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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Machinimag release postponed

Due to some new content being added to this next Issue, i decided on moving the release date to the first week in december.
I apologise for the inconvenience, but i think you'll appreciate some of the stuff being added.
As a reminder, the machinimag holiday giveaway is only running for 2 more days! Go get your newsletter now and be lucky enough to get your free copy of the book "Machinima - making animated movies in 3D virtual environments."

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Announcing the machinimag holiday giveaway

Machinimag is announcing its holiday giveaway in the form of a free copy of ILEX Press' book "Machinima - Making Animated Movies in 3D Virtual Environments".
Sign up for the machinimag newsletter by December 1st and you'll have the chance to receive this free copy shipped to your home.

For those not lucky enough, you can still consider on buying the book after reading the review in Machinimag7, to be released at the end of the week.
Good luck!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

MFF2005 Awards ceremony for download!

The editing of the Machinima Filmfestival 2005's awards ceremony video finished just now.
Click over to the right to see Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and tons of other celebrity people at what became known as the "2005 Mackie Awards".
We hope you enjoy your ~50 MByte windows media download.
There's some thing's that you just can't do in machinima (even though i was tempted...).
eMail me for higher quality versions or leave a note or two.

get the video from the "featured downloads" section or from here.

Apparently the download was broken as of only half the size. It's re-uploaded now. I apologise for the inconvenience.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

And the Mackie goes to...

The awards ceremony just finished. Here are the results of the 2005 machinima filmfestival:

Best Machinima Series:
This Spartan Life - Chris Burke

Best off the shelf machinima
The Return - Terran Gregory & Ezra Ferguson

Best Independent Machinima
Red vs. Blue - Rooster Teeth

Best Commercial/Game Machinima
Game: On - Ethan Vogt

Best Editing
Strangerhood Studios - Rooster Teeth

Best Sound
Only the Strong Survive - Riot Films

Best Visual Design
person2184 - Friedrich Kirschner

Best Technical Achievement
person2184 - Friedrich Kirschner

Academy Honorary Award
David "crt" Wright - for developing KeyGrip for Quake

Best Writing
P.A.N.I.C.S. - Rooster Teeth

Best Virtual Performance
A few Good g-men - Randall Glass

Best Direction
Whiplash: The Movie - Jake Hughes

Best Picture
Game On - Ethan Vogt

So there you have it! Congratulations on all of the winners. And please be reminded that all of the nominees are awesome movies that you have to check out. For a complete list of nominees and the official academy announcement, go visit the festival page.
Thanks go out to Paul Marino and Frank Dellario and lotsa of other people for putting this festival together.
It was a fun event, most of the filmmakers were present and took home their trophys.
Pictures, interviews, videos and everything else to follow shortly.

Friday, November 11, 2005

DC Independent Film Festival deadline closing in!

Daniel Bliton writes:
DCIFF is a yearly event where industry professional and the general public can see the latest independent films, whether feature, short, animation, or documentary, from the U.S. and abroad.
This year the DCIFF is accepting Machinima entries in the animation category. MachinimaDudes ( are working to get as many quality films in front of the evaluation board as possible. Because an animation and a short film will be used as leadoffs for each feature film, we are looking to submit over 25 animations (3 to 5 minutes) and shorts (under 15 minutes) to the evaluation board. will review your film for possible inclusion to the 2006 DC Independent Film Festival & Seminars ( We will submit the best 25+ films to the film festival at no cost to you - that's a savings of $15 per film.
There are two ways to submit your film
1. Free through
2. Directly to DCIFF via their website (
Visit MachinimaDudes Link for more information and the Entry Form. Deadline is Nov 14, 2005.

Machinima Filmfest in Wired News!

A wired news article discusses the current state of machinima with quotes from Paul Marino, Beth Noveck and others.
Machinimag will cover the machinima filmfest (hopefully) in text, sound, pictures and video for all those who couldn't make it this year.
Stay tuned for more updates, as the awards ceremony will be held tonight from 8 pm New York time...

Dungeon Siege II Toolkit available

Gas Powered Games just announced that the Dungeon Siege 2 Mod-Toolkit is available at their site.
They also put up a nice tutorial on movie creation (flicks) amongst others at their garage site.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Shortfuze to get funding for machinima

On a press released sent last week, short fuze, makers of the all famous "No License" movie announced financial involvement to their machinima productions from a consortium of institutional and private investors.
Congratulations on getting some funding guys!
The last project i know of that short fuze was working on was their in-house machinima toolkit "Machinimascope".
Any chance we're going to see a demo version soon?

Monday, November 07, 2005

"the Awakening" wins Bitfilm machinima award!

The bitfilm festival is over and all the winners have been announced yesterday (we briefly commented...).
Winner of the 2005 machinima category is April Hoffmann's "the Awakening" series.
Very well deserved as "the Awakening" is not only a funny movie but explains machinima itself to a degree that makes it a viewing pleasure for both people that play the game Sims2 and those who don't know it.
April wins 1500 Euros and a cute friend robot, that will be handed over to her at the machinima filmfest (given she's there).

see more at

Friday, November 04, 2005

blogging live from bitfilm

First impressions from the bitfilm festival include a raised awareness in machinima, a very well accepted program this year and a nice and chilling location.
Tomorrow's panel adresses the convergence of movies and games. Klaus Neumann and myself are performing a live in-game "what is machinima?" show (stay tuned for a download) and Axel Schmidt will present a making of his all famous "Peacemaker" machinima movie, the winner of last year's bitfilm festival created together with rodrigo olmos (whom we still hope to see here as well!).

The bitfilm festivals, now in its sixth year was the first european new media festival to include machinima as part of their competition program.
They're showing movies in categories like 3D animation, mixed Visual Effects, VJing, realtime demos or even films for mobile phones.

The award ceremony is being held on sunday at about 8 pm. As soon as the winners are announced, you're going to read about them here.
Visitors can vote for their favorite movies by cellphone using text messages. Voting started yesterday and will stop a couple of hours before the winners are announced.