Like Epic Games”Virtual Production Week” kicks off today, use of Unreal Engine in the production community continues to grow exponentially. Along with being leveraged in a plethora of live sports productions, Epic Games’ Unreal Engine has become popular across the media and entertainment spectrum. Epic is marking this momentous year with “Virtual Production Week,” a five-day community event that runs from January 24-28. Epic will host free online presentations and industry expert panels showing how Unreal Engine has been adopted in film and television production. CLICK HERE to check it.
“Real-time technology has enabled a sea change in the way film and television content is produced, where technology is now aligned with accessibility for creatives, regardless of medium,” says Miles Perkins, Director of Film and Television Industry, Epic Games. “As games and movies technology merge, it allows filmmakers to work more collaboratively and iteratively, and we are constantly refining Unreal Engine to add new features specifically designed for virtual production. The demand for these real-time skills has exploded and we know it will only grow as more filmmakers are exposed to this new way of working.
Here’s a quick look at some Unreal Engine updates over the past year:
- In 2020, there were less than a dozen ICVFX stages running, and today Epic now tracks over 250 ICVFX stages around the world.
- Originally used only by the most technically advanced studios, virtual production has now become ubiquitous. The demand for real-time production tools has exploded and the recent Unreal Engine version 4.27 was custom designed to meet these production requirements.
- In 2021, Epic Games saw more than 1.5 times the number of new film and TV projects using Unreal Engine compared to 2020.
Virtual Production Week content includes a fireside chat with Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm and an exclusive first look at the upcoming “Super Giant Robot Brothers!” from Netflix! animated series
Recent and upcoming films that have used Unreal Engine for preview, stunts, virtual location scouting and art department, and/or in-camera visual effects include Space Sweepers, A Writer’s Odyssey, Jungle Cruise, Infinite, The Tomorrow War, The Suicide Squad, Free Guy, Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Dune, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Eternals, Spider- Man: No Way Home, The King’s Man and The Matrix Resurrections, with many more to come in the 2022 release slate. Recent and upcoming TV productions using Unreal Engine include Star Trek: Discovery, House of the Dragon, The Mandalorian, 1899, Ted Lasso, Sweet Tooth, Superman & Lois, SEE, Stargirl and The Boys.