Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Animation Taster Days Aug 24, 13 & 27th Sept

Learn to animate a bird in flight
We're running three more Animation Taster Days here at Escape Studios, on Thursday 24th August, Wednesday 13th September, and Wednesday 27th September. Taster Days are a great chance to learn about character and creature animation, and find out what an animator's job is all about.

We run animation taster days to give future animators an idea of what it's like to work in the  industry, and discover if this is a career that's right for them.

You will work with Autodesk Maya and the Adobe Creative Suite, and you’ll get a hands-on introduction to 3D Animation techniques, all for just £25!  By the end of the day you'll have your own piece of animation uploaded to your YouTube channel.  So, how do you sign up?

Friday, 11 August 2017

Pixabay.com - Free Stills and Videos!

Sooner or later every digital artist has to get to grips with copyright law. In particular, where can you find royalty-free images and video for use in your work? It's no use just grabbing stuff from Google. Copyright owners can and will hunt you down, especially the stock image companies like Getty Images. One excellent solution to the problem is Pixabay.com.

Pixabay.com describes itself as "a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes."

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Faster, Better, Rigging in Maya with Rapid Rig

"Rapid Rig: Modular" is a powerful automated rigging tool developed by Dustin Nelson and available for $90 at Highend3D.com.

Rapid Rigdoes what the name suggests - it allows you to build rigs rapidly, with speed and efficiency.

And it doesn't just rig bipeds. Rapid Rig will allow to rig characters with "four arms, two heads, twenty eyes, fourteen fingers, eight legs" - you get the picture. And all without having to understand anything much about rigging.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

I Want To Live in the Zoo by Evgenia Golubeva


I Want To Live in the Zoo by Evgenia Golubeva

Check out this charming trailer for by Escapee Evgenia Golubeva, who has been pursuing a career as an independent film-maker and animator.  "I Want To Live in the Zoo" is Evgenia's latest film project, and comes on the heels of her award-winning short "I am not a Mouse", and the very funny "Hold Me Clothes", which was created in just four days at Film Festival Cinemadamare in 2011. Many congratulations to Evgenia on her beautiful animation.

Monday, 7 August 2017

New Dragon Rig from Josh Sobel

Josh Sobel is an excellent rigger and animator who has brought animation students a number of excellent rigs, including the excellent Kayla rig, and also the very useful (and free) Bonnie rig.

He has now released a completely new rig - "Arc the Dragon", which isn't free, but is priced at a very reasonable $18.

Arc is described as "a full quadruped with expressive facial control, intuitive body setup, full picker, pose library and limitless customization."

Friday, 4 August 2017

Stuart Penn Unlocks Alien Covenant

Last night Escape Studios was proud to welcome Framestore VFX Supervisor Stuart Penn to talk to students and guests about his visual effects work.

Framestore is one of London's leading visual effects houses, and is now a global company with locations in Canada and elsewhere.

Stuart, whose VFX work includes Avatar, The Dark Knight, Iron Man 3 Guardians of the Galaxy, was talking about his recent work as VFX supervisor on Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.
 
So, what were the secrets behind this most coveted of VFX roles - working for one of the greatest living film directors on this legendary film franchise?

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

PC -v- Mac - Which Is Best For Animation?

Mac -v- PC. Which is best?
One question we get asked a lot by animation students looking to buy a new laptop is "which is best for animating in Maya - a PC or a Mac?"

It's an important question because you don't want to spend a lot of money on a machine that doesn't do the job properly. Of course, while you are studying at Escape Studios we provide you will all the hardware and software you need. But lots of students like to have their own workstation at home, so they can keep working on their projects out of hours, or on holiday.

So, which is best? A Mac or a PC?

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Find Your Future on 9 August 2017

Want a career in creative media, but not sure what route to travel? Get yourself to "Find Your Future 2017", right here in London on 9 August.

If you're interested in working in the creative industries, then Find Your Future is the careers event for you.

Best of all, it's completely free!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Blue GFX Expo 9 November 2017

Save the date! Blue GFX Expo is taking place in London on 9th November 2017.

