The first European Machinima Festival opened with a mass of Machinima film submissions showcasing the growth of the craft and films produced since the 2006 AMAS Machinima Festival in New York.
Official Machinima Festival Trailer (Made in iClone)
Among those films screened and nominated for awards, Reallusion products are showcased in 4 productions featured during the weekend long event in Leicester, England. Machimakers who chose CrazyTalk as the facial animation engine to power their productions included: BEAST – The Binary Picture Show, ONLY – Zarathustra Studios, The Grid Review – Electric Sheep Company and the offical trailer for the European Machinima Festival was created with iClone Studio.
The Festival events include film screenings, discussion panels and the coveted awards for outstanding achievement in Machinima filmmaking. I was invited to present Reallusion’s CrazyTalk and iClone in the Machinima Tools panel discussion accompanied by Hugh Hancock of Strange Company, Friedrich Kirschner of MovieSandbox and Matt Kelland of Moviestorm. Since the festival was being held in Leicester and I was unable to make the jaunt, I connected via webcam over the Operator11.com broadcasting site to address the 250 attendees and take part in the event. Discussion of dedicated Machinima software, tools interoperability, the role of game engines and the future of Machinima were among the topics addressed by the panel. A complete video of my live cam presenatation can be seen below. Good luck to all nominees and congratulations to AMAS on another successful Machinima milestone.
Operator11 webcam broadcast – (avatar fps did not record well) http://images.operator11.com/swf/o11player.swf
iClone Machinima Filmmaking Demo: http://video.stage6.com/1736048/.divx
Machinima, the emerging media movement where minimal studios produce maximum entertainment registered another milestone this week with the release of, ‘BEAST,’ by the Binary Picture Show.
BEAST opens as a kidnapped man wakes up bound in a mysterious room, knowing nothing of his captor, or indeed why he is there, setting the stage for a killer cinematic thrill.
Most Machinima films rely on in-game effects, fighting and heavy action missing the connection of true character emotion to the audience. BEAST not only connects to the audience, it grips, twists and shakes. Congratulations to the Binary Picture Show on a truly landmark film. Reallusion is honored to have such an accomplished example of CrazyTalk within BEAST. “Crazytalk gave me the ability to do some great facial animation that would have been very difficult and time consuming in many other tools.” – Leo Lucien-Bay, BEAST creator.
The release of BEAST took place on Sunday Sept 16th: View High-Res version here
Reallusion and DAZ 3D Partner to Bring Real-Time Filmmaking, 3D Content to the Masses
Aspiring Filmmakers Will Now “Go Real-Time” with “Movies, Models and Motion”
“DAZ Studio and Reallusion’s iClone is a powerful combination that connects our customers and DAZ 3D’s content library to a new era of real-time movie making powered by Reallusion’s iClone,” said Dan Farr, CEO, DAZ 3D.
“With iClone, users gain access to a robust application with community of more than 400K strong and a tool whose feature set of pre-loaded props and 3D scenes recently received a coveted 5-star review from C|NET.”
View the iClone 3DXchange and DAZ Studio Tutorial: 5 min
Thanks to this partnership, iClone users will be able to import content created in DAZ Studio™ or purchased from DAZ 3D’s deep library of professional content into iClone™, Reallusion’s popular and award-winning real-time filmmaking engine, using Reallusion’s recently released 3DXchange™ object conversion tool. The result will be a truly open filmmaking platform that will empower aspiring filmmakers of all stripes to, “Go Real-Time” with “Movies, Models and Motion.” Read the full press release…
Reallusion releases a free patch for iClone users updating the software to version 2.1. Windows Vista compatibility headlines the update to Reallusion’s popular real-time filmmaking and Machinima software allowing users to take advantage of the GPU processing power delivered by Windows Vista. Other enhancements and bug fixes round out the update. Get the iClone 2.1 patch free here: http://www.reallusion.com/iclone/ic_upgrade.asp
iClone expands the real-time filmmakers’ content library with 200 new props, accessories and hairstyles included in two recently introduced content packs available from Reallusion. Click below to see full previews of each new model and visit the Reallusion content store for purchase and additional informaton. http://www.reallusion.com/ContentStore/iClone_main.aspx?MenuItem=ic
Google SketchUp Pro combined with 3DXchange quickly produces quality 3D scenes for real-time iClone movie production. Using the simplified modeling tools inside Google SketchUp, users can create and transfrom custom models or content from the popular 3D warehouse into props, accessories or 3D scenes for iClone. Google Earth spotlights models created by SketchUp users and now entire city streets, skyscrapers, landmarks and more can be saved as 3DS and imported into iClone via Google SketchUp pro and the iClone 3DXchange massive model generator.
Google SketchUp Pro + 3DXchange + iClone
Realluison announces the release of a content expansion megatool, 3DXchange offers iClone filmmakers an unlimited content library transforming any 3DS or OBJ file into an iClone prop, accessory or 3D scene. Expand libraries of content instantly with 3DXchange using 3DS or OBJ files from popular software such as, 3D Studio Max, Maya, Daz3D, Poser, Google SketchUp and model libraries like TurboSquid.com and Renderosity. 3DXchange is a utility to also edit models allowing for animating static 3DS models, exporting only certain aspects of 3D models for iClone or changing material settings like glossiness, color, specularity and more. 3DXchange, a massive model generator for iClone is available from Reallusion for $69.95 or take advantage of a special offer for current iClone users for $49.95. More Info…
3DXchange Tutorial – Overview
3DXchange Tutorial – Animated Jeep with moving wheels