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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Moviestorm case studies - the professionals

When we first came up with the idea of Moviestorm, we had a grand plan that someday it would be good enough for professional use. We envisaged three uses for it: as a previs tool, as a way to create ultra-cheap animated content for kids, and as a tool to help writers see how their scripts could translate to the screen. Some people thought we were joking, others thought we were delusional. After all, what role could there be for Moviestorm in a world where you have tools like Maya, where the quality of 3D animation is defined by Pixar and Dreamworks, and where you could already get tools like Blender or Antics3D? 

Now, we’re really pleased to see that we weren’t crazy, and people are using Moviestorm in the ways we hoped for.

Jack and Holly

Blockhouse TV - Jack & Holly

Blockhouse are an independent TV production studio, based in Norwich, UK.

Husband and wife Jezz and Julianne Wright have 15 years experience of TV production at senior level, but have recently had to step back in order to care for their own young children.  They founded their own studio, but needed something that they could do on a limited budget with minimal staff. 

Their first production, Jack and Holly, is a DVD series for pre-school children. The first one is Jack and Holly’s Christmas Countdown, which includes ten short episodes and some extras. 

“Moviestorm gave us the ability to create professional animations at a fraction of the costs.’” says Blockhouse lead animator Graham Jones.

Dean Wells

Dean Wells - Scriptwriter & effects artist

Dean is a scriptwriter and effects artist, who uses Moviestorm to help pitch films and create showreels.  Dean Wells (aka scripter) 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.

“Moviestorm, in my opinion, is without doubt the best for price. To have a programme to learn from which contains many, many, addons, is absolutely superb! It can be used for short films, features, learning tools, ads, music videos, trailers, the list goes on.” 

D.L. Watson


D.L. Watson, from Eugene, Oregon, is one of those real “characters” who epitomise the independent artist and who form the backbone of every community.
“It’s all about finding the right tools for the job,” he says. “Moviestorm is great for storyboards, even if you don’t use it in the film.”  He used Moviestorm to previs his short film, The Letter, which allowed him to plan the shots in detail, work with the music and sound at an early stage, and save time in both production and post-production.

We’re very proud to look at what these guys are doing with Moviestorm, and how it’s been used in all the different ways we predicted. They’ve shown us that there is a role for Moviestorm in a variety of professional contexts, and that it is both cost-effective and useful. Read more about them on the Web site.


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