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Project Peters 'Instant' by Joe Simmons

Rob Ulitski - 14th Mar 2022

Joe Simmons directs a breathtaking promo for Project Peters, created entirely within real-time 3D tool Unreal Engine. 

Created in collaboration with Unreal artist/DoP Ben Halford, the otherworldly video follows a pair of astronauts who crash-land on a planet inhabited by potentially dangerous aliens. 

Simmons reveals that he was inspired by another space-themed universe when conceptualising the project. “Since watching The Mandalorian, I have been fascinated by the enormous potential of Unreal Engine, and I truly believe it’s this generation’s DSLR revolution," he says. 

"It grants developing filmmakers a level of choice and flexibility in creative storytelling that’s only afforded to projects with massive budgets and huge teams. Though it’s still a complex new technology and inverts standard production, our team held some of the most creative people I’ve ever met, who had equal parts talent and patience to tackle it!”

The video boasts remarkable, supernatural landscapes, mesmerising character design and a high-ocatane narrative to boot. 

“Working in Unreal has completely opened my eyes to what is possible, and the look and feel of this music video couldn’t have been created without it," declares Simmons. "It has allowed me to dream with the camera without restriction, and to try things I thought I’d be unable to for years.

"I’m very proud of the work we’ve made together as a team, and know that my approach to all future work has been massively impacted by this formative experience.”

Rob Ulitski - 14th Mar 2022


  • Animation
  • CGI
  • Director's notes
  • Unreal Engine
  • 3D
  • Astronaut
  • Alien
  • Narrative

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Joe Simmons
Great Guns
Production Company
Great Guns


Director of Photography
Ben Halford


Frank Kelly


Frank Kelly


Unreal Engine Artist
Ben Halford
3D Artist (Architecture & Technology)
Engeland Apostol
Character & Zbrush Artist
Samuel Swanborough
3D Artist
Owen Hughes Pearce


Director's Representation
OB Management

Rob Ulitski - 14th Mar 2022

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