Purpose: To learn the power of machinima and making alternative movies.
Basis: Actors, sets, cameras and other stuff aren’t always available. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make excellent movies anyway. Machinima is a popular, and powerful, form of story telling that uses modern video/computer games to give you the characters, props and sets for your movie. You provide the story, the camera direction, and the editing. So...
Directions: Provide the story and the camera direction by writing and storyboarding your machinima project. Figure out which pre-rendered graphics program you want to use (Halo, The Sims, Xtranormal, WoW, etc) and get busy creating your tale.
Looking Forward: Start “shooting” the minute you’ve finalized your story.
What to Watch: "Yesterday’s News" by Slashdance. An incredibly solid short that conveys a story without any dialog.