Escape Studios Offers Pixar's RenderMan Fundamentals Course

NEW YORK — Oct. 20, 2008 — Escape Studios, the number one source for developing a successful career in the CG industry, today announced that its new New York facility is offering a five-day Pixar's RenderMan® Fundamentals course. Taught by acclaimed Escape Tutor, Bhamik Patel, Pixar's RenderMan Fundamentals course will provide students with a solid foundation in the primary rendering technology used in film, visual effects and animation production. Pixar's RenderMan Fundamentals course runs Monday through Friday, Nov. 17-21, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to limited availability it is recommended that interested students register quickly. Please contact Rebecca Bradley for more information or to register.

“We're delighted that Escape is bringing its superb RenderMan training to New York City,” said Chris Ford, RenderMan Business Director at Pixar. “Derived from the production experience of some of RenderMan's most sophisticated practitioners, this course is an excellent opportunity for students to become fluent in Pixar's RenderMan at a certified level.”

Pixar's RenderMan Fundamentals course begins with an introduction to the software, including the development of RenderMan, its primary capabilities, its impact on feature film development and how it differs from other renderers on the market. The course continues with an overview of the tools included in RenderMan Studio, ending with a practical exercise where the students apply all of the techniques that they have learned to solve problems typically encountered in a production environment. All RenderMan Fundamentals course attendees will also receive access to the online courseware, Pixar's official learning tool.

“As the official developer of Pixar's RenderMan Certified Courseware and a U.S. reseller of RenderMan software, no one is better equipped to teach this course than Escape,” said Ed Caracappa, Escape Studios' USA Commercial Director. “This course will provide students with the appropriate levels of confidence and knowledge required to continue exploring and learning RenderMan beyond the classroom.”

Pricing and Availability

The Pixar's RenderMan Fundamentals course runs Monday through Friday, Nov. 17-21, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is USD $1,800 and includes all required courseware. Attendees will also receive access to Pixar's official RenderMan Courseware and associated certification program. To reserve your place in this course or for more information please contact rebecca@escapestudios.com.

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 have 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.

About Pixar

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, and most recently, WALL•E. The Northern California studio has won 21 Academy Awards® and its nine films have grossed more than $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney•Pixar is UP (May 29, 2009).

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