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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Machinima Awards

Hello everyone! I just spent some time looking through the winners of the 2007 Machinima Awards and found some really incredible works of art. I truly enjoyed "Snow Witch" and thought that the images were really beautiful, while the narrator's tone was haunting. In viewing some other machinima, I was reminded of the discussions we had earlier in class about how machinima is democratizing access to the tools needed to create movies, and distribution of this new art form. Although we already watched parts of it in class, "Machinima! with Officer Dan" provided a great summary of the evolution of machinima from Quake Films to now. It is amazing that this chapter in film-making is barely a decade old! Even though I am truly an "outsider" when it comes to the world of gaming (Super Mario Brothers is about the extent of my knowledge), machinima has sparked my interest in finding out more about the gaming world so that I can have a better appreciation for the work that is being done by machinima artists today.

3 Comments:

Blogger Will said...

I agree, the snow witch one was really done well. The postal worker commercial was also very clever..

October 14, 2007 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

WOW! I just watched the "Snow Witch" thanks to this post. What an amazing piece of machinima. It has really given me new motivation to push myself more in the creation of my own machinima.
I am also interested in the ease of access to this technology that offers so much to the user. I have to add though, my own attempts at using this technology have been no where near as eloquent. The opportunity is there to use this program but I haven't found it too user friendly as far as creating seamless video.

October 15, 2007 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

I just watched some of the Machinima award winners and am blown away. I am at once inspired and intimidated by these films. "Snow Witch" was so amazing to watch and think about the how much time and energy must have gone into making it. I also got a chuckle out of the postal one. So between these films and the amount of work in Innes' journal I am totally anxious about my own project.

October 15, 2007 at 8:19 AM  

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