Epic Games MegaGrant
We are extremely excited to announce that we have been awarded an Epic Megagrant to enhance our capabilities in the Medical Animation and Interactive Space.
Epic Games are the creator of the Unreal Engine (UE4) which is the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool. The Unreal Engine is a state-of-the-art real-time engine and editor that features photorealistic rendering, dynamic physics and effects, lifelike animation, robust data translation, and much more. The open and extensible platform gives creators the freedom and control to deliver cutting-edge content, interactive experiences, and immersive virtual worlds.
Epic has committed $100 million to provide financial grants to creative, noteworthy, and innovative projects built in and around Unreal Engine. Grants range from $5,000 to $500,000 and cover a variety of endeavours from game development, architecture projects, and film production to academic uses and software tool development.
The Unreal Engine will be initially used to create an educational animation on the potential use of vaccines for the treatment of COVID-19 as a follow-up to our hugely successful Coronavirus Animation, which received close to 2 million views and has been featured in various news programmes and short documentaries around the world.
As a world leader in the scientific animation space, we felt we had a responsibility to convey the science behind the COVID-19 global pandemic in a way that was both engaging and easy to understand. We wanted to enable people of all backgrounds to understand the mechanisms of this disease and how to stop it spreading. Now with the MegaGrant, we aim to further this work by helping to educate the world about the importance of a vaccine.