Director reveals secret behind making Unreal films

HaZ Dulull transforms the filmmaking process using a game engine.

Karen Moltenbrey

Film and game production use similar tools, but for a long time, the two followed parallel but divergent development paths. Films relied on render farms for their beautiful prerendered imagery. Games had to operate in real time and thus relied on game engines for the output, always straddling the line when it came to image quality and performance. Over the years, those two paths came closer and closer. Now, game engines are becoming a key tool in the filmmaker’s toolbox, especially as virtual production increases, and one filmmaker that is taking the use of game engines—Epic’s Unreal Engine, in particular—to

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