Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mucking around with machinima

I'm spending my morning reading about machinima--a topic and practice that fascinates me--and thought I'd just mention two resources to you that you might find interesting.

The first is MovieStorm, a free-to-download animation engine you can use to create movies. I've mucked around a little with this software in the past and lost a good many pleasant hours doing so.

The second is a game you play to generate your sets and actors and props for making machinima. The game is The Movies. You do have to buy it, but having used it in the past myself with teachers, I find it a marvellous resource to have, especially in classrooms where the internet connection is too dodgy to effectively use, say Second Life, to create machinima. has en entire channel devoted to The Movies machinima if you'd like to get a sense of what can be done with this game/animation software.

1 comment:

  1. Over the weekend, I browsed the MovieStorm website and took a basic introduction tour to discover more about the program. I also visited and what a site indeed! It was shocking to see how realistic some of these videos are in comparison to movies/shows we watch on television or in the theater. It completely amazes and astonishes me to see how much there is out there in terms of new media/ digital literacies and the world of Web 2.0. Though, I will admit that I am anxious and excited to utilize many of these programs in my classroom; I know it will take time and practice. However, having knowledge of these resources will prove to be a success in the future in terms of enhancing students' awareness of new media/digital literacies as well as incorporating students' "out-of-school" experiences with literacy into the classroom. Thank you again for the new resources!

    Erika Pavlecka 11/1/09