(for)evermore - UE 5.4 Short

Hey everyone :smile:

Here’s a new animation I’ve been working on to try out some of the fresh features in 5.4…

I’m no character animator by any means, but the modular control rig was super helpful here to get me started!

Check it out and let me know what you think:


Hi there @shanespencedes,

Hope you’re well and having a great week so far :slight_smile:

What a rad project. So unique and eerie. At the end I just wanted more of the story. Brilliantly done! Do you plan on turning this into a longer form film? Or was this more of a skill improvement project?

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Hey! Thanks very much :slight_smile: No plans to make this into anything larger, this was just an excuse the try out some of the new tools in 5.4, like the Modular control rig and nanite displacement. As well as dusting off my Gaea license :smiley:

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Hello @shanespencedes !

This short video gave me chills. Both world and character design choices for this was a great choice. The script also acts as this very lovely glue that holds the project together to give it this ominous Sci-Fi mystery. For the eyes on our little mechanical friend, I’m absolutely in love with their reflective shine.

How did you achieve the rainbow lens effect for their eyes?

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Hey! Thanks very much @The_M0ss_Man :blush: I can’t take credit for the script as the line is taken from an episode of Serverance (a great show if you haven’t seen it already)

The material for the eyes is actually a flickering billboard material I made. So the random colours are very small images of different billboards. I’d applied it initially as a temporary fix but ended up liking it! Call it a happy accident :grin:

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Hi there @shanespencedes !

That’s honestly such a cool line. I’ll have to pick up that show as I’ve not heard of it at all. Maybe I’ve been under a rock this whole time missing out on quality content, lol.

In regards to the eyes, that’s an AMAZING trick. I never would’ve thought of that, but may try to apply it to one of my projects going forward. Thank you so much for the explanation.

@The_M0ss_Man Yeah it’s great, well worth watching!

Thanks, I’d love to say I planned it to work that well, but it was just a good coincidence. This was how I set up the material if you want to give it a go yourself: Designing Photoreal Environments for Cinematics | Course

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Hey there @shanespencedes !

Thank you so much for that tutorial! I honestly never would’ve found it if not for your help so this means a lot to me. You’re amazing!

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