Hype Animation receives Epic MegaGrant for upcoming AI-powered animation project ‘Kaia’s Discoveries’

Brazil-based studio Hype Animation received an Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games, which will be used to accelerate the production of the studio’s upcoming musical series Kaia’s Discoveries. The preschool show touches upon the themes of diversity, empathy, technology and science.

Each episode will embody a day in the life of the curious and delightful protagonist, Kaia. Through music and melodies, Kaia and her friends will showcase an exciting world of discoveries.

“Today, animation still has the stigma of being an expensive and time-consuming process. Along with the use of Unreal Engine – which is a perfect way to spur innovation in media production – together with the use of AI algorithms, we want to test the limits of where technology can enhance human creativity,” said Hype Animation CEO Gabriel Garcia.

In addition to using Epic’s Unreal Engine to automate various stages of production, the project uses state-of-the-art technology to generate music with artificial intelligence and data analysis. With this, Kaia’s Discoveries aims to make the animation process itself a leaner and more efficient endeavour while helping to shape the education of a new generation.

Launched in 2019, Epic MegaGrants is a $100 million program designed to support the work of talented teams and individuals worldwide who are working with Unreal Engine, the real-time 3D tool used to create state-of-the-art interactive experiences and entertainment.