The Ultimate Guide to Cinematography with Unity (

Created in partnership with Unity Technologies: Master Timeline, Cinemachine, & C#. Develop a stealth adventure game!

Created by: Jonathan Weinberger

Produced in 2018

What you will learn

  • Create gorgeous cutscenes with Timeline and Cinemachine in Unity
  • Master intermediate C# concepts, including the Singleton Design Pattern and Observer Pattern
  • Discover the latest environment lighting techniques and different material channels
  • Build a UI menu complete with a loading screen
  • Develop systems like intelligent AI and point & click character controllers from scratch

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Course Description

Have you ever wondered how AAA studios make sleek cutscenes that are integrated throughout a game to tell the player a story? Are you interested in making your own short films like the Adam Demo created by Unity Technologies? If so, this is the course for you! The Ultimate Guide to Cinematography with Unity teaches you how to create a complete stealth adventure game in Unity, where you'll not only increase your C# programming capabilities, but also create four finished, cinematic cutscenes that tell your game's story!

This course utilizes two of Unity's latest features: Timeline and Cinemachine. These features allow developers to take their game a step further by adding animation tracks to tell a story. Through this step-by-step guide, you'll learn how to build amazing cutscenes for your Unity games. Hone your game logic skills and problem solving techniques by developing systems from scratch.
In this course, you will:
  • Create a "Point & Click" Character Controller
  • Design Intelligent AI Behaviours
  • Customize Camera Detection Systems
  • Build a Notification System
  • Develop Trigger Interactions
  • Synthesize Animation State Behaviors
  • Integrate a Complete UI Menu
  • And more!
In this course, you will also create four visually stunning cutscenes for your game, The Great Fleece. Join Darren, our thief, in this stealth adventure game as he silently descends a black rope and lands in the Beatrice Auction House. Wow your players with panoramic views of the auction house's treasures: glittering jewels, marble, and fine artwork. Use voiceover and suspenseful music to allow the player a quick glance at the security cameras, patrolling guards, and the main vault. Pull the player into your story and artfully explain your game objective.
Additional cutscenes include Darren successfully stealing a keycard from the sleeping guard, reaching the vault to win the game, and getting caught by the guards to trigger "Game Over." Build these cutscenes with over 50 activities, where you'll create timeline activation tracks, develop camera positioning and tracking, attach post processing profiles to virtual cameras, and more!

Why Is Cinematography Important in Games?

What makes some games stand out from the crowd? Games like Grand Theft Auto, The Last of Us, and Life is Strange are all wildly successful franchises, but why? Apart from advanced game mechanics and creative stories, what makes these games so intriguing? Game developers draw in players by creating vivid storylines with cinematic cutscenes. Take "The Book of the Dead" demo, created by Unity, which gives players a first person cutscene. As a player, you can see what the character sees and imagine that you are in the game yourself.
Adding cinematography to a game with cutscenes is essential to telling the story of a game. Which is more immersive: explaining the game objective in a block of text or providing players with a concrete visual of their goal? In English class in school, we are taught to "show and not tell." What better way to show your player the game environment, the player objective, and any other important features through a film-like cutscene? Not only does this take your game to the next level, but it also provides the player an opportunity to become emotionally invested in the game and want to continue playing. Unity's newest features, Timeline and Cinemachine, give developers the ability to create absolutely stunning cutscenes that elegantly tell your game's story. This course will provide you with the foundation needed to understand cutscene development, which can then be applied to future projects!

Why Learn From me?
This is the second game development course that has been co-created with Unity Technologies on Udemy. Because creating elegant cutscenes can seem intimidating, Unity Technologies wanted to create a course that breaks down how to use Timeline & Cinemachine to make them. You'll learn the process of setting up the scene, placing actors, and working with voice over recordings to create these cutscenes. Just like in my previous course, "The Ultimate Guide to Game Development with Unity", there will be challenges throughout that test what you've learned, while developing your cutscenes and your games.
I've been working in Unity since the initial public release of version 2.6, and I've authored a book on Unity 3.x. As a self-taight software engineer, I found there weren't any interactive video tutorials that allow beginners to truly grasp concepts essential to game development. To remedy this and to help others trying to learn, I created my own YouTube video series focused on Unity game development, where I've had the privilege of helping thousands of others grow their passion for game development. As I've progressed in my career, I've had the opportunity to develop games for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, the casino industry, and several indie game companies. I've also developed enterprise augmented reality applications for Futune 500 companies like Coca-Cola, GE, and Thyssenkrup. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, and i hope you will see that throughout this course.
Upon completing this Unity course, you will understand Timeline & Cinemachine and how to use both of these tools to create amazing cutscenes in video games. You will leave this course with confidence in your ability to utilize the latest greatest game development techniques, propelling you to success in your personal or professional aspirations.
Join me on this adventure today! I'll see you in the course.

