Wiley Publishing brings Hollywood to the home with “Machinima for Dummies”

“For Dummies” publisher announces “Machinima For Dummies”, a Do-It-Yourself guide to using the latest computer graphics technology to make the next Hollywood blockbuster – on a zero budget.

Wiley Publishing is pleased to announce “Machinima For Dummies” (ISBN-13: 9780470096918; $29.99; Pub Date: July, 2007), a DIY guide to using “Machinima” technology, based on computer games, to produce 3D animated motion pictures at a fraction of the cost of conventional filmmaking.

Written by Hugh Hancock, one of the founders of the Machinima movement, and Johnnie Ingram, former editor of Machinima.com, “Machinima For Dummies” will explain, step-by-step, how to go from playing computer games on your PC or Playstation to using those very same games to make movies on the scale of “Lord of the Rings” or “Star Wars” – all in your own home on a zero budget.

“Machinima is a very new movement in filmmaking, and a very exciting one,” says Hancock, who coined the term “Machinima” with programmer Anthony Bailey in 1998 to give a name to the new movement. “Thanks to amazing technology coming out of the computer games industry, it’s now possible for anyone – a sixteen-year-old in their bedroom, a housewife working in between looking after the kids – to make films telling stories of a scale that can rival the greatest Hollywood blockbusters.”

“Machinima is such an exciting amalgamation of topics we publish on in the For Dummies series– graphics, gaming, writing and storyboarding, digital movie editing,” says Melody Layne, Acquisitions Editor at Wiley. “ It\’s really exciting to see players pushing the outer edges of gaming and turning it into a medium for artistic expression. We want to be a part of it.”

“Machinima For Dummies” will provide practical details on how to make films with Machinima in a variety of ways, from “live” puppeted filming in Massively Multiplayer games to program-like “scripting” languages. It will provide an introduction to scriptwriting, storyboarding, cinematography, and all the practical details needed for any filmmaker, in an easy, step-by-step format with practical, real-world examples drawn from popular culture.

Hancock has high hopes for the book. “With ‘Machinima For Dummies’, it is my hope anyone, anywhere will have enough information to finally create the story they’ve always dreamed of. Hollywood be damned.”

“Machinima For Dummies” will be released in Summer 2007 from Wiley Publishing.

About Hugh Hancock

Hugh Hancock was one of the two people who coined the term “Machinima”. Since 1997, he has worked as a producer and director in this new field of animation, working on over 16 films. He is the founder of www.machinima.com and a founding member of the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences.

Hugh has lectured on Machinima on three continents and was described by the Hamburg International Film Festival as “the guru of the Machinima movement”. Currently he is nearing completion on the episodic feature film, BloodSpell, available now from www.bloodspell.com

About Johnnie Ingram

Formerly a professional theatre director, Johnnie retrained in computer sciences in 2004, before joining veteran Machinima production company Strange Company. Since then, he has become one of the mainstays of the Machinima community, working as Editor of Machinima.com, 1st Assistant Director on BloodSpell, and commentating on Machinima in magazines and online.

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