Friday, 23 September 2022

Liminal Wins Best Horror Film at Art Film Awards

"Best Horror Film" at the Art Film Awards
Many congratulations to the makers of "Liminal", which has won "Best Horror Film" at the Art Film Awards.

"Liminal" tells the story of a young girl in a hospital ward who is beset by demons of the imagination.  It was written and directed by Zoe Walker, and produced by Alex Sellen.  

This is the fourth festival award. for Liminal.

Thursday, 22 September 2022

"The Crash" Wins Best VFX at Athens Fest

"Best VFX" (Hon Mention) in Athens
Many congratulations to the makers of "The Crash", the short VFX film created by students at Escape Studios, which has won an Honourable Mention in the category of "Best VFX" at the Athens International Film Festival.

"The Crash" is a sci-fi VFX short written and directed by Lewys Rhodes, and produced by Daniel Rowe.  Cinematography was by Benjamin Stevuliak.  The Crash has won many festival awards. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Rola Hafez Animator at Mighty Studios

Rola Hafez
Many congratulations to Escapee Rola Hafez who has started work as an animator at Mighty Studios

Rola took our MA in 3D Animation at Escape Studios, and directed the short animated sci-fi film "Alma" which has won multiple festival awards. She also worked on the award-winning short "Mafia Mix-Up".

We congratulate Rola on her first job in the animation industry. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

"Stellar Rescue" Wins "Best Production" at HEI Fest

The Stellar Rescue Best Production at the HEI Festival
Congratulations to the makers of "The Stellar Rescue", which has won an award for Best Production at the HEI Festival.

"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.

Monday, 19 September 2022

VFX Veteran Sagar Rathod Joins Escape Studios

Sagar Rathod
A warm welcome to our newest VFX tutor Sagar Rathod who joins us at Escape Studios tomorrow.  Sagar is the latest addition to the VFX team at Escape Studios; he is a veteran 3D digital artist with almost 20 years' experience in the visual effects industry.

Sagar's many film credits include Fantastic Beasts, Kingsman, Alien: Covenant, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Sagar will be teaching the 3rd year VFX and animation students as they join forces on the VFX Project, which runs from September 2022 until the end of December.

Sunday, 18 September 2022

"Explosive Love" Wins Honourable Mention in Tokyo

Congratulations to the makers of "Explosive Love", which has won an Honourable Mention in the category of Best Production Design at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

"Explosive Love" was directed by Alba Rodriguez and produced by Rohnak Sharma.  

"Explosive Love" tells the story of a lonely puffer fish looking for love - in an unlikely place. 

Saturday, 17 September 2022

"Giles & Rupert" Wins Best Trailer at Onyko Awards

Giles and Rupert Best Trailer at the Onyko Film Awards
Congratulations to the makers of Giles and Rupert's Prehistoric Predicament, which has won its fourth festival award - Best Trailer at the Onyko Film Awards.

Giles and Rupert's Prehistoric Predicament is a teaser/trailer for an original animated TV series created at Escape Studios by director Toby Haslam and producers Samia Chowdhury and Georgia Baird.  Giles and Rupert are Victorian inventors whose time machine invention goes horribly wrong - creating a world of Jurassic trouble. 

Friday, 16 September 2022

"Freefall" Hon Mention for "Best Super Short Film"

Best Super Short Film at the Art Film Awards
Congratulations to the makers of "Freefall", which has won an Honourable Mention in the category of "Best Super Short Film" at the Art Film Awards.

"Freefall" was written and directed by Jessa Timog-Santiago, co-directed by Rohnak Sharma, and produced by Sebastian Petre.  Alex Maynard was Lead Animator and CG Supervisor.  

Freefall was created as part of a group project by second-year animation students, working together as a team.  This is its second festival award. 

