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Monday, December 27, 2010

Lights, camera, action!

One of the things we hear a lot when people see Moviestorm movies is that “it looks like The Sims”. That’s quite flattering in a way, to find ourselves compared to EA’s multi-million dollar blockbuster game. Sometimes, though, what people mean is that it’s all a bit, well, boring. It’s just people walking and talking in their living rooms, and going about their everyday business. It’s not like “real” machinima, where things actually happen.

Well, take a look at this jaw-dropping animation reel from Dean P. Wells. The opening sequence alone is an incredible demonstration of what Moviestorm is truly capable of.

Dean is a scriptwriter living in London, who writes both short and feature length films for the British and American markets. He also runs a Web site, The Screenwriters Cove, which allows scriptwriters and producers to work together effectively.

He took up animation as a hobby a short while ago and taught himself to use Moviestorm and Adobe After Effects. He blends them together remarkably effectively to create these amazing sequences, including sci-fi morphs, car chases, huge cityscapes and stylish fight scenes. He’s close-lipped about his new projects, but we persuaded him to drop some hints. “I’m currently designing something very special indeed. It’s gonna be the most explosive, action packed 5 minute scene to date. It all takes place inside an apartment block and the street below. I’ll be using Moviestorm, Blender, Trapcode and AE. The detail and recording speed is going to be absolutely amazing!”

This has to be one of our favourite videos of the year, for one simple reason. Nobody’s going to think it’s The Sims! This really sets a new standard for Moviestorm film-makers in that it goes so far beyond what Moviestorm seems capable of. We’re looking forward to seeing much more like this in 2011 from Dean and many others.

More about Dean Wells: Web site | Vimeo | YouTube | Moviestorm

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