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.


Overman said...

Wow, Armanus, thank you so much. My own inspiration has been so generously fueled by other creators in this machinima thing over the years, it's really great to hear that I've returned the favor to the community.

Armanus said...

No no, thank YOU sir.
One of the great things about the machinima community is the synergy of seems that we all in a way fuel each other. There comes a point when someone releases a movie that raises the bar and says "this is what you can do", and this movie is one of those.
I have to say I've long admired your movies, and I wouldn't be surprised if you have inspired many others with what you have produced.

IceAxe said...

Thy Neighbor is indeed a visual feast. The problem I have with Overman's movies is that they're all great - where'd you start?