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Gun Flare and Smoke in After Effects Tutorial



Veteran animator and VFX tutor Marc Stevenson has recorded a new animation tutorial - "How to Animate Gun Flare and Smoke in After Effects". The tutorial explains how to use Adobe After Effects (part of the Adobe Suite, and available to all our students in our classrooms at Escape Studios) to create gun flare and smoke.  So, if you're animating a character Maya firing a gun - you might want to add the FX work in After Effects, rather than try to run a simulation in Maya. The video tutorial is aimed at beginners and runs for 20 minutes.  You can see more of Marc's excellent animation tutorials at his YouTube Channel

Animation Recruiters with Kevin Richards

Kevin Richards took our short course in 3D animation at Escape Studios and is now working as a Lead Animator at the new Aardman Animation TV Series "Pop Paper City". 

As a production lead, Kevin reviews animation reels and makes hiring decisions on new talent.

In the guest blog below, Kevin explains the role of recruiters in the animation industry, and how our graduates can get the best out of them. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

"Post-Mortem" Wins "Best VFX" at FOF Awards

"Best VFX" at the Future of Film Awards festival
Congratulations to the makers of  the VFX short "Post Mortem" which has won "Best VFX" at the Future of Film Awards.

Post Mortem was directed by Toby Haslam and Ridma Suriyagoda, and produced by Aidan Callaghan, who was also the 3D Lead.  Scott Middleton was the 2D Lead. 

Post Mortem takes place in a futuristic secure facility, where a surgeon performs an autopsy on a mysterious patient.  This is Post Mortem's seventh festival award.

Tuesday, 13 September 2022

"Threaded Together" Best Animation at FOF Awards

Best Animation at the Future of Film Awards
Congratulations to the makers of "Threaded Together", which has won an award for Best Animation at the Future of Film Awards. 

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

Threaded Together tells the story of a needle who longs to be reunited with his friends.  

This is the third festival award for Threaded Together

Monday, 12 September 2022

"Wanderer" Wins "Best Creative" at Halicarnassus

"The Wanderer" wins Best Creative at Halicarnassus
Congratulations to the makers of  "The Wanderer", which has won an award for "Best Creative" at the Halicarnassus Film Festival. 

"The Wanderer" tells the story of a traveller who encounters a mysterious spirit that guards an ancient temple.  

The Wanderer was directed by Chiyoko Coyte and produced by Wiktoria Swierk.  

This is the film's fifth festival award. 

Should Graduates Accept a Job as a Runner?

Running - is it just about making coffee?
Should animation, games and VFX graduates work as runners? Working as a runner is a standard entry-level position in our industry, but is it really necessary?  And should our students and graduates do it - or perhaps hold out for a more creative entry-level role?

Here at Escape Studios we support our students who take running positions.  Running isn't glamorous, but it can - and often does - lead to better things.  Hang in there, put up with a bit of drudgery, and it can pay big dividends. 

Sunday, 11 September 2022

"Liminal" Wins "Best Micro Short" at Vesuvius Fest

"Best Micro Short" at the Vesuvius Film Festival
Many congratulations to the makers of "Liminal", which has won "Best Micro Short" at the Vesuvius Film Festival.

"Liminal" tells the story of a young girl in a hospital ward who is beset by demons of the imagination.  It was written and directed by Zoe Walker, and produced by Alex Sellen.  

This is the third festival award. for Liminal.

Saturday, 10 September 2022

"Giles & Rupert" Wins Best Trailer at Art Film Awards

Best Trailer at the Art Film Awards
Congratulations to the makers of Giles and Rupert's Prehistoric Predicament, which has won its third festival award - Best Trailer at the Art Film Awards.

Giles and Rupert's Prehistoric Predicament is a teaser/trailer for an original animated TV series created at Escape Studios by director Toby Haslam and producers Samia Chowdhury and Georgia Baird.  Giles and Rupert are Victorian inventors whose time machine invention goes horribly wrong - creating a world of Jurassic trouble. 

