"CG WHIZ" 2010: The Search is On

Los Angeles – October 11, 2010 – 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, one of the most successful and well-respected CG academies in the world, in partnership with The Mill, 3D Artist magazine and CGSociety, 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. CG Whiz winners will be offered state-of-the-art training from Escape Studios that’s worth over $24,000, 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’ classrooms in London or Los Angeles, followed by a four-week placement at Oscar-winning visual effects company The Mill. Runners up will also receive a selection of mentored and online courses and magazine subscriptions, courtesy of sponsors 3D Artist, the industry’s premier magazine covering all things 3D, and CGSociety, the respected and accessible global organization for creative digital artists.

“We’re very excited about this year’s competition that will find some of the industry’s brightest talent and give aspiring artists the chance to break into the VFX industry,” said Dominic Davenport, founder of Escape Studios. “Last year, the quality of entries we received was a 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 delighted to offer the winner a month’s placement either in London, New York or Los Angeles. 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 enter
To 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 November 12th, 2010 and winners will be announced in early December.

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

About Escape Studios
Escape 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 http://www.escapestudios.com

About The Mill
The Mill is a world-leading visual effects company with offices in three of the most important global advertising centres; London, New York and Los Angeles. For over 19 years The Mill has been providing pioneering effects solutions to the advertising, music and film industries. We craft commercials, music videos and generate compelling film and TV. We create characters and the worlds they inhabit, photo-real CG so convincing that you won't be able to tell its animation. We build installations, projections, applications and create multi-media content and experiences. We have a global team of 400 plus made up of multi-national and home grown talent, and these passionate producers, artists and technicians use cutting edge technology to solve creative problems by delivering inspiring and award winning content to small and large screens around the world.

In addition to VFX, The Mill also provides solutions and concepts at the ideas and execution level. Our clients work collaboratively with our in-house directors, concept artists, animators and creative directors to define, direct and execute content for use across media.

For further information, please visit http://www.the-mill.com

About 3DArtist

If you’re passionate about 3D in all its forms then we have the perfect magazine for you. 3D Artist is an exciting and imaginative publication aimed at artists of all levels. Every issue it features how-tos for inspirational images, interviews and career advice from industry insiders and behind-the-scenes access on major 3D projects. 3D Artist covers all software and all disciplines, so you’re sure to find tutorials, interviews and more to suit your interests every month. If you run into trouble with one of your designs, then their experts are on hand to answer your software-specific questions and queries. Meanwhile, the dedicated gallery and community section showcases the best and brightest talent the industry has to offer.

Every issue of 3D Artist magazine comes with a free cover disc that’s packed full of handy pieces of software, videos and tutorial files. If you’d like to be part of the 3D Artist community then share your thoughts and latest work over at http://www.3dartistonline.com.

About The CGSociety

The CGSociety is the most respected and accessible global organization for creative digital artists. The CGSociety supports artists at every level by offering a range of services to connect, inform, educate and promote, by celebrating achievement, excellence and innovation in all aspects of digital art.

For further information, please visit http://www.cgsociety.org/

US Contact:
Horn Group for Escape Studios
Kim Gengler
415-905-4045
kim.gengler at horngroup.com


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