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Visual Effects Summit: Restoring the Forest: Capturing the Themes of 'Kena' Through VFX

Nolan Carnahan  (Engineer, Ember Lab)

Location: Room 202, South Hall

Date: Monday, March 21

Time: 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass, All Access Online Only Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Viewing Experience: In-Person/Virtual

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: No

Learn how the team at Ember Lab developed the VFX for Kena: Bridge of Spirits bringing the world to life while enhancing the game's themes of restoration and regrowth. Nolan Carnahan will share the multilayered VFX used to create real-time feedback as players fight back Deadzone corruption and restore the environment to its natural beauty. Nolan will also explore the explosive VFX created for the unique abilities of the Rot, Kena's tiny but powerful spirit companions who stole the show in Ember Lab's debut game.

Takeaway

Attendees will take away the shader and rendering techniques used to create the real-time restoration VFX in Kena: Bridge of Spirits. In addition, attendees will learn about the Niagara particle simulations and geometry caches used to bring Kena's Rot abilities to life.

Intended Audience

This lecture is intended for visual effects and tech artists interested in learning how the team at Ember Lab developed the VFX for Kena: Bridge of Spirits. A general understanding of rendering principles and shaders is helpful.