Last year speakers included Tom Box from Blue Zoo, one of the UK's biggest TV animation company, Stuart Penn from Framestore, and the folks from Autodesk showing the latest tools.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Farewell June Foray 1917-2017

June Foray
The Queen of Animation died yesterday. The extraordinarily talented June Foray, voice of countless cartoon characters in her long and varied career, has died just shy of her 100th birthday.  June was the go-to person for animation voice-over work for many, many decades. You may not recognise June's face, but you know her voice.

She was the voice of the Grandmother in Disney's Mulan, and did countless Granny voices for the Looney Tunes. She worked with animation greats like Chuck Jones and Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny and many others), and continued working well into her 90s. She was on the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture Academy, and ASIFA Hollywood. She helped to set up the Annie Awards (animation Oscars) in 1972.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

7 Rules to Start Your Own Animation Business

How do you start a small animation business? At Escape Studios we don't just train animators to do excellent work, we help them to turn that knowledge into a successful career. And one way of dealing with the uncertainty of being an employee in the creative industries is to start up your own business.

Don't forget that today's big companies like Pixar and Blue Zoo all began life as small start-ups. But how, exactly, might you go about starting one up from scratch?  Below are the 7 Key Rules to start your own animation business.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Why Does Maya's Batch Render Light Too Dark?

Utah Teapot
Lighting your scene using Autodesk Maya can be a tricky process. You finish your shot, light your scene, you get your lights to look just the way you want them to. And when you render out a single frame, everything looks fine. But then, when you come to do a batch render of your frames, Maya gives you something quite different - and much darker. And it's not what you wanted at all.

Why does Maya do this - and what is the solution?

Friday, 21 July 2017

Last Call! Animation Taster Day 24 July

Animate a crow in flight
Last chance to sign up! We're running an Animation Taster Day here at Escape Studios, on Monday 24th July. Taster Days are a great chance to learn about character and creature animation, and find out what an animator's job is all about.

We run animation taster days to give future animators an idea of what it's like to work in the  industry, and discover if this is a career that's right for them.

You will work with Autodesk Maya and the Adobe Creative Suite, and you’ll get a hands-on introduction to 3D Animation techniques, all for just £25!  By the end of the day you'll have your own piece of animation uploaded to your YouTube channel.  So, how do you sign up?

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Stuart Penn to Escape Studios on 3rd August

Stuart Penn
Escape Studios is proud to host another "Evening with..." event, this time with super-talented Framestore VFX Supervisor Stuart Penn, on Thursday 3rd August at 6.30pm.

Stuart's work includes the digital oil refinery "Hell's Gate" on James Cameron's Avatar, the Hong Kong sequence of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, the development of the Extremis effect for Marvel's Iron Man 3 and the Knowhere environment for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Stuart will be talking about his recent work as VFX supervisor on Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Tools For Character Designers at Adobe Color

color.adobe.com
Check out Adobe Color, an excellent resource to help aspiring character designers deal with that trickiest of concepts - a colour palette that works.

Character designers tend to have their hands full dealing with design and drawing, and having to work in colour adds a whole extra layer of complexity.

The cool thing about Adobe Color is that it gives you colour palettes for free. Say you wanted to design a character using military colours - you might try this army colour palette here.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

16 Rules of Animation Freelancing

If you work in the animation industry, the chances are that at some point you will be self-employed, either running your own small business or working as a freelancer. 

Even if you do land a job as an employee of a company, our industry tends to be project-driven, and most companies tend to expand and contract according to the size of their order book. 

So what’s an animator to do to stay afloat? First, you must understand the 16 Rules of Animation Freelancing

Monday, 17 July 2017

Bring Your Own Animation Tonight 17th July

Lukin pub, Fitzrovia
Calling all Escape animators - "Bring Your Own Animation" is taking place tonight, on Monday 17th July.

BYOA is an animation event that takes place every month at a pub in London. This month the event is taking place at The Lukin pub in Fitzrovia.

If you are a student who is working on a shot or an updated reel (aren't we all?), bring your work on a USB or hard drive and get feedback from professional animators. You'll also hear the local gossip and find out the word on the street.

Python is Back! New Course Starts 21 Nov 2017

Escape Studios recently launched a new Python Short Course, and its success means that we're running it again this November.

Python is a widely used high-level programming language for general-purpose programming, created by Guido van Rossum, and widely used in the VFX industry.

