Monday, 13 March 2006

playing the movies

Lights! Camera! Mouse! Experience The Movies at ACMI Games Lab, the new computer game that lets you manage a movie studio.

Visitors to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image will soon be able to try their luck in The Movies when ACMI opens its next Games Lab exhibition, Playing the Movies, a showcase of two unique experiences both combining cinema and computer games.

Alongside The Movies, Games Lab will also present a Machinima film program, celebrating one of the hottest new filmmaking trends sweeping the world, a combination of animation, computer game technology and filmmaking.

The Movies
Imagine you could make any movie you wanted to. Imagine you could pluck someone from obscurity and make him or her the hottest star in Tinseltown. Imagine that you had control of an entire movie studio, competing with others to create a string of box office smashes. Imagine being able to use your judgement alone, deciding whether success lies with epic action pictures or lots of low budget, hammy 'B' movies.

Will the stars you've so lovingly groomed develop monstrous egos - refusing to accept that they are now too old to play the romantic leads that made them famous? You can help, but there are only so many times you can send them to fat farms and plastic surgeons.

Will you watch your movies being shot or do you want to direct the action yourself? Will you decide to innovate and introduce the talkies, colour or digital sound before any of your rivals? Or will you let the other studios make the investments, leaving you to jump on the bandwagon if the new technology becomes popular?

Many of the things you've ever read or heard about Hollywood are right here in The Movies - the much anticipated new game from Lionhead Studio's Peter Molyneux which gives the player the opportunity to Run the Studio, Make the Stars and Shoot the Movies.
 
Machinima Program
Alongside The Movies, ACMI's Games Lab will also feature a program of Machinima films curated by Paul Marino, Director of the Machinima Film Festival (New York) and Executive Director, Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences.

Machinima (pronounced "muh-sheen-eh-mah") is a new form of filmmaking that uses computer games technology to shoot films in the virtual reality of a game engine.

Using sophisticated gaming software as the foundation, machinima-makers (which can be pretty much anyone with a pc) create animated films in real-time for a fraction of the cost of traditional computer generated imagery seen in multimillion dollar big budget studio films.

Machinima movies are the reverse of the video-game inspired live-action Hollywood epics such as Tomb Raider.

Almost completely unknown three years ago, Machinima is being now seen as a significant emerging artform. Machinima films are cropping up at anime, arts and film events around the world, Machinima music videos have appeared on MTV, and the genre even has its own awards ceremony and industry body (the Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences).


Coming Soon: Machinima Film Festival (May 6-7, ACMI Cinemas)

Complimenting the Games Lab Machinima program, ACMI Cinemas will present, direct from New York, the 2006 Machinima Film Festival.

Presented by festival director and special international guest Paul Marino, the Machinima Film Festival will feature screenings of current award-winning work, a master class and panel discussions which examine Machinima's wider cultural, and aesthetic ramifications.

The festival's hot ticket item will undoubtedly be the Australian cinema premiere of the third instalment of the howlingly funny Halo-based film series Red vs Blue, to be introduced in person by two of the films' Texas-based co-creators, Gus Sorola and Burnie Burns.  Described as an 'existential comedy, a sort of video-game Waiting for Godot' (e-film critic.com), Red vs Blue is one of the most successful internet film series ever, attracting over 1 million downloads a week.

Following the sell-out success of the Australian cinema premiere screenings of Red vs Blue series 1 & 2 (ACMI Cinemas, August 2004), tickets for Red vs Blue 3 are likely to go fast, so book early!

Games Lab (Ground), FREE
Monday 20 March - Sunday 21 May 2006

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI),
Federation Square, Melbourne
Supported by Activision®, Lionhead Studios and the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences
 

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
[email] claire.butler@acmi.net.au  
 
 
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