Podcast Episodes

S3 E58 Film Review: The Darkside EP1: Chrome Armor by Scott Barrett (Dec 2022)

Tracy Harwood Podcast Episodes December 29, 2022 Leave a reply

Our last episode of 2022 is Damien’s Pick of the Month, The Darkside EP1: Chrome Armor by Scott Barrett, released 22 October 2022. This is a shining example of Star Wars fandom at its best, a la Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead with shades of Red Vs Blue in the mix. Its made in Unreal Engine 5 and has some excellent mocap although how the armor has been applied, we’re not too sure!



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Film and Links

The Darkside EP1: Chrome Armor –

Freesound.org, great for music and soundscape designs

Check out Gildenstern and Rosencrantz Are Dead, this clip from 1990 with Tim Roth and Gary Oldman (directed by Tom Stoppard) –

and RoosterTeeth’s Red Versus Blue, episode 1 (dating from 2003) here –

Credits

Speakers: Phil Rice, Ricky Grove, Tracy Harwood, Damien Valentine

Producer: Phil Rice

Editor: Ricky Grove

Music: CreateStudio Pro licensed music. fallbackcrush / whistling auld lang syne @ freesound.org https://freesound.org/people/fallbackcrush/sounds/413563/

S3 E57 The Talky Orcs by AFK (Dec 2022)

Tracy Harwood Podcast Episodes December 22, 2022 Leave a reply

For our Christmas 2022 episode, we review The Talky Orcs attempting to learn a new language courtesy of AFK, using Unreal Engine 5 and Reallusion’s Character Creator. The film is one of the best examples we’ve seen so far of lip sync and, as we’ve come to expect from these guys, also a good laugh. Enjoy and Happy Christmas!



YouTube Version of this Episode

Links

Film –

AFK channel on YouTube

Reallusion’s Character Creator Starter Pack

S3 E56 Film Review: Artists of SL by Teal Aurelia (Dec 2022)

Tracy Harwood Podcast Episodes December 15, 2022 Leave a reply

This episode is Ricky’s December film pick, Artists of Second Life by Teal Aurelia, released 3 October 2022. We discuss the emerging trend of photography in virtual worlds and reflect on the significance of the compositing used by the creator of this film, which has a surprising backdrop to the runway style presentation of ‘inspiring’ characters. Plus, we reflect on the state of TV advertising today!



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Links & Show Notes

Film –

and this is Teal’s editing and compositing process video we discuss in our review –

Create Studio Pro – a low cost tool for editing short form content such as adverts

S3 E55 Film Review: 917 by Krad Productions (Dec 2022)

Tracy Harwood Podcast Episodes December 8, 2022 Leave a reply

In this ep, Phil leads the discussion about one of the most *disturbing films we’ve ever seen, called 917 by Krad Productions, released 30 Oct (spoiler alert: Phil designed the soundscape for it). It is disturbing that there’s a true back story to the film, which is explained – and having watched the film, we couldn’t really think of another adjective that summed it up better. Yep, its disturbing… and we are definitely none the wiser about the truth of 917, that maddening frequency that sends you off into a twirling spiral of err…… All theories welcome!

*Disturbing=anxiety inducing, worrying, upsetting; mental illness such as depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, addictive behaviors.



Youtube Version of this Episode

Film Link

Film has been made in Reallusion’s iClone 7.

Top Shorts Film Festival hosts a monthly contest for films such as machinima and virtual production, website here.

If you are trying to help someone with mental health issues such as schizophrenia, we recommend this website for advice, Mind.org (UK based) or any other local organization that specialises in appropriate support.

Credits
Speakers: Phil Rice, Ricky Grove, Tracy Harwood, Damien Valentine
Producer: Phil Rice
Editor: Ricky Grove
Edited in CreateStudio Pro. Music is from their licensed collection.

S3 E54 Film Review: ALONE by Playard Studios (Nov 2022)

Tracy Harwood Podcast Episodes November 25, 2022 2 Comments

This week covers a reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem Alone, read by Shane Morris (audio used is from the BEKNOWN channel) with visuals by Playard Studios. The film uses Unreal Engine’s metahuman and  NVIDIA Omniverse ‘s Audio-to-Face and there are some impressive introspective looks achieved with the process… among a few other things we comment on, not least being Ricky’s experience of reading poetry.



YouTube Version of this Episode

Show Notes & Links

ALONE film, released on 26 October 2022

Beknown channel reading by Shane Morris on YouTube.

Nvidia Omniverse’s Audio to Face

Unreal Engine’s Metahuman

How to read a poem, tips and hints by the Academy of American Poets