What is PreViz? Where does Unreal Engine come in?

Unravelling the jargon, Target3D talk us through PreViz

What is PreViz?

Pre visualisation as the term implies, is the visualisation of complex scenes in movies before the filming process is initiated. It allows a production team to lay out their shot scenes consisting of complicated camera movement, so they can visualise how they are able to capture it before having to physically do it with an actual camera. The benefits of previz is that it allows directors, cinematographers or even VFX artists to experiment with lighting, camera placement and movement but also stage directing and editing without having to waste time or affect any production costs.

Why do actors need it to help their performance?

Previz enhances the communication between directors and artists which leads to better and more accurate results in production. Directors now, with less effort, can get their point across to the rest of the team whilst allowing everyone to be on the same page. With the use of advanced technology such as virtual camera systems, actors can be recorded and live streamed in real-time allowing directors to better visualise the performance and have an accurate feel of the end result.

What are the traditional methods?

The term “storyboarding” had been introduced by Disney Studios in the later 1920’s, where artists and producers gathered together to visualise their film with paper drawings. Over the years, studios have been adapting to more complex 3D software such as Maya for environment creation and animation keyframing, and MotionBuilder for motion capture animations that allow realistic and streamlined movement. Although this traditional method is still currently being used throughout many production companies, it has been integrated with next generation technology that has allowed a rapid increase in quality of production.