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Making machinima, mastering the virtual camera and posting what helps me grow.
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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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Amazing tech.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, September 26, 2013 11:37 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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AOL In Second Place In Online Video Rankings With 71 Million Uniques

AOL has hit second place with 71 million unique viewers in Comscore's August 2013 Online Video Rankings. Ad videos also up, Machinima down.
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From the "everything old is new again" department ... who knew AOL ranked second in anything? 

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Ubisoft Looks to Avoid Pitfalls of Bad Movies Based on Videogames with Starlight Runner's Help

Ubisoft Looks to Avoid Pitfalls of Bad Movies Based on Videogames with Starlight Runner's Help | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, September 6, 2013 10:20 PM


Marc Graser:  "Videogame-to-film crossover success has been spotty, but Ubisoft believes it has broken the code for a potential 'Splinter Cell' franchise" ...

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Blackened Mirror Season 2 To Feature Babylon 5 Star

Above you can view the first trailer for The Blackened Mirror Season 2, which is filmed in Second Life. The word on the street, and I’m not making this up, is that Season 2 will feature a star from the science fiction series Babylon 5.
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Nintendo Shuts Down ‘Metroid’ Fan Film

Nintendo Shuts Down ‘Metroid’ Fan Film | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Nintendo shut down a Metroid fan film, citing copyright infringement.
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The Metroid fan film Nintendo shut down was apparently reported and Nintendo took action, closing the Kickstarter campaign. Now where the campaign page used to be is a statement that the fan film campaign “is the subject of an intellectual property dispute and is currently unavailable.”

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Kevin Spacey Warns TV Networks: Change or Get Left Behind

Kevin Spacey Warns TV Networks: Change or Get Left Behind | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, who this year starred in Netflix's online-only original series House of Cards, chided the TV industry for not doing more to cater to changes in people's viewing behaviors that have spawned from tech changes and...
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Report: Sony to launch online TV service on PS4 by end of year

Report: Sony to launch online TV service on PS4 by end of year | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

Sony plans to launch an online, paid TV service by the end of the year, poised to hit the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and high-definition TVs, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sony has inked a deal with Viacom, the American media company, to carry Viacom cable channels on an internet-based TV service for Sony products, the report says.

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Sony intends to stream on-demand programming and cable channels online, and the service includes a "recommended programming" feature, partly influenced by content providers and partly based on an algorithm of a user's viewing habits, the site says.

Viacom's channels include MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Logo, VH1 and Spike. On June 26, Sony renewed a trademark for "PlayStation TV," covering hardware and streaming services.

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Disney Opens Up Its Toon Vault with New ‘Disney Animated’ App

Disney Opens Up Its Toon Vault with New ‘Disney Animated’ App | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Walt Disney Animation Studios has launched the “Disney Animated” app that provides users access to the art and technology behind all 53 of the company’s films.
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I wouldn't recommend trying to use any of the content found here in a machinima, but the history of animation is really well done. 

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How to Make a TV Drama in the Twitter Age

How to Make a TV Drama in the Twitter Age | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

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My favorate quote: "When Dickens was writing his novels, and they were serialized once a month, he read all the letters that came in. His novels were actually a real dialogue with his audience. He was writing to entertain them, and he got paid by the word, and he wanted them to be pleased. But he also wanted to make sure that they got the story he was trying to tell."

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, August 9, 2013 11:43 PM

Lorne Manly:  "The men and women who steer six of the best TV dramas talk about the challenges of making a show in the Twitter age."


A great extended read!

Mattia Nicoletti's curator insight, August 10, 2013 7:08 AM

In a social tv era contents become a strong part of the strategy. And if it will be confirmed what declared by Nielsen about social tv influence on ratings, contents will be the key

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UWA Centenary Art Challenge and 6th Machinima Challenge ...

UWA Centenary Art Challenge and 6th Machinima Challenge ... | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
On Monday August 5th, the University of Western Australia (UWA) announced the winners of both its Centenary 3D Art Challenge and the 6th UWA Machinima Challenge. All told, both competitions saw a total of L$1.7 million on offer for the ...
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Overview of the winners and embeds of the winning machinimas.

