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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas competition - you pick the winner

Wow, that’s a tough selection. Usually there are three or four runaway winners, but this time we’ve had a bunch of really different movies, good in different ways. We’ve had music, comedy, horror, and even some cheery stuff!

Anyway, here’s the deal. These are the ten nominees. Watch them, and vote for your favourite in the forum. You can only pick one movie. The movie with the most votes on New Year’s Day wins.

OK, get voting!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a movie.

(0) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Saturday, December 19, 2009

GreetingStorm Live - instant Christmas movies

Here’s the easiest way ever to make a personalised Christmas video - go to GreetingStorm Live on Facebook, pick one of eight template movies, put photos of you or your friends onto the characters, and send it to them!  (Or, if you feel cheeky, someone else’s face.)

It’s pretty much like GreetingStorm except there’s nothing to download - it works right in your browser.

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Movies include:


He’s Got Snowballs / She’s Got Snowballs
Get into a snowball fight
Express Your Elf
Our sexy, sassy, dancing elf
A Good Stuffing
It’s turkey time!
Santa’s Little Helper / Making Santa Happy
Sit on Santa’s knee
Strictly Come Sliding
Santa dancing on ice
Freezing Balls
Well, what do you think?

It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s free. And it’s just in time for that last minute Christmas message!

Happy Holidays!

(0) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Friday, December 18, 2009

Subscriptions and rentals explained

Wondering about Moviestorm subscriptions and content rental? Here’s how it all works, at a glance.

What do I get?

FreeSubscriber
Moviestorm plus base packimageimage
Photostorm & Greetingstorm packsimageimage
Your own director’s pageimageimage
Access to forumsimageimage
Host your movies on Moviestorm Web siteimageimage
Buy official content packs at full price for cashimageimage
Buy official content packs for Moviestorm pointsimageimage
Rent official content packs for Moviestorm pointsimageimage
Use unofficial content packs (mods)imageimage
Create content packs with Modder’s workshopimageimage

What are Moviestorm points?
Moviestorm points (MSPs) are a way for subscribers to buy or rent content packs in the Moviestorm Marketplace.  You get some MSPs included with your subscription, and you can buy more whenever you need them.  Using MSPs works out at least 30% cheaper than paying the full cash price. 

More about using MSPs

What’s content rental?
Instead of buying content packs, you can choose to rent them by the day or by the month for just a few MSPs.  A pack that costs 2000 MSPs to buy costs only 200 MSPs for a month, or just 20 MSPs for a day.  This is useful if you only need a pack for a few scenes or a single movie, or if you just want to try before you buy. If you’re not making many movies, you’ll probably find that by renting, the MSPs you get with your subscription will cover all your content needs.

More about content pack rental

What subscription options are there?
There are currently three subscription options: for pricing in your currency, see the subscription page.
• Annual subscription: gives you 8000 MSPs.
• Three month subscription: gives you 2000 MSPs.
• Monthly subscription: gives you 800 MSPs. This automatically renews every month until you cancel, so you get 800 MSPs each month.
We have more subscription options planned for January 2010, including a lifetime subscription option.

More about subscriptions

How can I pay?
Right now, we can accept most credit cards.  We’re currently experiencing technical problems with American Express and PayPal, but we’ll be able to take them soon.

What’s the Modder’s Workshop?
As well as the content packs produced by Short Fuze, you can create your own, either by using a 3D modelling tool or importing content from Google Sketchup.  As a subscriber you can make your own mods and use mods created by other modders.

Modders’ forum

Is that it?
We’ll be announcing more subscriber benefits in 2010.

(2) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Content rental - make your money go further

If you’re a subscriber, you’ll now be able to hire content packs instead of buying them. When you put a pack in your shopping basket, you can choose to have it for a day or a month, instead of buying it outright.

Rental is useful if you only need a pack for a few scenes or a single movie, or if you just want to try before you buy. If you’re not making many movies, you’ll probably find that by renting, the MSPs you get with your subscription will cover all your content needs.

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The monthly cost is only 10% of the purchase cost to subscribers, and the daily cost is just 1% - and subscribers already get at least 30% off. To put that in perspective, here’s the pricing for the Law and Order pack in US dollars:

  • 1 day rental - 20 MSP ($0.20)
  • 1 month rental - 200 MSP ($2.00)
  • Purchase - 2000 MSP ($20.00)
  • Purchase - $29.99

Remember you can buy MSPs at a considerable discount, so the prices quoted above are the maximum you’d pay.

