Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Warmth

New in SNOW, a seating area with interactive firepit for marshmallow toasting. Single and couples animations abound, with up to four folks at the pit.

Find this outside the new snow covered cabin (unfinished walls with lots of filming possibilities).

Stay warm!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tutsy Regains His Crown!

Just announced as I type this from the auditorium:

THE WINNER OF MACHINIMUWA VII: TRANSCENDING BORDERS..... on a remarkable NO DOUBT ABOUT IT 120 points, placing in the top 10 of every single one of the 25 on the judging panel, with EIGHT 1st place votes, FOUR 2nd place votes, FOUR 3rd place votes, ONE 4th place vote and FIVE 5th place votes is:

Tutsy Navarathna.

I picked the top two and am very happy with the winner's list.

Vivi of course (she says knowingly) won second and shared with Erhthro Asimov.  

So close this year. A good one for machinima!

Why Do We Film?

Actually the bigger question is "why do we make art"?  Whether paper, canvas, clay, film or even prims it is often because we have something to say.

I can remember when I was learning to paint; my ideas were way beyond my skill level. Eventually with time and patience my abilities caught up with my visions and I could translate my epiphanies onto paper.  Many years ago I went digital, giving up pigments for bits and bytes. The process is much the same and the raw materials use far less.

It is about half an hour before the UWA awards ceremony. I left myself at the auditorium through the night thinking that if I didn't wake up I could at least capture chat. Lots of course happens in the night when you leave yourself on -- I remember that from the camping days of my youth. So several messages and a ton of new releases were in inbox and inventory as I yawned and blinked my way back to the keys.

We are here to give some gold stars to folks who took the time to impart their ideas, to print them on indelible digital film for posterity. There is skill involved of course. Smooth cams and beautiful Windlight settings help impart the stories.

Still, without something to say ......