Machinima | In Soviet Russia

Ever so subtle critique of Soviet Russia through the wonderfully creative medium of machinima:

Vodpod videos no longer available.And what is machinima?

Machinima is to film-making what mash-up is to music. Take your favourite computer game, make your own characters, your own plot, your own dialogue, and edit it all together into your own original film, with no need for real live actors (or their makeup artists, favourite drinks and bad moods). Or take your favourite song and make a music video using the characters from your computer game. Groups can collaboratively produce a film – some participants are the sound engineers, some do the story board, others shoot the film. This process is not as complex as it sounds. All you need is:

  1. Computer (PC or Apple Mac or …)
  2. Computer game (commercially purchased or freeware)
  3. Fraps (which is open source — or any other software which can record your video screen. The Fraps website offers a demo version which has limited usability, but an old freeware version which can do pretty much everthing is still available from Chip online)
  4. Video editing software (all computers running on Windows should have Windows Movie Maker; there are also commercially available software programmes, such as Final Cut Express or Julit. NB: old versions of Julit are available for as little as 10 Euros)
  5. Your ideas

With these ingredients, a machinima need not take too long to make. Basically:

  • (1) think of story ideas,
  • (2) start the computer game,
  • (3) turn on Fraps (one click and it records everything you see on your screen),
  • (4) make the characters do actions you want in your film,
  • (5) open the video editing software,
  • (6) drag the Fraps video clips into the editing software (as simple as copy and paste),
  • (7) cut out the bits you don’t want,
  • (8) add the soundtrack you would like (voice and/or music).
  • Voila.
  • Perhaps also (9) play with some special effects.

NB. The only problem with Windows Movie Maker is that it only has one audio track. This means you can have either music or a voice speaking. Can make some good music videos though. Easy Rider:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Check ‘Internet is for porn’ for more music. Or McCain’s promise to continue his election campaign, even though he lost.

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