Thursday, May 25, 2006, 12:08 PM - MachinimaMike and I did some prep work for the Machinima course last night before he made his way to Elpaso. In the week or so leading up to ST, we're going to be creating a series of Machinima shorts, breathing life into otherwise boring textbook materials that we really want to cover. This year, aside from the whole improv bit, one of our goals is to up the cinematic quality of your films, and to do so we need to teach some traditional film and animation techniques. We're not going as deep into it as the Digital Film course, but we are going to make you do story boards before your project is green-lit for production. The focus last year was loose, I mostly let everyone run wild and only acted as a producer in a few cases, this year is different, you have to get approvals for everything you want to present at the film festival.
Before anyone goes crazy and on wild tangents here, youíre still the directors, the writers, the actors, your story is yours alone, your style is yours to hone in and wield, weíre just going to be the mean producers and keep you on the road to a successful presentation. You can tell any story (within camp rules) in any way, with any game and tools available. We are here to help you plan, produce, and edit, and weíre not going to let you settle for anything less than your best.
Plus, now we really have some compition this year, not only are the flash punks gunning for us, we've got the Digital Filmmakers too, we cannot let them steal the show! VICTORY OR DEATH! VICTORY OR DEATH!