17 Escape Studios Alumni Contribute to BAFTA and Oscar Winning Film: The Jungle Book

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17 members of Escape Studios’ alumni community (dubbed ‘Escapees’) were involved in the visual effects production on the award winning film The Jungle Book.  

Building on the success of the 2017 VES Awards and the 2017 BAFTA’s, VFX giant MPC took home the 89th Annual Academy Award for Best Visual Effects on the innovative Disney hybrid: The Jungle Book, which advances the technology introduced in James Cameron’s “Avatar” and has dazzled viewers with its special visual effects and world-class animation.

The 89th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, 26th February 2017. Overall VFX Supervisor on The Jungle Book, MPC’s Adam Valdez, made the acceptance speech on behalf of the brilliant VFX crew responsible for bringing the film to life:

"This is a very proud day for me and my crew at MPC. I speak for everyone who was lucky enough to work with Jon Favreau and the great team at Disney when I say how grateful we are for this honor from the Academy.  Taking part in making a great film is a rare gift. Being recognized for our craft is deeply gratifying."

Made on a $175 million budget, the photo-real adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s story, directed by Jon Favreau, topped a list of nominees that included ILM’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”, Laika’s stop-motion “Kubo and the Two Strings” and ILM’s “Deepwater Horizon”.

Escapee Tim Adams who worked as a Stereo Roto/Prep artist at MPC said:

"Working on Jungle Book was great. I knew from the start it would hold a strong chance of winning a lot of awards, based on how much attention to detail was given in every area. It’s a privilege to have your first film credit as The Jungle Book!"

A huge congratulations to the team at MPC and all the brilliant minds behind The Jungle Book!

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A university education, powered by industry experience.

We’re pioneering the next wave of visual effects artists, animators and game developers by transforming higher education. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do, it’s why we do things differently and it’s what sets us apart.

We harness the expertise and relentless creativity of award-winning artists, developers and studios, through our unique degree concept teams (DCTs), to design, develop and deliver our degree programmes. We set our students industry-designed briefs, so they gain experience of responding to real-world scenarios during their studies. We also help them to build their professional networks; they’re taught by well-connected industry experts that have worked on the likes of The Dark Knight, the Lion King and Harry Potter, plus games for multiple PlayStation titles, so they get a real insight into the creative industries. We work with an Advisory Board of industry experts from the likes of Framestore, MPC, Cinesite, Double Negative, Dreamworks Animation and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe who support the development of our programmes and support aspiring talent.

Our students get to make beautiful things, develop a craft and have an extraordinary experience alongside their academic studies, so they don’t just graduate with a degree, they also leave with an awesome showreel to boot.

Our 4,000+ alumni (dubbed ‘Escapees’) include BAFTA and Oscar winners; many have gone on to work on VFX blockbusters like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Jungle Book, Dr Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina, Interstellar and Gravity. They’ve also worked on bestselling games (Assassin’s Creed and Forza Horizon), award winning adverts and some have even set-up their own studios.

Industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future.