Completely Machinima

Completely Machinima Season 1 Episode 4.1 Machinima News May 2021

And Now For Something Completely Machinima is a podcast devoted to machinima (movies made in game engines). This month (May 2021) we are splitting our 4th podcast into four sections which will post once a week: Machinima News (May 6), Machinima Films (May 13), Machinima Discussion (May 20) along with several interviews which we will publish separately throughout the month. 

Episode 4 was produced by Damien Valentine who is joined by hosts Ricky GrovePhil Rice, and Tracy Harwood.

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Summary: Damien and the gang share Star Wars memories, Ricky sharesiClone 7.9 update includes Acculips, ExPlus, and Advanced MoCap. Tracy talks about the winners announced for the first virtual storytellers challenge. Phil shares a new year-long VR course. In addition, we cover Mass Effect remastered launches this month, Star Trek adopting the same virtual set technology as the Mandalorian and the Milan Film Festival now accepting submissions

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-STAR WARS    https://www.starwars.com/
-iCLONE ACCULIPS UPDATE   
https://www.reallusion.com/iclone/lipsync-animation.html
-VIRTUAL PRODUCTION FOR STORYTELLERS WINNERS   
https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/blog/winners-announced-for-first-virtual-production-for-storytellers-challenge?
-FIRST PLACE – untitled short by Ben Coello – 
https://vimeo.com/511463265
-SECOND PLACE – Birds of a Feather by Emanuele Lomello –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=905GlMN7zRwTHIRD PLACE – Ghost Town by Ryan Paterson – https://vimeo.com/511255904
-UNREAL VIRTUAL PRODUCTION PRIMER
https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/onlinelearning-courses/virtual-production-primer
-GET ALL $2 TRUEBONES ITEMS FREE!   
https://gumroad.com/truebones
-360° VR Filmmaking Masterclass
https://completelymachinima.com/2021/04/10/360-vr-filmmaking-masterclass/
-Star Citizen   
https://robertsspaceindustries.com/
-Planetfall   
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetfall
-MASS EFFECT LEGENDARY EDITION
https://www.ea.com/games/mass-effect/mass-effect-legendary-edition
-STAR TREK USING VIRTUAL SETS
https://intl.startrek.com/videos/how-star-trek-uses-virtual-sets
-STAR TREK DISCOVERY SEASON 4 TRAILER
https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a36030260/star-trek-discovery-se

April Machinima History with Ben Grussi

Ricky Grove Machinima, Podcast April 26, 2021 Leave a reply

Machinima’s historian, Ben Grussi, looks back over the past couple of decades and shares some significant machinima-related events which occurred in the month of April.

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How to Build a Machinima PC

Ricky Grove Machinima, Podcast April 23, 2021 Leave a reply

Phil Rice and Ricky Grove discuss building a PC specifically for machinima production and post-production. They start with the GPU and work their way through an entire PC build adding tips and techniques for making a great machinima workstation PC.

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Phil’s PC Build

Budget: $2,000

Components

Note: Phil’s build is very much a multi-role machine… 1) machinima / animation creation, 3) live streaming to Twitch and YouTube, 3) video editing – sometimes 4K footage, and 4) DAW (digital audio workstation), so he had some extra storage needs that may be extreme for most setups. That’s also the reason for his insistence on 32GB of RAM.

Actual Price = $2,030 + tax

Ricky’s PC Build

Budget: $1,000-$1,200

Components

Actual Price = $1,530 (oops)

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Season 1 Episode 3.3 Machinima Discussion Topics

Ricky Grove Machinima, Podcast April 15, 2021 Leave a reply

CM Episode 3.3 Machinima Discussion Show Notes

And Now For Something Completely Machinima is a long-form podcast devoted to machinima (movies made in game engines), real-time technologies, and virtual reality. This month (April 2021) we are splitting our 3rd podcast into four sections which will post once a week: Machinima News (April 1), Machinima Films (April 8), Machinima Discussion (April 15), and a Special “Build a Machinima PC” podcast (April 22).

Episode 3 was produced by Ricky Grove joined by hosts Phil Rice, Tracy Harwood, and Damien Valentine.

Summary: After Ricky’s Milan Machinima Festival report he brings up a question that was put to one of the Festival jurors (Henry Lowood – “…has machinima dissolved into the larger culture of streaming and game videos“) and then asks the other hosts their opinion. The next topic for discussion is the status and quality of the “Let’s Play” machinima in 2021. Phil has particularly good insights. Finally, the gang takes on a contemporary topic that might impact machinima creators in “What the Hell is NFT?“. As usual, Tracy has the best insights on this topic.

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Timecode for this Episode

00:00:38
Damien’s newest Episode of his machinima series, “Star Wars: Heir to the Empire” is out

00:02:32
Ricky’s Report on the Milan Machinima Festival

00:07:15
Ricky’s fav Milan Festival film “Fire Underground” by NIck Crockett

00:09:50
First discussion question, “..has machinima dissolved into the larger culture of streaming and game videos?

00:10:36
Tracy’s answer

00:16:22
Phil’s take

00:23:17
Damien’s response

00:25:26
Ricky’s answer

00:32:14
Second question, “Is Let’s Play just game-play, or is it a more significant type of machinima?”

00:40:09
Ricky on a Let’s Play machinima at the Milan Machinima Festival

00:47:23
Phil on shooting “Father Frags Best”

00:52:44
Third question, “What the hell is NFT?”

01:06:50
Tracy nails the NFT question

Are we just all full of shit? Please contact us! We are desperately hoping to be told off in no uncertain terms. Phil especially is stressed because he reads all of the bot spam being posted as comments. Please help save Phil’s sanity, for God’s sake!

The Mind’s Eye: A Computer Animation

Ricky Grove Not Machinima April 12, 2021 Leave a reply

Tthe first effort by director and co-producer Jan Nickman which served as a demonstration of computer animation when the art-form was still in its relative infancy. It is composed of a sequence of segments ambitiously chronicling the formation of Earth (“Creation”), the rise of human civilizations (“Civilization Rising”), and the technological advances of humanity from the advent of agriculture to the future exploration of the cosmos. The video speculatively concludes with a segment of what might be the next sentient species to arise on Earth, as well as the CGI short Stanley and Stella in: Breaking the Ice. The soundtrack was composed by James Reynolds. The sales of this video were RIAA certified as “Multi-Platinum” and reached as high as #12 on Billboard’s video sales chart.

The Mind’s Eye is a spectacular odyssey through time. Your journey begins at the dawn of creation and moves through the rise of man and technology. Travel in the world of abstraction and on into the future with breathtaking computer animation imagery. The Mind’s Eye joins the imaginations of over 300 of the world’s most talented computer animation artists with a powerful, original music soundtrack. This unique collaboration takes you on an incredible voyage into The Mind’s Eye. (1990, Archive.org)