Leo Lucien follows the much talked about Machinima, “BEAST,” with a new movie filmed using iClone and that takes a light hearted look at the search for the perfect communal companion in, “Roommate Wanted.” The Binary Picture Show’s “BEAST” became a highly acclaimed Machinima movie portraying two characters we were instantly consumed with by their captivating emotional expression and facial animation generated by Leo using Reallusion’s CrazyTalk.
“CrazyTalk gave me the ability to do some great facial animation that would have been very difficult and time consuming in many other tools,” said Leo about using CrazyTalk in his studio.
Now, Binary Picture Show explores filmmaking with iClone after the successful addition of CrazyTalk to their arsenal. Already an iClone producer, Leo migrated his popular GNews with Lady Mainframe to iClone in 2007 and expanded the show to multiple monthly episodes improving production speed by filming in the iClone 3D real-time studio. Lady Mainframe and the Binary Picture Show rivaled most any G4 avataresque news or host and provided viewers with an entertaining update on video games and gaming technology.
The Binary Picture Show’s dedication to quality Machinima is one of the many fine reasons our art form is on the rise both among the ranks of the converted and also spreading to the masses in the mainstream.
“Roommate Wanted,” produced in association with Reallusion, features many out-of-box capabilities with iClone and additional content packs able to be added to the basic iClone library.
The London Film Academy’s Digital Film VFX Certificate Program introduces students to previsualization techniques with iClone. Alan Marques, instructor and Visual Effects pro talks about how iClone is used at the London Film Academy in this video.
Alan Marques has 23 years experience in the digital special effects industry, VFX Supervisor, and Lead Tutor on LFA’s new Digital Film VFX Course, has over 30 feature film and television credits to his name including “GoldenEye”, “Seven Years in Tibet” and Werner Herzog’s “Invincible”. He has worked for a number of high-end visual effects companies including The Magic Camera Company, Artem Digital and Terry Gilliam’s Peerless Camera Company. He is a member of The Visual Effects Society and the BKSTS and has lectured to industry professionals for a number of years.
iClone adds connectivity to over 200,000 free 3D models with Google 3D Warehouse and new content packs featuring user-made character models. 3DXchange 2 features compatibility with Google SKP 3D models which are created with the free and easy to use 3D modeling tool, Google SketchUp. Google SKP compatibility with 3DXchange 2 expands evey iClone filmmakers library with free access to over 200,000 3D models available for download on the Google 3D Warehouse. Connect and search the Google 3D Warehouse for the perfect model to complete your iClone scenes directly from iClone 3DXchange 2 with the built-in Google 3D Warehouse browser.
iClone 3DXchange 2.0 is available through the Reallusion website.
Reallusion continues to release model content packs produced in-house and by iClone power-users.
Recent additions to the iClone online content store: iClone City Elements content pack: 100+ models from Reallusion more info
A Touch of the Orient: Cool Creators more info A touch of Africa v.1 – Cool Creators more info
New York based comedy group Olde English known for their super-viral video shorts enlist iClone machinimaker, M.D. McCallum to generate the iClone powered game footage of the fictitious, “Kill Jim Liebowitz,” video game. Olde English describes their latest short saying, “Video game violence must be stopped! Get behind Republican Senator Jim Liebowitz’s crusade to end the virtual bloodshed before it gets personal!” Following the recent showcase of Second Life on CBS and NBC, Olde English comedy group is another example of mainstream entertainment incorporating Machinima to engage their audience.
Reallusion announces the release of iClone 2.5 including features for direct picking and object movement inside the 3D preview window, Camera enhancements and Character linkage with Objects for easy character interactivity. iClone 2.5 is a free upgrade now available to all Reallusion forum subscribers and set to release to everyone on 10/22/07. Feature details and video tutorials below…
‧Double click to select and edit characters, accessories and props from inside the 3D preview window.
‧Objects selected in the 3D window will automatically be highlighted and corresponding Modify panels will be opened.
‧Direct move and rotate any picked objects using hotkeys – move: alt + arrow keys, rotate: ctrl + left/right, up and down: ctrl + up/down.
2. Add Linkage between Objects and Characters
‧Characters can be seated in moving cars, mounted to ride a horse, bike or any vehicle.
‧Characters linked to moving objects will animate while following the motion of the object which they are linked to.
‧Characters or props can be linked to other characters, accessories or props so the position, scale and rotation data applies to both parent and child objects.
3. Realistic Horse Props & Motions
‧One highly detailed horse featuring 2 sample LiveProp animations and saddle.
‧Project includes the “Link-to” Linkage feature showing the link relationship between characters and props.
‧For complete Horse pack content with 3 types of horses, 13 walks, canters, and running horse motions, full saddle sets and riders’ motion pack, checkout the complete Horse & Tack Theme Pack.
