Escape Studios establishes global partnership with befores & afters

Escape Studios is partnering with the internationally renowned visual effects and animation online publication, edited by journalist Ian Failes.

befores & afters and Escape Studios will work together to create technical reviews of new software updates and developments for the online magazine. This unique partnership will involve tutors from Escape Studios sharing their expertise and industry insight on befores & afters’ global platform.

"Escape Studios' experience of how software is used in the industry means we can give befores & afters readers an insight into major new releases,” said Mark Spevick, Head of 3D VFX at Escape Studios, who recently gave a review of Houdini 18.5 for befores & afters. “The partnership means that readers get a perspective that is often different from the technical press, because at Escape Studios we are both users and teachers, and often have to test-drive software and work out how we incorporate it into our teaching.”

“I can’t wait to work with Escape’s amazing tutors on digging deeper into VFX and animation software releases,” added Ian Failes. “It’s going to be a great way to get a hands-on view of what new features will mean for professional artists and students out there.”

Ian has written for other visual and effects and online magazines, including fxguide, Cartoon Brew, VFX Voice, 3D Artist, 3D World, Thrillist, Syfy, Inverse, Digital Arts, MovieMaker, Empire Magazine Australia, Develop, Rolling Stone and Polygon. He also attends international conferences on a regular basis, such as FMX, SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, VIEW, Annecy, Trojan Horse Was a Unicorn and SPARKFX, where he often conducts on-stage Q&As. 

Ian’s first book, Masters of FX, was published by Ilex and Focal Press in August 2015. This full-colour 192-page book features interviews with 16 of the world’s best visual effects supervisors and the films they’ve worked on.

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