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Danse Macabre

The inspiration for this comes from various sources, but there is a song from the ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet by Franz Schubert I found particularly useful.

The Maiden:

Oh! leave me! Prithee, leave me! thou grisly man of bone!
For life is sweet, is pleasant.
Go! leave me now alone!
Go! leave me now alone!

Death:

Give me thy hand, oh! maiden fair to see,
For I’m a friend, hath ne’er distress’d thee.
Take courage now, and very soon
Within mine arms shalt softly rest thee!”

A Jury Nomination at the Machinima Expo 2011 🙂

Screened at FILE 2012 in Sao Paulo.

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The muse’s lair of golden dreams,
is barred to mortal man it seems.
By a long and awful winding stair,
that leads at last to nowhere.

This has been sitting on my computer for ages. I started playing around with it when Moviestorms gizmo thingy came out. Since then I’ve tweaked and turned and added to it, but I don’t seem to have the inspiration to make it into a full blown movie…., hence the poem 😉

This movie received the honor of a great review on the Moviestorm News Blog.

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Once more it’s the season of jollity and goodwill to all men. But what does the word ‘Christmas’ mean to you? Do you think of snow, warm fires and tables heaped with food? The faces of children and loved ones tearing open presents? Is the image one of kitch, 50’s style celebration with Bing Crosby crooning Silent Night? The warm myth of Santa and his sleigh visiting every good boy and girl? Scrooge and his redemption? Shopping till you drop? Or how about the origin of the celebration? The mystery of the virgin birth of Christ. The nativity, midnight mass and Christmas carols.

However and wherever you celebrate this season, a Happy Christmas to you all.

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Renoir is a hereditary clown. His father, grandfather and generations before him were all Renoir the clown, famous in circuses throughout the land. he himself was brought up with custard pies for breakfast, lunch and tea so why is he about to get the boot for being the worst clown in living memory. He’d rather be himself. Today, he’s going to ditch the greasepaint, and wipe off the face forever….. However, he doesn’t realize ‘The Face’ has an existence of it’s own, powered by the vitality of every one of Renoir’s ancestors, and they have plans of their own……

Selected as a highlight at the 2010 Machinima Expo

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My second entry for the Koinup one minute movie contest.

What do you get if you take some creakingly old and corny jokes, a set of Victorian mods from the wonderful Squirrelygirl, some super acting talent from the world of American politics and a Director who spent his formative years watching Benny Hill programs….?

No, seriously,….. What do you get!?

Oh, well, go ahead and watch it then. Don’t say you haven’t been warned 🙂

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This will be the last of my experiments for a while in trying to get an income from ‘machinima’. It’s been fun and I’ve learned a lot, but the cheques have yet to roll in and I have bigger projects I want to get back to. 🙂

A short machinima video using part of the soundtrack from ‘The Passion of Saint Sebastian’ by Garrett Fisher. This second part will be submitted as an entry in the 2010 Armchair Internet Film Festival. The animation itself was made with Moviestorm.

The Passion of Saint Sebastian’ (soundtrack) by Garrett Fisher; music and words by Garrett Fisher & Ken Cerniglia; performed by Kathy Hanson & Maria Mannisto (vocalists), Greg Bagley (6 string fretted acoustic bass), Jack Quick (Slide Guitar) and Garrett Fisher (Indian harmonium). Submitted as part of the 2010 Armchair Internet Film Festival (www.armchairinternet.com | www.fisherensemble.org).

Selected for screening at the 2010 Machinima Expo

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My second attempt at creating a music video. This is for a competition at Genero.tv using a Moby single called ‘Wait For Me’. The track is rather sad and dark and the brief was to create something along those lines. For this effort I’ve tried to create a story illustrating the grief a man feels for the loss of his wife in a traffic accident in which he was the driver. At the end, he decides to take his own life. For those of you in a depressed state of mind already, go look at some of my happier movies 😉

As usual this is made with Moviestorm. If anybody feels the urge, please click on the picture and vote for me 🙂

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