January 4, 2008

Escape Studios’ PODS Program Establishes New Workflow Model

London - Sohonet, the high-bandwidth connector for the global entertainment industry, has connected Escape Studios as the newest member of its international network.
Escape Studios is a CGI training and consultation facility for professionals and students based in London, offering clients everything from bespoke training, recruitment, and outsourcing, to software and hardware solutions. Escape will utilize the Sohonet system for its new Escape PODS graduate program.   
“We are embracing a new way of ingraining up-and-coming CGI talent into the television and filmmaking world,” says Dominic Davenport CEO of Escape Studios. “Through our Escape PODS program and the Sohonet network we are able to give our graduates real time exposure to actual projects and a vital first step into the industry.”  
The Escape PODS initiative works with graduate students of Escape Studios’ CGI program, giving them experience on actual television and film projects from partner, Moving Picture Company (MPC). Through Sohonet, MPC is able to send data in real time to Escape Studios, where recent graduates perform CGI work as paid freelancers on current MPC projects.  Further studio partners for the Escape Pods program are expected to come onboard in early 2008.   
“This is a very exciting initiative that Escape has created for its students, and a new workflow model, which the industry is sure to adopt quickly,” says Dave Scammell, CEO of Sohonet. “Sohonet is proud to be a key factor in our industry’s evolution along with our newest network resident, Escape Studios.”  
Through Sohonet’s secure ultra-high-speed collaboration network, Escape Studios is able to, quickly and easily, engage and transfer large data files among any company connected to the Sohonet global network such as the Escape PODS partner, Moving Picture Company. Additionally, Escape Studios is now connected to Sohonet’s global network and is able to collaborate with all subscribers on the system.