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Tuesday
Jan192010

Dr. Nemisis' mad science for importing SIMS to iClone

Dr. Nemisis, aka Leo Lucien-Bay, is an acclaimed filmmaker and now one of the big brains behind the cinematic scenes of BioWare's forthcoming Mass Effect 2.  In this tutorial the Dr. shows that his Machinima roots still run deep with a simple walkthrough of importing SIMS assets by modders of the PC game into iClone. 

http://binarypictureshow.com/blog/archives/81

See how the Dr. gets creative with content collection using iClone 3DXchange, the utility to import any 3DS, OBJ or Sketch-Up model.

Tuesday
Jan192010

Movie Monday - "Who Am I: 2012"

All Point Studios released their latest iClone movie, "Who Am I:2012" this week and has seen a flurry of comments on Youtube.  Enjoy, 'Who Am I:2012" but stay away from the Kai.  You'll see...

Tuesday
Jan122010

Movie Monday: Voyages of the Sojourner

Gabe's Anima Technica premieres this 3 part steampunk series with a wide range of Machinima actors.  You'll hear many voices from around the community and even my best southern US/german scientist accent in part 2.  Gabe's movies are always full of rich set design and custom clothing for the actors.  It takes time to work in that detail, but Gabe is a great example of why it's all worth the time.

 

Recently Gabe shared some of comments about his filmmaking journey with iClone:

Gabe Abchanzar, Anima Technica

By day I am a marketing analyst for a microprocessor company and after work, i turn into Anima Technica, a machinima movie maker, digital artist and character designer. When i am not making machinima, i am often at various internet radio shows commenting on the use of iClone for machinima, as well as driving my daughter to her soccer games. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy and adventure stories, I had always wanted to try my hand at writing stories in these genres but never got around to it.
When i first ran into iClone it just opened my eyes to the possibility that here at last is a easy enough tool to not only tell my stories, but also allow me to visualize pictures i've had in my head.

With the rise of user created content and machinima - i coined a term to describe my activity as MyCinema - movies created by me, for me, that hopefully others can enjoy as well. My current project is called The Voyages of the Sojourner which is a sci-fi Steampunked themed story. I use iClone exclusively for generating most if not all of the shots in this as well as my older movies. iClone produces amazing visual quality for a machinima creation tool. It offers such a range of flexibility that movie genres is only limited by your imagination.

Friday
Jan082010

Reallusion launches iPhone app: 10x Camera Tools (Watch Video)

Reallusion's roots run deep when it comes to digital imaging and animation technology and now we're branching our core technologies to the iPhone.  10x Camera Tools is our debut free app in iTunes and gives you the most essential camera and photo album tools to make your iPhone camera more like a true digital camera.  Add notes to photos, geo-tag every shot and do it all with our one-touch design that combines the power of Reallusion software with the single-handed touch interface of the iPhone.

Here's a video showing 10x Camera Tools in action.  Download it for FREE in iTunes and please Rate & Review our app.  Thanks!

Monday
Jan042010

Movie Monday - "Echos" iClone film by Raven2Angel

Welcome to the first Movie Monday on the Reallusion blog.  Each week I'll be spotlighting an iClone film, filmmaking project or test reel for discussion.  Some films will be from recent works and some may be classic iClone movies from you that we'd like to once again share and enjoy.  So pop some corn in the microwave and grab a soda for today's movie.

"Echos", an iClone film by Raven2Angel

Echoes from Raven Angel on Vimeo.

Monday
Dec282009

Pro production studio creating with iClone: L4 Kreation

Inside the L4 Studios & Behind the Scenes of MO & MA

 

"I have never worked with a 3D package that gives so much freedom of
creativity, its feels like filmmaking and not like 3d editing. Machinima at
its best!"

Thorsten Strack, Agency Head & Producer

   

IClone is the tool of choice if you are working for a daily news magazine. There is no other 3D package that gives you such a speed!

