From Film Noir to Fun Noir: the Development of The Blackened MirrorPresentation Transcript
What is The Blackened Mirror?• A machinima series with a distinctively film noir feel• With elements of steampunk• And classic Lovecraftian horror• So far!• Six instalments, shown on the web• With interactive aspects using:• Social media• Games
What is machinima?• A film created solely on a computer, using gaming platforms or virtualworlds• Can be as simple as recording what’s on the screen• Has been used to create award-winning art intallations and films• Relative simplicity can limit control and range of expression• Advantages in terms of speed, cost and flexibibility• Offers a new form of acting – acting in virtual – but not virtual acting!
The rationale of making the series• A new and powerful form of film-making• Putting film-making in the hands of people in thesame way that electronic publication isrevolutionising publishing• Testing the boundaries of narrative
Essential tools• Google Docs• Skype• Livestream Studio
Workflow Part 1• Pen and Paper!• Final Draft
Workflow Part 2• Scouting locations• Building sets• Gathering props• Gathering animations• Designing custom animations
Workflow Part 3• Rehearsing• Voice capture sessions• Creating storyboards