Paul Marino

Completely Machinima Interview: John Gaeta, The Matrix

Tracy Harwood Podcast Episodes February 17, 2022 Leave a reply

In this episode, Tracy talks to John Gaeta about his interests in machinima and real time filmmaking, The Matrix Awakens Experience, the influence of the bullet time shot, building the metaverse, future of storytelling in immersive environments, the potential of NFTs and his advice for indie creators.



YouTube Version of this Episode

Show Notes and Links

John Gaeta on IMDb

screencap: Matrix Resurrections (l-r Donald Mustard, Kim Libreri, John Gaeta, Keanu Reeves)

Pioneers in Machinima, Prologue by Kim Libreri, CTO Epic Games

SIGGRAPH 2000

The Matrix Awakens Experience video (UE5)

bullet time

UE5 Nanite

News coverage of Disney’s AR patent application

3D Game-Based Filmmaking: Art of Machinima (book published 2004) by Paul Marino

Time Stamps and Themes

3.32 Backstory to Matrix Awakens Experience

10.01 Game vs Experience

12.00 World building The Matrix

18.11 Why PS5 and Xbox X/S?

21.36 Bullet time – again!

26.04 Awakens as a time capsule – remaking the virtual Neo

29.03 Multi-modal storytelling is the future

33.06 Storytelling and AI

37.00 Real time vs cinema – a cross-over moment

39.39 Scalable metaverses, AR and AI – reflecting on Disney’s recent announcements

49.27 The space between bones and spaceship in 2001: A Space Odyssey – vis Paul Marino’s 2004 Art of Machinima book

52.10 The role of Nvidia’s Omniverse platform

54.46 NFTs and open markets

1.03.00 Advice to machinima and real-time creators: passion and knowledge!

1.08.00: Red or Blue?

Credits

Producer/Editor: Ricky Grove

Music credits: frankum’s Nebua Techno House. freesound.org Creative Commons

Completely Machinima History with Ben Grussi (November)

Tracy Harwood Podcast Episodes 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.

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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

Completely Machinima S1 Ep 23 Discussion (October 2021)

Tracy Harwood Podcast Episodes October 28, 2021 Leave a reply

This month of Halloween, Ricky, Phil, Tracy and Damien discuss horror machinima – and is the genre of horror dead in machinima? The team also reflect on feedback from last month’s discussion on long vs short-form machinima. Finally, the team discuss the thought process for choosing a creative platform for making a new machinima. As ever, feedback on our discussion topics is very welcome!



Here’s a list of links that came up during our discussion this month –

Long-form machinima feedback – LINK to our discussion last month

Beware the Eye of Amun Ra

Beware the Eye of Amun Ra by Chris Herald

Is the horror genre of machinima dead?

What’s the thought process for choosing a platform for a new machinima project?

Paul Marino’s recommendations for making machinima

Epic Games’ CTO (and co-founder of ILMVFX) Kim Libreri comments about the role of audience in machinima (quote from Pioneers in Machinima) –

[Tracy: What advice might you have for those new to storytelling using machinima and virtual production techniques?] Kim: Create, watch, and share. You’ll end up being in a vacuum if you don’t share your work with anybody. Learn how to use the tool and remember that it’s really important that when you are creating a story you’re making it for an audience. So, find the audience and learn from their reactions. Create a lot. Watch a lot of movies. Play a lot of video games because the game aesthetic and link to the movie aesthetic is interesting. Share what you’re making.”

Completely Machinima in History with Ben Grussi (September)

Tracy Harwood Podcast Episodes September 30, 2021 Leave a reply

Ben gives us the rundown on notable highlights from the beginnings of machinima that happened during September between 1997 and 2006.



Show Notes & Links

Phil Rice’s Male Restroom Etiquette

Zerstorer (Quake Total Conversion with in-game cinematics) in-game trailer by Nihilism Unlimited https://archive.org/details/zerdem_202109 

Circus Life-Part 1 for Quake 2 by Donnovan http://www.archive.org/details/ciruslife202109/ 

Apartment Huntin’ by ILL Clan https://archive.org/details/apt_hunting/

Rendezvous released by Peter Rasmussen, Nanoflix https://vimeo.com/89817936/

Discreet’s Gmax free modeling package for games first edition release https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dgCObbUr5s/

EA’s Battlefield 1942 release https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0npQ6sdbqw/ – Foundation for creating No Licsense and other notables, Ours Again, Blabberfield 1999 series and Soldats San Merci, see Internet Archive Search: collection:”animationandcartoons” AND (mediatype:movies AND subject:”Battlefield 1942″) 

Fake Science by Dead On Que https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmyUALJZoBQ/ 

Halo PC release https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9kdq7r3JcI/

Unreal Tournament 2003 release https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjyPbtlIs04/

Red Vs Blue: PSA #4 Microsoft Professional Development Conference (PDC) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMcuxW6QzBM/

Swiss Army Bot Part 1 by Nabih Saliba  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgxhZUrRQZ8/

Swiss Army Bot Part 2 by Nabih Saliba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euzd_5WEJb0/

Unreal Technology Demo by Epic Games release (shown at Game Developers Conference https://youtu.be/gfGNClgwk8M/

Scourge Done Quick Toon Edition by QDQ https://archive.org/details/sd-stoon-web-smooth-div-x/

Halo Matrix “Film” (Halo re-enactment with sound from the movie) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi_6oDYUpmM

First Doom 3 machinima cinematic released is ‘Last Ten’ created by ‘Oneofthe8devilz’ https://archive.org/details/last-ten-machinima-doom-3/ 

Artemis Software releases Nesmut via Machinima.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4OUNJ8ZlnM  (official selection of the 2005 Machinima Film Festival) 

The second Doom3 ‘scripted” machinima, cinematic example for a scripting tutorial at Doom3World.org! by ‘indianajonesilm’  https://modwiki.dhewm3.org/doom3world/index.php?thread_id=6176/

P.A.N.I.C.S by Rooster Teeth Productions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsAcF1s4Pr4

A Different Song by Britannica Dreams  https://archive.org/details/BritannicaDreamsProductions_21

Stolen Life trailer by Peter Rasmussen, Nanoflix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umtuFToCzrI/

Interview with Frank Dellario and Matt Dominiani on This Spartan life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umtuFToCzrI

The Awakening Atlas Productions final episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr2mR3-zbTQ/

MTV.com presents a feature about Rooster Teeth entitled “Machinima Pros Make a Living Playing Halo with their feet” https://www.mtv.com/news/1510551/machinima-pros-make-a-living-playing-halo-with-their-feet/

Male Restroom Etiquette by ZS Oveman aka Phil Rice https://archive.org/details/Male_Restroom_Etiquette/

Paul Marino interview with Steve Sullivan (ILM ZVis) for VFXWorld by Barbara Robertson https://www.awn.com/vfxworld/zviz-ilm-goes-interactive-previs/

Completely Machinima History with Ben Grussi (June)

Phil Rice Podcast Episodes June 19, 2021 Leave a reply



Ben Grussi, machinima’s historian, tells us about significant events in machinima’s timeline that occurred during the month of June.