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Friday, September 10, 2010

Moviestorm talk show pack - it does more than you think!

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s release of Moviestorm 1.4.1, here’s a deceptively useful pack. The Talk Show pack is a must-have pack designed for making chat shows, interviews, video blogs and other forms of presentation.  It also comes with a broad selection of TV studio assets, including customisable panels, curtains, projection screens and furniture.

So what’s the big deal? Why would you want this if you’re not making a talk show?

The Talk Show pack also includes a huge collection of expressive seated animations. Now your Moviestorm characters can gesticulate, gesture and emote while sitting down. Combined with the standing animations in the base pack, this gives them an incredible range of dramatic and emotional performances. Whatever kind of film you’re making, this will extend your characters’ acting ability massively, and give you whole new ways to film many different scenes.  Think how differently you could do that meeting with the boss, the board room scene, the moment where she sits on the bed and pours her heart out, or the interplanetary video conversation with the wife he left behind… And, of course, you could always use it for making talk shows!


But that’s not all. The pack also includes a basic nav mesh, which allows you to get your characters off the floor and onto different heights. This one’s very limited: your characters can walk around the mesh, but they can’t step onto or off it, so you’ll need some creative cutting if you’re going to give them the illusion of full movement around the set. However, it does now mean you can have your lead characters towering above the crowd, or even just on a raised stage.

And finally, the Talk Show pack features a new way to create sets. Instead of stock sets, there are two ready-made TV studio sets as tintable props. You just place them on an empty set like any other prop. You can then add tables, chairs, or other set items to them as normal. You can even include them in a larger set, complete with entry corridors and archways, or build a large auditorium around them. Supplying sets in this way means that some of the lighting is pre-rendered, giving you smoother shadows and some faked light-bounce effects.

The third prop-based set is a complete green-screen room. Place your characters in this, and then use the chroma-key tools in your favourite video editor to composite them into completely new scenes, mixing them up with any video footage you like. We’ve had backdrops to do this for a while, but this easy set gives you floor and ceiling as well, with just a single click.


So, even if you’re not planning to make a talk show, this pack is filled with essential assets. The seated animations and nav mesh are bound to be useful, whatever you’re making, and the green-screen room is perfect for advanced users who want to combine their Moviestorm footage with other things.

The Talk Show pack is available in the Marketplace now.  Price 100 MSP/month, or 1000MSP to purchase. (Requires Moviestorm 1.4.1)

(7) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Will Shetterly on 09/10 at 11:19 AM

You should link the marketplace page to this post or add this info to that page. At the marketplace now, the pack looks like so much less than it is.

(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/10 at 02:15 PM

Brilliant addition to the fold. Thanks!

Ricky on 09/11 at 10:41 PM

Very nice pack. The green screen in particular will open up MS a lot for me. Thanks!

Deved backhum on 03/18 at 03:32 AM

I want to say third prop-based set is a complete green-screen room. The green screen in particular will open up MS a lot for me. Thanks!

Nathan Smith on 04/08 at 08:36 AM

Excellent post about movie storm talk show pack! I assume that giving most beautiful pic for movie storm talk show. Thanks smile

Cabinet stomatologic on 10/26 at 05:58 AM

Well, interesting. It can be used on commercials too and maybe in songs video clips. I saw some videos on youtube made with it like ‘Death in Venice’. If you make few cool videos and promote this product on Facebook your product will be bigger than iPhone…

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