Escapee Karla Tarazon Runner at HireWorks Post

Karla Tarazon
Congratulations to Escapee Karla Tarazon who is currently working as a runner at HireWorks Post

Karla took our BA in 3D Animation at Escape Studios, and contributed her skills as an animator to many of our short animated films, including Nefertiti, Hat Shop, Animal Lover, Little Gestures, Death From Above and Alma, all of which have won multiple festival awards.

Working as a runner in the industry is a recognised first step into animation, vfx and games, and often leads to a more permanent position. Congratulations to Karla for taking the first steps in her animation career.

Friday, 9 September 2022

Last Call for Character Design 10 October 2022

character design by Escapee Leroy Dias
Last call for our online Character Design Evening Class - which returns to Escape Studios on 10th October 2022.
  
Character Design is an eight week evening class taught by industry veteran and Escape Studios' Head of Character Design Steve Sole.


There is also an eight week period of aftercare at the end of the course, where students are encouraged to continue working on their portfolios, polishing their work to industry standards. 

"The Crash" Wins Best "60-Second" at Fortean Festival

Best 60-Second Challenge at the Fortean Film Festival
Many congratulations to the makers of "The Crash", a short VFX film created by students at Escape Studios, which has won "Best 60-Second Short" at the Fortean Film Festival.

"The Crash" is a sci-fi VFX short written and directed by Lewys Rhodes, and produced by Daniel Rowe.  Cinematography was by Benjamin Stevuliak.  The Crash has won many festival awards. 

Thursday, 8 September 2022

"Threaded Together" Wins "Best Student Director"

Best Student Filmmaker at the Eastern Europe Film Festival
Congratulations to the makers of "Threaded Together", which has won an award for Best Student Filmmaker at the Eastern Europe Film Festival.

Threaded Together was directed by Shauna Ludgate and produced by Manos Zervoudakis,  

Threaded Together tells the story of a needle who longs to be reunited with his friends.  

The original score was composed by Maria Cortes-Monroy.

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Undergraduate Open Day Saturday 24 Sept 2022

Saturday 24th September 2022
Escape Studios is hosting a new undergraduate open day from 10.30am until 2.30pm on Saturday 24th September 2022.

Escape Studios' Open Days are a chance to find out about our undergraduate degrees in Animation, The Art of Games and Visual Effects.  

An Open Day is an opportunity for potential students to find out how they can follow in the footsteps of our award-winning alumni.

"Giles & Rupert" Wins Best Trailer at Vesuvius Fest

Best Trailer at the Vesuvius Film Festival
Congratulations to the makers of Giles and Rupert's Prehistoric Predicament, which has won its second festival award - Best Trailer at the Vesuvius Film Festival.

Giles and Rupert's Prehistoric Predicament is a teaser/trailer for an original animated TV series created at Escape Studios by director Toby Haslam and producers Samia Chowdhury and Georgia Baird.  Giles and Rupert are Victorian inventors whose time machine invention goes horribly wrong - creating a world of Jurassic trouble. 

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Meet Your Animation Tutors - Steven Lall

Steve Lall teaches at Escape Studios
Escapee Steve Lall is our newest animation tutor at Escape Studios.  Steve has a decade of experience of working in advertising and animation, both 2D and 3D.

Steve will be teaching AN4001 "Locomotion & Mechanics" to our first year animation students from January 2023.

Steve's broad animation skillset also includes graphic design, film editing, lighting & rendering, and also managing the motion capture pipeline

Monday, 5 September 2022

"Post-Mortem" Wins Best VFX at London Film Fest

Post Mortem wins Best VFX at the LIMFF
Congratulations to the makers of  the VFX short "Post Mortem" which has won "Best VFX" at the London International Film Festival.

Post Mortem was directed by Toby Haslam and Ridma Suriyagoda, and produced by Aidan Callaghan, who was also the 3D Lead.  Scott Middleton was the 2D Lead. 

Post Mortem takes place in a futuristic secure facility, where a surgeon performs an autopsy on a mysterious patient.  

