Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The French Democracy |

Via Boing Boing.

It's been out for a couple of days but I've only just had a chance to see it.

I've mentioned Machinima (using game engines to create video narratives) in the past, but this one kind of steps beyond what's been made so far.

Lionhead Studios has just released a new game called "The Movies". It's ostensibly a Sims type game where you play the part of a Movie Studio Executive, building the company from the early silent film days to the modern day. All well and good, but the fun part comes from the extras. It gives you the tools to create your own animated feature, complete with camera movements, characters, backdrops, music, etc.

From here on I'll let Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing talk about it...

The French Democracy is a political film about France's riots, made in machinima with the new video game The Movies -- a game whose objective is to make machinima films.

The French Democracy is a little rough around the edges, unashamedly political and one-sided, and could use some work on the pacing, but it's also a stirring piece of political filmmaking, created using a $50 piece of software intended to enable its users to become one-person animation auteurs.

Most machnima is silly, or porny, or violent -- but this is real political stuff, the kind of thing the First Amendment was invented for. It's a real milestone in machinima history.

UPDATE: I also remembered seeing something similar on another site and have just found it. Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, writes on his blog "The Long Tail" about his and his kids' initial experiences with "The Movies" and Machinima in general.

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