Note: Not all packs are currently available to rent. Music packs are all excluded, as are the packs made by Chris Ollis (Halloween, Halloween 2009 & Female Monster Heads).

(0) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Thursday, December 17, 2009

GreetingStorm - put yourself in a movie!

Stuck for a last-minute Christmas message?  Want something a little more personal than a cheap card?  No time and no money?

Then you need GreetingStorm! It’s free, it’s easy, it’s fun - and you’re in it!

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To get it, just start up Moviestorm, hit Get More Content, and choose GreetingStorm Holidays.  It’s that simple!


It takes just three easy steps to make a movie:

1. Choose one of seven ready-made movies, and add your own photographs to the characters.  Or, if you feel cheeky, someone else’s!

2. Record your message

3. Create your movie and post it online, or send it to your friends!

The seven movies range from Christmas cuddles to dancing Santas and a couple that are a little ruder. 

A Good Stuffing
Time to get your bird ready for Christmas.  Personalise both male and female roles to send a saucy seasonal greeting to your partner or your friends. 

Parental Guidance - Contains Innuendo

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Christmas Cuddle 
A cosy night in front of the fire makes it time for a romantic moment.  Personalise both male and female roles to send a loving seasonal greeting to your partner.

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Express Your Elf
She’s a sexy, sassy elf, and she loves to dance.  Personalise the female lead only, and send a sexy seasonal greeting to your partner.

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Freezing Balls
Cripes, it’s chilly outside. What you need about now is a caring friend with warm hands.  Personalise both male and female roles to send a saucy seasonal greeting to your partner. 

Parental Guidance - Contains Innuendo
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Grooving in the Grotto
It’s midnight at the North Pole, and Santa seems distracted by a bevy of dancing beauties.  Personalise all three female roles to send a saucy seasonal greeting to your partner.

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Seeing Santa
It can be cold at the North Pole, but at least Santa seems keen to warm things up!  Personalise both male and female roles to send a loving seasonal greeting to your partner.

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Strictly Come Sliding
If you go out in the snow today, you’re sure of a big surprise. A gathering of dancing snowmen accompany Santa in a Christmas jig.  Personalise the male lead only, and send a happy seasonal greeting to your partner.

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And don’t forget - once you’ve installed GreetingStorm Holidays, all the new content will be available to use in your other Moviestorm movies too!

(1) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New costumes, new characters, new movies, new update - happy Christmas, everyone!

As we round off 2009, we’re really going release-crazy. Here’s what’s new on offer today.


Moviestorm 1.2.0.1

This is a small patch, and mostly addresses bugs.  The main changes are that Text-to-Speech works correctly, and Photostorm now works while offline.  Full release notes here. 

To get it, just start Moviestorm as normal and press the update button. It’s free, like all Moviestorm updates.


Female Monster Heads

Aren’t they lovely? We present seven perfect lady companions for the male monsters in the Halloween 2009 pack. They’re just what you need for that creature flick: half-dead zombies, weird aliens, werewolves, and, of course, the ultra-evil lady vampire. They’re all morphable, so you can decide just how horrific you want these ladies to be. Mostly normal, slightly strange, or totally twisted, just as you choose. There’s also some straggly hair included so you can complete their look.

Made by Chris Ollis, price 1300 MSP to subscribers (equivalent to $13 / £8.12 / €10.56). Cash price $19.99 / £12.99 / €16.99. 

 

Available in the marketplace now!


Photostorm Christmas

Photostorm Christmas Edition includes six new movie templates for making Christmas movies. Like Photostorm, add photos from Flickr or your computer, and create a customisable movie in just a few minutes. Make a greeting card, an invite, or show off the pictures from your Christmas party!

Once you’ve installed Photostorm Christmas, all the new content is available for you to use in your other Moviestorm movies - just in time for the Christmas competition! There’s a traditional Santa with his big beard, of course, and two new customisable costumes for the girls - a lady Santa and an elf.

To install Photostorm Christmas, start up Moviestorm as normal, and then select Get More Content from the launcher and choose Photostorm Christmas. You should update to Moviestorm 1.2.0.1 while you’re at it - just hit the Update button when you start Moviestorm.

It’s free if you download it now, so grab it while it’s going!

(0) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What can you do with free Moviestorm?

