Valve's Source Filmmaker has been out less than a month and already inventive machinima peeps and budding filmmakers have embraced the toolset and created some rather fantastic projects. Although we are only in the early days of the open beta, let's look at 5 videos that showcase the awesomesauceness in the Source Filmmaker software.
Inspired by the song 'Jet World' by Mutsuhiko Izumi, GoldRush seems like your standard machinima Team Fortress 2 video, but features tight editing, a banging country western soundtrack and a lot of hat tips to the pro tactics used by hardcore players of TF2.
Meet The Family
Taking its cues from the 60's spy movies and 'No One Lives Forever 2' heritage Team Fortress 2 possesses and fusing it with Valve's own 'Meet The ...." videos, it’s a comedic tale that also showcases the audio recording and syncing technology of the Source Filmmaker. Just TRY and not think of The Incredibles while watching!
Just One More Hat
If you have never collected hats in TF2, you might not get the point but regardless you will love the lip synching, the ridiculous lyrics and the sheer 'Disney' Value of Just One More Hat. While it is short, it's a promising divergence away from the standard run and gun projects currently being produced, and who doesn’t love a nerdy sing-along!
We all know the scene: Austin Powers, Seth Green and 2 minutes of hilarious zip it's and nothing much else. Now watch it born again in comic TF2 form, with exceptional comedic use of character animations and facial expressions.
When a cinematic designer at Bioware, namely James McVinnie, takes a crack at the Source Filmmaker you know it’s going to be something special: Recreating that essential Spy V Spy feeling of the Mad comics of old, it’s a wonderful and tight sequence portraying a brilliant story, all without speech! You will never look at TF2 characters the same way again
Douglas Stewart is a staff writer at iQU. When he is not writing, he devours books, plays an excessive amount of games, and is working on his upcoming fiction novel that (naturally) involves intersections between technology, gaming and society. Follow Douglas @TheGearCog