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The Hero's Journey


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I love the voice-overs on this one.  Charming, funny and a good teaching video.

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Brooke Sheridan's curator insight, July 25, 2013 6:53 PM

Presented without comment. 

Bad Spoon's curator insight, July 26, 2013 3:22 AM

Une excellente présentation animée de l'un des axes narratifs les plus efficaces du storytelling : le voyage du héros

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, August 4, 2013 7:47 AM

It's maybe not exactly the truth but close enough - and it's pretty funny :-)

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The Essential Guide to Webfests

The Essential Guide to Webfests | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

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A good resource if you're making a machimima series.

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, July 27, 2013 12:39 AM

Randy Astle:  "Compared to film festivals, webfests — “film” festivals geared specifically toward web series (like Mission Backup Earth, pictured above) and other online videos — are definitely the new kids on the block, but they’re fast coming to fill the role for web video that names like Venice and Cannes did for film decades ago" ...

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7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding

7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

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Really helpful checklist for the novelist (or screenwriter or playwright). 

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, August 3, 2013 4:58 PM

Charlie Jane Anders:  "Worldbuilding is an essential part of any work of fiction. But especially for science fiction or fantasy, it's the lifeblood of storytelling. But when worldbuilding fails, it can wreck your whole story, and leave your characters feeling pointless. Here are seven deadly sins of worldbuilding" ...

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:21 AM
1. Not thinking about basic infrastructure.

How do they eat? What do they eat? Who takes away the garbage? Who deals with their bodily wastes? How do they get around? What do the majority of people do to survive? You're not just constructing a society, you're creating an economy. People don't oppress each other for fun — usually, systems of hierarchy and oppression have an economic component to them. Maybe you need a lot of peasants to grow labor-intensive crops, or maybe you need lots of cannon fodder in your space war. Maybe your only source of protein is a weird fungus that needs to be tended by specially trained people. Maybe everybody's eating algae. In any case, there's nothing worse than a fictional world where there are elaborate social structures, which seem completely separated from the realities of food, shelter and clothing.

 

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Juliana Loh's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:42 PM

Having worked on an even smaller RPG project, I've had to build out and consider all aspects of our world both visually and wrt narrative. Responding to situations required designing the society mindset. Without that mindset, we wouldn't have known how to visually represent our world economically, socially aesthetically and politically.

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The Machinima 48 Hour Film Project ~ 2013

The Machinima 48 Hour Film Project ~ 2013 | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

The 48 Hour Film Project comes to Machinima on the weekend of 8 - 10 November 2013. Filmmakers from all over the variety of virtual worlds and games will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world.

Enter today! Space is limited.

 

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Here's the link to the official rules: http://www.48hourfilm.com/filmmakers/rules-official.php?machinima

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MediaPost Publications It's Game Over for 10% of Machinima's Workforce 09/18/2013

It's Game Over for 10% of Machinima's Workforce - 09/18/2013
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Randy Finch's Film: Is the YouTube Economy Screwed?

A few faithful readers of this blog may remember that back in November 2012 I wrote about a relatively new form of business - multichannel networks (MCNs).  Back then (in the old days?), many entrepreneurs were flocking to invest in these MCNs - new ventures that offered services to online filmmakers in return for a share of the advertising revenue that was expected to flow from YouTube's changing business model.

 

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Second Life’s SSA 2013-34

Second Life’s SSA 2013-34 | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Server Side Appearance baking is considered a success. We still have some bake fail issues and I’ll get to those. The Firestorm team has put out an article about SSA here: Server Side Appearance a Success!
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We have a discussion going on the SL MAG about challenges using the new code: http://slmachinimaarts.ning.com/forum/topics/second-life-3-6-viewer

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Asil's curator insight, August 27, 2013 3:42 PM

Linden Lab's continues to update their platform, both server and client-side.  Nalates' blog is a must-read if you're a SecondLife user and like to tweak your settings for performance.  This post has some helpful insights into what's being changed and how you might adjust your viewer (client) settings for a better SL experience.

