As most of you will know, Hugh and I have been working pretty closely with Short Fuze, the makers of Moviestorm, over the course of Machinima For Dummies. As well as bundling a copy of Moviestorm on the book’s cover disk, we devoted two large sections of the book to Moviestorm. We also wrote some of the documentation for one of their early beta releases. We did all this because, quite simply, Moviestorm rocks.
Well, this is exciting! A tip from the inimitable Moo Money at yesterday’s Machinima Talk event led me to Opensimulator.org, which appears to be a fairly successful attempt to build an open-source, publically-runnable Second Life server. As we mention in the book, having the ability to run an SL server locally will make a huge difference in terms of its usability for Machinima creation. (For those who haven’t heard, we find Second Life interesting and potentially great for Machinima, but it does have a LOT of problems as a Machinima platform right now.
Apologies for the quiet this week. I’m working on the final cut of BloodSpell and Johnnie’s moving house, so we’re a bit preoccupied. More stuff next week, I hope.
Machinima For Dummies gets its most comprehensive review yet over at Stranger109. Well worth a read.
Well, it had to happen sooner or later, and the chances were pretty high that it was sooner. I’d like to claim the prize for reporting the first mistake in the book. I’m aware that this may just be because the rest of you are too polite to tell us about the miriad of mistakes you’ve already found, but your timidity is our gain. It’s not a biggie, but it’s still worth mentioning:
If you’ve read the first chapter of the book (either by buying a copy like a good boy/girl or by reading it for free online), you’ll have read Hugh’s account of the birth of the word machinima. If you’d like to hear the story as told by the man on the other end of the confusion, the original email exchange has recently surfaced from the frighteningly-organised hard drive of machinima legend Anthony Bailey.
Whilst they aren’t up on the official festival page yet, the nominations for Machinima Europe, which is effectively the top Machinima film festival this year, have been announced over on the Machinima Europe Facebook group - you can also see them over at Machinima Premiere. It’s a fairly broad list, with very few films receiving more than a few nominations. Four pictures/series have three nominations each - ‘Stolen Life’, ‘Faith, Hope and Charity’, ‘Pictures of War 2’, and the series ‘Blink’ (which I can’t find online anywhere - anyone?
Wow, the reviews are really rolling in - we’re up to four five-star reviews on Amazon.com now! And Fulkster has made this short video review using Moviestorm, too! Awesome stuff. Next week: some content that isn`t Johnnie and me going “OMG, people like the book!” Promise.
Not everybody will be aware that Wiley (the publishing company responsible for the … For Dummies series) regularly provide sample chapters from their titles on their website. Machinima For Dummies is no exception: you can read the first chapter, as well as perusing the contents and the index, at Wiley’s website. Of course, a mere $19.79 will get you every single chapter plus a DVD packed full of Machinima-related goodness including a complete Machinima creation environment …
Damien Valentine emails us to let us know that the book’s now available in the UK with no wait! So, grab it now! (We’ll be more than happy to autograph books at Machinima Europe, as well as doing an official bookstore signing there). Also, a short apology to the Neverending Nights guys. We did of course mean to say that they made (and make) NeN in their garage, not their bedroom.