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Machinima ( /məˈʃiːnɨmə/ or /məˈʃɪnɨmə/) is the use of real-time 3D computer graphics rendering engines to create a cinematic production. Most often, video games are used to generate the computer animation. Machinima-based artists, sometimes called machinimists or machinimators, are often fan laborers, by virtue of their re-use of copyrighted materials (see below).
The practice of using graphics engines from video games arose from the animated software introductions of the ...

Dragon Age: Redemption Slays Its Way Onto Machinima

Dragon Age: Redemption Slays Its Way Onto Machinima

There's a chance no one has ever seen Felicia Day as the cleavage-bearing, butt-kicking, flame-haired elf damsel that she was born to play in Dragon Age: Redemption, outside of several recurring dreams of millions of fanboys out there.  Day may be all too painfully aware …

Felicia Day Fans Rejoice: Dragon Age Redemption Premieres October 11

Felicia Day Fans Rejoice: Dragon Age Redemption Premieres October 11

As The Guild winds down its fifth season, Felicia Day fans may be settling in for a long winter, feeling like they have to wait another year before the Internet's sexiest nerd will return for more Guild action, knowing they will have to re-watch Dr. …

Web Series Success Leads To New Mortal Kombat Movie

Web Series Success Leads To New Mortal Kombat Movie

It was only a matter of time.  It all began when TV director Kevin Tancharoen made a short Mortal Kombat film for YouTube called Rebirth, which led to the successful web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy.  Several million views and a DVD release later (set for …

Video Art & Warfare – The Week’s Best Viral Videos & Marketing Lessons

Video Art & Warfare   The Weeks Best Viral Videos & Marketing Lessons

Once a week, I take a little time out from the more serious online video pursuits to compile a round up of the week's best viral videos. Some are from amateurs, some come from brands, and some come from video producers who straddle the line …

Science Fiction & Horror Web Series Try To Claw Into Comedy’s Stronghold

Science Fiction & Horror Web Series Try To Claw Into Comedys Stronghold

Over the past few months, some very intriguing science fiction and horror web series with high production values and mind-bending mysteries at their core have hit the web, seeking out a new audience that doesn't just want comedy 24/7.  Other genres have been sorely misrepresented, …

RCVR Series Is Machinima’s Answer To X-Files And Lost

RCVR Series Is Machinimas Answer To X Files And Lost

New or recycled perspectives on extraterrestrial life will always be the fascination of sci-fi producers everywhere.  Aliens and UFO sightings continue to capture the imagination, and as web series begin to evolve and boost production value, a quality story can be told on the web, …

Machinima To Bring Fanboys What They Want: Lots of Tommy Wiseau

Machinima To Bring Fanboys What They Want: Lots of Tommy Wiseau

Tommy Wiseau has become this generation's type of celebrity: a man who has a cult following for all the wrong reasons, but embraces the attention.  His film The Room makes regular rounds at (often sold out) midnight showings around the country, a movie so uniquely …

How To Create A Web Series Using Popular Content Without Infringing On Copyrights

How To Create A Web Series Using Popular Content Without Infringing On Copyrights

In a previous article titled, "How to Market A Web Series To Generate Interest & Gain Viewers," we talked about a number of ways web series have tried to increase awareness. One of the segments, called "Tie The Web Series to a Companion Piece," discussed …

YouTube Partner Channels Added To comScore Video Metrix for July 2011

YouTube Partner Channels Added To comScore Video Metrix for July 2011

With the July 2011 report, comScore has expanded their monthly video metrix, which tracks online video services and viewers, to include what they call "Select YouTube Partners" (see table below). What that sounds like to me is that they are NOT including all of the …

comScore’s YouTube Partner Reporting Reveals New Media Moguls in the Making

comScores YouTube Partner Reporting Reveals New Media Moguls in the Making

While Mark Robertson and I were busy speaking at SES San Francisco last week, comScore and YouTube rolled out Partner Reporting, a new feature that highlights the dedicated audiences garnered by YouTube content partners.  Since we were tied up talking about "Next Gen YouTube Marketing" …

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