Why The Last Dungeon's student animators now love Unreal Engine 5

The Last Dungeon made in Unreal Engine 5; a concept of a colourful magical skeleton
(Image credit: SCAD)

SCAD Animation Studios' latest student project, The Last Dungeon, is different. The team, made up of student's from The Savannah College of Art and Design, were challenged to use Unreal Engine 5. For a team used to more familiar 3D apps, like 3ds Max or Blender, using a game engine to create an animated film was a challenge.

Every year SCAD selects a number of students to create a short animated film and this is the first time Epic Games' platform has been chosen as the 'challenge'. This is a sign of times, as Unreal Engine 5 is becoming a tool for filmmaking and animation as much as video games. (Read our guide, 'Unreal Engine 5: all you need to know' for more.)

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.