Unreal Engine by Epic Games, an real-time 3D creation tool, on Tuesday announced the winners of its ‘Shorts India Program’, concluding its inaugural edition in India.
To celebrate and inspire creativity using real-time engine concepts, the three-month program was designed to train Indian VFX creators and animators using cutting-edge tools such as the Metahuman creator, Quixel, according to the official statement.
Technicolor studio for their film ‘Devmasa’ emerged as the winner with Holocraft for ‘Karu’ and Manhole Collective- IIT Bombay for ‘Manhole’ as the two runner ups of the short film program.
During the program, over 100 aspiring and seasoned professionals, including creators from studios and production houses participated. These creators and storytellers came from diverse creative and technical backgrounds
“The Indian animation and VFX industry, while at a nascent stage, is dynamically evolving with vast possibilities. We are delighted to conduct this unique program which aims to inspire creators by providing them access to globally acclaimed creative concepts further strengthening their skills and knowledge to make India a vibrant animation destination across the globe,” said Business Director- India/SEA, Epic Games, Sameer Pitalwalla.
Pitalwalla added that it was exciting to see the quality of short films produced by the participants encompassing a portfolio of sophisticated live-action and animated films. We hope this enriching experience will pave the way towards long-term collaboration opportunities with Unreal Engine.
“With ‘Devmasa’, we got the opportunity to tell a story that we are deeply passionate about by creating its magical-real universe from scratch and to explore the unique world of the Koli fishing community and the impact of illegal fishing practices and climate change on them. Despite technical challenges, UE allowed us to be like kids in a candy store! With live, real-time sets, detailed environment building, character design, our first experience of mo-cap and more with great ease and control. Working with UE allowed us to free our imagination to explore the fantastical world Devmasa is set in, which can be quite liberating as filmmakers. But the most important thing was to bring in the right minds and collaborators to pull this off in such a short timeline,” Writer and Director, Neha Sharma and Producer and Editor, Technicolor Ruchir Joshi.
We really benefitted from the team that came together in each department; from our cinematographers Vishal and Adelaida, our music composer Tajdar Junaid, sound designer Israel Banuelos in Estonia and our collaborators-in-chief, the entire team at Technicolor India, who put in endless hours of sleepless nights to make this happen, added Sharma and Joshi.
Biren Ghose, Country Head, Technicolor India said “As the creative engine room for the world’s most coveted content, leveraging our amazing talent and technologies, the 1st ever Short Film Contest by Epic Games India was an opportune challenge that our team were very excited to participate in. Our ambition to “invent” the next levels of excellence in imagery is about taking on the most challenging projects and crafting something extraordinary. Technicolor Creative Studio’s being awarded the 1st prize by an illustrious jury is a special tribute to the India crew that worked on this film using Unreal to make it a real winner.”