Is Unreal Engine the future of filmmaking?

Filmmaking in Unreal Engine 5; an animated render
(Image credit: Tim Richardson / Iris van Herpen)

Unreal Engine, a real-time 3D creation platform developed by Epic Games, designed for video game development, is now transforming the way films and animations are made.

To discover how and why Unreal Engine can impact the film industry I met director Tim Richardson, the filmmaker, whose work includes projects for Billie Eilish, Givenchy and Nike. He won plaudits for the short movie Neon Rapture, a sci-fi animation created in collaboration with with fashion designer Iris van Herpen and created using Unreal Engine.

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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.