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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Vote for your favorite machinima

From The Movies Underground (TMU):

TMU’s premiere awards are back for their second year; after such a great reception last time, we’re gonna try to go bigger and better this year!

For those who weren’t around last year, the process is simple; we are looking for everyone (for indeed YOU, as the viewing public, will be the “members of the Academy” in these awards) to place their votes for the award categories below; everyone gets a vote and the winners will be chosen based on the total number of votes tallied for each category. This way, the community speaks, and the winners will be those voted for BY the community as a whole.

You can nominate those films, series, actors, modders, directors, writers, musicians, etc, that qualify in the Nomination Phase. This phase will give us our shortlist of candidates for the Voting Phase which will determine the final winners of the coveted 2010 Ollies!

Last year saw some incredible success for Moviestormers, with Sisch pretty much cleaning up. This year has seen even more amazing movies, so please show them your support & appreciation by nominating them.  There are 47 categories, including one specifically for Moviestorm.  You have until 12:00 midnight GMT on 21 August 2010 to get your nominations in.

More info on

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Can you make a movie in 48 hours?

The 48 hour film project is a regular challenge for film-makers worldwide. You get just 48 hours to make a movie.

In general, teams are drawn from cities around the world, but once again, they’ve set up a special section for machinima teams.  The contest starts on Sept 17, and you need to register for it as soon as possible. Last year, Team Clark, headed by Jorge Campos (better known to Moviestormers as act3scene24) won five awards for Ring of False God, including Best Picture.

There’s more info on their Web site at

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Welcome to Cartoon World

New in the Marketplace today is Cartoon World. Take a look at these guys - they’re quite unlike anything else in Moviestorm!

A new batch of stock characters in the style of their weird and wonderful surroundings. You get two stock sets with park and beach front themes, and all the set items that needed to populate them. Mix them with other Moviestorm assets for an interesting skew on reality, or go all out with Moviestorm’s cel-shading feature to create your own cartoon movies!

Just 500 MSP, or 50 MSP per month.

Note: Like the Miami Beachfront pack, this is a reissue of content that was previously included with Photostorm and Greetingstorm. If you’ve already got those, then you don’t need these new packs.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Milkstorm - getting animated props into Moviestorm with Milkshape 3D

We’re always looking for ways to help our users do more with Moviestorm. We’ve already got the Modders’ Workshop and Sketchup importer, and some people have been doing amazing things with that.

Now, if you fancy trying a little bit of basic 3D modelling, you can expand your capabilities still further with this handy tutorial on how to import animated props into Moviestorm from Milkshape 3D.

The tutorial teaches you how to take a 3d file (.3ds, .obj or .fbx format) in to Milkshape, adjust the textures, give it a skeleton, animate it and then export it. There is then a full description of setting up a prop in the Modders Workshop and how to get it on to set. 

You’ll learn how to get this little guy into your movies!

About Milkshape 3D (from the Chumbalum Web site)

MilkShape 3D is a low-polygon modeler, which was initially designed for Half-Life. By and by many file formats and features have been added.

MilkShape 3D has all basic operations like select, move, rotate, scale, extrude, turn edge, subdivide, just to mention a few. MilkShape 3D also allows low-level editing with the vertex and face tool. Standard and extended primitives like spheres, boxes, cylinders, etc. are available too.

MilkShape 3D is a skeletal animator. This allows to export to morph target animation like the ones in the Quake model formats or to export to skeletal animations like Half-Life, Genesis3d, Unreal, etc.

MilkShape 3D currently supports 70 different file formats! Download MilkShape 3D yourself and see how easy it is to create models!

Milkshape is one of the easiest 3D tools to get to grips with, and it’s not expensive. It’s free for 30 days, just like Moviestorm: after that, it costs $35 or €25.

We’re really looking forward to seeing what sort of things you create with this - it’s always fascinating to see Moviestorm taken in directions we weren’t expecting. 

There’s a forum thread for you to post about your experiences with Milkshape & Moviestorm, and any feedback on the tutorial would be more than welcome!

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

More filters

When we previewed the filters we were working on, we showed you several that weren’t included in our first filters pack.

Now here’s our second set of filters, featuring some of the more weird and wonderful effects. With both filter packs installed, you’ll now have 26 amazing ways to make your movies look just that little bit different.


The new filters include:

  • Bleach bypass - a slightly desaturated, high contrast style
  • Bloom - adds fuzz around bright areas, simulating something that happens with real camera lenses
  • Coloured pencils - a cartoon-like effect
  • Fog - as you might expect
  • Halftone dots - reminiscent of newsprint or 1960s movies
  • Heat haze - adds a shimmer
  • LED screen - reduces everything to low-resolution dots
  • Night vision - green, like a night scope
  • Pencil sketch -  another cartoon-like effect
  • Posterize - for stark, stylised shots
  • Raindrops - perfect for water running down windows
  • Water on lens - great for splashes
  • Willow - a cool blue, like the willow pattern plates

Check out the Web site for shots of each of these filters in use.

Filters couldn’t be easier to use: check out this short video tutorial on how they work.  Moviestorm Made Easy - cinematic filters.

Filters 02 costs 500 Moviestorm Points, or 50 MSP to license for a month. If you just want to try them out, or you only need them for one shot, then a day rental will cost just 5 MSP.

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