Blizzard Wants To Give You Cash For Machinima.
Okay, first off, what is "Machinima?" I asked too and this is what
Ethec found for me:
So, what is Machinima?
Machinima (muh-sheen-eh-mah) is filmmaking within a real-time, 3D virtual
environment, often using 3D video-game technologies.
In an expanded definition, it is the convergence of filmmaking, animation
and game development. Machinima is real-world filmmaking techniques applied
within an interactive virtual space where characters and events can be either
controlled by humans, scripts or artificial intelligence.
By combining the techniques of filmmaking, animation production and the technology
of real-time 3D game engines, Machinima makes for a very cost- and time-efficient
way to produce films, with a large amount of creative control.
Yeah, that helped a little bit. Anyway, Shacknews
has some info about a contest being held by Blizzard and a few other companies
affiliated with WoW:
Among those who make animated short films using overdubbed footage from games
(machinima), Blizzard's World of Warcraft already gets a lot of play. Now,
there's an official contest sponsored by Blizzard, Xfire, and a number of
other companies for WoW-based machinima. It doesn't seem to be in honor of
anything in particular; the three open categories are Dance, Comedy, and Drama.
Five prizes will be awarded for each category. An additional ten prizes will
be awarded for special categories including Best Music, Best Dialog, Best
Action Scene, Best Pun or Line, and Best Editing and Special Effects. A special
prize will also be awarded to a selected movie among all valid contest entrants.
Entries must be submitted by January, 21st 2006.
The combined prizes reach a total value of over $10,000, and are mainly made
up of PC components and accessories from the sponsor companies. There's also
an Xbox 360 in there for good measure. So, if you're into that kind of thing,
get to it.
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