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The Heretic

The Heretic Description

The Heretic was created on stock Unity 2019.3 and pushed Unity’s graphics features to the limit, including every possible aspect of the High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP) with the integrated Post-Processing stack, and the Visual Effect Graph. HDRP now ships with built-in Shader Graph master nodes for realistic hair, eyes, and fabric.

Creating photorealistic digital humans is a complex technical challenge. The Heretic is our first attempt to tackle this. We aimed to establish a pipeline and a bar of quality appropriate to this challenge.

Our pipeline combined 3D and 4D scanning to obtain high-quality textures and poses and believable, realistic movement. It’s based on the services of commercially available vendors: Infinite Realities for high-quality scanning, Russian 3D Scanner for highly accurate data pre-processing, and Snappers for facial rigging.

The 4D scanned data, which preserves the realism of the actor’s performance, is supplemented by bringing back the microsurface details, wrinkles, pores, etc., obtained from 3D scanning. This approach gives better results than using the two techniques individually. We completed the pipeline for the reconstruction of the digital human by attaching the eyelashes, eyebrows, stubble, and hair with the help of dedicated attachment tools.

The Heretic, Unity’s cinematic tech demo which it first teased at GDC last year, is now available to watch in its entirety. It’s still only seven minutes long, so don’t go in expecting a feature length movie, but it’s just over double the length of the initial film that was released last year.

Away from its cinematic ambitions, The Heretic is meant to show off what the Unity engine can do. The final version of the film was made using stock Unity 2019.3, the version of the engine that entered final beta testing late last year, and was designed to use as many of its bells and whistles as possible.

In particular, the internal Unity team wanted to try to create a realistic-looking human. It says it used a combination of 3D and 4D scanning to generate textures and realistic movement for the character, complete with micro surface details like wrinkles and pores. Check out this talk from back in September for a more in-depth look at the production processes behind the film.

Even if it’s unlikely that a Unity-based game will have the visual fidelity of something like The Heretic anytime soon, it’s fascinating to see what the engine is capable of when pushed to its limit.

When it was teased in the past, we already showed you a glimpse of what the short film The Heretic was going to look like. Today we got word that the complete short has now been published and can be viewed by the public on YouTube.

Written and directed by Veselin Efremov, The Heretic can now be watched by you and everyone on YouTube. Indeed, this is to be considered a Unity demo, but it’s also a bit more than just technology. I find that they are not only showing random complex animations because they can. They managed to find a good way to do all of this and still maintain the right level of esthetics in movie production.

Find more of their short films, or read more about how The Heretic it was produced, and who was involved in the production in detail on their website. Enjoy!

Unity teased The Heretic at the Game Developers Conference last year, and today, they released the full 7-minute short film made entirely with the game engine. Simply put, it features a virtual human exploring the underworld using a combination of 3D and 4D scanning to obtain high-quality textures. Read more to watch.

The final short film was made using stock Unity 2019.3, the version that entered final beta testing late last year designed to use the engine’s latest features. This could be a preview of what developers will be using in their upcoming games.

The Heretic User Reviews

impressive

19 June 2020 | by Kirpianuscus

A technical impressive short Sci. Fi. This makes it good and bad in same measure. It is a good film for each seduction aspect. It is a bad film because you feel be created only as support for CGI. The story remains ambiguous and the details are in too much measure, more significant thant the entire story. But you remark the mark of Veselin Efremov universe. And that is the best thing.

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About The Heretic

Genre Short, Sci-Fi
Directed By Veselin Efremov
Written by Veselin Efremov
Produced by Aleksander Karshikoff, Silvia Rasheva
Music Fredrik Emilson
Release Date 22 January 2020
Runtime 7:43
Starring Jake Fairbrother
Country Denmark
Language English
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Official Site https://unity.com/the-heretic
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