There’s a lengthy interview with me on the subject of the book, what we wanted to add but didn’t, how much work it was, why I got started in Machinima, and more, over at Stranger109 - which is highly recommended anyway, incidentally.
One thorn in our side throughout the writing of MfD was the ongoing lack of a decent video editing package in Open-Source, Windows-friendly form - hence the fact we use Sony Vegas throughout the book. It’s pretty much the only major lack in the Windows Open-Source canon these days - there are 3D modelers, accounts packages, audio editing software, but the only half-decent video editing packages are Linux-only. However, this new package, Viva Video looks promising.
OK, this wasn’t actually the first bookstore sighting of the book (Henry Lowood sent me a message that he’d seen a bunch of MfDs in Stamford about six hours earlier), but it’s the first picture we had of it on shop shelves. So, Jeff L, congratulations, thanks for the photo, and your signed copy will be winging its way out to you very soon.
This is fantastic news: Blizzard have posted their own set of Machinima rules, which are arguably even clearer and allow more than Microsoft’s first draft of their rules. Key points: Their “offensive content” clause is pretty clear: keep it within the T for Teen ESRB rating of WoW. That’s a clear guideline that’s easy to work within. They don’t allow commercial work, but there are exemptions for sponsorship. This is very cool - it’s clear that Blizz’s primary concern is to make sure as many people can see WoW Machinima as possible, and it’s very cool they’re allowing some revenue opportunities within that.
We’re starting to get reviews for the book now, and they’ve been pretty positive so far (at the time of writing, the book is rated 5 stars on Amazon.com). It’s great to read what people think. For us, this book represents several months of ridiculously hard work and stress, and we’re very proud of it. Some reviews have been just awesome. I did a little happy dance when I read this one (by Sean on Amazon.
If you have made a Machinima film in the last year or so, and haven’t submitted it to Machinima Europe, now’s your last chance! All you need to do is fill out a form and give them a URL - that’s it! No cash, no hard copy - you can work out trailers and stuff later. Get your work in there! The deadline’s tomorrow, the 8th.
I’ve got a few comments back from Don McGowan, the author of the Microsoft Gaming Rules, on various points people have raised and questions they’ve asked. (If you’re wondering what the hell these “Gaming Rules” are and why Machinima for Dummies seems to have suddenly become a law blog, read this summary to get the latest. ) First, and most importantly, they’re putting together a standard contact if you’re interested in enquiring about commercial licensing.
Right then. The book’s out, as you’re no doubt aware. That’s not the end of the story as far as we’re concerned, though. Oh no. We’re intending to support the book with additional and updated content, and lots more, on this site. We’ve got a few ideas already, but we want to know what you think. What would you like to see on this site? We’re already planning to add forums, as well as releasing new content every so often.
As of about five hours ago, Machinima for Dummies is available from both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. So, order it now! And remember, there’s a free signed copy waiting for the first person to give me a picture of the book on shop shelves! We’ve already gotten a review on Amazon.com. Unfortunately, it’s from someone who hasn’t even read the book, but “reviewed” us purely on the basis that Second Life wasn’t mentioned in the back cover blurb.
As promised in the book, here are the URLs for all of the films we list in the Part of Tens (and a few more we just like). Feel free to suggest other “must-watch” Machinima pieces in the comments, of course. Anna Streaming Download Hardly Workin’ Official Site Alternate Site with Streaming The Internet Is For Porn Streaming BloodSpell Official Site The Snow Witch Official Site Red vs Blue Official Site