Yesterday afternoon Escape Technology hosted the screening of our first ever film competition. For us this is something of a proud moment.
We’ve been privileged to organise and run a great many events. From UGMs to product launches, trade shows, and even our own Creative Rooms there’s been a lot on the radar. But nothing quite like this.
Escape Technology’s history is VFX centric. That means we’ve worked with post production companies, architects, game studios, and may others over the last decade or so. We’ve seen a lot going on in film so it seemed almost obvious for us to run some form of film contest. Rather than go for the 48-hour-style challenges we opted for a longer period, giving teams six weeks to craft and hone their concepts. We’ve learnt a lot of lessons along the way. And we’re thrilled with the results.
More than 50 people joined us at the BFI to watch the shortlisted films. And as with all events Escape runs we try to add some knowledge sharing into the mix. Hasraf Dulull, Caroline Pires, and the wonderful John Sellings joined our managing director, Mark Cass, for an hour of conversation about how to make a short film. Sharing this kind of insight is important for us as a business working within the film industry. By supporting filmmakers - experienced and new - we’re able to give something back to the community.
It gives us great pleasure to run an event like this. Something that can give technological tools to people who might not be able to afford them outright, and to share what we’ve learned from our time in film. But we couldn’t have done it without a great many collaborators. Our judges - Hasraf Dulull, Victor Perez, Sid Harrington-Odedra, and Julian Mitchell - have all been incredible. Donating their time so willingly to something we as a company have never tried to do before. Our additional panelists, Caroline Pires and John Sellings, gave valuable depth on a subject so many people are interested in. And our technology partners, who donated our prizes, have been crucial and supportive throughout the whole process: Adobe, Definition magazine, Boston, Wacom, PNY, AV3, Red Giant, and Boris FX. Also very special thanks must go to BFI Future Film for arranging such a marvellous venue.
We announced our winners on the night and across social media, but we’ll give them all a shout-out here as well:
Winner: Infinite, by Director Cruz
Runner Up: Two Face by Hodgetts & Berry
Runner Up: Scarcity by See Forty One
You can also watch the shortlisted entries on Vimeo.
Congratulations again to everyone who won, and everyone who entered.
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