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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Election ‘08 content pack released

We're very excited to announce the release of a brand new downloadable content pack for Moviestorm. Election '08 features new sets and characters with a decidedly US Election theme. Boasting new character models of Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, the pack also includes look-alikes in the guise of Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and President George Bush. Also included are an Oval Office set, TV Studio, Press Room and even a re-creation of Governor Palin's Alaska office.

This pack will be big news for satirists wanting to take advantage of breaking news headlines to create animated movies and spoof news items around the Presidential debates and campaigns running up to the November Election.

We'll update the pack with a Joe Biden model over the coming weeks but wanted to give you the pack just as soon as we could get it out the door.

Matt Kelland, Moviestorm Creative Director commented, "Moviestorm is all about giving people the opportunity to say what they think, in a new and entertaining way. Right now, the race for the White House is probably the hottest topic in the world, and everyone has an opinion they'd like to share."

So, get sharing! You can buy the pack now in the shop.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

SciFi Winners Announced

A very big thank you to everyone who entered our SciFi competition. The quality was absolutely exceptional - you might even say it was "out of this world" (sorry, but we had to, didn't we?). Our three winners really highlight the diversity of what can be done with Moviestorm. We're extra pleased that all the entrants put so much hard work into their entries because we'll be showing off a selection of the winning movies to the press and others attending our workshops at the 28th Annual Cambridge Film Festival.

Now, without further ado, the winners are:

Best Clip

Best Short

Best Full-length

And the overall winner (to be shown on the big screen at the Cambridge Film Festival on 22 Sept at 2pm): Marillion - Whatever is Wrong With You

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Game, Set and Machinima

This year's Cambridge Film Festival will be presenting a series of screenings - sponsored and curated by Short Fuze and FDMX - featuring animated short films all made using a variety of Machinima techniques.

The screenings encompass four very different aspects of Machinima and animated filmmaking. Synthetic Cinema focuses on films that replicate traditional cinematic genres; Machinima Dreams and Shadows covers darker, more experimental pieces; Play's the Thing is centred on Machinima's gaming roots; while Zero Budget, Big Audience features the films that have been viral Internet hits. Supporting the screenings, Machinima experts, including Short Fuze's David Bailey, Matt Kelland and Johnnie Ingram, will be on hand to explain more about the technique, and there are hands-on workshops where festival-goers can try their hand at making movies using the Moviestorm software. The set is rounded off with a discussion led by technology guru Bill Thompson about the difference in narrative technique between films and games.

"What's so exciting about this," commented Matt Kelland, "is that all these films have been made on pretty much zero budget by tiny groups of people who just love what they're doing. What we are seeing here is just raw passion, and it's an inspiration to anyone who's ever thought they'd like to do more than just watch."

Saint John Walker from FDMX said, "It's great that the Cambridge Film Festival is giving space to this new innovative art form, and exposing new talent. Machinima as a technique is still in its infancy, and though it may be a little crude by comparison to top-end animation, the work easily stands up against films made on a much higher budget. We think people will be surprised by what's on show."

You can watch Matt and Saint talk about the Machinima sessions on ITV Local Anglia's All Angles web programme.

The festival runs from the 18th to the 28th September and is held at various venues around Cambridge. Please see the festival website for more information.

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