3D World Magazine issue #104 – Reallusion iClone and CrazyTalk are featured in an excellent story by Roy Spencer. ‘Machinima Grows Up,” is a great read that shares the perspective of pioneers like Paul Marino, Leo Lucien-Bay, Phil Rice and Hugh Hancock. 3D World covers the tools behind the Machinima movies including iClone and CrazyTalk. Dr. Nemisis aka Leo Lucien-Bay talks about his experience with CrazyTalk and the making of BEAST. There are even a couple of quotes from me [John Martin] in the piece too. ‘Machinima Grows Up,’ is a benchmark for the movement and looking ahead, the future and definition of the independent filmmaker will continue to evolve. The days of stadium rock spawning from grassroots garage bands will live once again as the home-studioed citizen directors rise from part-time filmmaker to viral video kings or film festival laureates. iClone and CrazyTalk from Reallusion will allow them to create evermore meaningful and expressive films. Read more about Reallusion iClone and CrazyTalk in Issue #104 of 3D World Magazine.
Virtual Worlds 2008 NYC – Frank Dellario, VP Machinima Production discusses Electric Sheep Machinima using Reallusion’s CrazyTalk. While attending Virtual Worlds 2008 in NYC I had the opportunity to chat with Frank about the Electric Sheep and their recent work with CBS’s CSI:NY Machinima episodes and in-world virtual experience.
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Reallusion is transforming Google Earth into the world’s largest movie studio. Import Google 3D models into iClone now to create your movie and become a virtual international movie mogul with Realluison’s “Film the World” movie challenge! – View Film Submissions
Download a free version of iClone to create an animation and enter to win over $1,000 in prizes including an iPOD Touch!
Select any famous location or landmark from around the world using a 3D model found on Google 3D Warehouse.
You may also select models from the Film the World collection to add to your movie.
Download iClone 3DXchange free to convert any Google SketchUp or 3D warehouse model into a model ready for use inside iClone.Get a Free 45 day version of iClone to create your animation clip for the contest and enter to win!
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If you have not been privileged to experience the work of John Holland then you are in for a treat. If you know his work, then you’ll be happy to know he has released his 11th iClone video featuring the music of Utada Hikaru. I recently talked with John and asked him to tell us more about himself and his iClone filmmaking process.
Since I first discovered John’s work in 2006, I’ve followed his rise from first-time animator with iClone to full-time student at the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I’m impressed with the journey John has taken and feel it’s representative of many stories that the Machinima craft has to tell. The power of the filmmaker is no longer exclusively in heart of the Hollywood hills, it’s now in the heart of every imaginative soul.
Reallusion Interview with John Holland:
RL: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? A quick bio?
Lets see, well my name is John Holland, I am 20 years old, and I am a Animation Sophomore at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I live in Georgia and I have been animating here and there for a little over 2 years now.
RL: How long have you been using iClone?
I’ve been using iClone since the end of 2005 when I downloaded the trial version of the program(I found it by accident and i’m really glad that I did because its what made me realize I want to do this for a living). I had never animated anything before at this point and I always thought it might be fun to give it a try.
RL: Why have you chosen iClone as your tool for animating Utada music videos?
I decided to use iClone for my Utada music videos because I just find its pretty easy to use and I can get the results I want with it in just a couple hours of work, you don’t have to an experienced animator to create great videos, and with each upgrade it seems that the program just gets better and better.
RL: How long does it normally take to create one of your videos with iClone?
For each video I make, the time it takes to finish one depends mostly on the amount of time I have when I’m not working on projects for school. The overall time I guess each would take if I just constantly work on it for a couple of hours each day, would put them at about a week.
RL: What video editor do you use?
For editing videos, I just use Windows Movie Maker. Probably not the most professional tool, but it is pretty simple to use and gets the job I want done.
RL: Can you explain your process that you plan your shots inside iClone. Do you storyboard your videos?
When I start a new video, I just listen and look at the lyrics to the songs I plan to use, and just see what comes to mind. I usually make a list of things that I think would be interesting to do, images that come into my mind when I hear certain parts, colors, lighting, and things like that. So I don’t necessarily storyboard my videos out, but I don’t go into each video without some idea of what I hope to achieve.
RL: What do you like most about iClone?
As for picking one feature to say I like best is pretty hard, because there are a couple things I really enjoy about iClone. I really like 3DXchange and Clone Cloth, I think they both allow for a lot more customization to the things everyone can create with iClone.
