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Friday, May 25, 2012

Weekend special - Kids Shows bundle at 35% off

This weekend - buy the Kids Shows bundle for 35% off, and you’ll get Moviestorm for life for less than the price of a one-year license. That’s under $50 for a complete movie-making suite plus the modder’s workshop and 12 extra content packs!

Create visually engaging videos made for, or by, the kids! Whether 3D cartoon worlds, a message from Santa, a spooky Halloween tale or starring in your own Song Contest, you’ll soon be enjoying making your movies as much as others enjoy watching them.

Use coupon code K35 at the checkout - applies to both online and box purchases.

Offer closes May 28.

(0) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Friday, May 18, 2012

Weekend special - Music video bundle at 35% off

This weekend - buy the Music Video bundle for 35% off, and you’ll get Moviestorm for life for less than the price of a one-year license. That’s under $50 for a complete movie-making suite plus the modder’s workshop and 12 extra content packs!

Create explosive laser-lit stadium shows, get personal in small venues or the recording studio, get funky in clubs or go for karaoke at home. So whether its rock, dance or classical; singing, dancing or playing; just add music, make your music video and be the star!

Use coupon code SOUNDS at the checkout - applies to both online and box purchases.

Offer closes May 21.

(0) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Monday, May 14, 2012

Using Moviestorm to teach Games Design in Ohio

imageJohn Bowditch teaches Digital game design and game development at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  He recently started using Moviestorm to enable students to create storyboards and pre-visualize game levels. “It may seem odd to use a film-making tool in a games course,” explains John, “but it’s actually very useful.  It helps with level design, world creation, and character creation, as well as the more obvious applications to cut-scenes and visual effects.” 

He discovered Moviestorm in an unusual way. “One Friday evening, I was watching a behind the scenes featurette about the movie Battle: Los Angeles, and they mentioned Moviestorm. I was blown away by the concept and checked it out. The price was irresistible, so I bought it right away. By the end of the weekend I had completely adopted it.”

John’s students took to Moviestorm rapidly.  “I was surprised at how easily they picked it up and found features I had not found. Some of them learned formally by using the online tutorials, but most of them figured it out by tinkering.  It was pretty native for them from the beginning. They weren’t in the least discouraged by the fact that it doesn’t look as good as what they can do with Maya, ZBrush or the other high-end tools they use. They realized from the start that the purpose of this tool is not for production ready, “Blu-ray quality” distribution.  They know it’s a pre-production tool.  In this regard, they find it irreplaceable: it saves them hours of pre-production work and truly helps them prepare their games more effectively.”

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Moviestorm has now become an essential part of the course methodology. “Almost every game cut-scene and complex playable action sequence is first tested in Moviestorm, with students working both individually or collaboratively. It has removed the need to create storyboards and time consuming pre-viz models.  It is a perfect tool to because it bridges a wide divide for both games and film.  Historically, if you wanted to pre-visualize a shot or series of shots, the minimalist approach would be to draw storyboards. The alternative would be modeling and animating a scene from scratch.  The gap between storyboarding and creating a 3D animation from scratch is enormous, but Moviestorm is the best of both scenarios.  It requires a minimal amount of effort yet produces, and often exceeds, the quality of 3D animated pre-visualizations. We are now planning on expanding its use to other classes.”

John is keen to stress the benefits for teachers as well as students. “Using Moviestorm has saved me at least four hours of lecture time.  That’s 5% of my course that I can now devote to other areas, so the return on investment is clear to me. If you’re teaching a course like mine, just play with it for an hour.  The amount of applications you can use this software for will become evident to you quite quickly.”

(0) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Friday, May 11, 2012

Weekend special - Factual TV at 35% off

This weekend - buy the Factual TV bundle for 35% off, and you’ll get Moviestorm for life for less than the price of a one-year license. That’s under $50 for a complete movie-making suite plus the modder’s workshop and 11 extra content packs!

Create news bulletins, live reports, chat shows, press conferences, or simply a video blog from your bedroom. So if you have something to say, choose from a limitless range of characters, create sets from TV studios to the Oval Office and tell the world!.

Use coupon code MAKENEWS at the checkout - applies to both online and box purchases.

Offer closes May 14.

(0) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Friday, May 04, 2012

Get 50% off Moviestorm Max this weekend

This weekend ONLY: use coupon code MAYMAX to get 50% off your purchase of Moviestorm Max.

You’ll get the full Moviestorm animation suite, plus 39 content packs, plus the Modder’s Workshop, and you’ll get a saving of over $110 on the regular price (or £75 / €100)!

Offer valid today, Saturday & Sunday and Monday (and if you’re quick, Tuesday morning before we get into work).

Does not apply to rentals - only to purchase. Applies to boxed and download product.

(0) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

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