LONDON â€“ Oct. 24, 2008 â€“
Escape Studios today announced that industry-acclaimed animation firm Aardman has selected Escapeâ€™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 Studiosâ€™ growing portfolio of prominent corporate adopters, Aardmanâ€™s announcement comes only three weeks after game developer Rare announced its decision to implement Escape Studiosâ€™ online learning system. The online Maya program was developed by Escapeâ€™s world-class tutors and features extremely dynamic HD content and an unprecedented learning experience. â€œBoth Escape and Aardman are excited about this partnership and definitely see it as a step forward for the industry as a whole,â€? said Alan Short, Head of Department at Aardman CGI. â€œThe modular approach that Escape has taken allows us to more easily tailor our technical training to the various specific needs of individual artists.â€? Escapeâ€™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 Studiosâ€™ 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 Escapeâ€™s Maya Core online courseware, or to access two-and-a-half hours of free 3D tutorials and courseware, please visit
. â€œThere is a growing need for studios to take a more proactive stance in acquiring the skills they need to remain competitive,â€? commented Mark Cass, Escape Studiosâ€™ Commercial Director. â€œUnfortunately, entry-level staff is rarely equipped with the hands-on technical experience necessary to â€˜hit the ground runningâ€™ 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.â€? â€œWe are very much looking forward to using Escapeâ€™s online courseware,â€? continued Short. â€œWe anticipate it will form part of Aardmanâ€™s wider ambitions for training and creative development in the future.â€?
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. Escapeâ€™s teaching staff includes some of the industryâ€™s most talented film, games and animation professionals; instructors hail from world-renowned facilities such as Pixar, Sony, MPC and Cinesite. Graduates, or â€œEscapees,â€? have been placed in facilities ranging from Rockstar Games to the BBC and The Mill, and worked on some of the industryâ€™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
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