If you’re looking for areas to explore before starting your VFX degree at Escape Studios, take a look at some of the materials below, recommended by Mark Spevick (the Head of 3D VFX at Escape Studios)!

Although there is not a lot of reading required on the course, it’s good to keep up to date with what’s going on in the creative industries and explore different ways of learning.

Books and magazines

If you’re interested in reading more about filmmaking and cinematography, take a look at some of these books and magazines:

  1. The VES Handbook of Visual Effects: Industry Standard VFX Practices and Procedures - by The Visual Effects Society
  2. The Technique of Special Effects Cinematography - by Raymond Fielding
  3. Cinefex Magazine
  4. 3D World Magazine


For current articles and updates in the VFX industry, take a look at some of the websites below:

  1. The Visual Effects Society
  2. fxguide
  3. VFXWorld Magazine (Animation World Network)
  4. Art of VFX
  5. Before and Afters
  6. Variety
  7. postPerspective

Software learning

If you already have access to different VFX software packages at home, take a look at these sites to help assist and guide you in your learning before sitting in our studios and learning from some of our expert tutors!

  1. Blender
  2. Maya Autodesk
  3. SideFX learning pages
  4. PixologicSubstance Academy