Machinima For Dummies

Machinima For Dummies

Book Description
Use this book to learn how you can, at little or no expense, make virtually any movie using Machinima. The authors guide you from making your first Machinima movie to a grounding in both conventional filmmaking and Machinima technology that will let you tackle very complex film projects.The book focuses on the following Machinima platforms:
  • The Sims 2: Arguably the most popular Machinima platform of all time, The Sims 2 allows you to tell stories ranging from romance to noir action.
  • World Of Warcraft: Tell your own tales of heroism in the world of Azeroth, following in the footsteps of award-winning Machinima creators and even the makers of South Park.
  • Medieval 2: Total War - This astonishing new game allows you to create Lord of the Rings-scale medieval battle films using just a home computer!
  • MovieStorm: For the first time, unleash the power of Machinima as a professional user using a fully-featured, fully-licensed commercial Machinima platform.
You'll be introduced to all aspects of Machinima production, from live filming in a game through the creation of sets, props and characters, as well as the basics of cinematography, storytelling and sound design.


Part I: Introducing Machinima
Chapter 1: Getting to Know Machinima
Chapter 2: Your First Machinima Movie

Part II: Getting Serious
Chapter 3: Filmmaking 101
Chapter 4: Storytelling and Scriptwriting
Chapter 5: Engines, Engines Everywhere
Chapter 6: Making Your World: Set Design and Texturing
Chapter 7: The Casting Couch: In-Engine Character Design in The Sims 2
Chapter 8: Cut! Directing Machinima with The Sims 2
Chapter 9: Get Out the Scissors: Editing Machinima
Chapter 10: Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Distributing Your Movie

Part III: Advanced Machinima Creation
Chapter 11: Massively Multiplayer Machinima: World of Warcraft
Chapter 12: Lord of the Rings on $50 — Mass Battles with Medieval II: Total War
Chapter 13: Noise! Sound Design and Recording for a Great Film
Chapter 14: Get It Out There! Publicizing Your Movie
Chapter 15: You’re Nicked, My Son: Machinima and the Law

Part IV: The Final Frontier: Pro Machinima
Chapter 16: Making Things That Don’t Exist: 3D Modeling and Animation
Chapter 17: A Storm Is Brewing: Moviestorm
Chapter 18: Build a Better Mousetrap: Going Beyond Engine Limitations
Chapter 19: Pro Machinima?

Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 20: Ten Machinima Films You Must Watch
Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Ruin Your Machinima Movie
Chapter 22: Ten Machinima Sites to Bookmark

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