4. Large Scene Camera & Camera Snap hot-keys
‧Press the “E” key to quickly auto level the camera back to the upright position if the camera gets tilted.
‧Press the “F” key to zoom the camera view to the front of the selected object.
‧Press the “Home” key to view the selected object from top right position.
‧Rotate and orbit camera to the “F” or “Home” keys focused objects.
‧Camera templates for medium, large and extremely large scale scenes. Film large cityscapes, terrains, architecture and more.
‧Large camera templates remove the error of sky clipping issues.
5. Enhance character motions with BSM (Bone System Modification)
‧Use a BSM file to fix motion distortion problems caused by applying motion data from a different bone scale base (G1 Characters applied with G2 character motions, or different scaled character using standard motion data)
‧Advanced motion tuning access with customization of Bone System Modification script (txt) files to create personalized character settings.
iClone 2.5 includes one Thoroughbred Horse as a Bonus Prop showcasing the ‘Link-to’ feature. An all New Horse Collection Pack debuts in the Content Store 10/22.
The horse contains two motions for your entertainment.
If you need a complete solution for horse animation,
please also check out the “Horse & Tack Theme Pack”.
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The first European Machinima Festival opened with a mass of Machinima film submissions showcasing the growth of the craft and films produced since the 2006 AMAS Machinima Festival in New York.
Official Machinima Festival Trailer (Made in iClone)
Among those films screened and nominated for awards, Reallusion products are showcased in 4 productions featured during the weekend long event in Leicester, England. Machimakers who chose CrazyTalk as the facial animation engine to power their productions included: BEAST – The Binary Picture Show, ONLY – Zarathustra Studios, The Grid Review – Electric Sheep Company and the offical trailer for the European Machinima Festival was created with iClone Studio.
The Festival events include film screenings, discussion panels and the coveted awards for outstanding achievement in Machinima filmmaking. I was invited to present Reallusion’s CrazyTalk and iClone in the Machinima Tools panel discussion accompanied by Hugh Hancock of Strange Company, Friedrich Kirschner of MovieSandbox and Matt Kelland of Moviestorm. Since the festival was being held in Leicester and I was unable to make the jaunt, I connected via webcam over the Operator11.com broadcasting site to address the 250 attendees and take part in the event. Discussion of dedicated Machinima software, tools interoperability, the role of game engines and the future of Machinima were among the topics addressed by the panel. A complete video of my live cam presenatation can be seen below. Good luck to all nominees and congratulations to AMAS on another successful Machinima milestone.
Operator11 webcam broadcast – (avatar fps did not record well) http://images.operator11.com/swf/o11player.swf
iClone Machinima Filmmaking Demo: http://video.stage6.com/1736048/.divx
Machinima, the emerging media movement where minimal studios produce maximum entertainment registered another milestone this week with the release of, ‘BEAST,’ by the Binary Picture Show.
BEAST opens as a kidnapped man wakes up bound in a mysterious room, knowing nothing of his captor, or indeed why he is there, setting the stage for a killer cinematic thrill.
Most Machinima films rely on in-game effects, fighting and heavy action missing the connection of true character emotion to the audience. BEAST not only connects to the audience, it grips, twists and shakes. Congratulations to the Binary Picture Show on a truly landmark film. Reallusion is honored to have such an accomplished example of CrazyTalk within BEAST. “Crazytalk gave me the ability to do some great facial animation that would have been very difficult and time consuming in many other tools.” – Leo Lucien-Bay, BEAST creator.
The release of BEAST took place on Sunday Sept 16th: View High-Res version here
Reallusion and DAZ 3D Partner to Bring Real-Time Filmmaking, 3D Content to the Masses
Aspiring Filmmakers Will Now “Go Real-Time” with “Movies, Models and Motion”
“DAZ Studio and Reallusion’s iClone is a powerful combination that connects our customers and DAZ 3D’s content library to a new era of real-time movie making powered by Reallusion’s iClone,” said Dan Farr, CEO, DAZ 3D.
“With iClone, users gain access to a robust application with community of more than 400K strong and a tool whose feature set of pre-loaded props and 3D scenes recently received a coveted 5-star review from C|NET.”
View the iClone 3DXchange and DAZ Studio Tutorial: 5 min
Thanks to this partnership, iClone users will be able to import content created in DAZ Studio™ or purchased from DAZ 3D’s deep library of professional content into iClone™, Reallusion’s popular and award-winning real-time filmmaking engine, using Reallusion’s recently released 3DXchange™ object conversion tool. The result will be a truly open filmmaking platform that will empower aspiring filmmakers of all stripes to, “Go Real-Time” with “Movies, Models and Motion.” Read the full press release…