This is Post Mortem's sixth festival award.

Sunday, 4 September 2022

"Gnaughty Gnomes" Wins "Best VFX" at HEI Awards

Gnaughty Gnomes Best VFX at the HEI Film Festival
Congratulations to the makers of Gnaughty Gnomes, which has won Best VFX at the Heart of Europe Film Awards.

Gnaughty Gnomes is a short animated film made made by animation and vfx students at Escape Studios. Gnaughty Gnomes was directed by Antonia Palmer, produced by Hannah Sheppard and co-produced by Charlotte Gimbird.   Gnaughty Gnomes has won many festival awards. 

Saturday, 3 September 2022

Friday, 2 September 2022

"Our Ocean" Best 1st-Time Director at Halicarnassus

Best First-Time Director at the Halicarnassus Film Festival
Congratulations to the makers of "Our Ocean", which has won an award for "Best First-Time Director" at the Halicarnassus Film Festival.

Our Ocean was created by our fourth year animation and vfx students, studying the Art of Computer Animation and VFX.  

Written and Directed by Priya Shah, and produced by Ethen DentOur Ocean was a collaboration with the charity "Ocean Generation".  This is the film's fourth festival award.

Thursday, 1 September 2022

"How to Interview" by Escapee Kevin Richards

Kevin Richards teaching at Escape Studios
Escapee Kevin Richards took our short course in 3D animation at Escape Studios and is currently working as a Lead Animator at the new Aardman Animation TV Series "Pop Paper City".  

As a production lead, Kevin spends a good deal of time interviewing junior animators and making hiring decisions.

In the guest blog below, Kevin offers his tips on how to succeed at a job interview - the second stage in the process of getting hired.  If the company likes your demo reel, they will invite you to interview - below is Kevin's advice on how to get it right.  

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

"Leaching" Wins Best Trailer at HEI Awards

"The Leaching" wins Best Trailer at HEI Awards
Congratulations to Escape Studios' tutor Lee Caller whose short teaser/trailer "The Leaching" has won an award for "Best Trailer" at the Heart of Europe Film Festival.
  
"The Leaching" is a teaser/trailer for an animated horror film, currently in development. 

Lee teaches our Short Course, Advanced Animation, and Animation Masters students.  This is the second festival award for The Leaching.

Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Post-Mortem Wins Best VFX at Onyko Film Fest

Post Mortem Best VFX at the Onyko Film Festival
Congratulations to the makers of the VFX short "Post Mortem" which has won "Best VFX" at the Onyko Film Festival.

Post Mortem was directed by Toby Haslam and Ridma Suriyagoda, and produced by Aidan Callaghan, who was also the 3D Lead.  Scott Middleton was the 2D Lead. 

Post Mortem takes place in a futuristic secure facility, where a surgeon performs an autopsy on a mysterious patient.  This is Post Mortem's fifth festival award.

Monday, 29 August 2022

Animation Demo Reel Tips From Kevin Richards

Kevin Richards Teaching at Escape Studios
Escapee Kevin Richards, who took our short course in 3D animation at Escape Studios, is currently working as a Lead Animator at the new Aardman Animation TV Series "Pop Paper City".  As a production lead, Kevin spends a good deal of time reviewing animation reels and making hiring decisions on new talent.  

In this guest blog below, Kevin offers his tips on how to put together a great demo reel that will ensure you land that crucial first job in the animation industry.

Sunday, 28 August 2022

"Ambush" Wins Best VFX at Tokyo Fest

Congratulations to the makers of "Ambush", which has won an award for "Best VFX" at the Tokyo Film Fest.

Ambush was directed by Thomas Grantley and produced by Viktor Fiuk. The 3D Lead was Efthymios Bairaktaris and the 2D Lead was Andrea Tomas.  

Ambush was completed as part of the VFX Project, the final film-making module in the third year of studies at Escape Studios, in which students work together to create a short film, mirroring as closely as possible the workings of a studio environment. This is Ambush's third festival award.

