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.
Friday, 28 July 2017
Thursday, 27 July 2017
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
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 do this - and what is the solution?
Friday, 21 July 2017
|Animate a crow in flight|
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'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
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
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
|Lukin pub, Fitzrovia|
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 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
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
|Blue Zoo Animation|
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
|Producer Don Hahn|
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
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
|Jeffrey Katzenberg - founder of DreamWorks Animation|
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.