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Completely Machinima: January 2022 Films

Tracy Harwood Machinima January 13, 2022 Leave a reply

In this episode, Ricky, Phil, Tracy, and Damien discuss five very different recently released film selections, highlighting the importance of story-making in machinima. Alongside this, the team discusses some observations on the future scope of creativity, reflecting on comments made by Keanu Reeves on the release of the Matrix Awakens Experience made in Unreal 5.

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Show Notes and links

Gorak’s Guide to WoW Classic – A 3 Year Anniversary, released 14 September 2021

Gorak’s Guide to WoW Classic

Confined | Horror Film (GTA 5) by Ocramium, released 14 November 2021

Confined by Ocramium

Fallen Angel: A Star Wars Short (Unreal) by AlexS189, released 18 September 2021

Fallen Angel

Beating Minecraft the Way Mojang Intended It by MysteryOre, released 11 October 2020

Matrix Experience in Unreal Engine 5 discussion about future of creativity

Matrix Awakens Experience

Stomol by Huckleberry Hax, released 24 July 2020 (Second Life)

Stomol

Completely Machinima: January 2022 News

Tracy Harwood Machinima January 6, 2022 Leave a reply

In this episode, Ricky leads the discussion with Damien, Phil, and Tracy on the latest news items, covering Nvidia’s Canvas text to image AI, Blender 3.0 release, the best space games of 2022, open-world games for machinima including Star Wars Eclipse (Quantic Games), the Video Game Awards 2021 and The Matrix Experience in Unreal Engine 5.

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show notes and links

Nvidia Canvas text to image AI and PCGamer article about it

Nvidia Canvas

Blender 3.0 release

Blender Guru tutorial (donut)

Blender Guru

Reallusion’s iClone 8 and Character Creator 4 – new and upgrade info

Best space games of 2022

Star Wars Eclipse branching narrative open world environment by Quantic Dream games

Star Wars Eclipse

Video Game Awards 2021

Matrix Experience in Unreal Engine 5

Matrix Experience

Completely Machinima: December in History with Ben Grussi

Tracy Harwood Machinima December 23, 2021 Leave a reply

In this episode of the podcast, Ben recalls some more of the great all time classics that got this whole movement rolling, events all taking place in December (1993 to 2005 inclusive).

Links and notes –

Ranger Gone Bad 2: Assault on Gloom Keep (1996) https://archive.org/details/ranger-gone-bad-ii-assault-on-gloom-keep

Torn Apart 2: Ranger Down! one of the first Quake (1996) movies with voiced dialog https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX75VLzin2I

Walking Wounded/Strange Company releases trailer for Eschaton: Darkness Twilight in Quake (1997) 

Blahbalicious by Avatar and Wendigo (1997) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yC7o5pt-lA

screencap: Blahbalicious

Fountainhead Entertainment’s Katherine Anna Kang announces Sidrial.  Slated to be the first Machinima film to be put on the big-screen as a commercial venture https://archive.org/details/sidrial_promo even made a total conversion mod for Quake 3 Arena (2000)

Bender ‘n Stein by Ken ‘3dfilmmaker’ Thain https://archive.org/details/bender_stein and Bender Strikes Back Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQCcVfwpChM (2001)

Anthony Bailey releases a patch for integration into Quake 1 engine code bases to enable capture of AVIs (audio/video, any resolution, frame rate and codec) on Win32 GL platforms http://quakecapture.sourceforge.net/ (2002)

Teaser for Stardate: Night Time by Dr Nemesis https://archive.org/details/stardate-night-time-teaser (2002)

The Final Chapter (6) to the Killer Robot Saga by Nanoflix (Peter Rasmussen)  https://archive.org/details/killer-robot-machinima (2003)

Shadows of Auraxis Chapter 1 by Malvision in Planetscape https://archive.org/details/soa-e-1 (2003)

Remedy and Rockstar Games official Max Payne 2 Mod contest ‘Non-Interactive Movie’ winner Payne to the Max https://archive.org/details/payne-2-the-max (2003)

