Posts Tagged ‘Machinima’

Machinamazing: Saxxy Awards Winners Declared

By Alice O'Connor on October 3rd, 2014.

Mine.

Whoa. Hey there. Sorry, I’m just coming round following the Saxxy Awards on Wednesday. I don’t even remember Thursday. There I was, seated between Morrissey and Prince, then I have a vague memory of Mozzer whipping out a hip flask that smelt like paint stripper and… nothing. It’s a blank. I don’t even know who won. I awoke in a cemetery this morning.

The Saxxies, of course, are the annual fan-voted awards for short films made in Valve’s Source Filmmaker. They’re short flicks about TF2, Portal 2, and Dota 2, but with the care Valve puts into developing characters and recording odd edge-case lines of dialogue, folks can be jolly creative.

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Set Face Holes To ‘Watch’: The Siege Of Markarth

By Craig Pearson on March 22nd, 2012.

Tell my wife... 'hello'
I know the setting of Skyrim is a broken world, tearing itself in apart in a civil war while giant death beasts roam the sky, but I’m waiting for a romantic comedy machinima set in Whiterun. There’s so much ‘war this and death that’ that it could use a little levity. The Siege Of Markarth is well made death this and war that, to be fair. 8 minutes of killing, but it also tells a story – I was captivated, as the assassin… hmmm, nope. You’ll have to watch to find out. I’m not going to be that guy and ruin it for you.
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Skeletonnes: The Great Battle Of Skyrim

By Craig Pearson on February 9th, 2012.

Stop filming! Geoff, take off your wristwatch!
I’m mesmerised by this hefty chunk of Peter Jackson-esque machinima, using Skyrim and some mods. There’s thankfully no story: just a set up of 500 Draugr, 200 skeletons, 500 Dwarven Warriors, and a dragon all lined up to beat the undead hell out of each other, for a movie that’ll go down in history as The Great Battle of Skyrim. It’s well-shot, nicely edited, and has lots and lots of kapwow. Video herein.
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The Flare Path: Routine Supply Drop

By Tim Stone on September 30th, 2011.

There's 7 gold and 1 platinum FP point up for grabs this week. Just ID the airlines.

Though the port engine of the Flare Path C-47 is sheathed in flame, and most of the starboard aileron is shot away, I reckon I should be able to keep the old bird in the air long enough to reach the DZ and jettison this week’s cannisters of simulation and wargame news. In the sim cannister you’ll find some choice machinima, analysis of a beastly armour sim, and the frank confessions of a bruised speedwayist. In the wargame one there’s three-dozen red berets, a… Hang on. That’s not good. That’s definitely not good. Mayday! Mayday! This is B for Beswick. We are going down. I repeat, we are going down! Read the rest of this entry »

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Toxic Avenger: The 90 Min GTA IV Movie

By Alec Meer on January 11th, 2011.

Run, unconvincingly-accented Niko, run!

Two years for a little less than two hours: those are the numbers behind The Trashmaster, a feature-length machinima flick made entirely using GTA IV PC and its video tools. Owing a hard-to-miss debt to Scorsese and likely to be pulled from the internet by the Rolling Stones’ copyright lawyers any day now, this veritable labour of love is the flashy, violent tale of a vigilante garbageman, cleaning up whatever (i.e. whoever) the police can’t…

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World of Cor! Craft

By Alec Meer on December 16th, 2010.

I’ve dithered about posting this, because the acting and dialogue is… well, let’s go with “enthusiastic”, but the concept and the special effects are pretty stonking, by and large.

Beyond The Real Life is Who Framed Roger Rabbit with Warcraft, essentially. WoW machinima overlaid onto and blended with real-world footage. “Almost every shot is a combination of in-game items, characters, or environments with real life footage and special effects,” it says here.
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Forting Fantasy: A Heavy Adventure

By Alec Meer on April 12th, 2010.

Choose your own adventure! Only instead of scribbling pencil notes into a paperback copy of Deathrap Dungeon and cheating by keeping your finger tucked into the last page you were on, reflect your decisions by clicking through to different Youtube videos! It’s Dragon’s Lair starring TF2′s Heavy as he attempts to navigate the deadly 2Forts! It gives you the choice of being friends or not being friends with people, just like in real life! It’s very funny! It’s below, if the embedding’s worked properly!
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The Great Debate

By Alec Meer on January 12th, 2010.

I’ve been playing with (semi-)free auto-machinima-maker app Xtranormal this morning. This is the result…
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“I Shit More Pixels Than This” – Top FPS

By John Walker on October 8th, 2009.

Ha ha, we all hate Master Chief.

Here’s the finest piece of machinima I’ve seen in a while, created by Lag Spike Films. Called Top FPS, it’s a spoof of American reality television, pitting eight FPS characters against each other in a series of tests of skill. With HL2′s Barney playing the part of Jeff Probst, they’re given trials from shows such as Survivor, Top Chef, Scrapheap Challenge and American Idol. It’s pretty damned funny. Watch it below.

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Rather Good Fallout 3 Machinima

By Jim Rossignol on October 7th, 2009.


Thanks to Jun Shen Chia for sending in a link to this first episode of what proposes to be an ongoing series made in Fallout 3, which I’ve posted below. Further episodes can be found here. I have to admit it’s been a while since I’ve paid any attention to the machinima scene, so do feel free to send in other efforts that are out there on the web. This particular piece is by Drakortha Productions, a chap who has done a whole bunch of game movies before now.
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What A Lot Of Rockets: TF2 Extreme!!!!!!!111one

By Alec Meer on November 26th, 2008.

Is Team Fortress 2 the lord God’s greatest gift to machinima? The video beneath the cut rather suggests it is. A tiny part of my brain curls up and dies when I try to guess at just how much time the chap behind this mass slaughter/domino effect experiment spent on it, but the explodey, spectacular results speak for themselves.
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GTA IV Gets Cinematic

By John Walker on November 20th, 2008.

A glimpse of the video editing tool.

Rockstar, in preparation for the PC release of GTA IV on 2nd December, have released some sample movies to show off the in-game video editor. And they’ve gone bonkers.

Clearly a dream for the machinima crowd, the in-built tool will let you create your own mini-movies, which will then be shared on the Rockstar Social Club site.

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There Really Needs To Be A TF2 Movie…

By Alec Meer on September 28th, 2008.

…or so machinima of this calibre makes me think. Splendid, Looney Toonian stuff.


Thanks to Matt Slim (if that is indeed his real name) for the tip.

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