Rock surfers, cactus parties—The ‘Summer of Unreal’ sizzle reel is here!

Last July, we sent out our ravens with a special message for European artists...“Give us four weeks and we’ll turn you into an Unreal Engine animator.” Clearly, that struck a chord, since we hit our 1,000 seat limit faster than you can say “free bootcamp.” The people wanted to learn real time, and today, we are pleased to debut their incredible work.

For those who don’t know, this bootcamp was our most ambitious course yet. Created in partnership with Escape Studios, Summer of Unreal was designed to take working European animators, educators, and CG artists through the high points of Unreal Engine’s real-time animation workflows, so they could kickstart a new phase of their career or coursework. 

The skill sets were deep, but they had to be, since the final project was an Unreal Engine-rendered cinematic.

Over four weeks, 1,000 students from across Europe covered pre-visualisation, layout, rigging, animation, modelling, lighting, importing characters and rendering, learning from expert teachers/lecturers who worked on Batman vs Superman, Doctor Strange and Thor: Ragnarok. Blue Zoo and Framestore even got in the mix!

But the real stars were the students. Techno kitties, Dali-esque elephants, rock surfing—just one look at this sizzle reel is enough to see that this group wasn’t playing around. They came to be creative and it shows.
Check out some highlights above and keep an eye on our social channels. If we ever announce another Summer of Unreal, you might want to know about it.

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