Unreal Development Kit 2 - Creating Cinematics & Environmental Effects

Back by popular demand, Sjoerd “Hourences” De Jong builds upon the information taught in his first DVD (An Introduction and Application) by creating an entire in-game cinematic. Sjoerd starts with a custom existing level and adds rain, wind, thunder, lightning, splashes, puddles, and even plants that react to wind in order to bring the environment to life. From there he goes through adding a character to the scene, adding multiple cameras, triggering a lighting strike, creating an electrifying effect, creating a fire, blowing off a small door and finally setting everything up in kismet/matinee for the final cinematic.

You will also learn from an Unreal Master exactly how to develop your own workflow and start making amazing cinematics inside UDK right now.

About the Instructor:
Sjoerd “Hourences” De Jong has been working with the Unreal Editor for over 10 years and has worked as titles such as Huxley, Warpath and UT 2004. Sjoerd recently Designed and directed the UT3 mod "The Ball" that has already won a range of awards in some of the world's largest competitions such as the ModDB MOTY and the MakeSomethingUnreal contest. Make sure to check out Sjoerd's website www.hourences.com for free unreal tutorials, books, and personal tutoring.
Apps Used: Unreal Development Kit (UDK). You can download it free HERE
Duration: 4 1/2 Hours
Instructor: Sjoerd "Hourences" De Jong
DL Filesize: 1.8 GB
Project Files: Unreal Map and Packages of the final level.

User Comments


January 4, 2013 - 9:35pm


The tutorial goes over the creation of a cinematic without the need for generating too many meshes. You could always use the supplied files in UDK. Smiling

Anonymous (not verified)

January 2, 2013 - 11:41pm

can anyone make cinematic in udk without having knowledge of coding but just with the knowledge of 3d pls reply

case i really want to make my 3d cinematic in udk pls...........


September 9, 2012 - 11:23am


Some of the assets used in the tutorial have been removed by Epic, which unfortunately we have no control of. Try downloading the JULY 2010 version of UDK and using that.


September 9, 2012 - 10:09am

Hello all, I purchased this tutorial as a digital download. I'm using the July 2012 version of UDK and I put all the project files into the required destinations, but when I load up the map it pops up an error saying that these items can't be found:
Material HU_Floors.BSP.M_HU_Floors_BSP_Sidewalk04 in Eat3DCinematicEffects
SoundCue A_Movers.elevators.A_Elevator_Stone02_OpenStopCue in Eat3DCinematicEffects
SoundNodeWave A_Ambient_Loops.Exteriors.air_wind14 in Eat3DCinematicEffects
Texture2D LT_Floors.BSP.Materials.T_LT_Floors_BSP_Organic11b_D in Eat3DCinematicEffects

Can anyone help me fix this???


August 21, 2012 - 9:16pm

@Anon, I'm not sure what you mean. Everything loads perfectly here with the July 2012 build.

Anonymous (not verified)

August 21, 2012 - 5:08pm

the project files cause (recent) UDK to crash.

Anonymous (not verified)

August 1, 2011 - 6:19am

Hy all.
This is very, very good tutorials, but I have a problem with project files.
When I try to load " Eat3DCinematicEffects_Done.udk " UDk craches(just Stop Working). What is the problem? Maybe that I'm using the latest version of UDK? Thanks for replay Smiling)


July 7, 2011 - 7:58pm

i hope to get my unemployment discount soon, so i can but this tut and a few others. these tut look well put together Smiling

thanks for taking the time to make them


January 7, 2011 - 2:06pm

Hey Riki!

I believe this would work for very specific scenes, it can't be generalized or selected as Plan A you know. I would've preferred Hourences going through techniques that can apply to most scenes. But anyways, I still find this DVD extremely useful and entertaining. Lots of content, informative and definately worth every penny I paid for it.


January 7, 2011 - 10:55am

Thanks seenooh for the feedback and kind words! There are many ways to create rain and believe it or not Epic uses this technique in some of their games and we also used it in Blacksite: Area51.


January 7, 2011 - 10:26am

My Review:

Just saw the DVD. Excellent stuff there. I liked everything really except for the rain effect. Hourences used an inpractical way to create that effect. If I have a large scene with lots of buildings, like a city for example, the method he demonstrated is useless. He said that there are better ways, like doing it in a post process material effect, I was wondering that since he knows that, why didn't he waste all the time showing us an ineffective method? Once he went to the Shader Complexity mode, I was like oh my God that's useless.

But anyways, I'd rate this DVD 8/10. There are alot of nice tips and tricks that will save your time and effort.