Who this course is for:
  • The ideal student for this course is someone who is interested in creating polished games in Unity that integrate cutscenes that tell the player a story.
  • This course is designed for students who are interested in developing games professionally or as a hobby.
  • Students interested in creating professional game art or cutscenes for films will benefit from this course.

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Jonathan Weinberger

Hi! I'm Jon. I'm a self-taught software engineer with over eight years of experience, and the author of Learn Unity Programming with C#. I've developed several Unity games for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, the casino industry, and various indie game companies. I've also developed real world enterprise augmented reality applications for companies like GE, Coca-Cola, and ThyssenKrupp. I got my start in programming when I was 16 years old, developing private game servers for a popular MMO. When I decided to look at game development as a career, I struggled to find content that didn't just spoon-feed me the answers. After countless hours of learning concepts and trying to figure out the logic behind everything myself, I decided to start my own YouTube series that teaches developers to code from scratch through interactive challenges. It quickly became popular within the Unity community, and my educational career became a reality. I have a passion for teaching, and I love watching my students go from zero to hero, with some of them even landing big time game development jobs with companies like Oculus and Cartoon Network! Several of my students have gone on to create their own amazing titles and even start their own indie game studios! My favorite thing about programming is when you're developing a feature and the logic for how to solve a problem just "clicks." That "eureka" moment is what I strive to teach all my students!

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By Daniel May on a month ago

Excellent ... a good beginning to a Stellar career!

By Maciej Prokopowicz on 2 months ago

Great course. Learned a lot. Thanks Jon.

By Joe on 3 months ago

Well thought out planning and execution of the teaching... I learned new techniques that other teachers did not teach... Well worth the time and effort.. Great Class!!!!

By Junior Ramos on 4 months ago

The course presents many fundamentals of game cinematography as well as many other gameplay features. The instructor demonstrates to know the subjects covered. Good course.

By Annette Gossett on 8 months ago

Great fun, I'm using a later version and there were some differences, but I managed to figure it out. It's really motivating to have such good resources to work with.Update, just finished this course, the best ever!!

By Zac Bogner on 4 months ago

The course was great, and the practices learned will help me along the future in my game dev career.

By Adam Chandler on 5 months ago

Excellent material and topic. Few other tutorial series cover Cinemachine and Timeline as well as this course, as these features were only recently introduced to Unity. The exercises and 'learn by doing' methods helped me feel confident in my abilities to create my own cutscenes with minimal guidance after the course was complete. Only things to watch out for: The course assets gave me some errors in the more recent version of Unity (I imagine this is because Timeline and Cinemachine have been updated quite a bit since this course's release). I switched to an older version, 2018.2, and it was fine. I also think that some of the approaches focused more on 'get this to work by whatever means necessary' rather than showing a proper organization structure for how to consistently handle weird on/off states for cinematics. Ultimately it was all functional, and maybe it's easier for beginners, but seeing a more proper approach would have been nice.All in all, I think this the best resource I've come across for creating and triggering cinematics in Unity, using the most up to date Engine features.

By Peter Tulipan on 8 months ago

Exactly what I was looking for. This course goes well beyond what I expected and demonstrates step by step how to develop a game from scratch. Cinemachine is only part of its value. A fantastic course.

By Christopher Graf on 8 months ago

While working in Unity for awhile, this is the first time I have ever touched Cinemachine and now I feel very confident with it. Amazing course!

By A. Lynn on 8 months ago

This course was ridiculously fun! Maybe too much fun. Now I have to figure out what else to do with myself, and that's a bummer. But I enjoyed building this game together with the instructor. It was a great refresh after going through a complete Unity 2D Course. Upon conclusion of this course, I was able to begin working with my Lead Programmer to begin incorporating Cinemachine and Timeline into my our products.

By Afamuefuna Simon on 2 months ago

the tutor is amazing

By Aleksandr Belevtsov on 8 months ago

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