Canadian live-action/animated kids TV series ‘Zixx Level One’ is the first show for broadcast to contain animation created by a game engine, made using the Lithtech engine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtwhiFHOPQs (2003)

10th Anniversary of ID Software’s Doom, Doomworld complied an extensive article about the early forms of demo recording featuring Uwe Girich https://www.doomworld.com/10years/demos/demos01.php (2003)

Epic Games revealed the winners of Phase 4 Real-Time Non-Interactive Movie contest (2004)

  • 1st Place: Bot (Eggman)
  • 2nd Place: Journey (Fitz)
  • 3rd Place: Infiltrators
  • 4th Place: Sparked Memory (CSWAT)
  • 5th Place: The Editor Has You (Angel_Mapper)

ATI and Crytek, creators of Far Cry, made a real-time interactive CGI movie called The Project, that harnessed the capabilities of the ATI RADEON® X800 XT and PLATINUM EDITION for Hollywood style machinima, demonstrating photorealistic cinematic computing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9Uxc5rqbBI (2004)

Screencap: The Project

Just a Game by Mu Productions, a live action/machinima hybrid https://archive.org/details/Mu-just-a-game (2005)

SSPH Pre-Episode Part 2 The Healers by Amanda ‘AmandaJ3162’ Stanley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHZfJG0CgMU, I Got My Gmail https://archive.org/details/IGotMyGmail-MV and SSPH Pre-Episode 1 The Draftee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzAbyxe2mj4 were all selected for front page showcase status on Machinima.com – a first in its 5+ year history that three films created by one person are featured (2005)

screencap: Pre-Episode Part 2 The Healers

DigitalPhil and Dr. Nemesis’s  MachinimaLive! Episode 1 released entitled The Evolution of Machinima  https://archive.org/details/mlive12dec05 (2005)

The Machinima Reader book announced by Henry Lowood and Michael Nitsche https://www.amazon.com/Machinima-Reader-MIT-Press/dp/0262015331/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Machinima+Reader&qid=1639549609&sr=8-1 (2005)

Trailer for PG-13 series Adventures in Dating by Decorgal released https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykAxPDze0R0 (2005)

Completely Machinima 11.3 December 2021 Machinima Films

Tracy Harwood Machinima December 16, 2021 Leave a reply

The hosts have fun with the Christmas theme in this episode – Tracy starts with a suicide machinima, Ricky gets all Russian, Damien takes us on a very long journey to galaxies far too far away and then trolls us with caroling Jawas and Phil drops an orange into the sock.  Happy Christmas everyone.

Show Notes

The Loneliest Road Short Machinima by King Kaden (Halo), rel 15 October 2021

Novikov 2: Repercussion by GoodGames (Star Citizen), rel 27 February 2021

Star Wars Jedi Academy Re-Edited BEYOND-Christmas Special by EagleStriker (SWJA), rel some time around 2003 – available on Lopop55901’s YouTube channel, posted 26 August 2010

Part Two | Greater Terran Union | Stellaris Invicta by The Templin Institute (Stellaris), rel 25 August 2018

GTA History by Mors Mutual Insurance (mixed media, GTA), rel 31 October 2021

Playing an RPG for the First Time by Joel Haver (live action, rotoscope), rel 20 November 2020

Completely Machinima 11.2 LIVE EVENT Trends & Tales from the World of Machinima

Tracy Harwood Machinima December 7, 2021 Leave a reply

A recording of our live-streamed event from 9th December is HERE

The podcast featured Tracy, Ricky and Damien discussing the major trends observed in machinima and real-time filmmaking throughout 2021. During the stream, we showcased a selection of some of our favourite films from the year. Links to the films and Completely Machinima episodes in which we discuss the films in more detail are here –

