Escape Studios XV: Creative Options for Future Generations

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Escape Studios celebrates 15 years of nurturing talent for the creative industries, with a new initiative for the next generation 

Escape Studios, Europe’s leading VFX academy and now a provider of Games, Animation and Motion Graphics courses, today further cemented their commitment to the future of the creative industries, by offering free Saturday classes to 13-16 year olds. The Escape Studios Saturday Club will be part of the National Saturday Club network, as a 16 to 30-week programme of events, offering no-cost, high-quality, tuition in the fields of VFX, Animation, Games and Motion Graphics.

2017 marks 15 years since the launch of Escape Studios, which was built on the bold vision of founder, Dom Davenport, a visual effects artist, who identified a huge skills gap in the industry; at its core, a lack of educational opportunities in VFX.  During that time, Escape has helped an incredible array of talent make their first steps in the creative industries. Since 2002, Escape Studios 4000+ alumni (dubbed ‘Escapees’) have gone on to work on a multitude of stellar, award winning projects. These include BAFTA and Oscar nominated films, including The Jungle Book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ex Machina, and bestselling games Assassin’s Creed, Uncharted 2 and Forza Horizon. 

Director of Escape Studios, Dr. Ian Palmer, comments

“We’re committed to providing choice and opportunity for future generations, regardless of background or experience. Working in the film, TV or games industry is a dream career for many people today, and being one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, it can be a very real and achievable goal, but only if we provide opportunities and the infrastructure for younger generations to get their foot in the door. Escape’s aim is to help these 13-16 year olds realise wealth of options open to them: by showcasing the endless possibilities on offer, we can nurture young talent and inspire them towards turning these dream careers into a reality.”

Sorrel Hershberg, director of the Saturday Club Trust says

“The aim of the National Saturday Club is to give young people the opportunity to explore subjects they love, nurture their talent and build their confidence. We launched the National Art&Design Saturday Club in 2009 and, seeing its growth from 4 to 50 locations, in 2015 began to apply the model to other subject areas. We are delighted to be working with VFX academy Escape Studios to offer a Saturday Club specialising in VFX, Animation, Gaming and Motion Graphics. We’re proud that we are able to add Escape Studios’ unique expertise and extensive industry knowledge to the Saturday Club network, and inspire young people towards fulfilling and exciting careers.”

Sir John Sorrell and Lady Sorrell founded the National Art & Design Saturday Club in 2009, inspired by the Saturday art classes they both attended as teenagers. From a pilot concept with four colleges, the network has flourished, reaching 60 locations and thousands of young people across the country. 

Saturday Clubs are now offered in Science & Engineering, Fashion & Business and Writing & Talking as well as Art & Design. Escape Studios is the first dedicated VFX, Animation, Motion Graphics and Gaming institution to offer Saturday Club specialising in these areas. 

The Saturday Club workshops are expected to begin in October 2017; To register, contact: caroline.cox@pearson.com

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About Escape Studios
A university education, powered by industry experience and built by the best industry minds.

Escape Studios are pioneering the next wave of visual effects artists, animators and game developers by transforming higher education. With industry engagement at its core, Escape Studios’ approach to industry-focused learning, is what sets it apart from the rest.

Escape harnesses the expertise and relentless creativity of award-winning artists. Students are taught by well-connected industry experts that have worked on the likes of The Dark Knightthe Lion King and Harry Potter, plus games for multiple PlayStation titles; tapping into real insight built from years of experience in the creative industries. This is also harnessed through an industry-led Advisory Board, bringing together talent from the top studios in the sector, including Framestore, MPC, Cinesite, Double Negative, Dreamworks Animation and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, to design, develop and deliver programmes.

Escape’s 4000+ alumni (dubbed ‘Escapees’) include BAFTA and Oscar winners; they’ve worked 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.