from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. (noun) The rendering of computer-generated imagery using low-end (real time) 3D engines such as those found in video games, as opposed to the high-end, complex 3D engines used by professionals.
- n. (noun) The genre of films created by such techniques.
There's some damned fine storytelling and editing/production work here -- machinima is still finding its legs, discovering what it's for, and the Strange Company folks are at the forefront of using the medium for feature-length drama, really getting beyond short comedy pieces.
To build on the story of the coming Warner Bros. movie 'Terminator Salvation,' the studio chose a developing medium called 'machinima' -- animated films that use graphics and characters from videogames.
For the longest time, I thought 'machinima' was limited to fan made videos people posted to YouTube. I didn't realize that the word also includes serious documentaries like HBO's My Second Life: The video diaries of Molotov Alta and licensed advertisements like the World of Warcraft SlimJim commercial.
‘Machinima’ is a blend of ‘machine’ and ‘cinema.’