Most importantly for our students, Python is part of the architecture of Maya and Nuke, and an ability to master Python is a super-useful part of the digital artists' tool box.  Python is being taught at Escape Studios West (Shepherd's Bush), for five weeks from 21st November 2017.  It's a part-time course and costs £995.  To find out more, follow this link.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Character Design Webinar Monday 31st July


Our next webinar at Escape Studios is on Monday 31st July at 4pm, and it's all about character design: how to design great characters, and how to find work as a character designer in the animation industry. 

If you'd like to find work as a character designer (and who wouldn't? It's one of the most fun jobs going in our industry) and you'd like to make your portfolio the best it possibly can be - sign up now for our webinar.

Best of all - it's completely free!

What's this webinar all about?
It's all about what's involved in forging a successful career as a character designer. Putting together an excellent portfolio of work is the ultimate goal for all of our students here at Escape Studios - and character design is no exception.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

The Best Animation Course in the World?

Blue Zoo Animation
What would the Best Animation Course in the world look like?

The question was recently asked by Tom Box, co-founder of Blue Zoo Animation Studio. Tom surveyed the artists and animators at Blue Zoo to find out what is right - and wrong - with university animation courses.

It's an important question, and one that colleges and universities need to keep asking, in order to make sure we're offering our students the right skills. So what is the answer?  How can universities design better courses that actually meet the needs of the industry?

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

How To Break Into the Animation Business

Producer Don Hahn
How do animators break into the entertainment industry? Digital media and outlets like YouTube and Vimeo have made it easier than ever to gain exposure, but increased competition can make it seem harder than ever to get that first job in a mainstream studio.

At Escape Studios we focus on helping our students get the right skills to find work in the industry. Having the right skills is vital, as well as your own blog, website and animation demo reel.

As we get ready for our evening class in producing animation, starting this September, we asked Lion King producer Don Hahn to explain how students can break into the business of animation.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

When To Use Maya's World Control

When should animators use the World Control to animate in Maya? The short answer is: "never". But, as with most rules, real life is not quite as simple as that, and there are exceptions to the rule.

Since this is an area of some confusion for animators learning to to use Maya, here's a brief outline of what the rules of World Control Etiquette really are.

Monday, 3 July 2017

What Do Animation Producers Do?

Jeffrey Katzenberg - founder of DreamWorks Animation
What does a producer do, exactly? This is an important question for anyone who hopes to go into the animation industry.

As we get ready for our evening class in Producing Animation, we take a look at the different kinds of producers on an animated film project, and what they all actually do.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Brexit and The Future of UK Animation

Brexit means....what?
At Escape Studios' recent Advisory Board meeting, leading figures in the creative industries guided us on where the industry is heading, and what skills are in demand.

After all, it's no use teaching our students outdated technology - we need to know what the industry needs now, and what kind of skills graduates will need in the future.

At the meeting the main subject for discussion was Brexit - and what this will mean for the creative industries in the UK.  So, what can the creative industries do to solve the problems posed by this looming upheaval?

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Who's Teaching Character Design?

Vince Woodcock
We're delighted to confirm that the very talented Vincent Woodcock will be the principal tutor at our character design evening class, starting this October at Escape Studios.

Vince studyed music and theatre at Brighton University, and then became an apprentice animator at the Richard Williams studio in London's Soho Square, learning his craft from Richard Williams and the other animators there including the veteran Disney animator Art Babbitt.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

How To Use EIS to Finance Your Animated Film

As we get ready for our evening class in Producing Animation, starting in September, it's important to conside some of the different ways to finance animated film projects.

Anyone who has tried to raise money for a film project (or any project) knows how hard it can be. Yes, you may have a great idea, but finding the money needed to bring it to life is no easy task.

EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) is one of the most promising means of securing equity investment. So, what is EIS and how does it work?

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Festivus is Back! Thursday 13 July

Festivus is back!  – with special guests! The Festivus animation event is an opportunity to get to know people in the London animation industry, find out who is hiring, and where the jobs are.

The latest Festivus animation event takes place on Thursday 13th July at The Comedy Pub in London.

