Escape Studios Supports Upcoming Talent With New Undergraduate Scholarship Programme Launched With Industry Leaders

Ian Livingstone CBE, Paul Franklin and Eamonn Butler sponsor new VFX, Games and Animation full fee scholarships for September 2017

Escape Studios, Europe’s leading VFX academy, part of Pearson College London, are thrilled to announce the launch of three brand new scholarship programmes sponsored by industry leaders, including OSCAR® winning VFX supervisor Paul Franklin, BAFTA winning games developer Ian Livingstone CBE, and renowned animator and Head of Animation at Cinesite Eamonn Butler, to help educate and nurture the next generation of British grown talent.

The winner of each scholarship will have their tuition fee paid in full. These winners will be handpicked by the three sponsors from the finalists in each category. In addition, Escape Studios will offer bursaries to students who come from areas with traditionally low participation rates in Higher Education. This is part of a commitment to help students, who may not progress into Higher Education otherwise, and to recognise potential and nurture talent, regardless of background or circumstances.

The Eamonn Butler Scholarship for Animation is a full tuition fee scholarship awarded to one applicant for the BA/MArt (Hons) The Art of Computer Animation degree at Escape Studios. Eamonn Butler started his career at Walt Disney Animation Studios as a 2D Animator and spent 10 years at the Studio, comments,

“I am delighted to support Escape Studios and offer their Animation course to a talented individual, even more so one that may not have had access to this opportunity otherwise. It’s fantastic to be working alongside Paul and Ian to give great breadth of opportunity across the spectrum of the moving image in video games, animation and VFX. We’re proud to not only support the education of up and coming talent but to be the reason behind broadening someone’s creative abilities.” Eamonn Butler

The Ian Livingstone Scholarship for Game Art is a full tuition fee scholarship awarded to one applicant for the BA/MArt (Hons) The Art of Video Games degree at Escape Studios. Ian Livingstone CBE, is best known for being the man behind huge franchises such as Tomb Raider, and is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry. Ian comments,

“It is a great privilege for me to be working with Escape Studios in offering this arts education scholarship to the next generation of game makers. It will give somebody who has dreamt of working in the games industry, or starting his or her own studio, a real chance of achieving their ambition. The scholarship supports my commitment to ensuring the UK continues to lead the way in encouraging and developing the very best talent in our industry.” Ian Livingstone CBE


The Paul Franklin Scholarship for VFX is a full tuition fee scholarship awarded to one applicant for the BA/MArt (Hons) The Art of Visual Effects degree at Escape Studios. BAFTA and Academy Award winner Paul Franklin has worked on some of the most memorable and successful films of recent times, titles such as Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Paul adds:

"Nurturing the next generation of British talent is very important to me, and it's an honour to be able to work with Escape Studios who so brilliantly supports this. Throughout my career I've been privileged to work behind the camera with some amazing and incredibly hard-working visual effects artists - they come from all sorts of different types of backgrounds and the quality that unites them is creative passion. To be able to give a gifted student the chance to study with Escape Studios - an opportunity that they might otherwise not have - is very exciting. I can’t wait to see the talent that comes through this scholarship and then follow them on their path into the amazing world of visual effects.” Paul Franklin

Ian Palmer, Director of Escape Studios, also adds:

“We are thrilled to be partnering with these industry leaders to launch these scholarships for 2017. The scholarships are a mark of our commitment to the creative industries in the UK and our ongoing commitment to create studio-ready talent. To be able to offer the next generation an opportunity to break into the industry and make what they love a career is a real honour and I can’t wait to see what is to come from the talent selected by our partners.” Ian Palmer

  

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Further information on the scholarship programmes can be found below

Ian Livingstone Scholarship for Game Art

Paul Franklin Scholarship for VFX

Eamonn Butler Scholarship for Animation 

Notes for editors:

Escape Studios is Europe’s leading VFX academy, part of Pearson College London since 2013, the Studio has over 14 years’ experience in creating world-class, studio-ready talent. Between the accelerated classroom training and online programmes, the Studio has graduated thousands of students worldwide, helping them into careers spanning the entire creative spectrum.

Escape Studios aims to take students with raw talent and big aspirations shaping them into the creative professionals demanded by today’s employers. Within Escape Studios, they offer undergraduate and postgraduate full-time, part-time and online short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Games Art and Animation, all of which are supported and curated by industry bodies and partners.

Eamonn Butler Biography
Eamonn Butler, started his career at Walt Disney Animation Studios as a 2D Animator. Eamonn spent 10 years at Disney, working on Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur and Chicken Little amongst other films. He trained under veteran Disney animator David Brain at Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design. Eammon has since transferred to the world of VFX animation and as Head of Animation at Double Negative he worked on box offices hits such as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Iron Man 2 and Edge of Tomorrow. For the last 4 years, Eammon has been Head of Animation at Cinesite, an award-winning film and TV visual effects company based in London’s Soho.

Ian Livingston CBE Biography
Ian Livingstone CBE, is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry. Former Executive Chairman of Eidos, he is best known for being the man behind huge franchises such as Tomb Raider and Warhammer. He co-founded the iconic games company Games Workshop and co-created Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. In 2002, Ian Livingstone won the BAFTA Interactive Special Award for outstanding contribution to the industry and was appointed CBE in the 2013.

Paul Franklin Biography
Paul Franklin has worked on some of the most memorable and successful films of recent times, titles such as Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. His work on Inception (2010) won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and the BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects and he won a second Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for Interstellar (2014).