This isn’t a load of marketing hype, where we show you all the things you can do with the free version of Moviestorm and tell you how good it is.  It’s an honest question, and we’d love to find out.  What can you do with it? So show us, and you could win up to 30,000 Moviestorm points and get yourself loads of free content packs.  (You don’t have to be a subscriber to use them.)

This competition was the idea of one of our users, Matt Martin (tkd27), so let’s hand over to him, since he’s going to be running it.

Full contest details are in the forums.

Moviestorm is going to put up 30,000 MS Points to go to three contest winners of a Base Pack Contest (and you don’t even have to be a subscriber to win or use the points). I’ll choose one winner, Moviestorm will choose another, and the last winner will be chosen by a community poll. It is possible that a really good movie will score its director all 30,000 points, or that three directors will walk away with 10,000 points each. Either way, that’s a lot of content! As Moviestorm said in the Christmas Contest announcement, 10,000 points is enough for at least 5 packs, but more if you buy smaller packs. So imagine what you can pick up if you walk away with all 30,000 points!

So - what can you NOT do?

-You cannot use ANY Moviestorm content packs, other than the Base pack that comes free.
-You cannot use ANY Photostorm content packs.
-You cannot use ANY 3rd party mods.
-You cannot use 3rd party special effects software (like After Effects) or plugins for your editor, like Sony Vegas, Premiere, Pinnacle, etc…

But you can…

-You CAN use a 3rd party editor for cutting Moviestorm footage together.
-You CAN use basic transitions and titling from you editor (the rule of thumb here is that it shouldn’t be anything that the free editor on your system - Windows Movie Maker or iMovie - can’t do).
-You CAN import video, music, pictures, sound effects, etc. into Moviestorm as long as it doesn’t involve modding (for example, you can play video on the TV on your set or import your own picture to paintings on the walls, but you can’t replace an asset’s texture files. It has to be done in engine).

So - how do you make sure you’re not using an asset from an addon content pack? Disabling content packs is simple. Here’s what you do:

1) Open Moviestorm.
2) Click on Settings (after you click start on the first splash screen, it’s one of three options, along with New Movie and Load Movie).
3) The Addons tab should be selected (if not, select it). On the bottom you’ll see a checkbox that says “select/deselect all.” Click that. This disables ALL content packs except Base and Core (Core is the pack containing core assets, like puppets skeletons, breathing animations and walls). Base and Core cannot be deselected. For this contest, they should be the ONLY asset packs selected.
4) Restart Moviestorm.

(when you’re done with your movie for this contest you can repeat this process and re-enable all your content packs, no problem )

Your movie can be any genre, any theme, any length. When you upload the movie to Moviestorm, be sure to include “basecontest” as a tag. This is how we will identify movies in the contest. If your movie doesn’t have this tag, it will not compete.

The contest will run from now until January 11, 2010, which gives you just over a month If anyone needs any further clarification on the rules, please ask here and I’ll answer

A good movie is all in the script, the acting and the direction - not just sets and costumes.  I’m betting that you CAN make a great movie using only the Base asset pack. Please prove me right!

So there you have it - we’re really looking forward to seeing what you can do!  Have fun!

Get Moviestorm free now!

     
        Download for Windows       Download for Mac      

(0) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Christmas competition - content packs up for grabs

It’s time for a competition. We haven’t had one for ages. And, since it’s Christmas, then we really ought to do one with a Christmas theme, shouldn’t we? So, make a Christmas movie, then post it to the Moviestorm Web site and tag it “Christmas2009” so we can find it. Movies must be made wholly or partly with Moviestorm (or Photostorm), and can be of any length. You can treat the subject any way you like - a Christmas card, comedy, a Christmas message, or whatever. We’re fairly broadminded here, so if you want to make your movie about Hanukkah, the winter solstice, or whichever midwinter festival you prefer, that’s absolutely fine too.

Closing date is midnight UK time on December 23, so you have two weeks.

We’ll then put up a short list of six or so in the forums on Christmas Eve, and you then get to vote for your favorite. The person with the most votes on New Year’s Day will get 10,000 Moviestorm points, which is enough to get at least five content packs of your choice - more if you go for the smaller packs. You don’t have to be a subscriber to use points.

You can use the Holiday pack if you want, but you don’t have to.  It’s $9.99 if you pay full price, but if you take out a monthly sub for $7.99, you can get it free and still have some points left over.

