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Become a VFX Master


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Date Added: 10th December 2013
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Win a free course with Escape Studios and kick-start your professional career as a visual effects artist.


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VFX students learning in the classroom at Escape Studios

Want to become a VFX master? Enter this competition to win one of two prizes. First prize is a free place on Escape Studios new online Compositing for Visual Effects course, valued at £6,000. Second prize is 50% off Escape Studios 3D Foundation classroom evening course in London.

First prize

Escape Studios have a new VFX course, starting on 13 January 2014, that will give you the tools to master the fundamentals of compositing for visual effects. On this course, develop your skills in this hugely essential stage of the visual effects pipeline, access Escape Studios' unique online learning platform and learn VFX techniques from an industry professional.

Upon completing the course Escape Studios also offer CV and showreel support, plus advice on job applications to help you secure your first job in the industry.

In an ever-evolving digital environment, we are seeing more and more people kick-start their VFX career from their home computers. You can too, on this new online VFX course.

Second prize

Looking to master the art of 3D visual effects? Our second prize is a half price discount towards the 3D Foundation evening course at Escape Studios' HQ in London, starting on 3 February 2014. This course is perfect for aspiring 3D artists who want to learn Maya, the industry's leading 3D animation software for 3D computer animation, modeling, visual effects, rendering, and compositing.

Take that important first step towards a career in VFX on this part-time evening course, which allows you to study Maya in your spare time. Using step-by-step Maya tuition with genuine production examples, this course will introduce you to Maya's capabilities, workflows and interface before walking you through the key 3D techniques you'll need to begin your journey from beginner to CG professional.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Framestore's award-winning commercials team were commissioned to create this haunting and delicate 2'40" animation sequence, The Tale of Three Brothers. Charlie Bayliss, Senior FX TD and Escape Studios graduate, was one of the core members of the production team and responsible for the FX on the invisible cloak.

How to enter!

Just answer this very simple question…

What software, beginning with 'M', is a go-to tool for blown-to-smithereens VFX?


(Hint: You may be able to find out here)

Send your answers to competitions@3dtotal.com with the subject line: I want to be a VFX Master. Be sure to include your name, address and telephone number within the email so we can contact the lucky winners!

The competition ends on Friday 3 January 2014 with one first prize winner and one second prize winner chosen at random. Winners will be contacted shortly after to confirm all the details for the courses starting on Monday 13 January and Monday 3 February 2014.

Good luck!

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Patricia Martinez Arastey Escape Studios graduate, 3D Foundation project during the Visual Effects Production course 2012

Terms and conditions:

The competition deadline is Friday 3 January 2014; entries received after this date will not be considered. Winners will be contacted on Monday 6 January 2014. The online Compositing for Visual Effects course start date is Monday 13 January 2014 and the 3D Foundation evening course start date is Monday 3 February 2014. The prize is for these course start dates only and can not be transferred to a course start date later in the year.

Employees of 3dtotal.com Ltd and Escape Studios (including freelancers), their relatives or any agents are not eligible to enter this competition. 3dtotal.com Ltd's decision is final and prizes will not be exchangeable for cash nor will they be interchangeable for courses commencing on any other date than the courses stated above. By entering this competition you consent to 3dtotal.com Ltd and Escape Studios sending you twice-monthly email newsletters and press releases. You may unsubscribe from these at any time.

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