And Now For Something Completely Machinima

March 2021 Machinima History with Ben Grussi

March 05, 2021 Ricky Grove and Phil Rice Season 2 Episode 3
And Now For Something Completely Machinima
March 2021 Machinima History with Ben Grussi
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And Now For Something Completely Machinima
March 2021 Machinima History with Ben Grussi
Mar 05, 2021 Season 2 Episode 3
Ricky Grove and Phil Rice

Machinima's historian, Ben Grussi, looks back over the past couple decades and shares some significant machinima-related events which occurred in the month of March.

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Machinima's historian, Ben Grussi, looks back over the past couple decades and shares some significant machinima-related events which occurred in the month of March.

Ricky Grove:

Ben's gonna tell us a little bit about machinima history, what happened in March in machinima history? What do you got for us today Ben?

Ben Grussi:

Well, history that is one of those things where when you look at it on the surface, it's like, oh, that's not much. But when you look at it, how far it really goes back. You're like, Oh, my God, what have I been missing? So in March, a lot of things is going on that, for example, in March was a milestone for some books notable machinima in the past with Peter Rasmussen's "Killer Robot," that it was being prepared for a DVD release in March. The release date wasn't announced then. But it came to be very popular at the time. Another one was "Anna," done by Fountainhead Entertainment that Phil mentioned last podcast, had reached its 50,000 download threshold, which is very good. Also, we had a article in The New York Times in the way "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" and how it was made. It was also told by the creator that it machinima was the medium was an absolute inspiration for him to create "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" all by himself, and the team that was able to bring it to fruition. So a lot of press was going on at the time. You know, the Boston Globe also was talking about the premiere of Game Over that was on the UPN network. And also the collaboration that the Game Over team was also dealing with Fountainhead Entertainment where they were trying to use the machine machine animator tool to do a tie in with the show, calling it Game Over Machinimation software that was released along with the show's debut. So again, there's a intersecting of trying to cultivate machinima in a different form with the mainstream but also show like with the modding community that it is possible that you can take your IP and allow it to grow naturally with the community at large if you are so inclined to go that route. So your fanboys in your fangirls can, you know go to the next step and the next level of your devotion by creating your own little shows using the assets from the show in that context. Another article that was mentioned right at the end of the month is the Animation World Network also talks about machinima and also has quotes from Hugh Hancock, Katherine Anna King, Jake Hughes, Paul Marino, Frank Dellario, and others and a lot of pictures to explain the story that's going on and also one of Strange Company's projects that was on the on the production line, but unfortunately never was released was a rogue farm film that Hugh was doing with Antics. It was one of Those films that they were trying to do with the Antics software package that was just being announced. And he was trying to definitely incorporate it into his work because they he was planning to remake "Eschaton," with that software to try and give it a, you know, remake and just a redo. But again, unfortunately, that project didn't go past a screenshot that we saw publicly other than, again, back then, the possibilities of anything, you know, we're very lucky to say anything is possible. And anything that was announced was like, we never thought that would happen. So you know, it's very good that stuff like that, at that time, was just really cultivating the community to wonder what what could happen next.

Ricky Grove:

Thanks, Ben.