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🛕 Interview: Making a King Tut Doc in Unreal
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🛍️ Augmented reality shopping gets tested in California
Unreal Documentary Filmmaking
A few weeks ago, Bad Decisions Studio released a really awesome short documentary on King Tut, featuring a photorealistic tour of his tomb, narrated by a female character.
The twist – the entire documentary was created in Unreal Engine. The creators never stepped foot in Egypt.
Unreal and virtual production has gone from building sci-fi worlds to backdrops for contemporary sets to now recreating historical scenes with photorealism for documentaries.
We interviewed the team to get some insight on how a 3 person crew put this film together.
Everything within the tomb besides the death mask, which was created using photogrammetry, was modeled in Blender from scratch by looking at photos and videos.
Then, they were textured in Substance Painter and then moved to the environment in Unreal Engine.
For the exterior, some were megascan assets from Epic Games and some were modeled.
The MetaHuman is just the narrator of the documentary and has no link to any historical figure.
We created that MetaHuman ourselves based on our friend. It was acted and voiced by us and the voice was changed to a female voice using AI.
She was animated using the MetaHuman Animator.
Everything was first rendered from Unreal Engine 5, then it was composited, color graded, and edited in Davinci Resolve.
The voice of the narrator was altered using Resemble AI.
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