Industry News

Virtual Animation

Oculus Rift is creating exciting waves in animation with the creation of their latest software, Quill. Quill allows the user to animate virtually by entering the user in an empty VR room where their hands are turned into a paintbrush and palette, creating a fully volumetric rendering of the drawings. The program accesses the location and speed of the strokes and turns the drawing process into an animation, making animation directly in VR. Could the opening up of these completely unexplored areas of animated entertainment programmes, possibly be the future of the industry?

Sky goes virtual

In addition to the exciting news from Oculus Rift, Sky is also making the most of the virtual reality craze and launched it’s own VR app on Android and iOS. Users can now watch the latest sports matches live using the Sky app and cardboard headset, as well as 360 documentaries and music. Earlier this year we saw BBC3 chose to become solely an online platform, so it’s interesting to see another broadcaster taking the online leap and entering the virtual space. Could this potentially be the start of a platform shift for broadcasters and will we see this replicated across other mediums such as film soon?

The launch of our new Midtown location

This month we are excited to announce the opening of our newest facility, located in the bustling heart of Holborn. Midtown will be the home for 18,000 undergraduates studying our The Art of Animation, The Art of Gaming, and The Art of VFX undergraduate degrees. It will be a space for innovation and collaboration and is our latest venture in inspiring future talent in the industry. For a sneak peak of the building check out our YouTube video.

The VFX Festival returns in 2017!

The VFX Festival is back for 2017, bigger, better and bolder than ever before, running from February 7th – 9th February 2017, in association with arts and cultural venue, Rich Mix. This week we are thrilled to have officially launched tickets and the first phase of our stellar line-up, including our headliner Framestore, alongside MPC, Cinesite, Blue Zoo, State of Play, REWIND and Glassworks amongst other leading industry brands. The VFX Festival has always been committed to attracting and showcasing the very best this vibrant creative industry has to offer in London; whether it’s from VFX, Gaming, Motion Graphics, or Animation. Now in its fifth year, the 2017 festival will be our boldest offering yet. We have something for everyone over three jam-packed days. To find out more go to our brand new website If you are interested in being a part of the festival please get in touch.

#Escape72Hours - Nurturing future talent in the film industry

Following the excitement around the launch of Midtown and The VFX Festival 2017. Escape Studios have also launched their first ever-virtual VFX film project this week. The 72-Hour Film Project aims to inspire up-and-coming filmmakers and new talent, encouraging their imaginations to run wild, in a race against the clock to create a VFX inspired short film.

This is a great opportunity build experience, taking place over 28th – 31st October, signs up are now open for team members. It’s a great chance for up and coming talent to put their skills to the test to create the best film to fit the theme and brief. More information can be found here