop their proficiency in that area. CR5001 is worth 15 credits and runs for five weeks, culminating in a portfolio presentation.

Monday, 16 December 2019

Jerich0 in Film Only Film Festival Jan 11th

Many congratulations to the makers of Jerich0, which has been selected for the Film Only Film Festival at the Harrow Arts Centre on January 11th.

Jerich0, directed by Escapee Sarah Andrews, is a short film about a lonely robot searching for a friend, and has won multiple awards in international film festivals.

We'll be heading to Harrow for the event, cheering on our talented students and wishing them every success. To buy tickets, follow this link.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Meet Qube - Escape Studios Render Farm

Qube, our new render farm at Escape Studios is now up and running.

For large render jobs, which might take many hours or even days to complete, students can now access the farm.

To see the details of how to use the Qube render farm, follow this link.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Why Animators Need One Sheets

Adam & Eve Mk II One Sheet
As our Second Year Student Animators put the finishing touches on their VFX projects, they are now putting together "One Sheets" to help promote their finished films.

A One Sheet is a movie poster, a single image - with a great tagline - that encapsulates what the film is all about and entices the audience to want to go and see the film

Think of the posters you see on the wall as you leave your movie theatre. You walk down a hallway, past a wall of posters, and you think: "that movie looks cool, I might just go and see that".

So what's in a One Sheet? And how do our students go about making one?

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Advanced Animation is Back on 17 Feb 2020

Character Animation by Jamie Floodgate
Advanced Animation is back - starting on 17th February 2020.  Advanced animation is a six week extension of the existing 12 week course in animation, and is aimed at students who want to polish and further develop their 3D animation skills.

This six week intensive class builds on the lessons learned in the 12 Week Animation Short Course,  developing and enhancing existing skills and making sure that all our students are job-ready by the end of the course.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Character Creation Student Showcase

Lizard Character created by Max Brazier-Jones
One of the most exciting courses at Escape Studios is our class in Character Creation, where students design, model, rig and - if time permits - animate their own characters.

The most recent four week class was taught Michael Davies, the artist who rigged Smaug for The Hobbit) and also rigged  The Minions.

Michael's students created some amazing work - feast your eyes on the beautiful characters below.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Escapees Win at the Golden Nugget Film Fest

Many congratulations to our student animators and Escapees - three of our short films received awards at the recent Golden Nugget Film Festival in Leeds on December 3rd.  

Adam & Eve Mk II won "Best Sci-Fi", Vivi Ossa won "Best Microfilm", and Jericho won "Best Animation".

Monday, 9 December 2019

Character Design is Back on 29 June 2020

Artwork by Andrea Torrejon
Our Character Design Evening Class is returning to Escape Studios on 29 June 2020

Character Design is an eight week evening class taught by Andrea Torrejon, an experienced character designer whose recent work includes the Disney TV Series "101 Dalmation St".

Like all of our courses, this class is taught by a working industry professional; Andrea will guide students through the principles of character design, building up to a live industry brief.

Learning character design isn't just about drawing cool characters; it is also about learning what the industry actually needs from a character designer - turnarounds, model packs and an animation "bible".

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Stephan Franck: An Approach to Storyboarding

Stephan Franck is a Hollywood storyboard artist whose story credits include Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseDespicable MeKung Fu Panda: and Osmosis Jones.   In this excellent short video he explores some of the fundamental skills required of a story board artist, including speed and visual efficiency.  Stephan's video is valuable resource for our student board artists, as we start the process of extending the online learning resources available to our storyboarding students, just as we have been doing for our student animators at our online Vimeo Tutorial Channel.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Rise of Skywalker on 20 Dec at Rich Mix

Star Wars is back! We have a special private screening of The Rise of Skywalker on 20 December, just for our students. The screening takes place at 2pm at Rich Mix in Shoreditch.

We will also be welcoming a special guest speaker to talk about the making of the film. We hope all our students agree that this is a great way to end what has been a stellar year for our talented and hard-working students at Escape Studios.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Meet Saint John Walker - Our New Deputy Dean

Saint Walker
A warm welcome to our new Deputy Dean, Saint John Walker, who has just joined Escape Studios this week.

