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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Moviestorm in MacFormat

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Quick! Run out and buy a copy of MacFormat’s December 2008 edition. You’ll find Moviestorm on the disc included with the magazine as well as a great centre page spread extolling the virtues of the product.

“We’ve never seen an animation program so easy to use.” - MacFormat

The folks at MacFormat seemed suitably impressed and so we’re really pleased with the article. One tiny inaccuracy that we’d like to clear up, however. As flattering as it is, the Coca-Cola ad in the style of GTA wasn’t made in Moviestorm. No dancing penguins, see?

 

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Interfacing Virtual Actors

Sideshow #016, courtesy of Overman, contains an extract from the panel Matt was on at the Machinima Film Festival in New York a couple of weeks ago.  The sound quality isn’t great, unfortunately, but we hear there’s an official AMAS recording on its way at some point.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Moviestorm Sponsors The Machinima 48 Hour Film Project

Moviestorm is delighted to announce its sponsorship of The Machinima 48 Hour Film Project.

The Machinima 48 Hour Film Project returns on the weekend of November 14. Filmmakers from many different virtual worlds will compete to see who can make the best short machinima film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world for the title “Best 48 Hour Film of 2008”.

Matt Kelland, Moviestorm founder says: “This exciting new form of filmmaking is gaining in popularity and enabling artists with small budgets to create films that can mirror scenes from bigger budget filmmaking.”

Competitions are usually city-based. The Machinima competition is an international one based in the “virtual world.” Machinima teams will shoot, edit and score a movie — in just 48 hours. On Friday night, teams are given a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in their movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete and uploaded to a designated FTP site. Films will then be screened, usually in the next week. The winning film goes on to compete in the national competition.

 

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Moviestorm listed in Mediatech 100 - we’re hot!

Moviestorm’s parent company, Short Fuze Limited, is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Mediatech 100 list. 

Mediatech 100, compiled by analysts Library House and supported by Kemp Little and New Media Age, represents the hottest 100 private mediatech companies in Europe.  Library House says that these are “the 100 companies among those most likely to change the mediatech world.”  Mediatech companies take advantage of the intersection between media and technology and have revolutionised the business and distribution models of the media industry.

David Bailey, CEO of Short Fuze, said, “We’ve always set out to be a ground-breaking company.  It’s been a long, hard slog, but we know from experience that making innovative products is neither quick nor easy.  We believe that Moviestorm has the power to change the lives of our customers, and it’s very satisfying to see that we’re not the only ones who think so and to see ourselves in this list alongside so many other innovative European companies.”

Yay us!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Featured Favourites and the QA Pick of the Month

Alphabet song HQ by tree, our Featured movie this week, is a great example of a novel use of Moviestorm, combining our Foliage pack with tree’s own Alphabet Soup addon to create an effective educational video for children.

For our Favourites, we’ve picked a rather musical trio of movies, Mi God O! by kunleski, Halloween Special - Dream a little Dream by sisch, and Danse Macabre by Poulet Noir. You can see all these fine movies on our Movies page.

This week, we’ve decided to introduce a new feature to the blog - QA’s Pick of the Month. Now, our QA department has what you might call “singular” taste, so their favourite movies tend towards the unconventional. This week’s pick is a great little clip by new Moviestormer, Simmo92. We present, forthwith, for your appreciation, Skittles.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Fountains and fences and gates, oh my

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We’ve just released another outdoor-related content pack - Garden Features - this one containing a variety of garden type structures like fences, walls, gates, a shed, statues, and fountains.

The metal gates feature opening and closing animations and the wooden gates are available in both open and closed variations. The fountains include a lovely flowing water texture.

The new pack is available in the store for only £4.99 or as a bundle with the Foliage pack for £7.99.

Happy gardening!

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Congratulations Mr President (elect)

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The team at Moviestorm would like to congratulate Senator Obama and his team on an historic win in the US Elections last night. We’d also like to acknowledge the American electorate for the massive voter turnout across the country. We’ll set off a couple of fireworks in your honour tonight!

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Machinima Film Festival 2008

Last weekend’s Machinima Film Festival at Eyebeam in New York was a fantastic opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones.  It’s always good to catch up with the stalwarts of the machinima crowd, especially when they’re people you normally only deal with via the Net.  Some, of course, I’ve met in person before (Hi Ricky, Friedrich, Frank, Paul, Tracy, Ben and so on), others I was meeting in the flesh for the first time after knowing them for years (Overman, Zuckerman, Xanatos, Tari, Michael Nitsche, Sterling, Harrison, Ken Thain etc).  And it was great finally meeting with the guys from Reallusion - very easy to get on with, very likeable, and ridiculously knowledgeable about Jim Morrison.


See - we’re all friends really!  Matt with John & James Martin

It was also very satisfying to be part of the team that won the award for Best Technical Achievement in Machinima for Leaving the Game. Keith Halper from Kuma picked up the award on behalf of the American Film Institute and the many other people who were also involved in the project. 


Matt & Keith with their Mackie

Congratulations to everyone who won an award, particularly Polygon Fiction, who picked up no fewer than three for Monad.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Moviestorm in New York

imageIn a few hours, the 2008 AMAS Machinima Festival opens in New York.  It’ll be a chance to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and maybe even watch some machinima.  Though, to be honest, given it’s only a one-day festival and we fly back to England tomorrow, I suspect Johnnie and I will be spending more time chatting and carousing than watching movies. 

And then it’s time for the annual disputes over the Mackies after tonight’s awards ceremony.  Everyone has their favourites, and rarely do they agree with the judges.  Having been a judge a few times recently, I can tell you it’s not an easy job, since the films are so different and represent such a wide spread of talent.

Should be fun!

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