There is a guest speaker from Animation UK, and Blue Zoo will also be there.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Animation Taster Day Monday 24 July

Learn to animate a bird in flight
We're running an Animation Taster Day here at Escape Studios, on Monday 24th July. Taster Days are a great chance to learn about character and creature animation, and find out what an animator's job is all about.

We run animation taster days to give future animators an idea of what it's like to work in the  industry, and discover if this is a career that's right for them.

You will work with Autodesk Maya and the Adobe Creative Suite, and you’ll get a hands-on introduction to 3D Animation techniques, all for just £25!  By the end of the day you'll have your own piece of animation uploaded to your YouTube channel.  So, how do you sign up?

Friday, 23 June 2017

Cinesite "Inspire" Internships - Apply Now!

Cinesite, one of London's biggest animation and VFX houses, is now accepting entries for paid Summer internships at their London studios.

The programme is open to individuals over the age of 18, with little or no experience of working in the VFX industry, who are eligible to work in the UK.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

IT Spec for Escape Studios Classrooms

HP Z640
One question we get asked a lot by prospective students is "what is the current spec of the Lab Computers for students at Escape Studios"? In other words, "how good is your tech?".

Fortunately, we bought all our machines brand new in September 2016 and they are excellent workstations. The main workhorse in all our classrooms is the HP Z640 Workstation, which has more than enough capacity to do the job. It's a high-end HP Z series workstation with dual Xeon processors and Nvidia Quadro series graphics cards

The full spec is as follows:
Dual Intel Xeon E5-2630v3 2.4 GHz 8 Core
32 GB DDR4 RAM
2 x 256 GB SSD
Nvidia M4000 Graphics Card

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Endless Reference for Animators

Using live action reference to inform your animation can be one of the best ways to get started as an animator.

I have used live action reference many times on many films, especially movies with human characters, such as The Road to El Dorado and Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron, and especially on action shots where the motion was complex and hard to get right.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

How Do You Finance Animation at Kickstarter?

Kickstarter
How do you finance an animation project at Kickstarter? The world of finance is changing, and crowd-funding is now one of the key means of getting a project off the ground. Even students with modest resources can now make their dreams real.

As we get ready for our evening class in Producing Animation, starting in September, we're taking a close look at how Kickstarter works.  Writer and film-maker Allen Stroud, author of Elite: Lave Revolution, explained in a recent talk how to get a Kickstarter project off the ground.

Monday, 19 June 2017

BYOA Tonight!

Lukin pub, Fitzrovia
Calling all Escape animators - "Bring Your Own Animation" is taking place tonight, Monday June 19th.

BYOA is an animation event that takes place every month at a pub in London. This month the event is taking place at The Lukin pub in Fitzrovia.

If you are a student who is working on a shot or an updated reel (aren't we all?), bring your work on a USB or hard drive and get feedback from professional animators. You'll also hear the local gossip and find out the word on the street. Who is hiring, and what skills are in demand?

Friday, 16 June 2017

Mental Ray is Back! - Free For Student Use

Mental Ray is back! 3D Render by Amaru Zeas
Mental Ray is Back! NVIDIA, makers of this classic ray tracer that used to come bundled free with Autodesk Maya, have released a version of their software which is free for student use. According to NVIDIA, "this program is designed for institutions of higher education who use Mental Ray as part of their curriculum." It's certainly good news for our students, because Mental Ray has a number of advtantages over its successor Arnold.  In particular, you can achieve some very quick and attractive lighting setups in Mental ray using Physical Sun & Sky, the closest thing Maya has to a "Make It Look Cool button".  So, how can our students get a free copy of Mental Ray?

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Escape Labs - Compositing Software - June 29

Escape Labs is back! We're hosting our third (and final) evening titled "The Software Sessions".

On Thursday June 29 we're welcoming independent creative studio Fluid Pictures to our High Holborn campus to host an exclusive industry exploration of 2D VFX software packages, especially After Effects, Nuke, Flame and Fusion.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Daniel Baidoo Animator at Lipsync

Congratulations to first year animation undergraduate Daniel Baidoo who has just landed a position as an animation intern this summer with Lipsync Post in London.

