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Making machinima, mastering the virtual camera and posting what helps me grow.
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CA Trip Behind The Scenes Part 3 – Data Management and Workflow « Vincent Laforet's Blog

CA Trip Behind The Scenes Part 3 – Data Management and Workflow « Vincent Laforet's Blog | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

Found a great workflow here which I'm adapting for machinima. These guys did a killer video tutorial  ...be sure to FULL SCREEN it, so you can see the effect details.

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Celtx - Take Charge of your Workflow

Celtx - Take Charge of your Workflow | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

"Celtx is the world's first all-in-one media pre-production system. It replaces 'paper & binder' pre-production with a digital approach that's more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share."

Asil Note:  I use this product and I love it.  It makes collaboration easy and if you opt for its file-sharing service, you can collaborate with people all over the world in real-time.

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New World Notes: New Second Life Mesh Eyelids from SLink are a Must-Have for Photographers (Though They Aren't Yet Perfect)

New World Notes: New Second Life Mesh Eyelids from SLink are a Must-Have for Photographers (Though They Aren't Yet Perfect) | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of virtual world and MMO fashion Soulful and emotive virtual photography often requires a level of control we don't readily have over Second Life avatars, especially when it comes to the eyes.

Asil Note: I bought these yesterday and they are quite good, esp for closeups

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Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG) to Attend Tribeca Film Festival

Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG) to Attend Tribeca Film FestivalSan Francisco Chronicle (press release)Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG) today announced its presence at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, NY from April 18 to April 29.
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He's a Video Game Video Star, And He Wants Out

He's a Video Game Video Star, And He Wants Out | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

"I am sick and tired of this," he says in a new anti-Machinima video he posted on his Machinima channel yesterday. His possible sources of sick-and-tiredness appear to be, as stated in the video, the concept that Machinima makes its money from YouTube users like him, that their support of smaller channels is "below par" and that, last year, when YouTube deleted his account for some reason, the people at Machinima, who he'd partnered with since 2010 and contacted for help, didn't know who he was.

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What’s Ahead: A Sneak Peek - Kinect for Windows Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

The Kinect for Windows hardware (sensor unit) along with the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) enable businesses, developers, researchers, and others to develop innovative, transformative applications, which utilize the Kinect... or, now you can make your own animations without 3D CAD chops.

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Magnum: The Machinima Review: Book Release - Thanks to So Many!

Magnum: The Machinima Review: Book Release - Thanks to So Many! | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

My friends wrote a book about machinima and its finally available for purchase!  Here's the link to Soni's blog, where she writes about the book.

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A Great VFX Breakdown | via mikejones.tv

A Great VFX Breakdown | via mikejones.tv | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

The embedded videos give a fantastic look behind the scenes look at the work of Cinematography, Production Design, Sound and Screen Composition students at the Australian Film TV and Radio School. A grand exercise in VFX production and process, the artists produced a dynamic fight scene on the high-seas between a pirate captain & his steam-punk automaton robot nemesis.

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The film industry career flow chart

The film industry career flow chart | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

Wherein the author declares, "...there has never been a better time to be a screen media practitioner because there has never been so many screens to make stuff for…!"

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Machinima Partnership Megathread - The Facts? - YouTube Help

One of the first user-threads I've seen that asks informed questions about the mysterious Machinima.com contracts.  Reads like the bloom is fading from that rose ...

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The Psychology Behind Movie Poster Designs

The Psychology Behind Movie Poster Designs | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
A wise woman once said, "If they put as much attention to detail into making a movie as they do into marketing a movie, we wouldn't see so much crap coming out of Hollywood."...

 

[A detailed look at the artwork strategies behind the top 10 blockbuster films of 2011 - great infographic.]


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Film Independent’s Producers Lab Announces 2012 Grant Details | TECHBurgher

Film Independent’s Producers Lab Announces 2012 Grant Details | TECHBurgher | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards one participant of Film Independent’s Producers Lab the annual Sloan Producers Grant. The recipient receives a $25,000 development grant, admission to Film Independent’s Producers Lab, and year-round support from Film Independent.

