The Unreal training fortnight: Unreal Engine training for small companies and media professionals


2021 - time to upskill in real-time production! 

The ability to create and visualise 3D computer imagery in real time has vast repercussions for the way filmmakers, VFX artists, animators, graphic artists, film directors and producers work. In addition, Covid has accelerated developments in virtual production. The possibilities offered by physical sets augmented with CGI will demand new skills of cinematographers, animators, artists, directors and commissioners alike.

That’s where Unreal Engine fits in

Central to these new technologies and workflow challenges is Unreal Engine, a game engine developed by Epic Games (creators of Fortnite). That’s why Escape Studios (the UK's only Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center) has created a series of short training courses in Unreal Engine. Free places are available for freelancers and furloughed workers, and any fees for sole traders and micro-SMEs with be heavily subsidised.

We want to ensure that skills in Unreal Engine and real-time production are spread across the UK, to help fuel the UK’s media industries and the individuals who work in it. Let us help you make 2021 the year of real-time virtual 3D!

We will be releasing more details of the courses along with the final application form on 1st February,

but in the meantime...

Escape Studios
  • Location: Online
  • Course dates: 15th - 27th March
  • Price: Free for freelancers and furloughed workers. Small fee for sole traders and micro-SMEs.

This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions and by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions.

What is ScreenSkills?

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the screen industries - film, television (including children's, unscripted and high-end), VFX, animation and games. They are supporting economic recovery and future innovation and growth across the whole of the UK by investing in the skilled and inclusive workforce who are critical to the global success of the  screen sector. They are funded by industry contributions to our Skills Funds and with National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of its Future Film Skills strategy to help people get into the industry and progress within it.  

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Who is Escape Studios?

From Visual Effects (VFX) to Game Art, Animation to Motion Graphics, we are recognised as a first-class education provider for the creative industries since 2002, now approved and endorsed internationally as Rookies and Houdini Certified schools. We work with an impressive list of industry partners to design and deliver our highly vocational, industry-focused training courses, and are the UK’s only accredited Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center, and one of only a handful across Europe. On this Unreal Fortnight initiative, we are partnering with ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the screen industries, and Epic Games themselves.

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What is Unreal Engine?

Traditionally, games engines have been used to create workable games that play in real time, but recent advances in even basic hardware now means this technology can be used to build photoreal environments that can be explored in real time for a variety of purposes. The technology is now adopted by major VFX, animation and film production companies, as well as those industries that need to visualise assets in real time, like architecture or biomedical.