The Rut was inspired by Scandinavian rosemaling patterns and Robert Burn’s ‘My Heart’s in the Highlands‘. With four different scenes described in the poem (mountains, valleys, forests, and lochs) I wanted to challenge myself by interpreting them at different times of day to reflect the ever-changing Scottish weather.
In an endless runner style environment, I used tools such as Volumetric Fog, Decals, Particles, Render Targets, and more in Unreal Engine to capture the feeling of Scotland.
Farewell to the mountains, high-cover’d with snow,
Farewell to the straths and green vallies below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods,
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.
My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer.
Breakdowns (Concept to Final)