Machinima Expo, a virtual film festival, takes place 11/23/2014

Machinima is real-time computer graphics filmmaking. The Machinima Expo, now in its 7th season, will take place on November 23, 2014, from 9am to 4pm PT on its Ustream channel. The virtual film festival will also be embedded on its home page and its Facebook page.

The Machinima Expo grew out of the now defunct New York Machinima festival hosted by the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences. Members of that group decided to take the festival to the virtual world of the internet to save money and to provide a means for the international machinima community to come together.

The Expo will be screening 68 machinima and conventionally animated films chosen from submissions made by filmmakers from all over the world. Iran, Singapore, France, Germany, Finland, Canada and the USA are just some of the countries represented.

The Expo will consist of film screenings, programming and a special awards ceremony where 3 Jury prizes and 2 Grand Jury prizes will be announced. This is the first year the Machinima Expo has included conventional animation forms along with machinima, so there will be a great variety of styles at the festival.

The Machinima Expo is a free, online festival. All you need is access to the internet and a web browser.

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Machinima Expo 6: celebrating real-time virtual world filmmaking

Machinima (real-time computer graphics filmmaking) is celebrating its 17th birthday this year. Communities of filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the US are using it to express ideas about politics, gender, and virtual identity, just to name a few.

The filmmakers come together once a year to share films, listen to panels of filmmakers, and hand out awards to the best films. The online event is The Machinima Expo, now in its sixth year. On November 17, 2013, from 10am to 4pm (PT), the Machinima Expo will share presentations on such subjects as "Experimental Machinima" and "The SketchUp to iClone Pipeline," along with a panel discussion featuring founder Hugh Hancock, author of Machinima for Dummies. The Machinima Expo 6 will also be handing out three Jury prizes and a Grand Jury Prize to the most outstanding films out of the 130 films submitted this year. Read the rest

5th Annual Machinima Expo ends tomorrow

The Machinima Expo is a 3-day, virtual film festival devoted to screening and celebrating machinima, a form of 3D animation that grew out of the video game and hacking community back in the late 1990's. This the 5th year of the Expo.

Heart String Marionette, animated movie by M dot Strange

Center of the Netherworld in Heart String Marionette

[Video Link] In 2007, We Are the Strange opened at the Sundance Film Festival. It was self-taught, underground animator, M dot Strange's first feature-length 3D animated film. Half of the midnight Sundance audience walked out, but the half that stayed were treated to one of the most original, disturbing 3D animated films ever made (seriously). That film went on to win several awards and provide M dot with opportunities to tour around the world giving lectures and workshops and screening his strange film.

Now, after 5 years of intense work in his computer-stuffed San Jose basement, professional weirdo, M dot Strange, is releasing his second feature-length 3D animated film, Heart String Marionette, on June 15, 2012. The obsessed director has been chronicling every step of production on his popular YouTube channel and his very frank blog. Collaborating with experimental musician ENDIKA lengthened the production process a bit, so while he was waiting he created 8 episodes of his “BADassery” series, wrote several books about his DIY film philosophy and started a new animated sex series, Darksided. Read the rest

4th Annual Machinima Expo: Saturday & Sunday, November 19th & 20th

Machinima (real-time animation in a 3D engine) grew out of the gamer-hacking community who, back in the mid-'90s, took games like Quake and figured out how to hack the game's pod camera to create a new 3rd person perspective camera. Death matches and speed-runs were some of the early “films” using this 3rd person camera hack. Quickly, aspiring animation filmmakers realized they could create films using the new camera hack. They created real-time videos with stories and characters, using the assets of the game and some judicious scripting.

The flood of film-making since early machinima efforts like “Diary of a Camper” and “Father Frags Best” hasn't stopped. Now, game companies such as Rock Star Games and Bioware are releasing impressive machinima tools with their games and stand-alone machinima applications like iClone and Moviestorm have become very popular. In fact, there's never been a better time to create machinima (the term coined for this new art form) than the present. Read the rest