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Escape Studios to Push Pixar’s RenderMan in Europe

Escape Studios will provide sales, training, and support services for Pixar Animation Studios s Academy Award-winning RenderMan software in the European digital content creation market.

Pixar has embarked on a major expansion of Rendermans market and user base through a growing product line, including RenderMan Pro Server, RenderMan Artist Tools, and the brand new RenderMan for Maya.

Escape Studios with its unique blend of industry knowledge, training facilities, production expertise, and sales experience, is ideally placed to support the RenderMan product line and provide a solid platform upon which to raise the profile and user knowledge of the RenderMan brand across the continent.

Pixar and RenderMan are bywords for quality in this industry, said Dominic Davenport, md of Escape Studios. Escape Studios is delighted to be working with Pixar and we look forward to further establishing this incredible suite of tools in Europe. With our extensive training resources we will be able to support and expand a skilled user base, providing more opportunities for those who are anxious to get to grips with this powerful software.

Pixar has been seeking a partner with a profound understanding of the European production scene combined with superior training facilities staffed by the industries best instructors, said Chris Ford, business director of RenderMan Products at Pixar. In Escape Studios we have found such a partner with a sales and training track record that makes them uniquely qualified to offer these services across the whole of Europe. It is a winning combination. Escape fully understands the requirements of the European industry, and our present and future customers can expect a new whole level of support and backup.

To help develop the European RenderMan community, Escape Studios has established a RenderMan User Group. It can be accessed by visiting the Escape online forums at www.escapestudios.co.uk/forums.

Pixar's RenderMan is stable, fast, and efficient for handling large scenes with complex surface appearances and lighting. RenderMan's powerful shading language and anti-aliased motion blur allow designers to believably integrate stunning synthetic effects with live-action footage. In addition, RenderMan is backed by Pixar's technical staff, which understands the challenges of creating digital effects. For more information on RenderMan, including product descriptions, pricing information, and access to customer support and sales, please visit www.pixar.com.

London-based Escape Studios (www.escapestudios.co.uk) is a hub for 3D animation and visual effects expertise. It has built its reputation delivering software, training and new talent to the CGI industries. Professional clients include The Mill, Aardman Animations, BBC, Sony Computer Ent. Europe, Electronic Arts, Rockstar Games and Nissan.

Emeryville, California-based Pixar Animation Studios (www.pixar.com) combines creative and technical artistry to create original stories in the medium of computer animation. Pixar has created six of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: TOY STORY, A BUG'S LIFE, TOY STORY 2, MONSTERS, INC., FINDING NEMO and THE INCREDIBLES. Pixar has won 18 Academy Awards and its six films have grossed more than $3.2 billion at the worldwide box office to date. Disney/Pixar will release CARS on June 9, 2006.

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