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Friday, April 18, 2008

1.0.4 Released!

With all the broad functional requirements now in place, we are currently focussing on the user experience. This build is the first that demonstrates significant progress towards those enhancements.

Most notable are a new launcher for updates and add-on downloads, sharper and more intuitive set navigation and camera movement and further improvements to character movement with smoother start and stop transitions. We've also started to attend to some of the UI issues - in particular, the timeline is much clearer to read and manipulate and the Gesturiser has been re-worked to assist users in selecting the right animations for a much smoother performance.

In addition, we've included a new range of female actresses with improved hair and accessory coordination. You'll also notice that close-up rendering is vastly improved. We'll be attending to the male actors in the next release.

Aliens Land In Moviestorm

To accompany our sponsorship of Sci-Fi London (April 30 - May 4, 2008), our 18th content pack is science fiction themed. This pack, priced at just £5.97, allows you to take your movies to whole new universes.

The pack includes two ready-made customisable science fiction sets. You can combine the props with existing packs to build your own unique environments. There are two different types of customizable male and female aliens or you can mix and match the alien heads and bodies with human heads and bodies to create completely original characters. The aliens can do anything that Moviestorm's human characters can do - they don't just walk and talk - they can kiss, fight, use guns, or even play in a band.

(Requires upgrade to Moviestorm version 1.0.4.)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Music Competition Winners

Moviestorm are thrilled to announce the winners of two recent Music Video competitions run within our community.

We had some great entries, and thoroughly enjoyed watching them with the speakers turned up full blast. We had all styles of music, from gritty urban grunge to jazz, lounge singing, and straight-up in-your-face rock - it hasn't been easy picking the winners. However, we think you'll agree that all our prize winners have really pushed the bounds of what Moviestorm can do.

Congratulations to all who entered - and keep those music vids coming!

Here are the winners...

A Rock Star is Born

Winner: Spong3y: Down With the Sickness (£250)
Runner up: kkffoo: The Band (1000 points)
Runner up: davidwww: Whatever Happened to...Storm Starr (1000 points)

Music Video 02

Winner: zuckerman: Horn Section (1800 points)
2nd place: Acen8: Journy of Music (1200 points)
3rd place: Spong3y: The Moviestorm Gr00ve (600 points)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Web Mission 08

Short Fuze Limited, the Cambridge-based start-up which produces Moviestorm - the award winning user-generated content package enabling consumers to create their own movies in 15 minutes - has been selected to participate in "Web Mission 08", a chance to visit San Francisco and Silicon Valley to explore further business opportunities there.

David Bailey, CEO of Short Fuze, commented, "It is a great honour to be selected by the industry and our peers as one of the top digital start-ups in the country, and to participate in Web Mission 08. We'll be using this opportunity to seek new business partners for Moviestorm, and to establish a base for ourselves in this critical market."

Web Mission's Oli Barret added, "We are delighted to welcome Short Fuze to the Web Mission delegation. All industry indications are that video-driven user-generated content such as Moviestorm will be a key ingredient in the growth of web applications, and British talent is in the forefront of this market."

Web Mission delegates will be visiting several leading Silicon Valley companies and financial institutions, as well as attending the world-famous Web 2.0 Expo during the week-long visit.

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