Two Escape Studios Alumni Contribute to Oscar Winning Film: First Man

Two members of the Escape Studios’ alumni community (dubbed ‘Escapees’) were involved in the visual effects production on the compelling story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, First Man.

Beating Avengers: Infinity War, Solo: A Star Wars and Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, this award makes First Man the 4th academy award for visual effects in the last five years for Double Negative - joining their awards for Interstellar (2015), Ex-Machina (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2018).

The 91st Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California on Sunday 24th February 2019 and the award was accepted by visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert.

Lambert said:

“This is so surreal; my 15 minutes of fame seems to have carried on for another 15 minutes. This is a fantastic occasion in that we’ve been honored for the actual process, which we talked about endlessly. The fact that we’ve been honored by the Academy is truly magnificent.”

A huge congratulations to the team at DNeg and all the awesome artists who helped bring re-tell the tale of the first man on the moon.

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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 Knight, the 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.