I've stood on an Unreal Engine Volume film set, and it's impressive

Unreal Engine 5 LED Volume set; a night scene in a forest projected onto a film set
(Image credit: Future / SCAD)

Outside it's a beautiful warm sunny day in Atlanta, Georgia. Inside I'm standing in a forest, at night, fireflies sparkle and the wind gently blows through the trees' leaves. Of course, it's completely fake. I'm on an LED Volume virtual set at SCAD and everything is being rendered in real time by Unreal Engine.

An LED Volume stage is a virtual set that brings the outside in, like a middle ground between a traditional film set and a CG green screen, only everything is live and editable in real time. The first was made famous by The Mandalorian, where ILM made use of the tech to create Covid-safe and VFX heavy episodes of the Star Wars series. It's another pitch by Epic Games to make Unreal Engine a filmmaking tool.

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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.