Peace Train - 3D Animation, Unreal Engine & Storytelling Training Program

Program Duration: 6 months (classes 2-3 days a week) 

Mode of instruction: Online via Zoom 

Level:  Beginner 

Dec 2022 - May 2023

WHAT IS PEACE TRAIN?

Peace Train is a program tailored to the needs of students interested in learning the art of 3D animation and / or Unreal Engine in a professional capacity. The program will familiarize students with the leading software's in the professional domain such as Maya and Unreal Engine to create Industry grade animated sequences. Students will get to choose from two programs: 

  • Animation & Storytelling Program (Diploma Program)

  • Unreal Engine & Storytelling Program (Epic Games Certified Training)

Program Duration: Dec 2022 - May 2023

COURSE 1: ANIMATION & STORYTELLING 

Module 1:  CG Overview and Introduction to Animation Pipeline (1 week)
This module will provide students with an overview of CG and introduction to the animation production pipeline including key processes such as Modelling, Rigging, Texturing, Animation and Lighting/Rendering

Module 2: Storytelling & Script writing (3 weeks)
This module will introduce students to the art of storytelling and how to write short scripts with a focus on peacebuilding through storytelling. Students will be taught how to identify, understand and engage their audiences through powerful storytelling. 

Module 3: 3D Character Animation (10 weeks)
Students will learn about the 12 principles of animation paired with practical exercises using Maya. The module is composed of two parts, with the first half focused on theory and the second half focused on practical knowledge via given assignments (i.e. walk-cycle, interactive scenario, push and pull sequences etc).

Module 4: Introduction to Unreal Engine (2 weeks)
This module will provide students with an overview of Unreal Engine and how it is used in development of games, animation, movies, commercials etc. 

Module 5: Final Project (8 weeks)
Students will work in groups to create 3D animated videos of at least 30 seconds. Students will first write and develop a unique story script with a strong peace message and then develop it into a 3D animated video. 


COURSE 2: UNREAL ENGINE & STORYTELLING 

Module 1:  Introduction to Unreal Engine (2 weeks)
This module will provide students with an overview of Unreal Engine and how it is used in development of games, animation, movies, commercials etc. 


Module 2:  World Building, Lighting & Cinematics in Unreal Engine (2 weeks)
This module will provide students with knowledge of how to build realistic and stylized environments using Unreal Engine and how Unreal Engine is used an overview of Unreal Engine and how it is used in development of games, animation, movies, commercials and other productions. This module will also include knowledge of how post production is done using Unreal Engine including lighting, real time rendering, and final edit. 

Module 3:  Unreal Engine Exercises (4 weeks)

Students will be given several world building exercises in which they will build environments under the guidance of our trainers. Introduction to Unreal Engine: Learn animation production & game development using Unreal Engine 

Module 4:  CG Overview and Introduction to Animation Pipeline (1 week)
This module will provide students with an overview of CG and introduction to the animation production pipeline including key processes such as Modelling, Rigging, Texturing, Animation and Lighting/ Rendering.

Module 5: Storytelling & Script writing (3 weeks)
This module will introduce students to the art of storytelling and how to write short scripts with a focus on peacebuilding through storytelling. Students will be taught how to identify, understand and engage their audiences through powerful storytelling.


Module 6: Final Project (8 weeks)
Students will work in groups to create 3D animated videos of at least 30 seconds. Students will first write and develop a unique story script with a strong peace message and then develop it into a 3D animated video. 

 

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ABOUT UNICORN BLACK

Peace Train is a project by Unicorn Black (Pvt) Ltd. Unicorn Black is a multi-award winning and internationally reputed animation and transmedia production company. Originally known for pioneering the Burka Avenger TV series, Unicorn Black is a full service animation studio, handling all phases of production - from concept art to final delivery. Major Awards and Accolades won by the company include:

  • Peabody Award winner 

  • International Emmy Award Nominee

  • Best TV Show: Asian Media Awards 

  • Gender Equity Prize: Prix Jeunesse, Germany

  • Rising Star Award: Canada International Film Festival

COURSE PRE-REQUISITES

  • Minimum 12 years of education

  • Basic knowledge of Maya or Unreal Software

FEES 

100% scholarship based program.

REGISTRATION

Interested candidates may apply here: https://forms.gle/rK2247LWjEgbpBkv8

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will I know I am selected for the program?

Due to the high volume of submissions received and the limited number of seats available, we can only cater to a select number of students. If your application is selected for the next round, we will contact you ourselves via email.

How long is the program? When are the classes?

The training program is 6 months (Dec 2022-May2023) long. Classes will be held in the evening via Zoom. Exact details regarding timings will be conveyed to selected students.

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