Machinima screenings

Machinima Itau Cultural

Gameplay, Itau Cultural – Sao Paulo, Brésil, 19-23 august 2009

3 Machinima programs curated for the exhibition Gameplay at Itau Cultural.

Emerged in the late 90’s, the Machinimas refers to both a new film genre and a technique of film production. Paul Marino, one of the first directors of Machinima, defines it as a movie conceived in real time within a synthetic environment. With Machinimas, the videogame, an object of mass consumption, turns out to be a production tool for meaning and a way of expression accessible to all those who have got a game console and a computer.

The GTA game provides the framework for a futuristic meditation with “The Days
After”, de André Pesch. To catch up with the recent days, World of Electors, by Alex Chan, transforms game characters in voters, interviewed about the presidential french

Designed by Isabelle Arvers, coordinator of the specialized exhibition about the
relationship between art and video games, this program mixes experimental films with
narrative films such as “The Snow Witch”, by Michelle Pettit-Mee, about a Japanese

The Machinimas, literally a contraction of the words ‘machine’ and ‘cinema’,are short films created from tools used to produce videogames. Recentely,game sites like the Sims 2 or The Movies, by Peter Molyneux,enabled on the web tools that allow internet users to create by themselves their own short films, making use of the universe and the characters of videogames.

Because of this, we are watching the democratization of the phenomenon of the critic
deviation of videogames. That’s how a simple film, made from the site The Movies, was able to spread the planet last November. Designed by Alex Chan, a french designer from Paris, 27 years old, this film exposes the dangers of the French political system and turns to be the ‘voice’ of the suburbs during the riots. The Tendency of the press opinion and international community of players show that the Machinimas is about to become a means of political expression.

This program has the support of MOSTRAVIDEO Itaú Cultural and is designed by
Isabelle Arvers, French curator of new media and specialized critic on video,
computer games, web animation and digital cinema.

Rusty Whispers: Denis
Robert Stoneman, United States, 2007, 2min7s

Produced with the game Half-Life 2, tells the story of a lonely man who lives among the birds. Always busy in creating inventions and machines, one day he tries to fly. The film is narrated by the artist Ben Hundley. Music by Aphex Twin.

Ballad of Black Mesa

Ben Hundley and Zachariah Scott, United States, 2007, 2min3s

In the iPod’s advertising style, this animation mixed the game Half-Life 2 with techno music, made with the sounds of the game. Produced by Litfuse, this videoclip refers to the dance group Stomp.

The Snow Witch
Michelle Pettit-Mee, UK, 2006, 10 min

A ghost story conceived in the game The Sims 2 and based on the tale Yuki-Onna
(Kwaidan), by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn. Two woodcutters, an old man and his
apprentice, Minokichi, are trapped in the forest due to a snowstorm and find refuge in a hut. At night, Minokichi is forced to make a promise.

What I Love About Xmas
Phil Rice, United States, 2007, 3min52s

Phil Rice, also known as Overman, one of the most known names in the world of Machinima, produces this satirical film about Christmas. His answers to the question: “What do you like about Christmas holidays?”, are given in a tone of bitterness and disappointment. The production was created by the software 3D Moviestorm.

Chevauchée Nocturne
Les Riches Douaniers, France, 2006, 6min24s
The music video features the silhouette of a hero on his horse. They move slowly in an endeless and shapeless landscape. The resonance of the horse’s steps breaks into the music and the space. The hero is presented as a wandering dreamer.

Benjamin Nuel, France, 2008, 13 min
The terrorist and the antiterrorist, satyrical portraits of the war game, are isolated in a hotel – a peaceful and bucolic place. They are, in some ways, idly occupying their time. Inspired by the war games, the film proposes an antispectacular universe.

The Days After
André Pesch and Apollo Productions, Denmark, 2006, 10min14s

The world has been devasted by a flu epidemic. Bogart, a survivor, spends most of
his days on the roof of buildings, in an anonymous city, until he finds Ingrid, another survivor. Both discover that they were alone for so long.

Male Restroom Etiquette
Phil Rice Zarathustra Studios, United States, 2006, 9min55s

Made with The Sims 2 and Sim City 4, the short film is based on the writings of the
communitarian site, which were published in 2000. This animation
shows how our lives and the way society works depends on our agreement to the
bathrooms’ laws.

World of Electors
Alex Chan, France, 2007, 1min43s

Between the two rounds of the 2007 presidential elections in France, Alex Chan
interviewed people about issues such as national identity, suburbs and children. The
interviews are then transformed to Machinima using the game The Movies.

« França.Br 2009 » l’Année de la France au Brésil (21 avril – 15 novembre) est organisée : En France : par le Commissariat Général Français, le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes, le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication et Culturesfrance. Au Brésil : par le Commissariat Général Brésilien, le Ministère de la Culture et le Ministère des Relations Extérieures.
Machinima screenings, MostraVideo by Itau Cultural, Brésil


Belo Horizonte, 2 & 4 september 2009

Curator for the Mostravideo, Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais) 2nd september and Vitória (Espírito Santo), 4th september 2009

I Curated 4 machinima programs for the Mostravideo in Belo Horizonte and posted on the basis of a weekly participation to the Mostravideo blog in august.

Article on Machinima O Tempo, Belo Horizonte

With movies by :

Game over, Pierce Portocarrero, US, 7’11 Red vs Blue, Roosterteeth Compagny, US, 2,38 ou 4’47 Phantasmagoria, William Flink, SWE, 0’30 Seeing spot, beeing dots, Evo Szuyuan (Brigit Lichtenegger) NL, 9’57 Orchestral investigations #9 , Gumnosophistai Nurmi (Leif Inge) and Evo Szuyuan (Brigit Lichtenegger) NL 7’12 Landlord Vigilante, Eddo Stern, Jessica Hutchins, US, 27’50 Strangerhood, Rooster Teeth Productions, US, 6’35 The Journey, Fridrich Kirschner, DE, 7,53 Arthole presents : ORIENTATION by Arahan Claveau & Nebulosus Severine, Chantal Harvey, NL, 4’ The Body is obsolete, Chantal Harvey, NL, 3’34 Machinima ! With Officer Dan, Harrison Heller / Amorphous Blob, US, 5’04 Virtual Gantanamo, Bernhard Drax, US, 3’34 Maseno Project, Serenity Mercier, CA, 5’06 Tristeza e Esperança, Carla Broek, BE, 4’38 My Life as An Avatar”, Annie Ok, US, 4’