Escape Studios, The Mill Launch CG Whiz 2010 Competition

or anyone with a passion for computer graphics (CG) and ambitions to break into the world of visual effects, this could be the lucky break you’ve been waiting for. Today, Escape Studios – Europe’s leading CG academy – in partnership with The Mill, launches the second annual ‘CG Whiz’ competition, to uncover future stars of the CG industry.

Press Release from Escape Studios

London, UK,  For anyone with a passion for computer graphics (CG) and ambitions to break into the world of visual effects, this could be the lucky break you’ve been waiting for. Today, Escape Studios – Europe’s leading CG academy – in partnership with The Mill, launches the second annual ‘CG Whiz’ competition, to uncover future stars of the CG industry.

The competition is open to students, graduates and hobbyists from all over the world, and offers the winner a state of the art training from Escape Studios, and a helping hand into the competitive CG industry. The only rule is you can’t have worked professionally in a CG role before.

The top prize is a 12-week visual effects (VFX) classroom course, either at Escape Studios’ academy in London or Los Angeles, followed by a four-week placement at The Mill, and runners up will also receive a selection of mentored and online courses.

Commenting on the competition, Dominic Davenport, founder of Escape Studios said: “We’re very excited about our search to find some of the industry’s brightest talent and give aspiring artists the chance to break into the VFX industry. Last year, the quality of entries we received was testament to the hidden talent that exists in CG. We see it as our job to help anyone with a creative streak and a passion for computer graphics develop their skills and get them started on successful CG careers.  We’re looking forward to checking out this year’s entries!”

Stephen Venning, 3D Executive Producer at The Mill, added: “We’re delighted to support CG Whiz in its second year.  For us it’s a great way to check out the best amateur CG talent and offer the cream of the crop a real opportunity to build a career as a professional artist. This year, we’re pleased to offer the winner a month’s placement in either The Mill’s London or Los Angeles VFX studios.  This, plus the state-of-the-art training offered by Escape Studios, is as close to an open door to a career in CG as you can get.”

How to enterTo enter CG Whiz 2010, all you need to do is submit a show reel or set of stills compiled into a video. Make sure that you clearly label your entry with your name and title of your work, and then complete the following two steps.

Step 1: Upload your entry to any one of Escape Studios’ social media channels.  This can be done by:

    * Adding your entry as a response to our CG Whiz competition video on YouTube (insert URL when video is uploaded)    * Or uploading your entry to the wall of our Facebook page    * Or adding your video to the CG Whiz 2010 group on Vimeo    * Or even sending a link to your entry via Twitter to @escape_studios , using the hashtag #CGWhiz

Step 2: Send your contact details including name, the title of your work, email address and telephone number to CGWhiz@escapestudios.com

The closing date for the competition is 12th November 2010 and winners will be announced in early December.

Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found on the Escape Studios website: www.escapestudios.com/CGwhiz.

About Escape StudiosEscape is one of the most successful and well-respected CG academies in the world. We’re the proving ground for a new generation of computer graphics stars breaking into film, TV, games and commercials. We’re a vibrant community of professional artists. We’re a unique outsourcing resource for leading CG studios. We’re a specialist creative recruitment agency for entertainment, advertising, architecture and manufacturing businesses. We’re an authority on all things CG, offering informed opinions on cutting-edge creative, commercial and political issues. We’re host of the acclaimed CG awards. We’re a specialist IT consultancy and technology store. We are all of these things. We are CG. We are Escape Studios. For further information, please visit www.escapestudios.com

About The MillBased in London, New York and Los Angeles we collaborate on award-winning moving image, design and digital projects for the advertising, film, TV, games and music industries.

Twenty years of innovation has established The Mill as a recognised global brand for creating seamless visual effects, but we are also leaders in design, animation, live action content direction, VFX brand accounts, versioning and global adaptations, digital content creation and distribution.

We were founded in 1990 by Robin Shenfield and Pat Joseph, both of whom still lead the group and now have a global team of 500 plus made up of multi-national and home grown talent. For further information, please visit www.themill.com

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