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The Machinima Expo 6

The Machinima Expo 6 is divided into two session: The Presentation sessions and the Film sessions.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:53 AM

The Machinima Expo 6 Programming Schedule

10am Introduction and Welcome
Programming Schedule (video)

10:05 “An Expo Look Back” with Damien, Ingrid and Ricky

10:13 Presentation 1 “How to Edit Video to Tell a Coherent 
Story” with Russell Boyd

10:44 Presentation 2 “Finding the Experimental in 
Machinima” with Hypatia Pickens

11:14 Presentation 3 “The Sketch-Up to iClone Pipeline” 
with Geoff Casavant

11:56 Presentation 3 “How to Build Sets in Moviestorm”
with Damien Valentine

12:26pm Susan Johnston on “How to Monetize Your Machinima”

01:00 Presentation 4 “On Style in Machinima” 
with Pooky Amsterdam

01:35 The Wolf & Dulci Hour Special Expo Show

02:05 Presentation 5 “History of Machinima in 9 Films” 
with Ricky Grove

03:15 Special Panel Discussion “Machinima Now” with Paul Marino, Ricky Grove, Chris Burke &
Hugh Hancock

03:40 Harb40 Passion Competition Reel

03:50 Special Premiere: A New Film from Phil Rice

03:56 Official Jury Nominated Films Teaser

04:02 Jury Award Winning Film 1 Announced
Jury Film 1 Screens

04:22 Jury Award Winning 2 Film Announced
Jury Film 2 Screens

04:36 Jury Award Winning Film 3 Announced
Jury Film 3 Screens

05:02 A short look back at the our Expo Grand Prize winning films

05:05 The Grand Prize winning film announced
Grand Prize film screened / Director Interview

05:15 End of Expo. Thank you and acknowledgements

05:20 pm Second Life party (location listed below)

(http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/vesuvius/100/175/25 /?title=vesuvius)

(Note: you must have Second Life installed to be able to 
transport to this link)

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Motion-Tracking Cartoon Creator Inserts Fans Into Comics [Video] - PSFK

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Motion-Tracking Cartoon Creator Inserts Fans Into Comics [Video]
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To those manga devotees out there, how would you like to be the star of your own comic?

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, September 26, 2013 8:37 AM

To those manga devotees out there, how would you like to be the star of your own comic? Developed byAkihiko Shirai and his team at Kanagawaya Institute of Technology, Japan, the Manga Generator uses Kinect sensors to position you directly into a comic panel in real time, with added backgrounds, props, speech bubbles and sound effects. 


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Watch: 70-Minute Animation Masterclass With Tim Burton - Indie Wire

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Watch: 70-Minute Animation Masterclass With Tim Burton Indie Wire Way back in 2010, just a few months removed from the wild success of his post-converted 3D take on “Alice In Wonderland,” Tim Burton visited the Bell Lightbox in Toronto as part of...

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His workflow is amazing. 

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, August 6, 2013 1:41 PM

Here is a follow up post for those who haven't seen this yet.

 

Running just over an hour long, the video finds Burton giving feedback on the animated work by Canadian students, answering questions from the crowd, and talking about stop-motion animation. If you’re needing your Burton fix, this video’s sure to hit your sweet spot. And as always, this sort of generous amount of time with any filmmaker is usually fascinating and insightful.

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Understanding Amazon Studios

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Amazon says, "Send us your promos"

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, June 29, 2013 8:49 AM

Got a great idea for a feature film? Amazon Studios will consider your original video or script, which you can submit publicly or privately. You can use our tracker to follow your progress through the 45-day option and evaluation period. Creators of projects added to the Development Slate receive a $10,000 payment.

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Automated Camera Follows Your Avatar in SL for Machinima ...

Automated Camera Follows Your Avatar in SL for Machinima ... | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Tryptofaa Sands built an amazing SL camera device that follows you wherever you go, cutting between angles to get the best point of view, and it's a brilliant tool for SL machinima makers, because it looks like this: As the...

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, June 16, 2013 5:07 AM

"[B]asically it makes use of llCastRay to find positions with an unobstructed view of your avatar and allows the user to prioritize their preferred camera angles for automatic changes and use keyboard shortcuts to switch between camera groups,"


Click to watch the video and get more info. 

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Raycasting is fast ... I'm looking forward to playing with this in-world.
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Win a copy of iClone Animation Pipeline! | 3D World

Win a copy of iClone Animation Pipeline! | 3D World | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
RT @3DWorldMag: Win a copy of the real-time animation toolkit, @Reallusion's iClone Animation Pipeline, worth $1,1958! http://t.co/tNr8sfHQoD

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:29 PM

How to enter
In this prize draw, 3D World is offering you the chance to win one of four product bundles of iClone Animation Pipeline, worth £799 each. To enter, simply complete our online entry form.

Four lucky winners will be chosen at random after the closing date of Monday 30 September 2013.

