From Film Noir to Fun Noir: the Development of The Blackened Mirror

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From Film Noir to Fun Noir: the Development of The Blackened Mirror

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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!
  3. 3. Software slide
  4. 4. Designing Worlds slide
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Essential tools• Google Docs• Skype• Livestream Studio
  7. 7. Workflow Part 1• Pen and Paper!• Final Draft
  8. 8. Script
  9. 9. Workflow Part 2• Scouting locations• Building sets• Gathering props• Gathering animations• Designing custom animations
  10. 10. Workflow Part 3• Rehearsing• Voice capture sessions• Creating storyboards
  11. 11. Storyboard
  12. 12. Workflow Part 4• Filming (using Fraps)• Visual editing• Audio editing
  13. 13. Visual editing
  14. 14. Audio editing
  15. 15. Workflow Part 5• Rendering the final film• Exporting to outlets• Treet TV• YouTube• Vimeo

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