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Aardman Adopts Escape Studios’ Online Learning Tool

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LONDON – Oct. 24, 2008 –

Escape Studios today announced that industry-acclaimed animation firm Aardman has selected Escape’s comprehensive, yet easy-to-use Maya courseware and online learning system to augment its in-house computer graphics training program. An exciting addition to Escape Studios’ growing portfolio of prominent corporate adopters, Aardman’s announcement comes only three weeks after game developer Rare announced its decision to implement Escape Studios’ online learning system. The online Maya program was developed by Escape’s world-class tutors and features extremely dynamic HD content and an unprecedented learning experience. “Both Escape and Aardman are excited about this partnership and definitely see it as a step forward for the industry as a whole,� said Alan Short, Head of Department at Aardman CGI. “The modular approach that Escape has taken allows us to more easily tailor our technical training to the various specific needs of individual artists.� Escape’s online learning course comprises over 600 video tutorials that can be watched in 720 HD as well as an extensive Q&A tool that ensures learners have vast resources at their disposal, making the system easy as well as comprehensive. The most in-depth online Maya training ever created, Escape Studios’ courseware is designed to take the absolute beginner through to an advanced level, but is also designed to further the knowledge of seasoned professionals. For more information on Escape’s Maya Core online courseware, or to access two-and-a-half hours of free 3D tutorials and courseware, please visit

http://www.escapestudios.com/en_GB/school/maya-core.html

. “There is a growing need for studios to take a more proactive stance in acquiring the skills they need to remain competitive,� commented Mark Cass, Escape Studios’ Commercial Director. “Unfortunately, entry-level staff is rarely equipped with the hands-on technical experience necessary to ‘hit the ground running’ and bring value to employers. Our online courses are the easiest, most efficient way to gain practical, real-world skills from industry experts. Aardman adopted the courseware because it provides the technical foundations to create superior 3D computer graphics and keep them top-of-mind.� “We are very much looking forward to using Escape’s online courseware,� continued Short. “We anticipate it will form part of Aardman’s wider ambitions for training and creative development in the future.�

About Escape Studios

Founded in 2002 and based in London, Escape Studios is the number one choice for developing a successful career in the CG industry. Escape’s teaching staff includes some of the industry’s most talented film, games and animation professionals; instructors hail from world-renowned facilities such as Pixar, Sony, MPC and Cinesite. Graduates, or “Escapees,� have been placed in facilities ranging from Rockstar Games to the BBC and The Mill, and worked on some of the industry’s most high-profile projects including The Golden Compass, 10,000BC, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix. For more information on Escape please visit

www.escapestudios.com

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