What is machinima?

A couple people have asked what the term machinima means, seeing as it’s the focus of our Black Tie & Blues party tomorrow. While I’m sure that Kronos Kirkorian will go into it in more depth vis a vis the Second Life experience, permit me to offer a link to the Wikipedia entry on machinima:

Machinima (pronounced [mə.ˈʃiː.nə.mə] or [mə.ˈʃɪ.nə.mə]), a portmanteau of machine cinema or machine animation, is both a collection of associated production techniques and a film genre defined by those techniques. As a production technique, the term concerns the rendering of computer-generated imagery (CGI) using real-time, interactive (game) 3D engines, as opposed to high-end and complex 3D animation software used by professionals. Engines from first-person shooter and role-playing simulation video games are typically used. Consequently, the rendering can be done in real-time using PCs (either using the computer of the creator or the viewer), rather than with complex 3D engines using huge render farms. As a film genre, the term refers to movies created by the techniques described above.

That’s just the first paragraph of the long entry. If this topic interests you, there’s a lot to read!

The red carpet is rezzed….

Black Tie - words

We’re just about ready for tomorrow’s Black Tie & Blues party to celebrate the release of Kronos Kirkorian’s new Oyster Bay machinima.   Thought you would enjoy seeing what the place looks like with only a few dance animation balls left to set out:

Red carpet 1

Red carpet 2

Can’t wait for the party to start!  Tell your friends, and arrive early as the sim will likely fill up quickly…