Thursday, 25 August 2022

Escape Studios 20th Birthday Party 8 Sept 2022

Come and party on Thursday 8 September
Calling all our Escapees and industry friends! This year marks an important milestone for Escape Studios - 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of our school. 

Back in 2002 we first began teaching students the skills needed to break into the fast-growing VFX industry.  And on Thursday 8 September we're hosting a party to celebrate. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

"Jerich0" Wins Best Score at Hollywood Gold Awards

Jerich0wins Best Original Score in Hollywood
Many congratulations to the makers of Jerich0, which has won an award for "Best Original Score" at the Hollywood Gold 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.
 

Monday, 22 August 2022

"Stellar Rescue" Wins Best Director at Halicarnassus

Stellar Rescue Best Director at Halicarnassus Festival.
Congratulations to the makers of "The Stellar Rescue", which has won Best Director at the Halicarnassus Film Festival.

"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 must return it to its parents in the sky.

Saturday, 20 August 2022

"A Long Way Home" wins Best Trailer at Golden Eagle

A Long Way Home Best Trailer at Golden Eagle Fest
Congratulations to the makers of A Long Way Home, which has won an award for at the Best Trailer at Golden Eagle Film Festival.

A Long Way Home is a teaser/trailer directed by Harrison Bell and produced by Josiah Martin-Lofters, about an orphan girl searching for her biological mother.  The film was edited by Cameron Haley, the CG Supervisor was Nicole Widmer.  A Long Way Home has won many festival awards. 

Thursday, 18 August 2022

Post-Mortem Wins Best VFX at EEFF

Post Mortem "Best VFX" at the EEFF
Congratulations to the makers of  the VFX short "Post Mortem" which has won "Best VFX" at the Eastern European Film Festival (EEFF).

Post Mortem was directed by Toby Haslam and Ridma Suriyagoda, and produced by Aidan Callaghan, who was also the 3D Lead.  Scott Middleton was the 2D Lead. 

Post Mortem takes place in a futuristic secure facility, where a surgeon performs an autopsy on a mysterious patient.  This is Post Mortem's fourth festival award.

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

"Pet Shop" Wins "Best Trailer" at RFA

Pet Shop wins Best Trailer at the Robinson Film Awards
Congratulations to the makers of "Pet Shop", which has won an award for "Best Trailer" at the Robinson Film Awards.

Directed by Shauna Ludgate and Produced by Emmanouil "Manos" Zervoudakis"Pet Shop" is a story about animals in a pet shop who long to find a home; it has won many festival awards. 

Monday, 15 August 2022

Louis Chevis Animator at Pop Paper City

Louis Chevis
Many congratulations to Escapee Louis Chevis who has recently joined Aardman Animation's "Pop Paper City" as an animator.

"Pop Paper City" is a new animated TV series being distributed by Aardman Animations and produced by Lovelove films.

Louis studied the Art of Computer Animation.  While at Escape Studios, Louis contributed to many award-winning projects, including "Picture Us", "Threaded Together", "Burger Royale", "Russell", "Solitude" and "The Beauty of Nature".

Sunday, 14 August 2022

"Sweet Heart" Wins Best VFX at Future of Film Fest

"Sweet HeartBest VFX at the Future of Film Awards.
Congratulations to the makers of "Sweet Heart", which has won Best VFX at the Future of Film Awards. 

Sweet Heart is a short VFX film created by students at Escape Studios; it was directed by Liam Mann, co-directed by Shenaaz Suliman, and produced by Emmanouil "Manos" Zervoudakis.  

"Sweet Hearttells the story of two cake figurines who fall in love.  It has won many festival awards.