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The Open-Source Cross-Platform Video Editor: Shotcut

The Open-Source Cross-Platform Video Editor: Shotcut | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, May 12, 2013 9:13 AM

To install, simply extract the archive and run it. You can drag the Shotcut folder (app icon for OS X) to copy and move it wherever you want.

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free and cross-platform

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Might have to give this a try...to just see how it works

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'The Hobbit' Will Debut With New 3D Tech

'The Hobbit' Will Debut With New 3D Tech | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Some audiences for "The Hobbit" will be first to witness new technology that displays images at 48 frames per second, twice as fast as the standard.

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You must see this - Cliplets: Juxtaposing Still and Dynamic Imagery

A still photograph is a limited format for capturing moments that span an interval of time. Video is the traditional method for recording durations of time, ...

 

If you do anything with Pictures, Video or movies you must see this. Its Awesome and very useful for both fun and as backgrounds for your Video/Movie production.

 

If you are creative and got the idea right it could make a whole new world of oppurtunitys open for you. We Ar used to have static background images but imagine how this will give live to your production. It can be used as a part of most Machinima work i think and it sure can be used in anything else.

 

Watch the video - and go to the download link below and get it imedialy like i did. I know what i would play with today. This is totally Awesome.

 

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/cliplets/tutorials.aspx

 

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"Published on Mar 6, 2012 by MicrosoftResearch

 

A still photograph is a limited format for capturing moments that span an interval of time. Video is the traditional method for recording durations of time, but the subjective "moment" that one desires to capture is often lost in the chaos of shaky camerawork, irrelevant background clutter, and noise that dominates most casually recorded video clips. This work provides a creative lens used to focus on important aspects of a moment by performing spatiotemporal compositing and editing on video-clip input. This is an interactive app that uses semi-automated methods to give users the power to create "cliplets"—a type of imagery that sits between stills and video from handheld videos."


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Top Video Editing Software for Laptops - TekGoblin

Top Video Editing Software for Laptops - TekGoblin | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Top Video Editing Software for LaptopsTekGoblinYou can create something acceptable with free software, like the Windows Movie Maker, but with the right tools such as the ones below you can make even an amateur video look professional.

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READY First Look: New 12 Principles of Animation in After Effects ...

READY First Look: New 12 Principles of Animation in After Effects ... | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
We've got an enlightening new After Effects tutorial coming in July that will take the 12 principles of animation and show practical examples of how they can be applied to motion graphics. In the days of hand-drawn animation, ...

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Machinima ExpoCast #2 March 4 2012 10 am Pacific / 6pm GMT

Machinima ExpoCast #2 March 4 2012 10 am Pacific / 6pm GMT | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

The second Machinima ExpoCast is happening this weekend - Sunday March 4 at 10 am pacific/6pm gmt. Listen live at http://www.tmoaradio.com/news.php.  The scheduled guest is AnimaTechnica, director of The Nobbit, The Egg and a number of other machinima movies.


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Mocap Animation for Everyone: iClone5 Mocap System using Microsoft Kinect SDK

In iClone v 5.1, we provide an additional mocap system aside from the current one which uses the Open NI SDK. The new option uses the latest available Micros...

New promotion video by Reallusion ...
http://send.onenetworkdirect.net/z/29558/CD136301/ ..Its on my wish-list!


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Call For Entries | FirstGlance Film Festivals

Call For Entries | FirstGlance Film Festivals | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
RT @FirstGlanceFilm: Got #Animation? Submit NOW FirstGlance Los Angeles #FilmFestival 14 http://t.co/bEnFQm8Tw4 #indiefilm

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, November 2, 2013 4:16 PM

Along with our festivals, FirstGlance offers a limited number of short films not programmed at our festival, the opportunity to be part of the longest running Short Online Contest, where the winning film wins over $2000 in prizes and the opportunity to premiere at our next event!
FirstGlance Film Fests have been named 4 of the last 6 years as “1 of the 25 Best Film Festival Investments” in Moviemaker Magazine and “One of the top 25 indie film friendly businesses in the world”. FirstGlance continues to champion indie filmmakers from around the world, making FirstGlance Film Fests, the longest running and most notable independent international film fests in North America.

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The Day when Alice died

Short test video made during beta testing of new iClone and 3DXchange (demonstration of facial animations exports to game engine). All characters are from iC...

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This is a bit on the uncanny-valley side and for me, the lip synch was off on most of the closeups, but some really nice visuals.

 

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:01 AM

Short test video made during beta testing of new iClone and 3DXchange (demonstration of facial animations exports to game engine). 
All characters are from iClone and DAZ, imported into Unity3D environments. Song is "We'll meet again" by Vera Lynn - free, public domain version from archive.org.


Must time rest videos is, well, test videos - this one is actually worth watching. Or to be honest, its good, very good - so creative and inspiring.

Tom Jantol is a master in his field.