RL: What would you like to see added or refined in the forthcoming iClone 3?
With iClone 3 coming out soon, I really would like to see being able to animate independently more than one character at a time. I think that would be a great feature. As for other inclusions, I’d really like to see more types of animals added to iClone like Dogs and Cats. From some of the things I’ve heard are supposed to be in iClone 3, I think Reallusion is heading in the right direction.
View all 11 of John Holland’s iClone Music Videos
Fashion design in the real-world requires much ado to go from paper to Prête-a-porte. In the virtual world, designers shed the sewing and strut their stuff with Adobe Photoshop and Reallusion iClone. Students enrolled in the Textile Design course at the Heaton Manor School in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK are first exposed to fashion design by creating their CloneCloth fashions conceptualized by painting and image editing inside Photoshop. The students then fit their looks using iClone’s CloneCloth character texture patterns before sending their virtual fashion line down the 3D real-time runway. Creating the fashion design based on iClone’s CloneCloth characters give students a number of model and clothing style forms to choose from that best fits the vision for each look in their virtual fashion line. Students express their eye for fashion while learning image editing and texture creation with Photoshop and are able to quickly see their fashions come to life with 3D animation using the accessible features of iClone.
The Movies On-Air Radio interviews Machinima filmmaker CapeMedia on his transition from ‘The Movies’ to iClone. TMOA, spends a very informative and entertaining segment in the studio with CapeMedia discussing iClone filmmaking from the view of a filmmaker in search of a new engine for production. Cape, a long time ‘The Movies,’ filmmaker talks about the challenges of filmmaking in The Movies and his reasons for choosing iClone while discussing with hosts, Ken and Roger, about the strengths and challenges met with working inside iClone. The full interview is a great listen for anyone currently working in other engines and considering a shift to iClone and for current iClone users there are many excellent points made about how to improve your productions and best utilize iClone in the complete production pipeline. Thanks to TMOA’s Ken and Roger and CapeMedia for sharing their excellent broadcast.
Listen: Download the MP3s for the show
MP3 #2 – Cape’s segment begins at 34:00
MP3 #3 – Cape’s segment continues including questions from listeners
CapeMedia’s “The Sword Dance”
Cape’s website: http://www.capemediauk.com/Films.htm
Calling all iClone filmmakers looking to become the next music video mogul! The Machinima community has deep roots in music video ‘mods’, but this time it’s all about originality. The Radiohead, Aniboom.com create-the-video contest has a few requirements, in the first stage entrants will need to create a storyboard for members of the band to review whereby they will select certain candidates to move to the next round. There are no limits to what kind of storyboard you submit and videos are allowed for ‘previz,’ giving iClone filmmakers a certain edge over the competition. Another edge, you only have until April 27th to complete your first entry so speed is key and iClone will be certain to aid in this. Finally with the ability for iClone filmmakers to own and distribute their own work with full commerical ownership you can confidently enter the contest without doubt that, if you win, the boys from Radiohead can showcase your work on MTV, MySpace and elsewhere while padding your wallet with a sweet $10,000 production deal and you’ll have zero worry about using it to pay legal fees to some game company. Good luck!
The full details and article from Animation Magazine
Online animation network Aniboom has teamed with TBD Records to launch a contest inviting Radiohead fans around the world to produce an animated music video for any song from the band’s latest album, In Rainbows. Radiohead band members will choose the winner, who will receive $10,000 to produce a full-length animated music video. The competition will be supported by Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block, as well as MySpace, where fans will be able to vote for their favorite videos.
(from Animation Magazine announcement) – read full article below
The London Film Academy’s Digital Film VFX Certificate Program introduces students to previsualization techniques with iClone. Alan Marques, instructor and Visual Effects pro talks about how iClone is used at the London Film Academy in this video.
Alan Marques has 23 years experience in the digital special effects industry, VFX Supervisor, and Lead Tutor on LFA’s new Digital Film VFX Course, has over 30 feature film and television credits to his name including “GoldenEye”, “Seven Years in Tibet” and Werner Herzog’s “Invincible”. He has worked for a number of high-end visual effects companies including The Magic Camera Company, Artem Digital and Terry Gilliam’s Peerless Camera Company. He is a member of The Visual Effects Society and the BKSTS and has lectured to industry professionals for a number of years.