Saturday, 13 August 2022

Cinematography and Lighting with Clem Gharini


Cinematography and Lighting starts again on September 19th; one of a number of mini-modules taken by all our first year students.  Taught by our in-house Director of Photography Clement Gharini, Cinematography and Lighting module introduces students to the art of moving cameras and green screen photography.  Cinematography is one of the core skills that all our students must master; to find out more, watch the video above, and read Clem's post below.

Friday, 12 August 2022

"Liminal" Wins Golden Eagle Award

Many congratulations to the makers of "Liminal", which has won "Best Micro Short" at the Golden Eagle Film Festival

"Liminal" tells the story of a young girl in a hospital ward who is beset by demons of the imagination.  It was written and directed by Zoe Walker, and produced by Alex Sellen.  

This is the second festival award. for Liminal.

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Stellar Rescue "Best Micro Short" at Vesuvius Fest

The Stellar Rescue Best Micro Short at Vesuvius
Congratulations to the makers of "The Stellar Rescue", which has won Best Micro Short at the Vesuvius Film Festival.

"The Stellar Rescue" was written and directed by Anthony Sarmiento, and produced by Wiktoria Swierk.  Art direction was by Chiyoko Coyte

The Stellar Rescue is about a young boy who rescues a fallen baby star, and must return it to its parents in the sky.

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

"Is it Good?" By Lee Caller

"Is it good?" from Lee Caller on Vimeo.

Above is a fine acting shot animated by Escape Studios tutor Lee Caller, one of a number of pieces of animation that Lee has started as a student demo, but - as he puts it - "rarely gets to finish".  In this case, the purpose of the demo was to show students that great animation it not always all about over-the-top super-exaggeration, but more about subtle facial expressions and believable acting choices. The acting reference was taken from the TV series Killing Eve - you can see the original shot here: youtu.be/HDdhotN0Dnw?t=223

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Photography & Composition with Michael Hunter

Student artwork
One of the first mini-modules our students will tackle in their first year at Escape Studios is "Photography and Composition", taught by Escape Studios' tutor and professional photographer Michael Hunter. 
 
In this mini-module, starting on 19 September 2022, students learn the fundamental principles of Photography and Composition that can be applied to all areas of animation, games and visual effects.

These fundamental skills will be applied throughout our students' years of study at Escape Studios, whatever their chosen field of specialism.

Monday, 8 August 2022

"Giles & Rupert" Wins Best Animated Film in Milan

Best Animated Film at the Milan Gold Awards
Congratulations to the makers of Giles and Rupert's Prehistoric Predicament, which has won its first festival award - Best Animated Film - at the Milan Gold Awards.

Giles and Rupert's Prehistoric Predicament is a teaser/trailer for an original animated TV series created at Escape Studios by director Toby Haslam and producers Samia Chowdhury and Georgia Baird.  Giles and Rupert are Victorian inventors whose time machine invention goes horribly wrong - creating a world of Jurassic trouble. 

Sunday, 7 August 2022

"Ambush" Wins Best Animated Film in London Fest

Ambush wins Best Animation at London Movie Awards
Congratulations to the makers of "Ambush", which has won an award for "Best Animated Film" at the London Movie Awards.  

Ambush was directed by Thomas Grantley and produced by Viktor Fiuk. The 3D Lead was Efthymios Bairaktaris and the 2D Lead was Andrea Tomas.  

Ambush was completed as part of the VFX Project, the final film-making module in the third year of studies at Escape Studios, in which students work together to create a short film, mirroring as closely as possible the workings of a studio environment.  This is Ambush's second festival award.

Saturday, 6 August 2022

Escapee Titi-Marian Giusca Animator at Blue Zoo

Titi-Marion Giusca
Many congratulations to Escapee Titi-Marian Giusca who has started work as an animator at Blue Zoo, one of the UK's leading animation houses.

Titi-Marian Giusca studied the Art of Computer Animation at Escape Studios.

While at Escape Studios, Titi-Marian contributed to a number of award-winning projects, including March of the Potguins, Over Under, and The Golden Acornall of which have enjoyed considerable festival success.