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Completely Machinima S2 Ep 30 News & Discussion (February 2022)

Tracy Harwood Machinima, Podcast, YouTube February 3, 2022 Leave a reply

In this episode, Tracy, Ricky, Phil and Damien cover the relevance of Nvidia’s special address at CES for machinima creators, Adobe’s Project Shasta, Kerbal Space Programme, the uptake in VR kit over the Christmas period, growth in machinima, NFTs, Philip Rosedale’s return to the Second Life fold, the nail in RoosterTeeth’s RVB saga, Minecraft’s and Rockstar’s astonishing achievements, Ben Grussi’s history episodes and discuss two great questions posed by our followers: what’s the difference between machinima and animation and what’s the advice for adapting prose to visual media formats.



YouTube version of podcast

Show Links

1:10 Nvidia’s special address at CES, points relevant for machinima creators eg., Omniverse, AI

12:55 RDR2 images in the news!

13:40 Austin Film Festival

14:24 Adobe Project Shasta for audio recording

14:56 Kerbal Space Programme 2 impending launch

Kerbal Space Programme 2 screencap

16:25 Machinima growth observations

17:28 VR growth observations

19:46 NFTs observations – Peter Molyneux and John Gaeta

23:57 Philip Rosedale and the future of Second Life for creators

40:30 Halo Xbox 360 multiplayer servers close – the end of the story for Rooster Teeth’s RVB series?

42:50 Ben Grussi’s history of machinima episodes of the Completely Machinima podcast

44:34 Matthew Loris/Zeke: what are the differences between machinima and animation discussion; Completely Machinima interview with Mr Anymation, Tom Jantol

1:00:48 Rockstar’s lawsuit against a modding group

1:02:21 Minecraft’s astonishing video reach

1:03:43 Pandora’s 3d Films: adapting prose to visual media formats preliminary comments

Completely Machinima History with Ben Grussi (october)

Tracy Harwood History, Machinima, Podcast October 30, 2021 Leave a reply

October is a busy month in machinima history! Ben goes back through the archives and digs out some real gems. Many of the links take you to the Internet Archive, where Ben has been uploading old content as we find it – for posterity and future generations of machinima creators to enjoy.



Notes and Links –

The Rangers released their first Quake movie, Diary of a Camper, https://archive.org/details/WinQuake919201632722P

Ranger Gone Bad, https://archive.org/details/ranger-gone-bad-1996-winquake

Circus Life Part 2 released by Donnovan, https://archive.org/details/cirus2_202110

Strange Company released the first of 4 shorts titled (commercial machinima) Matrix 4×1: Control Room – https://archive.org/details/Matrix4x1 

First commercial machinima: Strange Company’s Matrix 4X1: Control Room

Dark Age of Camelot released (several machinima produced), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnQgqkymgtE

The Scott’s Man, https://archive.org/details/scottsman_202110

Strange Company kills The Lithtech Film Producer project due to its massive size and lackluster tools, compared to newer tools already now available – open letter https://web.archive.org/web/20061011145541/http://www.strangecompany.org/lfp/cancellation.htm

ILL Clan released Sorry Mrs. Ioco, a quick production that was created as a test to see how fast they could produce a short film, https://archive.org/details/sorrymrsioco

Starfury posted his first edition tutorial on how to use UT2003’s Matinee tool that is used for re-camming and cut-scene production, http://www.snipersparadise.net/machinima_tutorial.html

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne released, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkBbLqgcQco

Leo “Dr-Nemesis” Lucien-Bay released a teaser trailer for his film Dragons, which premiered at the 2003 Machinima Film Festival, https://archive.org/details/BPS-Dragons-Teaser

The Winners of the 2nd Machinima Film Festival Awards were Fountainhead Entertainment’s In The Waiting Line, https://archive.org/details/Zero_7_In_The_Waiting_Line and Red Vs Blue’s Blood Gulch Chronicles

Game On, a promo piece made with live video footage and fused with a custom UT2004 modification, was made for the Volvo V50 car.  Nathan “MuNansen” Moller was part of the team, who was organizer of 5M NYC,  https://archive.org/details/Game_On_Short_Film

OC3 Entertainment Inc. released a machinima movie of Abbot & Costello’s famous Who’s On First routine. The movie was created using UT2004 and the Impersonator Mod Tool which creates highly realistic facial animation from a WAV file, https://archive.org/details/elvis-and-costello-whos-on-first-skit-filmed-in-unreal-tournament-2004

Rooster Teeth Productions (Red Vs Blue) released their first episode in a new series made in Sims 2 entitled The Strangerhood – Why Are you Here?, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipNPktZPkVg

A BDes thesis on machinima was submitted by Cillian Lyons at Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, School of Art, Design and Media, entitled “From Drawings to Code, From Thaumatrope to Machinima – How technology has affected the development of animation” (2004)

The games industry website Gamasutra reviewed The Art Of 3D Game-Based Filmmaking by Paul Marino,  https://www.gamedeveloper.com/art/book-review-i-the-art-of-machinima-i-

Neverending Nights released Episode 01: Heroes!??!, http://neverendingnights.com/nenvideos/season-01-episode-01-21-1080p-hd 

