Epic Games and Tribeca team up on Unreal Engine movies


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Tribeca Enterprises and Epic Games launched a “Writing in Unreal” program to train filmmakers to make independent films with the Unreal game engine.

The three-day program runs November 16-18 in New York City and will expose independent filmmakers to the Unreal Engine and its suite of 3D creation tools. The aim is to help independent filmmakers to create their scripts. Tribeca Enterprise is the creator of the Tribeca Film Festival.

The goal is to open new doors for independent filmmakers and enable them to gain first-hand knowledge from Unreal Engine experts and their colleagues on how to use the engine and its suite of tools. to create their stories. Those interested in participating and learning more can register at tribecafilm.com/unreal.

Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky and film producer Effie T. Brown will serve as advisers to the participating teams.

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Industry presentations include:

Fix it in pre: A new pipeline for filmmaking

Above: Unreal Engine 5 can capture an open world.

Image Credit: Epic Games

Going beyond the “fix in post” production model, the virtual production pipeline relies on readiness to ensure successful production. Miles Perkins, director of the film and television industry at Epic Games; Mariana Acuña Acosta (Co-Founder of Glassbox Technologies), Felix Jorge (CEO of Happy Mushroom) and Liz Montes (Head of Production, The Third Floor) will explain to filmmakers the benefits of this new workflow.

Other lectures will focus on the real-time writing process in Unreal, the shared vision of the director and production team, and the production of independent films in Unreal Engine. This is the first time Unreal Engine has been used in a program to support writers.

Ten film projects were chosen whose writers and directors were teamed up with artists from Unreal Engine to create their scripts using a real-time 3D tool. They understand:

  • Birth / Rebirth: A psychological horror film about motherhood and creation, inspired by “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley – Laura Moss (co-writer / director) and Brendan O’Brien (co-writer).
  • Guadalupe Mountain: Forgotten amid her parents’ ruined marriage, a young barrel racer named Lola attempts to escape a predator by tapping into her secret source of power – Emily Ray Reese (writer / director).
  • High: Following a freak accident, a nomadic telecom tower climber is forced to mend the connections he needs most – with his family – Tisha Robinson-Daly (writer / director) and Jonathan Mason (screenwriter / director).
  • Little Lying Wild: When the moon falls from the sky in the Belize countryside, a young girl discovers a body no one believes exists. She sets out on her own to solve the crime – and stop the invisible monster from killing again – Samantha Aldana (writer / director) and Bryce Parson-Twesten (co-writer).
  • Long live Dick Parker: After receiving a Cold War relic, Michie embarks on an odyssey to reunite with old rogue friend Dick Parker, but receives more than he bargained for when a local militia puts an end in his days to turn the device into a weapon – Alex Coppedge (writer / director).
  • Rock Springs: A grieving young girl, along with her mother and grandmother, moves to Rock Springs, Wyoming after her father’s death, only to discover something monstrous hidden in the history of the town and the woods behind their new home – Vera Miao (writer / director).
  • Smoking Tigers: A portrait of a lonely 16-year-old Korean American named Hayoung, who is caught under the wings of three wealthy college students she meets at an elite college training camp. As she delves deeper into their world, Hayoung struggles to hide her problematic family and low-income background from her new friends, only to uncover the bittersweet pains of adulthood that will forever shape her. life – So Young Shelly Yo (writer / director).
  • Solar Showers: In a whimsical city where it rains all year round, colorful umbrellas are the ultimate accessory. When a teenage artist is chosen to design her city’s new umbrella, her anxiety over the task causes the colors to fade from her vision, a secret she struggles to hide from her color-obsessed city – Joosje Duk (writer / director).
  • Thrown: Philosophy professor Kit Howley develops a destabilizing obsession with mixed martial arts – and unlikely friendships with two very different MMA fighters – Maya Singer (writer / director).
  • Zenith: When a black Mennonite begins to experience symptoms of pregnancy, she flees the rural white community she grew up in and ventures into a downtown black neighborhood where she finds a possible lead to her birth mother – Ellie Foumbi (screenwriter / director).
    It's not a video game, but it is what games might look like in a few years.

    Above: It’s not a video game, but it is what some may look like.

    Image Credit: Epic Games

In other news, Epic Games created a podcast dubbed Building the Open Metaverse. It is hosted by 3D geospatial expert Patrick Cozzi and 3D software industry veteran Marc Petit, General Manager of Unreal Engine at Epic Games.

Listeners can expect to hear from a wide range of technologists working on a metaverse based on open standards and interoperability between platforms.

The inaugural episode stars journalist, investor, and metaverse expert Matthew Ball, as well as NYU professor and tech marketer Samantha G. Wolfe.

Subsequent guests include Neil Trevett, vice president of development ecosystems at Nvidia and president of graphics standards organization The Khronos Group. Today is the first day of the podcast.


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