Using games as animation for movies: My attempt

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  1. Jason Harbaugh

    Jason Harbaugh Cinematographer

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    I've gotten into the new 'machinima' craze of using a video game engine to animate a film. Much like Red vs. Blue I went with the short episode route, and I have an entire story that will be told. I'm using Battlefield: Vietnam as my game to tell the story.

    So far I have two episodes up, with a new one coming each week. I've captured all of the footage by myself using 3 computers at the same time. Not an easy task. [​IMG] I have a friend that has been helping me with some of the voices. And as things get more complicated I'll get some help controlling extra characters.

    I'm just starting at this kind of thing and the first episode is a little rough, the second is getting better. I just found out about a movie edition mod of Vietnam so I'll use that to capture the footage from Episode IV on.

    Let me know what you think:
    http://www.lynxfx.com/drafted.php

    Has anyone else tried to do something like this? I was really surprised to learn of the huge community out there that makes these videos.
     
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    I made one for my MOHAA clan but with no real theme other than just funny/action clips of us playing. I used Fraps also. To keep it on a long time though would fill my 2nd HD so I started using an outboard S-VHS VCR to just record 24/7 during matches or casual play. Re-capture the good parts back to computer. Plus now I can get our Teamspeak conversations.

    I've seen some movies made and they're always funny. [​IMG] Ok just saw yours the 2nd one was pretty hilarious. The guy with the binocs was a real trip!

    Is the movie edition mod like the option in Call of Duty to record gameplay not as movie frames but as in-game data? I loved this feature when I used it, the file sizes are real small so you record more liberally. Too bad I don't like COD.

    PS- that's a slick PHP style, did you make it yourself?
     
  3. Jason Harbaugh

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    Thanks Scott. Fraps definitely is a space hog. A gig per minute is what I usually see when using it. I use a seperate 120gig hard drive to store all of the captures and edits so it has been working out fine so far.

    Do you have any of yours online?

    The movie edition is just a mod that puts 'camera' vehicles on all the maps. You get in them and it is basically a free roam camera with different options such as tilt, pan, rotate, and different zoom speeds. It will be extremely useful on maps where I was just using a second helicopter to record shots.

    And yeah I made the style, but I saw a similar one on another site and liked that so designed it around it.

    Everyone is really liking the Sarg. Guess I'll need to bring him back for another episode. [​IMG]
     
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    It's been a while but here it is:

    Video

    I've been working on the 2nd on & off, about half done.
     
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    Cool, I loved MoHAA. I like how you timed the gun shots to the beat at the beginning. [​IMG]
     
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    hehe yeah I remember that one. Pretty funny stuff. [​IMG]
     
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    Hey Jason,

    Just saw your video. It's pretty funny stuff. It reminds me of those GI Joe voiceover cartoons that were floating around the net awhile back.

    And since on the topic of game movies, does anyone have a link to the Rainbow 6 video where it shows weird and buggy ways of dying?

    The Halo/Matrix was pretty sweet too. The people involved must have real patience to do something of that length.
     
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    Jason, I just read this thread for my first time. Watched your videos.

    Awesome! You are doing an incredible job. Much better than Red vs Blue. Well, theirs seemed more professional yours has an edge in better humor.

    So far so good. Keep the episodes coming. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks guys! That red vs blue thing is very flattering. :b

    I'm supposed to be working on ep-4-6 right now but my voice talent is MIA!

    I've also decided to mix it up a bit and do all of the dialogue as improv vs scripted. Ep II and III were technically that way. I think it flows better. Anyway I'll keep this thread up to speed with the new episodes.
     
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    Just finished Episode IV: Survivor Vietnam

    You can check it out by clicking on the link in my sig. Longest episode yet! [​IMG]

    We managed to record audio for the next 6 episodes so I should be able to get those out a lot quicker than before and keep up with my 1 a week plan. Let me know what you think.
     
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    Haha! That was great. Keep the episodes coming, Jason.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]



    "Ya know now...I'm startin' to git a hankerin' fer those pertatoes that the sarge was talkin' about. I didn't really care about them before but now... heh, they sound pretty good."


    ROFL! I love it.
     

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