Machinima is “filmmaking within a real-time, 3D virtual environment, often using 3D video-game technologies.” The 2005 Machinima Film Festival just ended and the people at Rooster Teeth came away with three awards. Congrats Roosterteeth!
If you haven’t seen machinima, then you are missing out on a very entertaining suite of short films. These films use game engines to make the movie. Some of the films, like Red vs. Blue and The Strangerhood use the characters and the environment as is (mostly). The film is made by acting out a script using the game characters. Red vs. Blue is acted out using Halo characters. The Strangerhood is acted out using the Sims as the engine. I think that Red vs. Blue is very funny. Ena said, “I think you must need to play those games to find this entertaining”. Could be a guy thing.
A different genre of machinima make new characters and lands for the game engine. The Journey is a machinima that was built on the Unreal Tournament 2003 engine but you would never guess that. It looks like hand-drawn pencil animation.
Head over the festival site, to Machinima.com and to Rooster Teeth and download some machinima. Good fun small films for your computer.