IClone fits perfectly to our needs, it is wide open for the other tools we use and our mocap-data works flawless in iCLone. In a professional production environment your tools must be reliable and stable, ICLONE was in the last 6 mounth of production solid like a rock. The output section gives you a wide range of media-formats, perfect for heavy post production.

I have never worked with a 3D package that gives so much freedom of
creativity, its feels like filmmaking and not like 3d editing. Machinima at
its best!

As we started with "Mo&Ma", Iclone was the only affordable machinima
package on the market for commercial work. The content stores and the huge
community are a big plus!

Wednesday
Dec162009

Great Scene Lighting screenshots from iClone filmmakers

The http://forum.reallusion.com is a steady stream of creative contributions from the Reallusion software user community.  Everyday there is something there that I find inspiring or a real artistic achievement from the iClone community filmmakers and digital artists.  Lately, I've seen some excellent examples in scene lighting:

 Kurzal: http://forum.reallusion.com/Topic34833-36-1.aspx

 Anima Technica: http://forum.reallusion.com/Topic31653-36-1.aspx

Wednesday
Dec162009

Jim Finch wants your face in his Comic

Digital comic series creator and iClone user, Jim Finch makes a casting call for faces to fill his comics as extras and a slice of web fame.  Checkout Jim's comic series below and go, "Behind the Scenes," with Jim's comic creation process walkthrough.

Jim Finch says, "Faces Needed" - http://www.reallycoolsite.org/mediaelite/faces.html

Jim's comic creation process with iClone - http://www.reallycoolsite.org/mediaelite/behind.html

Jim Finch Comics - http://www.reallycoolsite.org/comics.html

 

Sunday
Nov292009

Naughty or Nice? Save 55% at Reallusion

Cyber Monday, Black Friday and all the way until December 31st you can cram santa's sack full of 3D content during the Reallusion Winter Sale.  Save big on content throughout the Reallusion 3D content store and get some of the latest iClone 3D packs with savings upto 55% off.

Special Coupon Code: 20%OFF
OVER 1,000 MUST-MAVE PACKS IN CONTENT STORE
        

Enter Discount Code at checkout: Content09Xmas20off

http://www.reallusion.com/contentstore/promo/Xmas2009/default.aspx

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•       This Code Expires: 12/31/2009 

Monday
Nov162009

MachinExpo Set for Next Sunday, Nov 22nd in Second Life

Reallusion invites you all to experience a jam-packed entertainment extravaganza next Sunday, Sunday Sunday!  Normally a day held for tractor pulls and swap meets, next Sunday is special.  Phil Rice, Ricky Grove, and their team of organizers launch MachinExpo, a mega movie event to celebrate some of this year's best Machinima films.  This is truly a can't miss event that will take place on NOV 22nd in Second Life where films will be screened and your favorite Machinima filmmakers and friends will gather to support citizen directors from around the globe. 

As sponsor of this years's MachinExpo, Reallusion is excited to particpate and spotlight some fantastic filmmakers and this year's top Machinima community consortium.  I'll be there (Animize) along with my pals from the Wolf and Dulci hour iClone radio show to talk about Machinima and iClone's latest developments.  Head over to http://machiniplex.net/expo/ for full details and if you've never experienced Second Life, no worries... It's free and very easy to navigate.  Sign-up for a free account at www.SecondLife.com and then walk, fly or teleport over to the MachinExpo on Sunday for a monumental day of Machinima.

See you there! ~ John

Congratulations to the iClone filmmakers showcased in this year's event:

(even I managed to fool the Jury into liking one of my films, suckers) ;)

“Coming Home” by Lizard


“The Expedition” by Anima Technica


“Moordenar [0] What Came Before” by Anima Technica


 

“Pinhead: In the S***” by afterThought

“The Shauwshank Detention” by Oliver Manuel


“Charles Bukowski – Splashing” by John Martin II


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