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Rooster Teeth tonight, 6.45pm, Aquarius Theater

Tonight Rooster Teeth, the makers of Red vs. Blue: Blood Gulch Chronicls and The Strangerhood, will have a special showing of their work, followed by Q&A with some cast members, tonight. This will take place at the Aquarius Theater in Palo Alto, starting at 6.45pm.

You can read a full description of the event, which has the endearing title, "Cock Byte: Masters of Machinima." At least you now know where the name Rooster Teeth came from.

Ill Clan in The Movies

The new spotlight item at the Machinima Archive surprised me when I first saw an e-mail from Frank Dellario about it: The venerable Ill Clan, or at least part of it, working in Lionhead's The Movies to make "Loving You (and Drinking Beer)". Not in Quake 4, or Torque, but in The Movies. Well, it just goes to show that you can teach an old machinima clan new tricks.

Georgia Tech Machinima Group

Michael Nitsche and the Georgia Tech Machinima Group have launched a new site. The Group is "dedicated to the exploration and development of the full potential of machinima in both the technical and artistic arenas."

"Nothing Compares2u" from Dxvid

There has been a lot of excitement about FacePoser 2 in the machinima community. It has clearly opened up some interesting possibilities for machinima, ranging from facial expression to lip synching. Randall Glass touched on some of the potential in "A Few Good G-Men.."

Linden Lab Fellowship for Visual and Performing Arts

This just in from Linden Lab, the makers of Second Life.  Henry

"I'm very excited to announce that Linden Lab is offering its first fellowship in visual and performing arts for creative innovation in Second Life.

Tristan Pope's "Deity"

Another spotlight on a recent addition to the Machinima Archive: Tristan Pope's "Deity." "Deity" is a clever parody of the Apple Macintosh "switch" advertising campaign, inspired by the common practice of switching character races and classes in World of Warcraft. Instead of switching from a PC to a Mac, the player switches from a Human Paladin to a Troll Shaman!

Community Players in Tucson

Just returned from a short trip to the University of Arizona, where I gave two guest lectures on Jan. 18.

New "spotlight item" @ Machinima Archive

Feisar's "June" is the new spotlight pick at the Machinima Archive. Feisar is a member of the Georgia Tech machinima group, and this is a nice bit of work in Half-Life 2.

Find "June" here.

The Machinima Reader

CfP: The Machinima Reader

Edited by Henry Lowood and Michael Nitsche

The Machinima Reader will assemble the first collection of essays to critically review the phenomenon of Machinima from a wide variety of perspectives.

ILL Clan Survives Machinima Performance at Stanford!

I'm just back from the Ill Clan's live performance at Stanford this evening. Actually, the half-hour live performance was preceded by a roughly 45 minute introductory presentation by Paul Marino, one of the co-founders of the Ill Clan. In this presentation, he presented a few general ideas by way of introduction, then showed a dozen or so clips from a range of machinima styles and uses, such as dance movies, commercial spots, artistic movies, early machinima, etc.

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