Rules: just play nice and we’ll all have fun.

Remember to tag your movie!

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More music for your movies

Music can make all the difference to a movie - as we always say, movies are an audio-visual medium!  Well-chosen music can often convey mood far more effectively than visuals or words ever can.

We’ve added three new packs of royalty-free music to the Music and Sound section of the Marketplace, created by Soundfactor Music Productions.  That’s 161 atmospheric and evocative tracks, suitable for everything from dark and dangerous scenes to pounding chases, tranquil woodland, or reflective introspection.  Most tracks are one to three minutes long, ideal for credits sequences or a typical scene. Whatever type of movie you’re making, there’s bound to be something in this collection that meets your needs.

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Music packs are 2000 points each for subscribers - buy a three-month sub for $19.99 (£12.99 or €16.99) and you’ll start off with enough points to get one pack absolutely free.  You can buy extra points for $9.99 (£5.99 / €6.99) per 1000 - and they get cheaper if you buy 10,000 or more at a time - so each additional pack works out at under $20.  (Or take a year’s sub for $80, and you’ll have enough points to get all three packs and still have enough left over for something else.)

For non-subscribers, the music packs cost $29.99 each (£19.99 / €24.99).

Exotic moods

Add a touch of drama, mystery, and nostalgia with these electronic and orchestral sounds. A simple sequence of still or slowly panning images, combined with evocative music, can set the tone of a scene in seconds without the need for complicated exposition or story.  This wide-ranging collection evokes everything from sunny Mediterranean hillsides to majestic Oriental splendor, sultry Mexican passion, and wistful nostalgia. 

After the battle (01:55)
An enchanted forest (01:33)
Boat journey through deep wooded gorges (01:32)
Busy undercurrents (02:14)
Creepy piano intro (01:12)
Dancing barefoot in the sand (01:52)
Dancing in the spring rains (01:25)
Dramatic entrance (02:19)
Dreading what you might find (01:28)
Dreams of the Orient (00:44)
Eastern style opening theme (03:02)
Empty plains (02:16)
Endurance (00:44)
Excited bustle (01:02)
Expansive views (02:02)
Forgiveness (02:00)
Fortifications showing strength (01:45)
Gazing calmly at the road ahead (00:56)
Ghosts of a long forgotten city (01:54)
Halls of faded majesty (02:34)
Hand in hand (01:37)
Imperial power (02:06)
In the emperor’s palace (01:33)
Inspired by movement (01:41)
Journeys around the world (01:33)
Mexican passion (01:42)
Nostalgic ambience (01:28)
On a boat on the Yellow River (01:19)
Pause to consider (01:42)
Picking grapes in the vineyard (02:04)
Preparing for action (01:46)
Preparing for war (01:12)
Relax and dream of what will come (01:22)
Sad reflections (01:22)
Satisfied smile (02:12)
Sneaking in (01:12)
Something’s coming (01:42)
Stately sombre procession (02:59)
Stepping back in time: eastern nostalgia (01:30)
Strong-willed yet open-minded (02:16)
The army camp (01:04)
Thinking of days gone by (01:12)
Too inquisitive for her own good (01:10)
Trepidation and anticipation (01:11)

Energy and Tension

Dark and edgy, or uptempo and bright - give your films added drive with this collection of rock and electronica. Music allows you to transform an otherwise dull, pedestrian scene into something exciting and memorable. Fast rocking beats will get the audience’s pulse racing, while slower sounds can add menace, mystery, or disorientation.  This collection is suitable for a wide range of moods and atmospheres, from dark city streets and sleazy nightclubs to eerie dreamlands and butt-kicking action scenes.

