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Death Knight Love Story: torrentable Warcraft fan-movie starring Brian Blessed, Joanna Lumley & others

Hugh Hancock writes, "'Death Knight Love Story,' is a World of Warcraft-based machinima fanfilm [ed: machinima is a form of animation made using video-game engines]. It was made using full 'Avatar'-style motion capture (using the same tech as X-Men First Class), with a score composed by a BAFTA nominated composer and voiced by Hollywood stars!"

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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 machinima.com 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.

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Portal Turrets' serenade

Zachariah Scott created this wonderful machinima video, "The Turret Anthem," capturing a marvellous musical performance by the Portal Turrets in Glados's chamber:

This video was shot on black void, using a rebuild version of glados' chamber that I put together by hand. Fun story about this video, I've been trying to make it for about 6 months, it's a super late Turret Week video. I kept overthinking it, and had much of the principal synchronization done but couldnt' figure out how I wanted to shoot it, well I sat down this weekend and knocked it out in two days, and I'm pretty sure nobody will have any problem with the results. The name of this video is The Turret Anthem, but throughout production I always referred to it by it's secret codename, Megadub, and so it sticks.

The Turret Anthem

Michigan J Frog meets Black Mesa

Ronaldthecock produced this Black Mesa/Michigan J Frog mashup as part of a machinima challenge on steamcommunity.com:

Let's have another Theme week. Starting sunday September 16th and running through sunday September 23rd, will be Critter week. in honor of the release of Black Mesa this friday, Make Videos of headcrabs, bullsquids, antlions, alien swarm monsters, or whatever creepy crawly you want. Put "OSFM critter week" in the Video description and post it here. There are a couple people working on rigs to make animating monsters like headcrabs easier, so keep an eye out and I'll post them here.

CRITTER WEEK! :: Open Source Filmmaker: (via JWZ)