Tag Archives: Machinima

I Want To Make YouTube Videos!

So says my daughter.

This is the payback for letting my daughter watch WAY TOO MUCH World of Warcraft based machinima on YouTube.

I have now been tasked by said daughter with formation of our own WoW machinima studio.

She even had a little list of videos for me to watch to learn how to do this, though I am pretty sure she did not watch them herself because they were about making machinima in Halo on your XBox 360.

Still, I found a starting point video on YouTube and one of the first things it recommends is getting an application called WoW Model Viewer.  I grabbed that and played with it for a bit.

I was able to recreate my main character, Vikund.

You are supposed to be able to import from The Armory, but it wasn’t working for me.  It probably breaks on servers with apostrophes in the name, like Eldre’Thalas, or some such.

Subject A: Human Paladin with a Pointed Stick

Subject A: Human Paladin with a Pointed Stick

Anyway, you can do all sorts of animations.

Subject A Cowering

Subject A Cowering

Subject A Flexing

Subject A Flexing

And you can load up any of the major NPCs and mess with them.

Edwin VanCleef in a gyrocopter

Edwin VanCleef in a gyrocopter

I’ll have to work with WoW Model Viewer more this weekend.

My daughter also handed me a draft script she was working on for her first movie.

Learning 2 Play WoW

This is the hunter style, firing thrown, arrows, and bullets.  This is the hunter style.

This is the druid style, healing, transforming, and casting.  This is also the priest and the shaman, but not the priest really.

This is the mage style, using fire and frost and minions.

This is the warlock style, shadow, fire, and curses.

This is the pally style, healing cast and putting spells on toons.  And the warrior is like a pally except the healing.

The rogue is like the second best toon, so thank you for watching.

While I did correct spelling errors (they don’t beat kids for spelling errors like when I was a kid, they encourage them to spell phonetically) this is otherwise entirely her script.  Still, the emphasis on writing versus spelling seems to have paid off.

I like the script for what it says about her views on the character classes.  As you might guess, she plays a hunter primarily.

I’m also impressed that she had the patience to sit down and write a script at all.  When I was 7 years old and had access to a movie camera, I wanted to start shooting film that second.  And while I got some fine footage of 1/72 scale tanks being blown to bits with firecrackers, there wasn’t a lot of character development or closure.  They were just clips of a tank with a burning fuse sticking out of them, and then BOOM!

Anyway, we shall see if this ends up going anywhere.

The Secret of NYHM

We have been pretty lucky so far.  Despite the fact that our daughter has had access to a computer (currently a 20″ Intel iMac) with a web browser and internet connectivity for most of her years, she has not really figured out that the Internet exists.  She has only really been aware of the few pages bookmarked, which include a couple of her games like WebKinz, some kids sites like Playhouse Disney, and a few reference sites like Wikipedia.

Once in a while I see her running between the TV and the computer typing in a long URL that has come up on Cartoon Network for some new browser game.  But the key there is that I see her doing that.  The computer she has access to is in the middle of the family room/living room area so there is no keeping secret what she is up to.  So things have gone pretty well in that regard.

A few weeks back my daughter and I had the LEGOs out on the table and were in the mood to build something new.  She suggested something from World of Warcraft.  I told her about somebody actually making Booty Bay out of LEGO bricks.

She was excited by that so we went over to her computer and I brought up the WoW Insider article on LEGO Booty Bay.  (Yes, they are WoW.com now, which I am sure gets them a lot more accidental visits, but I still think WoW Insider was a better name.)  We looked at the pictures and we speculated on how much of that we could make with our current LEGO selection (not much) and if there wasn’t something else WoW themed that we could construct.

Then the phone rang.

I left her at the computer and went to answer it.  After that I got distracted a bit and was out of the room for 10 minutes or so.

When I got back to her she was in front of the computer, the web browser was at YouTube, and she was watching this video:

I boggled.

How had she gotten there?  And so quickly?

I took over the browser and backed up to where I left her, at WoW Insider.  Sure enough, there on the side bar was a featured video which she had clicked on and watched.  And, as YouTube goes, once that video was over it gave her a selection of “like” videos to view, which brought her onto the YouTube site.

So in 10 short minutes she managed to find and gain a taste for YouTube and machinima, and specifically the work of Nyhm, whose YouTube page we had to bookmark.  The above video is one of her favorites, along with M.A.G.E. Of course I don’t think she is up on the songs on which they were based.  I don’t think she’s ever seen or heard “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)” nor am I sure she would get it if she had.

But now the YouTube door has been opened.  I had to sit down with her and explain that not everything on the site is suitable for kids and that she should not go to the site without approval from me or her mother.  And she has been very good about asking, though like and youngster she does tend to bombard us at random awkward moments with the question, “Can I watch YouTube?”

Ah, the ever changing dynamics of parenthood.

And as for our LEGO building project, we did not get much further than putting together a Defias Brotherhood minifig.

The Brotherhood shall prevail!

The Brotherhood shall prevail!

We only have two of those masks, so the brotherhood is pretty small around our house.