Action (01:31)
Alien machinery (01:03)
Caribbean seventies (02:06)
Confident strides (01:40)
Cool vibes (01:15)
Danger on every side (01:19)
Denial (02:17)
Don’t lay it on me (01:53)
Dreams of another world (01:24)
Easy days (01:52)
Funkatopia (01:36)
Funky villain (02:49)
Game show opening theme (00:45)
Gangsters walking (01:13)
Good sleazy fun (01:31)
Hanging with the swingers (01:40)
I dare you (01:26)
In your face (01:36)
Interlude (01:42)
Jazzy haze (01:38)
Jazzy opening theme (01:11)
Journey through the clouds (01:52)
Late night drive (01:14)
Late nights and city lights (01:24)
Lofty ideals (01:42)
Lonely gumshoe (01:09)
Look around you (01:40)
Lookit me (01:28)
Machines of the ancients (01:20)
Man of mystery (01:32)
Menace (02:10)
Moving along (01:14)
Not a care (01:35)
Plaintive bluegrass-style violin theme (01:46)
Pomp and certainty (01:23)
Power of one (02:24)
Push on through (01:27)
Put your feet up (02:19)
Round the bend (01:18)
Searching the abandoned warehouse (01:57)
Seventies style opening credits (01:47)
Sixties style opening credits (01:26)
Sleazy sax theme (02:15)
Spanish reflections (02:06)
Standoff (01:32)
Stay outta my way (01:32)
Steel drums (01:49)
Strange city (01:44)
Stride into battle (01:37)
Sunglasses in the desert (01:41)
Take us all on (01:32)
Throwing rocks in pools (01:39)
Too much bourbon (01:08)
Underground lake (01:35)
Unusual woman (01:08)
Uptempo link (02:25)
Warmth (01:24)
Western theme in a Tarantino or spaghetti style (02:08)

Smooth sounds

Slow it down and get mellow with these relaxing tracks. Long movie scenes with nothing happening can get boring quite quickly. Gentle music can completely change that, transforming a slow sequence into a gentle dreamlike moment that inspires the audience and gives them a chance to reflect on what has happened and what is going to happen.  This collection of mellow electronica and jazz gives you everything you need to create those quiet magical moments that stay in the mind long after the movie’s over.

A love gone by (01:24)
A quiet evening alone with a martini (02:38)
Busy yet relaxed (01:09)
Calls from another world (02:26)
Celtic memories (02:12)
Comedy detective theme (01:15)
Dark city streets (01:44)
Determination (01:21)
Dirty sax (01:14)
Encouragement (01:26)
Eternal love (02:43)
Facing your fears together (02:56)
Gentle lilt (01:58)
Going forward (03:33)
Gumshoe (01:21)
Happy distant memories (01:26)
Holding you at midnight (01:33)
I didn’t do it (02:32)
Icicles (03:07)
In a strange place (02:14)
It’s not as it seems (01:28)
Jazz allure (02:14)
Latin funk (02:31)
Lazy afternoon (01:10)
Let me stroke your hair (01:54)
Nagging doubt (01:18)
Neon at night (01:15)
No easy answers (02:16)
On the bridge (02:28)
On the lake (02:14)
On the way to who knows what (01:14)
One step at a time (02:35)
Out of the corner of the mind’s eye (01:30)
Peaceful gardens (01:50)
Perseverance (02:58)
Put away the past (02:30)
Question everything (02:13)
Recrimination (02:56)
Regretful moment (01:40)
Restless evening (02:15)
Run away with me (01:32)
Shoals of glowing sea creatures (03:22)
Signs of monsoon (02:10)
Soft and strong (02:15)
Soft greeting (02:46)
Sometimes you wish you’d said no (01:45)
Stay serene (01:44)
Success (closing credits) (02:16)
Sultry smooth (01:28)
Suppressed emotions (01:28)
Teach me (01:28)
Thinking back on it (01:44)
Trapped in thought (01:56)
Understanding begins (02:09)
Understated triumph (03:23)
Unsettled feeling (02:28)
Wait and see (02:16)
Waiting outside (02:26)
Weighty decisions (02:32)

 

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Photostorm Holidays Live

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Make your own Christmas movie in under two minutes - whether it’s a greeting card, a party invite, or just a way to show off those embarrassing holiday snaps, you’ll find a use for the newest version of Photostorm Live - Photostorm Holidays Live!

With six ready-made template movies on a Christmas theme, all you have to do is choose some pictures, add credits, and then share your masterpiece with your Facebook friends. There’s Santa and his sexy helpers, crazy snowmen, and snowball fights.

There’s nothing to download, and it’s absolutely free. All you need is a Facebook account. It really couldn’t be simpler.  Even if you’ve never made a movie before, you’ll find Photostorm Live straightforward and fun.

Once you’ve found out how much fun it is to make movies, then move onto Photostorm.  It’s a little more complicated than Photostorm Live, but offers you much more customisation and freedom.  Then you’ll be ready to unleash your creative talents with Moviestorm itself, and who knows what could happen then? You could find yourself the next YouTube sensation!

Watch for more Photostorm movies coming soon.


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