Saint John brings his extensive experience of working in the animation industry and in higher education to Escape Studios, helping us to focus our curriculum on ensuring that our students graduate with the right skills to be able to succeed in industry.

You can also catch Saint John this weekend moderating panels at the LIAF.

Daniel Dutton Studio Assistant at Escape

Daniel Dutton
Many congratulations to our fourth year animation student Daniel Dutton who was recently made a studio assistant at Escape Studios, while studying for his MA in his fourth year.

Daniel has worked a number of award-winning short films during his time at Escape Studios; he was the editor on Jericho, a short film completed by our third year undergraduate students, in which a lonely robot searches for pieces to build a mechanical friend.

Daniel also animated on Minuet, a short film about a young concert pianist who, while preparing for her big performance, finds help in an unlikely place. Daniel was Technical Director (TD) on the project, managing the Unreal Engine pipeline.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Character Creation is Back on 3 Feb 2020

3D artwork by Jonathan McFall
Character Creation is back; our 18 week evening class in Character Creation returns to Escape Studios on Monday 3rd February 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 Jonathan McFall, an experienced 3D artist and veteran of many VFX hits including the Harry Potter series, Men in Black 3, and Immortals.

Escape Studios Top Choice to Study Animation

UK based animation house Full Rotation has listed Escape Studios as one of their top choices to study animation and VFX.

We're delighted to have been included in Full Rotation's exhaustive list of the best places to study animation in the UK, which includes a Q&A with some of the leading providers of animation education in this country.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Adam & Eve Mk II Wins ICONA Audience Award

Audience Distinction Award for Adam & Eve Mk II
Many congratulations to Escapee Sebastian Kuder, director of Adam & Eve Mk II, which has won the Audience award at the ICONA film festival in the Best Student Short Film category.

The ICONA festival takes place annually on the island of Corfu.

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

Meet Your Tutor - Iliana Franklin

Iliana Franklin
A warm welcome to Iliana Franklin, the newest member of the animation team at Escape Studios.  Iliana teaches our new master's degree in Storyboarding and Previsualisation, which launched in September and is already producing some remarkably skilled and imaginative work.

Iliana Franklin has worked in the animation industry for over 30 years.  Her feature credits include The Tale of DesperauxA Monkey’s Tale (1999) and The Princess and the Pea (2002). She has also worked on various TV shows including Mecky and friends (1994), Hungarian Folk Tales (1992-1996),  Spirou (1993–1995), and Carland Cross (1996).

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Saturday Club is Back - January 2020

Escape Studios Saturday Club, part of the National Saturday Club Campaign, is back.

Saturday Club starts up in January 2020; in the meantime you can register your interest here.

Saturday Club is open to students between the ages of 13-16, and aims to give them a taste of life in the creative industries, such as animation, visual effects and games.

Saturday Club is open to all, but is especially aimed at students from disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom lack the opportunity at school to tackle creative subjects.

Monday, 2 December 2019

Escapee Rich Jeffrey's "Bluey" Wins AACTA

We're proud to congratulate Escapee Rich Jeffrey (aka "Richie Jeffrey"), whose new TV series "Bluey" picked up an award for Best Children’s Programme at the AACTA awards (Australian Academy of Cinema and Televisions Arts) this weekend.

The AACTAs are a bit like the Oscars, or perhaps the BAFTAs - but for Australia. Rich was the director on the 2nd series of "Bluey".

Rich said "It is hard to put into words how wonderful that felt but there’s no doubt it’s down to the hard work of an incredibly dedicated team that I’m proud to be a part of and to the creative genius of Joe Brumm. Big thanks to Charlie, Sam, Daley, Joe and our amazing crew. This one’s for you!"

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Introducing "Jelly Cars" by Lee Caller

Escape Studios animation tutor Lee Caller has recently completed his short film Jelly Cars, a short story about perseverance in the urban jungle.   

"Jelly Cars" is an inventive piece of film-making;  it's a charming story, entertaining and fun - and beautifully animated. 

Lee took a simple exercise - animating a vehicle in motion, (in this case, animating a cartoon car, using the free yellow Beetle rig by Aaron Parker), and turned it into a short film, which has already been accepted into its first film festival - the annual KRAF film festival in Croatia.

