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Thursday, August 30, 2007

machinimag and moviesandbox merge to guerilla animation

In preparation to some upcoming writing work, i will gradually merge and in an effort to generate a "rough guide to guerilla realtime animation". That basically means that all the articles will be converted to web-pages and i'll add a couple new ones.
I'm not going to make this Moviesandbox only, don't worry. Most of the stuff i'm talking about should be useable in other game engines as well, as long as you like to get your hands dirty.
So stay tuned!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

machinimag lies down to sleep

yes, machinimag will fall asleep for now.
With so many new quality websites devoted to machinima, it's now time for me to shift focus from infrastructure work to actual filmmaking.
The rss feeds and old magazine issues will remain up.
Thanks for all the support i had in the two years of machinimags existence!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Machinima Filmfestival winners

as taken from the official festival website:

Best Picture
The Adventures of Bill and John: Danger Attacks at Dawn
KBS Productions

Best Direction
Edge of Remorse
Jason I. Choi

Best Virtual Performance: Puppeteering
Tra5h Ta1k
The ILL Clan

Best Virtual Performance: Custom Animation
Company of Heroes
Relic Studios

Best Voice-Acting Performance
Hardlight Films

Best Visual Design
Edge of Remorse
Riot Films

Best Cinematography
The Adventures of Bill and John: Danger Attacks at Dawn
KBS Productions

Best Original Music
Stolen Life
Phillip Johnston

Best Sound Design
Neil Fazzari, Tom Efinger, John Moros

Best Writing
Male Restroom Etiquette
Phil Rice

Best Editing
The Adventures of Bill and John: Danger Attacks at Dawn
Bertrand Le Cabec, Frederic Servant

Best Technical Achievement
Company of Heroes

Relic Studios

Best Commercial Machinima

Silver Bells and Golden Spurs

Eric Call

Best Independent Machinima
The Adventures of Bill and John: Danger Attacks at Dawn
KBS Productions

Best Off-the-Shelf Machinima
Just A Game
Mu Productions

Best Machinima Series
The Fixer
Todd Stallkamp

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Is Photorealism In Games The Right Direction?

from the Gamasutra article:
"All the per-pixel lighting, dynamic shadows, normal maps, and motion capture of Madden '07 has actually degraded the emotional connection players had with previous versions of the game -- 1 step forward, 2 steps back."

read more here.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bitfilm festival winners!

The Bitfilm festival just announced the winners of the 2006 Bitfilm Awards.
The award for best Machinima movie goes to...

"The Days After" by André Pesch (Germany/USA)


(Note: information comes from the Bitfilm newsletter. Website is not updated yet.)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

more Machinima nominations announced

The animatu festival just announced its shortlist for its mid-november event...
The Days After
Direction: Andre Pesch

Un Unfair War
Direction: Thuyen Nguyen

Direction: Claus-Dieter Schulz

Unbreak my Heart
Direction: Shakti Pherwani


Also, the Holland Aimation festival's 7-day Machinima filmfest (in cooperation with Google) announced their shortlist to be viewed here.

The movie that gets the most views will win, so go view your favorite now!

And before people forget, there's also the Gameshadow innovation in games award, that you can vote for here.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Moviestom - a machinima toolkit

from the moviestorm website: "Have you ever dreamt of making movies? Do you dream of being a screenwriter, a director, an actor or something else movie related?

If so, this is your chance to begin, to be part of something big. Amazingly easy and fun to use, Moviestorm brings Hollywood style hits within everyone's reach."

From the makers of "No License" - go now to find out more.