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Home > Blog > Machinima Paridisio
Out of Our Minds
Thursday, May 19, 2005 2:25 PM
Machinima Paridisio
Martin Flaherty on Creativity

Creativity is born in some of the most unlikely places. The Talking Heads came
out of the Rhode Island School of Design, new rock wonder-kind The Kings of
Leon grew up in Nashville in a strict Pentecostal household, Kafka was a mid-level
insurance
manager
in
Prague and Keith Haring's first real public art was white chalk on black advertising
placards in the New York City subway. And for over the past eighteen months, the
art form (I may be a little generous here) machinima has emerged. Machinima
is a method of making a movie inside of a video game. For example, using one
of the multiplayer gaming maps in the Xbox/PC/Mac game Halo,
a small group of former college friends now operating under the banner of Rooster
Teeth Productions
have developed one of the most talked about
weekly webisodes Red
vs. Blue
.
Written as if Larry David and Samuel Beckett gave birth to a video game, each
three minute webisode deals with the absurdities of life, war, people and technology.
(There's also a little quantum physics and the afterlife as well.)


They've been
invited to screen their work at film festivals from Sundance to Berlin. And what's amazing is just
how well this new form works.


If there's already a new emerging radio format
in podcasting and movie making in video games, what's next, ring tone operas?



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