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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 ...

Machinima Releases Exclusive John Woo Web Series 7 Brothers

Machinima Releases Exclusive John Woo Web Series 7 Brothers

Machinima and John Woo have teamed to adapt Woo's graphic novel, 7 Brothers, into a web series.  The first four episodes will be exclusively on Machinima, YouTube's top channel.  Written by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and drawn by Jeevan J. Kang (Spider-Man: India), the series is …

Machinima Receives A Billion Views In A Month

Machinima Receives A Billion Views In A Month

Machinima, one of the top channels on YouTube, just announced they reached over a billion views in the month of November, which is pretty staggering.  Also impressive is that they got 116 million unique visitors last month.  So what is the secret of their success?  …

October 2011 Sets Video Viewing Record With 21.1 Hours Per Viewer

October 2011 Sets Video Viewing Record With 21.1 Hours Per Viewer

I pulled out the video advertising and put it into its own article but I still wanted to talk about the rest of the stats that came out of comScore for last month. Like the 21.1 hours per viewer and the 42.6 billion videos both …

Machinima’s Tommy Wi-Show An Exercise In Bad For The Sake of Bad

Machinimas Tommy Wi Show An Exercise In Bad For The Sake of Bad

Last month we talked about Machinima's foray into the genre known as Tommy Wiseau, with the cleverly titled The Tommy Wi-Show.  Wiseau, the modern-day celebrity manufactured by irony, his movie The Room navigating the midnight-screening territory of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, has a perfectly-tailored …

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, …

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