Congratulations to Lee on his excellent work; we wish him every success in film festivals around the world.

Friday, 29 November 2019

DreamWorks Animation Comes to London

DreamWorks Animation
Jeffrey Katzenberg may have left DreamWorks animation, the studio he founded back in the late 1990s, but the old place feels much the same, and just as busy as ever.

I was there this past week visiting Stuart Sumida, the paleontologist-turned-movie consultant, who has advised on the science behind animal locomotion and behaviour since The Lion King back in 1993.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

VFX Festival 16-18 March 2020

The countdown to Escape Studios' 2020 VFX Festival - the 8th edition - is on.  As in previous years, we've got some great speakers coming to talk about the latest developments in Animation, Games and VFX.  In 2020, the festival will focus on discovering and developing new and emerging talent.  Two parts of The VFX Festival 2020 - EDU and Emerging Talent - will take place on 16 - 18 March at the Southbank Centre - the UK’s largest arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Escape Studios in Golden Nugget Fest 3 Dec

GNFF - Leeds, 6 December 2019
Many congratulations to our student animators - our short films The Good Old DaysHome Sweet Home, Jericho, Flame, Vivi Ossa, Adam & Eve Mk II and Reece have all been selected for the Golden Nugget Film Festival

The festival takes place in Leeds on Tuesday 3rd December 2019, and you can buy tickets here.

We're delighted to have no less than seven student films in the competition, and we're encouraging our students to attend, vote in the audience award, and offer applause and support

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

MA in Previs and Story Starts 28 Sep 2020

Iliana Franklin
Our Master's Degree course in Previsualisation and Storyboarding starts a new class on 28 September 2020.

This new degree, first launched in September 2019, is the first-ever master's degree in Previsualisation & Storyboarding.

Developed in consultation with industry, and formally validated by the University of Kent, this degree is a unique opportunity to learn industry-level skills and also earn an internationally recognised academic qualification.

Monday, 25 November 2019

Marc Stevenson to Teach at Escape Studios

Marc Stevenson
We're delighted to welcome the newest member of our animation team - veteran animator Marc Stevenson will be joining us at Escape Studios early next year to teach animation basics - AN4001 - to our first year undergraduate students.

Marc has credits on many Hollywood hit films including Fast & Furious 6, Avengers, Age of Ultron, Moon, and Victor Frankenstein.

I worked with Marc on a number of visual effects projects at Cinesite, including Underdog, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and Marmaduke, and can personally testify both to his skill as an animator and to his unflappability even in the most extreme client situations.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Andreas Deja, Lion King and Animal Animation

Andreas Deja and Alex Williams outside the Disney Animation Building
Yesterday at Disney in Los Angeles I met up with Andreas Deja, Disney lead animator and the man responsible for bringing "Scar" to life.

I was lucky enough to work on Andreas' team on Lion King back in 1992, when he took me under his wing and helped train me as a Disney animator.

I got to animate a few memorable shots on Scar, but it was Andreas who designed the character and, working with actor Jeremy Irons, gave him life and personality, creating one Disney's most memorable villains.

Friday, 22 November 2019

Tribute to Richard Williams - Tomorrow

The Creative Talent Network (CTN) Expo in Burbank, Los Angeles, is hosting a tribute to my father, the animator Richard Williams tomorrow, Saturday November 23rd.

The tribute is titled "Life is on Ones", and the panel is being hosted by my old friend and colleague Tom Sito, who is an animator, director and professor - as well as the author of many books on animation. 

Duncan Guymer Studio Assistant at Escape

Duncan Guymer - Studio Assistant at Escape Studios
Many congratulations to Escapee Duncan Guymer, who has recently started work at Escape Studios as a Studio Assistant, helping to support the teaching of our student animators.

Duncan took our evening class in 3D animation, and learned so quickly that we brought him on board as a studio assistant, helping to teach our short course animation students.

The secret of Duncan's success? Plenty of practice, and in particular effective use of our online resources, especially the Vimeo channel to which all our students and Escapees have access.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Previsualisation Webinar on 27 November

Iliana Franklin teaching at Escape Studios
Escape Studios is hosting a free webinar on previsualisation, taught by Iliana Franklin, our storyboard and previs tutor, on 27th November.