Daniel has already kicked off his animation career by interning at King Bee animation, and even getting a promotion to junior animator. Now he will be doing animation with visual effects at Lipsync, adding to his growing skillset.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Claus Toksvig on Producing Animation

Claus Toksvig
How do you produce and finance an independent animated feature film? It's far from an easy task, but not an impossible dream.

Our students at Escape Studios don't just learn animation, they learn the process of getting a film made from concept to screen.

As we get ready for our evening class in Producing Animation starting this September, we asked Danish producer Claus Toksvig, from Denmark's Animation Workshop, to explain the challenges of making an independent animated film outside of the studio system.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Francesco & Emma TD Animators at Framestore

Many congratulations to Escapees Francesco Nevi and Emma Thorpe who have just been offered animation FX jobs at Framestore.

Emma and Francesco will be taking part in Framestore's "LaunchPad Pro Creature FX course (CFX)".

Friday, 9 June 2017

Rory Marchant Animator at Jellyfish Pictures

Animation Reel 2016 from Rory B Marchant on Vimeo.

Many Congratulations to Escapee Rory Marchant who has just recently finished working as a studio assistant at Escape Studios, and has now landed himself a job as a Junior Animator at Jellyfish Pictures. Rory has also been working as a freelance animator, doing superb work - such as this excellent commercial for a French client.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Steve Burch Explains Producing Animation

Animation Producer Steve Burch
Animation Producer Steve Burch recently gave an excellent talk on Producing Animation, aimed at students hoping to start up their own small businesses and take on commercial freelance jobs.

After all, many of our students at Escape will found their own companies, and create their own characters and content.

As we get ready for our September evening class in Producing Animation, we ask the key question: what are the challenges involved in successfully bidding on, winning - and delivering - an animation production?

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Escapee David Mattock 10 Yrs of Full Rotation

Congratulations to Escapee David Mattock who will shortly celebrate ten years of successful freelance animation with his company Full Rotation.

Full Rotation provides animated films and videos, including motion graphics, for individuals and corporate clients. He has also completed a very useful "Intro to Maya" video, free for beginners learning the software. You can find it here - it's a great introduction to Maya basics.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Escape Studios Enters Blind Draw Challenge!


Here at Escape Studios we're backing the Blind Draw Challenge, a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of and much-needed funds for the victims of the Syrian refugee crisis. Blind Draw challenge is the brain child of Blue Zoo Animation Director Simone Giampaolo, who decided to turn his outrage over the ongoing conflict in Syria into something useful - a campaign to raise money for those displaced by war and violence.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Dominika Brodowska Story Artist at Cloth Cat

Dominika Brodowska
Many congratulations to Escapee Dominika Brodowska who has just landed a job as a storyboard artist with Cloth Cat animation in Cardiff.

Dominika took our three month intensive short course in animation here at Escape Studios, learning Maya and mastering the animation pipeline.

We asked her to talk about her new job at Cloth Cat, and what advice she can offer other Escapees looking to land their first job in the animation industry.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Character Design at Escape Studios in October

character design by Ronnie Kaye
Character Design is coming to Escape Studios! Our brand new course starting in October is an 8 week classroom introduction to the art and craft of character design. As with most of our evening classes, this is a part-time course, designed to fit around jobs and families, taught by industry professionals.

Character Design is one of the most rewarding parts of our industry - and also one of the most competitive. As with everything we do here at Escape, the class will build up to a live industry brief, with the final project mapping as closely as possible to the experience of working in an industry environment.

Students will attend an evening class one night a week, and will be set simple projects to do in-class, and  more complex ones to complete by the following week.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Escape Animators Visit Blue Zoo

Last week our latest graduating class of animators went to visit Blue Zoo, one of London's leading animation studios, for a critique of their work. Blue Zoo supplied us with one of their in-house character rigs and also a line of dialogue, giving our animators the chance to get stuck into some broad, cartoony animation of the type that Blue Zoo specialise in. We got some great feedback from Studio Head Tom Box and animation director Simone Giampaolo, who gave up a morning of their time to help our animators hone their skills. Many thanks to Blue Zoo for their generous help in getting our Escapees to get the industry-level feedback and skills they need.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Henry Fenwick Animator at Jellyfish Pictures

Many congratulations to Escapee Henry Fenwick, who is an animator at Jellyfish Pictures, working on the new Dennis the Menace  TV series for the BBC.