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The Talented Chic Aeon: Creating Machinima and Art Together…. Piers Diesel Reporting…

The Talented Chic Aeon: Creating Machinima and Art Together….  Piers Diesel Reporting… | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

In Second Life we see groups and videos for machinima and people who create videos in SL. While looking at what’s new in Machinima, I came across a video which was not only creative but had something about it that kept me watching till the end.

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Nice interview on Chic .... check out her page on the SL MAG: http://slmachinimaarts.ning.com/profile/ChicAeon

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Asil's curator insight, August 23, 2013 1:52 PM

Good to see Chic getting some blot-love.

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, August 24, 2013 5:44 AM

Interesting Interview, walk through, and not to forget, the Video -

 

It's fascinating and very inspiring and to me it's Art.

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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 4:01 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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Avenged Sevenfold Teams with Metalocalypse Producer Jon Schnepp for Animated Series Hail to the King

Avenged Sevenfold Teams with Metalocalypse Producer Jon Schnepp for Animated Series Hail to the King | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

A pretty cool sounding new web series from Avenged Sevenfold, Metalocalypse producer Jon Schnepp, and Machinima crossed our path, and now that there's a trailer available, we had to share!

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From the creative minds of Avenged Sevenfold and featuring new music from their forthcoming Hail to the King, comes a six-episode animated series which tells the fictional story of the Death Bat – the band’s longtime trademark. Directed by Metalocalypse producer Jon Schnepp, this unique and innovative animated series will air this fall on Machinima’s HappyHour channel.

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Researchers Identify New Brain Cell Using Video Game | GamePolitics

Researchers Identify New Brain Cell Using Video Game | GamePolitics | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

Researchers at UCLA and Thomas Jefferson University, have discovered a new brain cell that helps humans navigate in unfamiliar territory.


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Author passes on wisdom of 'Good Editing': Tom Franklin shares editing tips ... - Gulf Coast News Today

Author passes on wisdom of 'Good Editing': Tom Franklin shares editing tips ... - Gulf Coast News Today | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
Author passes on wisdom of 'Good Editing': Tom Franklin shares editing tips ...
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During the Alabama Writers' Conclave conference in Fairhope, attendees enjoyed speaker events, workshops and readings.
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My fav quote “Be a sadist to the character,” he suggested. “The harder you are on them, the worse their reactions will be. Let the character assume his or her own life, and put more, and more on them.”

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

Watch: 70-Minute Animation Masterclass With Tim Burton - Indie Wire | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it
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 4:41 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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The University of Western Australia in Second Life

The University of Western Australia in Second Life | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

The UWA Grand Finale Announcements for the overall winners of the L$1.1Mil MachinimUWA VI: Reflections, and the L$600,000 Reflections: UWA Centenary 3D Art Challenge will be from 6am SLT, Sunday 4th August at the UWA-BOSL Grand Amphitheatre.

Grand Finale Time & Date: 6am SLT Sunday 4th August
Location: The UWA-BOSL Grand Amphitheatre (Entrance 1, Entrance 2, Entrance 3)

64 machinima and 64 artwork are in the running for the overall 1st prizes of L$200,000 & L$100,000 respectively. The brilliant Yesikita Coppola has put together an composite machinima of all 64 works in a truly remarkable 2 minutes. All the artwork can be seen in this creation by Devi Sky.

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This is the big event in machinima for SecondLife makers.

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Intertrust claims it is now easier to use Marlin than other DRMs

Intertrust claims it is now easier to use Marlin than other DRMs | The Machinimatographer | Scoop.it

The new ExpressPlay content protection solution-as-a-service makes it dramatically easier to implement DRM for Connected TV and multiscreen services, Intertrust, the company behind the solution, claims. ExpressPlay is designed for use with Marlin DRM, the open-standard content protection system, and can be used with existing Marlin-enabled connected TVs and set-top boxes. The market for this service therefore includes HbbTV-based broadcast/broadband services as well as YouView in the UK. Intertrust says ITV and BT both use the ExpressPlay service for their DRM requirements on YouView. A good proportion of the transactions on the Tivù platform in Italy use the ExpressPlay hosted service. Eutelsat KabelKiosk is going to use this cloud-based content protection.


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Interesting read if you're planning to self-publish your work.

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