• Escape Studios - Undergraduate Student Showcase

    by Rachael Jones

    Student Showcase

     Our very first year of our Escape Studios Undergraduate courses has come to an end….but what a final show it was.

    What have our students been up to? Our students have spent this year working on common modules in Games, Computer Animation and Visual Effects. Their first term included learning soft skills to so they gain all round skills needed in the creative industry. This was all in preparation for the assessments at the end of the year, which was a mix of tutor, industry, peer and self-review, just as it would be when you become a professional.

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  • Half way there - Preparing to apply to university!

    by Taylor O'Callaghan

    Escape Studios

    If you’re reading this it probably means you’ve just finished the first year of your A-Levels or BTEC’s and will be making an application to university very soon. It can be an exciting (and stressful) time of year so one of our first year VFX students, Shanae Bedford, has lots of useful tips and advice on how you can prepare.

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  • Game Jam 2017!

    by Rachael Jones

    Game Jam 2017

    Last weekend (9th-11th June 2017) saw the return of our annual Game Jam! Our annual game design competition offers up and coming talent the opportunity to hone their skills, and brings together coders, game artists and project managers over one weekend to encourage creativity and ideas to develop a brand new game! This year’s event was in partnership with Gram Games, an entertainment company delivering engaging social games for mobile and the developers behind global smash hit games including 1010!, Merged! and Six!.  

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  • Undergraduate Daniel Baidoo gets an animation internship at King Bee

    by Rachael Jones

    King Bee

    Congratulations to one of our first year animation students, Daniel Baidoo who has just landed a position as a freelance junior animator with King Bee animation, located in Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, just outside of London.  

    Daniel started off as an animation intern, a great start to his career in the animation industry. We asked Daniel a few questions about how he got the initial internship, and how he got his animation career off the ground so quickly.  

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  • Animal Logic visits Escape Studios

    by Rachael Jones

    Animal Logic

    On Tuesday 9th May we were delighted to welcome Patricia Kung, Head of Recruitment at Animal Logic, to talk to our undergraduate and short course students. Animal Logic is one of Australia's leading animation and VFX studios, responsible for global box office hits like The Lego movie, The Lego Batman movie and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Animal Logic have offices in Australia, Los Angeles and Vancouver; their new broad reach is part of the globalisation of the animation and VFX industries, as creative companies open offices all over the world, getting access to a wider pool of talent and the broadest possible range of tax incentives.

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  • Mentored by Framestore

    Mentored by Framestore

    All of our courses are now mentored by at least one of our industry partners. The main idea behind the new mentoring programme is that we invite our industry partners in to mentor our students and help prepare them for the industry. Each course is mentored by an expert in the field and it's great for students as they get advice from professionals working in the industry today, and it helps prepare them for a career in the industry. Aikaterini Valma was among the group who were mentored by Framestore, and this is what she had to say about her time studying with us.

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  • How To Break Into Character Design

    Designs for Boxtrolls by Luis Grane

    Character design is one of the most creative jobs on an animated film, allowing the artist to give free rein to their imagination, come up with great ideas and - best of all - get paid to do it. 

    But how do you break into this most competitive of fields?  We asked Luis Grane, an animator and character designer whose work can be seen on dozens of animated films including Prince of Eqypt,  Hotel Transylvania, Ratatouille, and Open Season, to talk about this work and how he broke into the industry.  

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