Wednesday, 25 April 2018

MA Animation Starts 8 October 2018

Our newest course - MA in 3D Animation
We're excited to add a new course to the Escape Studios portfolio: our new MA (Master of Arts) in 3D Animation, a post-graduate degree, validated by the University of Kent, and taught at our mid-town campus in central London.

The MA is now passing through the various approval processes, having been subjected to both internal and external scrutiny, and - subject to final approval from Kent - we should soon be ready to welcome our first cohort in October 2018.

Frances Trought: Internships Workshop

Frances Trought
Frances Trought, Deputy Vice Principal of Talent Development at Pearson College, is hosting a jobs and internships workshop at Escape Studios this afternoon, and we strongly recommend that all our students attend.

One of the most common questions asked by students at this time of year is "how do I get a summer internship"? Frances' talk is titled "Applications: Marketing your Personal Brand", and she will be helping students to polish their CV, draft cover letters, fill out application forms, and make sure your LinkedIn profile can help you find work.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Summer School - Big Discounts for Students

Save pennies with a NUS card
Our new summer courses at Escape Studios have recently launched, and we are offering a significant discount on all of them for students.

Thinking of studying storyboarding or character design this summer? You can get a very substantial discount off the courses if you have a current NUS card.

For example, our 4 week storyboarding class costs £1,850 with an NUS card, and our 4 week character design class is also £1,850

Friday, 20 April 2018

Framestore's Oz Gani and Ross Burgess Reveal Animation Workflow Secrets

Ross Burgess and Oz Gani acting out some dinosaur action
Think of Framestore and you think of high-end animal and creature animation. Paddington, for example, was animated at Framestore, raising the bar for the whole industry in terms of the quality and believability of the animated performance.

Today we were lucky enough to have two senior Framestore animators (and the head of talent development) visit us at Escape Studios, to check out our students' work and give us some insights into the Framestore animation workflow.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Locksmith Animation Studio Opens in London

Good news for the London animation industry; the long awaited Locksmith animation studio, first announced back in 2014,  has opened its new premises in Primrose Hill, housing up to 70 artists.

Locksmith brings with it the prospect of jobs, creative success, and - at last - a proper, fully equipped animation studio right here in London.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Sergio D'Innocenzo Animator at TeamTo

TeamTo, Paris, france
Many congratulations to Escapee Sergio D'Innocenzo who is a senior animator at TeamTo, an animation studio in Paris, France.

Sergio studied our Animation course here at Escape Studios, and worked on developing a great demo reel. His hard work paid off, and he now works at TeamTo Studio doing animated TV series.

We asked him a few questions about his work, and how he broke into the industry.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Pixar's Royce Wesley to Visit Escape

Royce Wesley
We're excited to welcome Pixar animator Royce Wesley to London in June, when he will be mentoring our student animators.

Royce is an experienced character animator whose credits include Brave, Coco, Robots and Inside Out.  Royce will be visiting us in London right after finishing up on "Incredibles 2" to mentor our animators and help us to strive for Pixar quality animation.

Like Aaron Hartline, who visited us earlier this year, Royce brings industry talent to our classroom, to make sure our teaching techniques are as cutting-edge as possible.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Trailer Project - Student Showcase

The Adventures of Little Hanzo
Recently our second year animators completed their first collaborative group project - a short teaser/trailer for an animated film, TV series, or game.

Group work is notoriously hard to manage - one of the reasons why schools and universities often avoid it - but it is very much at the heart of what we do at Escape Studios, because it's how the industry works.

Animation and VFX are rarely solo sports. Being able to work together in teams is one of the core skills our students learn at Escape Studios, and it's why we introduce group projects as early as possible in the curriculum. Scroll down to see how the projects turned out.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Framestore Animator Oz Gani to Visit Escape

Oz Gani
We're excited to welcome Framestore Animator Oz Gani to visit Escape Studios on Friday, helping to guide our second year animators with their second group project, a creature documentary (or mockumentary), showcasing their skills as animals and creatures animators.

Oz will be reviewing the students' work and helping us to make sure we're reaching for Framestore standards of animal and creature animation.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Kevin Richards Animates Shane The Chef

Shane the Chef has just launched on Channel 5, featuring the work of Escapee Kevin Richards, who was one of the character animators on the show.

Kevin graduated from our short course in 3D animation in 2017, and since then has been working as a 3D animator at Cloth Cat in Cardiff.

