#Elsagate: a subreddit that's sleuthing out the weird videos of Youtube Kids

Last month, James "New Aesthetic" Bridle published an influential essay exploring the prolific and disturbing video-spam that had come to dominate Youtube Kids, in which seemingly algorithmically generated videos endlessly recombined a handful of Disney characters and assorted others engaged in violent, abusive and even psychosexual conduct, over a soundtrack of a few repeated public-domain kids' songs, with all sorts of trickery designed to uprank them in Youtube's play-next, recommendation and search results -- keyword stuffing, duration-stretching and more. Read the rest

Watch NWA's "Straight Outta Compton" recreated inside Grand Theft Auto

AnimalRobot takes NWA's "Straight Outta Compton" into Grand Theft Auto V with GTAV's Rockstar Editor and Adobe Premiere. "Damn, that shit was dope." (YouTube)

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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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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!" Read the rest

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. Read the rest

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:

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:

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