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February 24, 2010

George Melies - pioneer filmmaker

early French silent films by George Melies

"the Merry Frolics of Satan" (1906)

A trip to the moon (1902)

watch a student documentary on The Father of Special Effects

February 23, 2010

More Machinima

The Bard - Act 1: Lament
pilot episode of a planned 5 part fantasy mini-series

Mamachinima International festival

What stories would you tell using this method?

Machinima > Video Games + Cinema

A Japanese ghost story adapted from Hearn's "Yuki-Onna"(Kwaidan). Directed by Michelle Pettit-Mee. Filmed entirely in the Sims 2, October 2006. Winner of Best Story at the European Machinima Festival '07.

So, what is Machinima?
From the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences

Machinima (muh-sheen-eh-mah) is filmmaking within a real-time, 3D virtual environment, often using 3D video-game technologies.

In an expanded definition, it is the convergence of filmmaking, animation and game development. Machinima is real-world filmmaking techniques applied within an interactive virtual space where characters and events can be either controlled by humans, scripts or artificial intelligence.

By combining the techniques of filmmaking, animation production and the technology of real-time 3D game engines, Machinima makes for a very cost- and time-efficient way to produce films, with a large amount of creative control.

Archive of Machinima Films

Machinima.com is a website, operated by Machinima, Inc., that aims to be a hub for machinima, the art of creating animated videos in real-time virtual 3-D environments. The site features machinima-related articles, news, and Internet forums.

New Media Resistance: Machinima and the Avant-Garde
Elijah Horwatt (Cineaction 73/74 2008)

ILL Clan Animation Studios is an award-winning machinima animation studio with over ten years of experience producing original content and work for hire. Called "machinima masters" by Wired Magazine we've been a key player in pioneering this medium since its origins in 1997.

The Art of Machinima on Vimeo

Machinima Podcasts

List of Machinima Film Festivals



Machinima Festival Europe

Angela Thomas blogs about Machinima here, with some great examples:
Proposing A Machinima Canon

Paul Marino blog

February 11, 2010

Copyright + Music for Projects

On Jamendo artists allow anyone to download and share their music. It's free, legal and unlimited.

Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. We provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.

The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Freesound focusses only on sound, not songs. This is what sets freesound apart from other splendid libraries like ccMixter.

other searches for free sounds


February 5, 2010

Juniper Tree > student film

This short film was created by Jarid Waniger and Tyler Nelson last semester in Digital Studio class. Chelsey Luther created the related graphics. The students were asked to create a digital narrative inspired by a fairy tale or myth. In fairy tale studies, The Juniper Tree can be one of the more gruesome tale types, following the pattern: "my mother slew me, my father ate me" or the more common pattern of having the dead child be the boy. see Story Synopsis.