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tiltfactor » Blog Archive » Machinima as a medium by William Wang

tiltfactor » Blog Archive » Machinima as a medium by William Wang | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

Machinima resides in a very particular niche: it isn’t quite animation, though the resultant film is indeed animated. Instead, the creator of machinima functions almost like the director of a live-action movie, dictating the actions of each actor, arranging lighting and camera angles, creating and setting scenes—only in an entirely virtual environment.

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Cross-Platform, Multi-NLE, Tape-Less Transcoding Workflow Tips

Cross-Platform, Multi-NLE, Tape-Less Transcoding Workflow Tips | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

Mike Jones has written up a very well detailed production workflow if you're using multiple platforms. There is great stuff in there about the value of transcoding, however, I'm taking this to the bank:

"On each and every day of editing the Editor should open the previous days project file and Immediately save a new project file with the current date (eg ‘[PROJECT-NAME]_[DATE]’). This process should be repeated every day of editing so that each separate day of work on an individual project has a discreet dated title."

I am chastened to share that I lost a week's worth of editing because I didn't do incremental daily backups of editing and the primary Premiere file corrupted.

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How To Make A Web Series Guide

How To Make A Web Series Guide | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Regardless of where your web series falls, the lion share of information here can be applied across the board, and to content like talk shows, tutorials, documentaries and other reality-based programming...

 

HOW TO MAKE A WEB SERIES TABLE OF CONTENTS

In The Beginning: Story & Audience Keys To Success Books, Magazine, Online News Sites Web Series Host Sites Web Series 101: Practical Advice From A Creator How-To Online Resourses Funding Festivals & Award Ceremonies
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A Fistful of Smart Media Dollars

A Fistful of Smart Media Dollars | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

Smart monetization strategies go hand-in-hand with analytics. With the right tools in place, video publishers can analyze how variables like ad load (the number of ads served per video) and ad placement (where ads are inserted within the video) impact viewer engagement. It’s even possible to find the optimal rental price for, say, a feature-length movie. And soon it will be commonplace to match ads to viewers based on social graph interests, location, device type, and viewing history.

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3rd Annual New Media Film Festival

New Media Film Festival honors stories in all media that are innovative, imaginative & inspirational.  This year they have a machinima category and the category will be judged by Tony Dobson R2D2's builder for Star Wars.

Source: http://www.newmediafilmfestival.com

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48 Hour Film Project in 2012 - Second Life Machinima Artists Guild

48 Hour Film Project in 2012 - Second Life Machinima Artists Guild | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
The 48 Hour Film Project comes to Machinima on the weekend of 30 March 2012.
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ReconstructMe

ReconstructMe | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

ReconstructMe uses the Kinect for Realtime 3D Model reconstruction, jrab your camera and move around freely – ReconstructMe takes care of modelling your world.  This software is free for non-commercial use.

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Detailing the Digital Revolution: Social, Streaming and More | Nielsen Wire

Detailing the Digital Revolution: Social, Streaming and More | Nielsen Wire | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

Who is watching Netflix or Hulu‐Plus in the US?  The results may surprise you ...

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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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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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20th Century Fox joins rush to produce made-for-the-Web shows

20th Century Fox joins rush to produce made-for-the-Web shows | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

In the online series "Wolfpack of Reseda," a nerdy character's life is transformed when he believes that he has been bitten by a werewolf in a San Fernando Valley park. ...At first, they feared the Internet would destroy the value of their content by enabling piracy or by cannibalizing their traditional revenue streams. Then TV networks and movie studios began using the Internet as a promotional vehicle for their movies and TV shows. They uploaded trailers and created Web "extras," such as games and fan pages, to expose their content to a wider audience."

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Mamachinima - Chantal Harvey's blog: The 48 HFP machinima FAQ ...

Mamachinima - Chantal Harvey's blog: The 48 HFP machinima FAQ ... | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
The Machinima contest 2012 will have 3 timezones: Australia, USA (California PDT/PAC) and Europe. How much does it cost? The registration fee is for the entire team. For the Machinima 48HFP, the registration fee is 48 ...
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Machinima's secret to original drama is its audience

Machinima's secret to original drama is its audience | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
DeBevoise pinpointed several elements that might connect with the Machinima crowd — the CGI aesthetic that permeates both modern gaming and much genre filmmaking, the distinction between a virtual world and the real world — and also the fact that in order to achieve that goal, the company needs a talent base. “We can’t be HBO without great writers or directors,” he said.
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