by Jay Scott
Definition: 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.
To me, it's an amazing concept. Think about it for a minute. People render scenes in real time, using video games or something close, and from that they in turn, create a film, telling a story from start to finish. Now, some of you may already be into this or aware of it, and that’s cool. What about the mainstream? For me, it's just as much a form of art as anything. It's creative storytelling. Period. I watched a little film called “The Days After” created by the folks at Apollo Productions. I was blown away by its simple message and dramatic story. It's actually moving. In a very short time, a fairly complex story is told, and it leaves you, well me, wondering, why is this not the place studios go looking for fresh, innovative talent? Aside from the fact that studios are goofy village idiots, someone somewhere has got to think, these guys just might be able to do amazing things with a budget and some real support. The film in question can be seen here:
The Days After Description: A deadly virus killed nearly the whole mankind. The few that survived are infected, too. The less time they have they spend it on the roofs of the big sky scrappers cause the streets a full of dead bodys and criminals. Main character is Bogart. A philosophically deep minded person.
I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It' so unaffected by what the mainstream does. This art of Machine Cinema is something to marvel at. I had a big long story planned, but I think you should just watch the film. Its an experience I think you will enjoy. Hollywood should take note, because, stories work. This film, as I found out, is very very popular, and along with many others, has proven it has an audience of more than a few. Enjoy it, and please, leave comments, I am very interested in what you have to say.