We asked Kevin a few questions about how he got the job, and what advice he would offer to students hoping to break into the industry.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Aaron Hartline on Animating Woody and Buzz

Aaron Hartline was visiting us this recently from Pixar, mentoring our animators, and helping to make sure we're reaching for Pixar standards with character animation.  Aaron was the lead animator on the team that animated the Buzz and Woody intro at the Oscars in 2016, presenting the award for Best Character Animation. As part of his visit, Aaron walked us through the process of delivering a piece of character animation featuring two of the best loved characters in animation in front of an audience of 900 million people - quite an intimidating job. So, how did he pull it off?

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Ash Ellis Teaches Lighting

Ash Ellis at Escape Studios
Our Animation and 3D Studio Assistant, Ash Ellis, took over the Animation Short Course for one day last week to teach our animation students the fundamentals of lighting in animation.

​Animators don't need a high level of expertise in lighting, as they are generally judged by recruiters and studios purely on their animation skills.

Nonetheless, a basic understanding of lighting setups is an important ancillary skill, part of the animator's toolkit.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Framestore's Michelle From to Teach New Animation Evening Class Starting June 18

Michelle From
We're excited to launch a new part-time animation course, starting on Monday June 18 and running for 8 weeks, two evenings a week, until mid August.

Our newest animation tutor is Framestore animator Michelle From, a graduate of the excellent Animation Workshop in Denmark, whose filmography includes Sherlock Gnomes, a soon-to-be-released feature film made right here in London. 

Michelle was also the lead animator on her graduation film Tsunami, which was included in the official Cinéfondation selection at Festival de Cannes.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Escape Studios Module Specifications Online

One of the most common questions asked by undergraduate students is "What's in the next module?". Many of our students aren't aware that all the module specifications for our courses can be found online, giving everyone access to exactly what's in the course, for all three (or four, if you're doing the MArt) years of study at Escape Studios. To find the Module Specifications, and get familiar with some of the course detail, follow this link:

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Pixar's Aaron Hartline Talks Creativity

Aaron Hartline at Escape Studios
Pixar's Aaron Hartline gave a great talk at the VFX Festival earlier this year on the subject of creativity, titled "Turning on Your Creative Light Bulb".

Aaron was here in London to mentor our short course animators, and help us reach Pixar-quality standards in our animation teaching.

Aaron's talk was aimed in particular at animators, who are always looking to come up with inventive and fresh solutions to animation problems.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Animation Course Starts May 29th

The Niffler - animated at Framestore in London
We're currently taking applications for our next animation short course - three months of intensive training in 3D animation - starting on 29 May 2018.

We're excited to welcome Royce Wesley, a Pixar animator who will be visiting us in London to mentor our trainee animators. 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Escape Studios on France TV

France 2
Back in December 2017 Escape Studios welcomed a camera crew from French TV Channel France 2, who were filming a feature for the news on ‘Why London & the UK are the world leaders in VFX’. The segment aired last night in France and you can view it here.

The bit about London VFX starts at 27 minutes into the half hour news program, and is just over 3 minutes long. Our cinematography expert Clement is interviewed, and a number of shots are shown, done by students at Escape Studios, including one of a giant fireball destroying St Paul's cathedral. 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Sound Design Tips from Jakob Parsons

Jakob Parsons
Escape Studios recently welcomed sound specialist Jakob Parsons to teach sound design to our 2nd year undergraduate animators.

Our animation students are currently working on their first Studio Project - a teaser/trailer for an upcoming game, TV series or feature film.

Sound design is a vital part of the film-making process, and the only way to really learn it is to do it, make your mistakes, and then fix them.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Storyboard Summer Course 18 June - 13 July

Iliana Franklin teaches Storyboarding at Escape Studios
We're running an intensive four week storyboarding at Escape Studios over the summer. Story board artist Iliana Franklin, whose production credits include The Tale of Despereaux, is returning to Escape Studios to teach the art and craft of storyboarding, a vital part of the pre-production process that is currently experiencing a skills shortage here in the UK. The course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn storyboarding, whether for animation, live action, commercials, or your own personal projects, and runs from 18 June - 13 July.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Evgenia Golubeva in Annecy Official Selection

"I want to live in the Zoo"
Many congratulations to Escapee Evgenia Golubeva, whose animated short film "I want to live in the Zoo" has been included in the Annecy Official Selection.

Annecy is arguably the most prestigious animation festival in the world, and being included in the selection (and therefore having a chance to win a prize) is a great honour.