A HUGE, MASSIVE thank you to everyone at Epic who worked on Paragon, especially the awesome FX and tech artists. An extra big thank you to Epic for releasing basically all of Paragon for us to download and tear apart for free.
In case you missed it, Epic Games is releasing a ton of assets from their 3rd Person MOBA Paragon, which you can download for free from the Unreal Marketplace (you have to download each individual character). Students!! This means you now have characters, animations and levels that you can build vfx for and show off in a lit environment. Plus, each character comes with their vfx, so you can tear them apart an see exactly how they were made. Being able to pick apart an effect visually and re-constructing it in your head is a great skill to have as a vfx artist, and looking at pre-made fx helps develop that.
url if you need it: Epic Games Releases $12 Million Worth of Paragon Assets for Free - Unreal Engine
I’m going to try and download all of that tonight, and see if I can’t make a tutorial for new vfx artists on how to go about using the provided assets for their own use. Stay tuned!