Hazem El-Sherif (not verified)

December 29, 2010 - 12:27am

Alright, Thanks for the support metalliandy, I couldn't find your replies in my Spam folder. I don't know what's wrong with my mailbox. But I have re-downloaded the file and it works perfect now.
I'm going to be able to watch the whole training kit now at last!
Thanks again and have a great new year!


December 28, 2010 - 1:46pm

@Hazem El-Sherif,

We have responded to your support request that was sent yesterday, but it looks like it might have gone into your Spam box. Please ensure that our emails are not filtered incorrectly, so that they can get through. Smiling
Can you try re-downloading the files again please?

Thanks for the support!

Hazem El-Sherif (not verified)

December 28, 2010 - 1:34pm

Hi, I am looking for some help on the issue below. I have sent twice to support@eat3d.com and I am getting no replies:

I have purchased this training title a few days ago: Unreal Development Kit 2 - Creating Cinematics & Environmental Effects
I have a problem with the file called: eat3d_udk2_video_part_1.zip
I have downloaded it twice and each time I get the same error when I try to unzip it.
The message that pops up says that the file "udk_cinematics_01_rain.mp4" is corrupt.

As a result I got all the files from the training title except for the video file mentioned above.
The other zip files of the training have been extracted without any problem.

Would someone tell me what to do, and why support isn't answering me?


aerospaceatsharif (not verified)

October 31, 2010 - 8:54am

On the web there arent tutorial for making computer based simulators like airplanes,tanks,helicopters,boats,....
Is udk capable of doing these from scratch?
can eat3d' team make industrial tutorials for simulators?

aerospaceatsharif (not verified)

October 31, 2010 - 8:49am

On the web there isnt a good tutorial for making computer based simulators like airplanes-tanks-boats,...
Is udk capable of doing these from scratch?
can eat3d's team create more industrial tutorials using udk?


October 29, 2010 - 12:38pm

We do ship to Germany all the time. We dont have anyone selling our DVDs there yet, but we are talking to someone.


October 29, 2010 - 12:30pm

Hey Riki

Thx for the fast Replay. Do you deliver your producty to Germany or do you have any partner at germany where i can get it?

cu Sen


October 29, 2010 - 11:44am

Hi, yes any techniques in the DVD are encouraged to be used in any project. Smiling


October 29, 2010 - 11:00am


Hey this is looking Great. And i know Sjoerd "Hourences" De Jong already from his website he makes great stuff Smiling
I have a question I am working on a non commercial student project. Can I use this techniques for the project? If i can use this Know-How for the Project i will get it to day Smiling

sorry for my bad English it's not my native language.
cu Sen


October 13, 2010 - 2:44pm

Brought this the other day, really looking forward to watching it.


September 28, 2010 - 11:25am

Thanks Ariella! Please let us know what you think when you go through it Smiling

Ariella (not verified)

September 28, 2010 - 11:21am

I finally saved up enough to get this baby. I won't let Sjoerd's accent keep me from buying it. Smiling


September 23, 2010 - 3:11am


UDK is the newest version of the Unreal Engine and is a free download

Hope that helps Smiling

WAP-Tek (not verified)

September 23, 2010 - 1:19am

i have the unreal engine2 runtime and unrealed3

is there or was there a unreal engine 2 kit,,
or realy cheap game that had all of the part needed

Anonymous (not verified)

September 21, 2010 - 9:51pm

Hey Hourences! There are no gorillaz in South or Central America. lol not even zombie ones.


August 24, 2010 - 1:05pm

Thanks for the honesty and feedback. We take all suggestions seriously and put each video through an extensive beta process before releasing it to the public (one of our team members is also dutch).

Having said that we all love Sjoerds teaching and hopefully will make more with him in the future since we are convinced only a minority would find any trouble with the accent. Its impossible to avoid this with our videos though since our videos reach the entire world and some people will have problems with certain things, however we will continue to make sure each release is as high quality as possible that appeals to the largest number of people.

Ariella (not verified)

August 24, 2010 - 12:52pm

@Riki. I'm Dutch too and I don't have such a strong accent or pronounce words as badly as he does.
No offense but I just feel it makes us other Dutchies look a bit bad,
now the entire world will think we all sound like that. Sticking out tongue

I'll still watch this vid because he's good at what he does.


August 24, 2010 - 10:39am

Sjoerd is Dutch so English is not his first language. Personally I really enjoy other accents and as long as I can understand what they are saying its not an issue. I hope its not too bad! Smiling

Ariella (not verified)

August 24, 2010 - 10:36am

This vid seems interesting, but I just can't stand his accent. He obviously knows what he's talking about but I also had issues getting throug his other vid. Things like (how it's pronounced.) "moedeling" just ticked me off a little. It's "modeling!"