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Dog Face - An Aniboom Animation by Shai Halfon

Get professional animators to work on your project in the Aniboom Marketplace. Details: http://www.aniboom.com/Post/Create-Task/?ref=YTchannel A World War II...

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, July 27, 2013 2:30 PM

A World War II solider, suffering from combat stress, sits alone in his foxhole behind enemy lines. He finds a small mouse who becomes his savior for just a few minutes - by Shai Halfon

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Attention Filmmakers: Here's How to Use Moby's Music For Free in Your Films

Attention Filmmakers: Here's How to Use Moby's Music For Free in Your Films | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Seminal DJ and electronic musician Moby has been making music for decades, beginning with his first solo release in 1991.

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Always be sure about the rights on music before using them in your movies.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, June 20, 2013 4:47 AM

With a website that describes itself as "music for independent filmmakers," the site is a resource for film students and independent and non-profit filmmakers seeking free music for their films.

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Amazon launches Storyteller to turn scripts into storyboards -- automagically

Amazon launches Storyteller to turn scripts into storyboards -- automagically | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

Excerpt from review article by VentureBeat:
"Upload your script, choose some backgrounds, and magically created a professional-looking storyboard of your movie. Or the graphic novel version of your text-based anything.

Amazon Studios released Storyteller today to allow writers and filmmakers to quickly, easily — and cheaply — storyboard their scripts.

Roy Price, Amazon’s director of Studios said: “Storyteller provides a digital backlot, acting troupe, prop department, and assistant editor — everything you need to bring your story to life.”

You start by uploading a script to Amazon Studios — or by playing with one that’s already there. Then simply page through the script paragraph by paragraph. Storyteller will try to match up characters, props, and background with the words in each chunk of text, and it does a surprisingly good job.

But if you don’t like what Storyteller gives, you can choose from its library, or even upload your own custom background or characters. Currently, the software has a library of thousands of props, characters, and backgrounds..."

Read full review article: http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/07/amazon-launches-storyteller-to-turn-scripts-into-storyboards-automagically/

Learn more and try out Storyteller: http://studios.amazon.com/storyteller

 


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Amazon launches Storyteller to turn scripts into storyboards -- automagically
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Du synopsis au storyboard en passant par studio.amazon.com/storyteller

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 23, 2013 5:52 AM

load of applications in the classroom

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Tutorial: Light and render a high-contrast scene | 3D World

Tutorial: Light and render a high-contrast scene | 3D World | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

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For those of you loving Blender as your engine.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, May 12, 2013 10:40 AM

Want to know how to light and render a high-constrast scene?

Look no further than this tutorial from illustration studio Fescher Neoilustração.

The tute also includes screenshots to help you get it just right.

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2013 Submit your film – How To Submit | NW Animation Festival

2013 Submit your film – How To Submit | NW Animation Festival | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
NW Animation Festival - (Submit your animated #film to NW Animation Festival for #FREE until Nov 30 (after that there's a fee) http://t.co/K1WSoDl4...)...

 

 


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At the Mountains of Madness - Short Animation Movie

Cthulhu films presents: At The Mountains Of Madness Our old classic is finally here on youtube, remastered in HD and complete with subtitles, thanks to Sebas...

 

Cthulhu films presents:
At The Mountains Of Madness

Our old classic is finally here on youtube, remastered in HD and complete with subtitles, thanks to Sebastian Ohaco.
Click CC for subs:
Available in English and Spanish

 

Watch it here :-)

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How to Write For Any Medium

How to Write For Any Medium | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

Simon Rich writes novels, essays, screenplays, and sketches—and he’s written them for some of the most respected arbiters of quality in their respective fields. Here, the prolific writer talks to Co.Create about the differences between each medium, and how to choose where an idea belongs.


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Source Filmmaker is a Powerful Animation Tool That Valve is Releasing for Free

Source Filmmaker is a Powerful Animation Tool That Valve is Releasing for Free | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Computer animation has come a long way in the past 20 years -- to the point where hand-drawn animation is almost non-existent.

 

Most animation starts from scratch, with new models and textures needed for every animation. But what if you didn’t have to start from scratch? What if you were an independent animator, and you could build off a world that has already been created for you? That’s the idea behind Valve’s Source Filmmaker. The tools they use to make cut-scenes and....


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Crowdsourced Movie Studio Creates a Bold New Kind of Sci-Fi Series

Crowdsourced Movie Studio Creates a Bold New Kind of Sci-Fi Series | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

A new sci-fi web series teams Hollywood visual effects artists with a global scattering of up-and-coming animators, all of whom are working for free to craft CGI elements for a wigged-out futuristic saga ...


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Hidden Gems: Chapter 25 – Presets and Variations in After Efects

Hidden Gems: Chapter 25 – Presets and Variations in After Efects | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Another selection of “hidden gems” (and essential advice), this time from Chapter 25 of Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects. ...

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