BiggsTrek’s summary below is somewhat modest. An excellent machinima adaptation of Lovecraft’s “The Haunter of the Dark,” BiggsTrek’s film won this year’s Grand Prize at the 2011 Machinima Expo as well as the Audience Award. They are well-earned honors. There is not a single element that stands out that makes this film work. There rarely is with good films. It is the fusion of many elements. It is based on the foundation of a very good script adaptation joined by fantastic camera work, fine editing, extraordinary music and sound and, finally, outstanding voice acting led by Richard Grove. When there are so many strengths, it is not difficult to understand why I watched transfixed by the unfolding story. I do not state this lightly or with the intent of hollow praise. Unlike many, I am not a loyal reader of H.P. Lovecraft. Yet, this machinima tale had me glued to the end. That is a testament to how well BiggsTrek brought the tale “The Haunter of the Dark” to our screens.
“The Haunter of the Dark,” the 2011 Machinima Expo Grand Prize and Audience Award Winner.
H.P.Lovecraft’s “The Haunter Of The Dark” is brought to life in this iClone animation.
Starring Richard Grove as Robert Blake, JetCityWoman as Miss Blake, K4 as the Coroner’s Physician, Cecil_Evans as Dr Dexter, Fulkster as Franco the Shopkeeper, GoofParade as Edwin Lillibridge and Killian as Patrolman Monohan.
Music by BiggsTrek, Sound Design by Richard Grove.
Directed by BiggsTrek
From Ricky Grove we have a must view! If you missed it at the Expo, here it is for your convenience… and mine. Are you really doing anything more useful in the next ten minutes? I didn’t think so.
A quick 10 minute how-to-fix 4 problem areas for voice recordings sent to machinima director. Created for use as part of the Sunday programming for the 2011 Machinima Expo.
What are you doing here? You really want to go here. You can always come back here later. I’ll keep the lights on.
The 4th annual 2011 Machinima Expo (MachinExpo) will take place on the weekend of the 19th and 20th November 201 in the virtual world of Second Life™ (www.secondlife.com) and live on the web (www.machinima-expo.com). The Festival celebrates the art of Machinima, which is 3D animation created in real-time. The MachinExpo will feature screenings, panel discussions, interviews and opportunities to meet and learn from machinima filmmakers all over the world.
191 machinima films were submitted to this year’s Expo. Four films will be selected by a hand-picked jury, One film will win the Grand prize and 3 will win Jury prizes. The prizes will be announced during the weekend events. A selection of the other submitted films will be screened during the expo as well as the week running up to and the week after the event. All films will stream 24/7 at the Expo web portal (www.machinima-expo.com).
There is no cost to attend the Expo either within Second Life or to watch via the live steam web portal. If you’ve never been to Second Life before, it is recommended you download the free software and try it out before you attend.
The weekend event is being sponsored by Muvizu (www.muvizu.com), Reallusion (www.reallusion.com) and the machinima filmmaker Anim8tor Cathy (www.undisclosedstudio.com). They all have made generous donations to help provide with the running costs and prizes at this year’s Machinima Expo.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the MachinExpo is collaborating with the New Media Film Festival (www.newmediafilmfestival.com), a real-life festival taking place in Los Angeles in May 2012, the Expo’s films selected by the screening jury will be also screened at the New media Film Festival.
[Source: MachinExpo 2011]
The mission is simple- Make the winning 30-second to 2-minute promo for the 2011 edition of MachinExpo and they give you $100. There will also be a second-place prize to be announced later. For full details, requirements, etc. go to their blog announcement.
MachinExpo and The New Media Festival have joined forces to enhance both the MachinExpo in Second Life and the real-life New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles.
On the weekend of the 19th and 20th November 2011 the 4th annual Machinima Expo (MachinExpo) takes place in the Second Life™ virtual world and streamed live to the web. There will be screenings, panel discussions, interviews and opportunities to meet and learn from filmmakers all over the world.
During the month of May 2012, the 3rd annual New Media Film Festival will take place in Los Angeles, featuring the best creative content crossing screens from silver to mobile. The event is founded and directed by Susan Johnston. This festival has been quoted as being “Sundance for the Facebook Crowd”.
The partnership between the MachinExpo and the New Media Festival will enhance both events:
- New Media will be adding a Machinima Category to the New Media Film Festival.
- All Jury films from the Expo entered automatically free of charge.
- $40 entry fee (discount available)
- Films selected into New Media Film Festival compete for over $25,000 in quality prizes and are considered for distribution contract from an Award Winning Distribution Partner at the 3rd Annual New Media Film Festival which will take place in Los Angeles in May 2012.
- Machinima filmmakers will have their movies reach a wider audience which Includes Industry Leaders and Entertainment Companies. Judges include Pixar, UTA & IL&M
For more information see http://blog.machinima-expo.com/ and
-New Media Film Festival Founder and Director Susan Johnston
-MachinExpo Publicity Scott Hather
I saw this over at Overman’s blog and had to embed it here. A fun way of making or reporting an machinima announcement. And I’m glad to see someone putting the new Moviestorm Restaurant Dining package to good use.
It looks like entries are being accepted from June 1, 2010 to August 31, 2010. More information can be found at the MachinExpo blog site. This is a competition or festival you should seriously consider a must… if your film is ready.