Electric Sheep & CrazyTalk, animating Second Life Machinima

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‘The Grid Review,’ covers the headlines from inside Second Life delivering a smart series that’s worth a stream. Animating, ‘The Grid Review,’ mixes Second Life Machinima and CrazyTalk facial animation to bring the Second Life avatars to life as talking actors. CrazyTalk is a complete facial animation studio for storytellers and filmmakers with accessible tools for creating characters from any photo, JPG or BMP. CrazyTalk’s real-time playback puppets characters with voice audio. CrazyTalk facial animation was also featured behind the trailblazing Machinima from Electric Sheep, the CBS Evening News. The Second Life version of the CBS Evening News delivered the anchor’s stories through the technology of CrazyTalk. Companies like Electric Sheep are pioneers when it comes to finding inventive ways to produce with signature-Machiniima low production resource requirements aiming for high impact studio results. Tools like CrazyTalk are perfect for studios seeking efficient alternatives to animation that are designed to save production time. ‘The Grid Review,” showcases talking Second Life avtars, which otherwise do not speak in the world of Second Life. CrazyTalk creates talking characters that are performing well for the Electric Sheep.
more info: The Grid Review
more info: CrazyTalk by Reallusion

Captain Pizazz and the Defenders of Funk

CityTown is overtaken by zombies under the control of Lord Rigormortis, assisted by one of his most gangsta henchman, the Perpetrator. Captain Pizazz and his sidekick Boy Joy accept the roles of groovy super-duo destined to drop the FUNK and enforce the FIST OF FUNK. CityTown is where it’s going down, you dig? The iClone animated series, Captain Pizazz and the Defenders of Funk coming soon from The Martin Bros.

Machinima 101 showcases iClone as flexible Machinima studio

Understanding the fundamentals of filmmaking formulates a finely tuned film. However, understanding the visual definition of these composition concepts is not well translated from textbooks so a challenge to build a collection of visual filmmaking terms through a series of short films was accepted. Machinima.com hosts a detailed filmmakers resource center with access to articles, tutorials, and other filmmakers where the goal to collectively enhance the craft is key. iClone and Reallusion sponsor the Machinima 101 Filmmakers Resource Center on Machinima.com. Check out the 36 iClone shorts produced by the Martin Bros. and powered by Reallusion.
Shooting – iClone Filmmaking Terms
Directing – iClone Filmmaking Terms
Editing – iClone Filmmaking Terms

iClone 2.0 releasing in March

iClone 2.0 is set to release in March with more powerful content and HD video output. New content included with iClone 2.0 introduces a real-time SFX special effects engine for particle and fog visual effects. Generate instant jet thrusters, weather, blood spatter, tunnels, magic, lasers more with a completely new SFX section of iClone featuring a Modify panel with control over particle and emitter assignment to characters, scene objects or as environmental effects. The image posted here is a glimpse of what will be possible with iClone 2.0 particle effects and the ability to assign them to character bone segments. Dr. Drill of CoolClones.com contributed this Torch from iClone 2.0 beta currently in testing.

Frankenstein goes Viral!

Fire bad, commentary good! Reanimating Frankenstien doesn’t require lightning bolts for mad scientists any longer, well mad scientists are always a plus, but MysteryWalker, the creator of YouTube’s social commentator and spam soldier has found a lab to breathe life into his chatty creature.

MysteryWalker said, “I used iClone to make a Frankenstein persona to use for blogging. 3D characters made in iClone integrate well with film footage and live action models via chroma keying effects. There are so many applicatons to iClone. It’s similar to Flash in that respect.”

Stay tuned for more Frankenstein! – Watch more Frankenstein now in iClone Movies – Horror

iClone Experimental Short-Film

Filmmakers ever in search of a unique way to expand the frontier of visual effects are finding iClone to provide an effective way to incorporate 3D CG animation into their productions. Rob Gradisen posted a visually impacting short film using the free trial version of iClone. Combining live-action footage with iClone in this short showcases the premium blend of two worlds of filmmaking. The combination of live action and CG is well executed here and Rob’s sound editing and efx choices finely fit this film.http://youtube.com/v/1dWJXvkaquk