Friday, August 7, 2009

Thy Neighbor

As many of you know, I used to make machinima with The Sims 2, until learning about Moviestorm and eagerly switching to that software.

Over the past several months I have been telling people about the potential of Moviestorm, and some people were interested, some were dismissive of it.

It's really hard to describe the potential of a tool using visual media, because let's face it, the key word is "visual" here. In this instance, it is really necessary to show the potential then try to put words to it.

Along comes a movie called "Thy Neighbor", directed by well-known machinima director Phil "Overman" Rice. Although this piece is only a little under 3 minutes long, every second of it is packed with brilliant insight into the potential of this software.

Lighting, cinematography, set design, animation, camera movement, acting and composition all merge in this piece to become something that can easily stand next to anything Hollywood can produce. Watching this movie both inspires and excites me about the future of machinima via Moviestorm, and it also does a bit to humble me, knowing that bar has been raised so wonderfully.

I highly recommend you watch this movie. You can watch it here.

And if you would like to take a shot at making movies that look this stunning, go to the Moviestorm website and download the free base package!

The future of machinima looks better then ever, and thank you Phil for bringing that home to me.