Iliana's webinar is titled "An Introduction to the Previs workflow: combining 2D and 3D techniques", and takes place on Wednesday, November 27th at 6:00 PM.

The webinar is an introduction to the craft of previsualisation, or "previs", one of the fastest-growing areas of the animation & vfx pipeline.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Chrissy Metge Teaches Pitching at Escape

Chrissy Metge
We're delighted to welcome back animation & VFX producer Chrissy Metge to Escape Studios on Monday 25th November.

Chrissy will teach a class on "Pitching for Animators" to our second year undergraduate animators at Escape Studios, helping them to perfect their pitching skills. 

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

An Evening With... Stratostorm - Tonight

Join us tonight for one of our "Evening with..." events at Escape Studios on Wednesday 20th November as we welcome animators and entrepreneurs Helena Hilario and Mario Pece for a talk about the creation of their award-winning studio Stratostorm.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Introducing "Flame"

Congratulations to our MA animation students who have recently completed their short film project: "Flame", which is now being entered into international film festival competitions.  On a dark night in the desert, Flame is born, but she soon realizes that the storm that brought her life is now a threat to her survival.  Flame was directed by Cherelle Owusu and produced by Carolina Xavier, under the supervision of MA supervising tutor Amedeo Beretta.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Kevin Richards to Teach Dinosaur Animation

Kevin Richards Teaches at Escape Studios
Animator and Escapee Kevin Richards will be coming to Escape Studios on Wednesday and Thursday to teach our 2nd year animators.

Kevin is a traditional 2D animator who took our short course in animation at Escape Studios, and successfully made the transition to 3D animation in Maya, working as an animator on "Shane the Chef" at Cloth Cat animation in Cardiff.

Kevin will be teaching our students dinosaur locomotion, showing how to use live action reference of birds and reptiles to create believable dinosaur animation. 

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Concept Art Returns on 8 January 2020

Concept Art Student Work
Concept Art Returns on 8 January 2020, 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.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Storyboarding is Back on 22 January 2020

Francesca "Chess" Adams
Our evening class in Storyboarding with Francesca "Chess" Adams, veteran story board artist at Blue Zoo, one of London's leading animation houses, is back early next year.

Our next evening class in storyboarding starts at our central London campus at 190 High Holborn on 22 January 2020 and runs for 8 weeks.

Chess brings her long 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.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Aaron Hopwood Animates Edgar The Dragon

Many congratulations to Escapee Aaron Hopwood, who worked on this year's John Lewis commercial, as a VFX artist and animator. Aaron is an animator at Untold Studios, one of London's newest VFX houses; he did the previs animation, and also animated a number of shots of Edgar the Dragon and the Snowman.

Aaron graduated from Escape Studios with a first-class degree in  the Art of 3D animation this summer, having led a number of successful animation projects during his time at Escape Studios. 

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Blue Zoo's Real Time Animation Pipeline

Blue Zoo's Tom Box at BlueGFX Expo
At the BlueGFX Expo event on Tuesday, Blue Zoo founder Tom Box explained how Blue Zoo are transitioning to a "real-time animation render pipeline" this year, exploring new ways to speed up the animation process.

Tom described Blue Zoo as a studio that, since its inception, has "refused to accept industry standards", and has forged its own path in the industry.

Recently Blue Zoo have been pioneering the use of real-time rendering using Unreal Engine, in much the same way that we have been doing at Escape Studios - finding ways to make the production process faster and more efficient. 

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

BA/Mart in 3D Animation Starts Sept 2020

Escape Studios' students interviewed at the BFI, October 2019
Escape Studios is now taking applications for our four-year BA/MArt in computer animation, recruiting for September 2020.

Applications are done through UCAS, and you can find out more about the course at the official site here.

Our BA/MArt in animation was launched in 2015, and our first group of animation students graduated this summer, winning awards and prizes for their work at international festivals.  We're proud that all 18 of our graduating class participated in an award-winning film this past year.  The makers of Home Sweet Home and Jericho won multiple awards and even had their films screened at the BFI London Film Festival in October

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