Jellyfish was founded in 2001 and since then has grown into one of the leading boutique visual effects and animation houses in London, starting from VFX origins and expanding into TV character animation work.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Learn Adobe Animate at Hexjibber.com

Hexjibber by Andy Sykes
Here at Escape Studios we focus primarily on teaching 3D character and creature animation in Maya, training our students to reach a professional level at which they can find work in the animation industry.

We also teach 2D animation, using Adobe Animate, the software formerly known as Flash. The skills learned in 3D animation are highly transferable to 2D, and there is plenty of work these days in both 2D and 3D animation.

For any of our students who might need a summer refresher course in Adobe Animate, we  recommend the superb website hexjibber.com, created by the very talented Andy Sykes. There are some excellent free tutorials to learn the basics of 2D animation using Adobe Animate.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Animation Taster Days: 30 May & 14 June

Learn to animate a bird in flight
We're running two more Animation Taster Days here at Escape Studios, on Tuesday 30th May and Tuesday 14th June.  Come and learn about character and creature animation, and find out what an animator's job is all about.

We're running these animation taster days to give future animators an idea of what it's like to work in the  industry, and discover if this is a career that's right for them.

You will work with Autodesk Maya and the Adobe Creative Suite, and you’ll get a hands-on introduction to 3D Animation techniques, all for just £25!  By the end of the day you'll have your own piece of animation uploaded to your YouTube channel.  So, how do you sign up?

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Marvellous Movie Land Party Friday May 26

Friday May 26 is MARVEL-lous Movie Land for all our students, with a free drink on us if you dress the part!

The event takes place on Friday 26 May at Revolution, 1 America Square, London EC3N 2LS, and lasts from 8pm until 2am.

Studying at Escape Studios isn't all work and no play.  With the academic year coming to an end, all our short course and undergraduate students are invited to come along and celebrate all the hard work they've put in this past year.

To sign up for the event, which is free for all our students, follow this link

To get there, take the Tube to Tower Hill - its a three minute walk north to Revolution.

Escape Studios Animation YouTube Channel

Check our students' excellent work at our YouTube channel, the best place to see recent work done by our student animators.

Escape Studios has a dedicated YouTube channel especially for animation content -  the channel showcases some of the best work done by our students here at Escape.  To see what our animators are up to, and the kind of quality work they are capable of, take a look at some of the playlists, such as this Playlist of Escapee demo reels.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Animal Logic: Animating Down Under

The folks who brought you Lego Movie
Recently Escape Studios welcomed Patricia Kung, head of Recruitment at Animal Logic to talk to our students at our High Holborn campus.

Animal Logic is one of Australia's leading animation and VFX companies, responsible for global box office hits like the Oscar-nominated The Lego Movie. Other movie credits include Babe, Mouse Hunt, Face Off, The Matrix, Moulin Rouge, House of Flying Daggers, 300, The Great Gatsby, Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians, and Walking with Dinosaurs 3D.

So, what is life like down under for animation and VFX graduates, and (most importantly) how can our animation graduates start their careers at Animal Logic?

Friday, 19 May 2017

Producing Animation at Escape 5th September

Bob Thompson, Ultramarines
Producing Animation is coming to Escape Studios! We're running an 8 week evening class (plus aftercare) at our Shepherd's Bush campus, starting on Tuesday 5 September 2017.

The course costs £995 and is a part-time evening course, designed to fit around jobs and families.

The class will taught by industry professionals such as Bob Thompson (see left), a veteran animation producer with a wealth of knowledge of feature film production. So, what can students expect from Producing Animation?

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Shelley Page to Visit Escape Studios

Shelley Page, DreamWorks
We're delighted to welcome DreamWorks and Aardman recruiter Shelley Page to Escape Studios. She'll be visiting our first year animation undergraduates to take a look at some of the work they've been doing over the past few weeks.

As always, engagement with industry is at the heart of what we do at Escape Studios. What skills are in demand? Who is hiring? And, most importantly, how can we prepare our students for the industry as it will be in two or three years time?

Shelley was one of the first recruits to DreamWorks back in the mid 1990s when the studio was first founded. We don't think there is anyone better qualified to critique our students' work.