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A Heartwarming Cyberpunk-Inspired Robo Ramen Film Made in UE5

Check out this amazing group project created by the students from UTS Animal Logic Academy. 

In 8 weeks the Master of Animation and Visualisation students immersed themselves in Unreal Engine 5 to create a short film for the Epic Short Film Challenge.

Set in a futuristic neo-Venice, Robo Ramen tells the story of a dishwashing robot who dreams of becoming a top chef. But only when the owner has an unexpected accident, does he get the chance to step up to the plate. After some failed attempts, he stumbles across a secret ingredient that keeps the customers coming back for more - and saves the Ramen shop from financial ruin.

“It was incredible what the 28 masters’ students produced in such a short period of time. Unreal 5 had only recently been released, so students were learning on the fly, just as they would when faced with new technology challenges in Industry”, said the Academy’s Technical Lead Chris French who led this project. 

Students used a combination of ready-made assets from Megascans and original models, to animate the MetaHuman characters using motion capture. The project also used Unreal Engine 5's virtualized geometry system Nanite to render highly detailed assets efficiently. Lighting was created using Lumen for dynamic global illumination to bring the cyberpunk-inspired city to life.

Last year the academy shared its premiere moving & creative project, Apart, a work of the Master of Animation & Visualisation students, produced during their accelerated studies at the UTS ALA. The film has been selected to screen at Melbourne’s International Animation Day festival. 

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