Riot Films released their Max Payne 2 based film Only The Strong Survive, the first episode in a 3-film trilogy (by Jason Choi and Ricky Grove),  https://archive.org/details/only-the-strong-survive-machinima

MrVH released his second IL2 Film entitled I Promise, an emotional journey into a pilot’s promise to return home, https://archive.org/details/i-promise-Mr-VH – first film is Brother

Strange Company’s epic Neverwinter Nights machinima Bloodspell’s first trailer, https://archive.org/details/bloodspell_trailer_2005

In celebration of the Bloodspell Trailer’s release, Bioware posted the first of three interviews with the Bloodspell Team examining different components’ (writing, filming, hacking, etc), https://web.archive.org/web/20110611110434/http://nwn.bioware.com/players/profile_makingof_bloodspell_p1.html

Binary Picture Show (Dr Nemesis) released the first episode of Bouncers entitled Prologue, https://archive.org/details/bouncers-please-prologue

P.E.D.S Season 2 Premiere, Episode 14: Welcome To Liberty City, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CJcrvn1_fM

Xfire announced the winners of the World of Warcraft Summer movie contest. The grand prize winner was Riot Film’s Edge of No Remorse, https://vimeo.com/channels/riotfilms/76501160

Other notable events:

On Sunday, 3 October 2004, artist Joseph DeLappe re-enacted the first 2004 Presidential Debate between Senator John Kerry and President George Bush in the PC online first person shooter game, Battlefield Vietnam.  The performance/re-enactment involved typing into Battlefield Vietnam online the entire transcript from the first presidential debate. DeLappe switched his profile, or name, during the gameplay from “George Bush” to “John Kerry”, as needed, to recreate, through the instant, text messaging system used in the online game, the entire 14,000+ words.  The transcript, used in printed form from the New York Times on the web, were typed into the online gameplay over the course of an eight hour session, visiting multiple game servers in the US and abroad. “John Kerry” or “George Bush” were randomly assigned by the host servers to either the US, South Vietnamese Army or the NVA (North Vietnamese Army) teams during the numerous online game sessions, each lasting from 2 minutes to 1/2 hour. Each game session featured between 14 and 31 other online gamers. There was much reaction from the other players during the re-enactment: from righteous outrage to genuine political dialogue to being kicked several times from multiple servers. The experience was thoroughly exhausting, truly a monumental effort at absurdist, online political theater.

A day later, DeLappe re-enacted the second “Town Hall” style presidential debate in a piece entitled: “Town Hall: Jedi Knight Outcast”, using the “Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast” online game as a platform for recreating this second presidential debate.  See the recordings here, http://www.delappe.net/play/the-great-debates/

Epic Games released the $1,000,000 Make Something Unreal Contest Phase 4 finalists (24) from the Real-Time Non-Interactive Movie list (search Internet Archive – when we find the films, we’ll upload them):

  • Sparked Memory
  • Scrap
  • UTConfrontation
  • botMovie
  • The Everseason
  • UTXMP Matinee Movie 1
  • The Editor Has You
  • Cancers – A UT2K4 Machinima Film
  • The Infiltrators
  • Damnation (Single Player Mod)
  • MOV-TorlanHero MSU4
  • The Journey
  • Real-Time Non-Interactive Movie Honorable Mentions:
  • Robin Hood & The Kings Ransom (single Player Mod)
  • Neosaka: The Forgotten (?)
  • The Bank Job
  • The Unreality HAS YOU!!
  • Lawdogs (Multiplayer/SP? Mod)
  • Testimony of a Paraqeet
  • Intelligent Life
  • Blade Runner
  • Piddly’s Chance (Single Player Mod)
  • Antechamber
  • Hollow Moon (Single Player/MP?) Mod

Completely Machinima in History with Ben Grussi (September)

Tracy Harwood History, Machinima, Podcast 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 S1 Ep 19 Discussion (September 2021)

Ricky Grove Machinima, Podcast September 16, 2021 1 Comment

Tracy, Ricky, and Damien discuss the topic, “Is machinima capable of movie-length films?” Damien chose two-hour-plus long machinima films this month and this made us wonder if machinima is capable of sustaining interest over a longer period of time. We also talk about other related topics. Missing Phil in the discussion as he was unable to make it this month.



Here are the links to topics that came up in the discussion:

-Chronicles of Humanity, Damien Valentine
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1931405/?ref_=tt_ch

-Red vs Blue season 1, Rooster Teeth
https://roosterteeth.com/watch/red-vs-blue-season-1-episode-1

-Nvidia Omniverse launch video at SIGGRAPH 2021
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qhqZ9ECm70

-Ozymandias, Hugh Hancock
https://archive.org/details/Ozymandias

-Clear Skies, Ian Chisholm
https://ianchisholmva.wordpress.com/clear-skies/

-iPiSoft
https://ipisoft.com/

Completely Machinima S1 Ep 9 News (June 2021)

Phil Rice Machinima, Podcast June 3, 2021 Leave a reply



In this episode we discuss some new releases by some machinima veterans, NVIDIA’s Machinima Omniverse tool, a new sandbox game reliant on the world of NFTs, the recent FantaSci Short Film Festival, and making machinima in Red Dead Redemption 2.