Film 1 Adrift | Star Citizen | Barely Not Monkeys Productions | released 22 Sept 2021 | CM episode 10.2 November | patreon, pro voice acting/story, open world game, facial mocap
Film 2 Obit | Red Dead Redemption 2 | Phil Rice aka zsOverman | released 5 Sept 2021 | CM episode 9.1 October | film genre in-game storytelling
Film 3 The Hamilton Incident | Elite Dangerous | Vindicator Jones | released 19 Mar 2017 | CM episode 2 (Films) | Patreon, camera system?
Film 4 The Worst City Ever | City Skylines | Killian Experience | released 13 Dec 2016 | CM episode 3.2 April | film genre Let’s Play
Film 5 Baby Outlaw | Unreal | Xanadu/Elle King song | released 17 Feb 2021 | CM 2.1 episode February | mocap, music vid

Completely Machinima 11.1 December 2021 – Machinima News

Tracy Harwood Machinima December 2, 2021 Leave a reply

This week the hosts discuss updates from the GTC event by Nvidia, with focus on Omniverse and Reallusion’s iClone 8 and Character Creator 4, the Book of Boba Fett trailer, Dune, A Sound Effect podcast, understanding NFTs (well, who does?), Nightmare Puppeteer, Blender 3.0, a natural successor to Garry’s Mod called SNBox, Promethian AI (creative process for VR) and our upcoming LIVE event on 9 December, celebrating our year in machinima.

Show Notes

Book of Boba Fett trailer

Batman trailer

GTA Trilogy Remaster release update here and comparison here

A Sound Effect podcast

Article: Understanding NFTs and blockchain

Linking Reallusion to Omniverse

Nightmare Puppeteer on Steam

S&Box overview

Aidan Kelly’s YouTube channel

Promethian AI overview

ANFSCM Live in Leicester, 9 December 2021 6-7.30 – Eventbrite booking here

Completely Machinima: November in History with Ben Grussi

Tracy Harwood Machinima November 25, 2021 Leave a reply

Ben reviews some of the major happenings during November in the early days of machinima, including Phil and Damien’s first contributions; release of legendary machinima games Halo 2, HalfLife 2, World of Warcraft & GTA San Andreas.  Red vs Blue Season 1 went gold and Second Life’s release of copyright statement are highlighted during this month, plus Hugh Hancock and Paul Marino made it to British TV Channel 4’s ‘The Toon Commandments’. Also a notable mention to Nvidia, whose GeForce FX series of graphics cards was launched in November 2002, signaling the dawn of cinematic computing.  Listen up and follow the links on our blog post.

Machinima Gold: Strange Company (L-R: Sally Brewer, James Payne, Hugh Hancock, Steve Wallace, a descendant of William Wallace (Braveheart), and Gordon McDonald) & Paul Marino on Channel 4’s The Toon Commandments (2000)

Show Note Links –

Torn Apart (1) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN_kpxctijA

Quake 2 (Standing in for original trailer the RTX upgrade trailer instead) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unGtBbhaPeU

Half-Life – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wavn29LMrs

Unreal Tournament 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIJU9oSSPDs

ILL Robinson (Paul Marino) and Hugh ‘Nomad’ Hancock are interviewed on National UK TV Channel 4’s “The Toon Commandments” – https://archive.org/details/channel-4-machinima-toon-commandments

Halo: Combat Evolved (Halo 1) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0kHiEME0Vk

IL-2 Sturmovik – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EttVIq9Pig

ILL Clan teaser trailer for their upcoming episode series Lenny and Larry on the Campaign Trail – https://archive.org/details/illclan-Lennyandlarrycampaigntrailer

Jason Choi’s Max Payne tribute video – https://vimeo.com/63995463

Halo 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ycOwVPqbxA

Half-Life 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID1dWN3n7q4

World of Warcraft – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlVSJ0AvZe0

Tristan Pope (The Godfather), I Surrender, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLVUoVVNnFc

GTA: San Andreas soundtrack to be released December 7th 2004 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daw8xhaGj2s&t=172s

Matt Kelland, Dave Morris & Dave Lloyd’s book