Friday Fun #12 Video Storytelling

Earlier this week, I posted about machinima, the creation of short movies using 3D game engines as a stage. Creating an effective piece of machinima requires skills in video storytelling, as well as directing (insofar as you can) and filming the action in the game environment.

So in this week’s Friday Fun, why not have a go at some video storytelling?

One of the easiest ways to get started is to use something like the Dr Who Trailermaker, which allows you to cut together various scenes from Doctor Who, as well as adding music and sound effects.

You can also share your creations, so if you do make a trailer, why not post a link back here? ;-)

If you’re not into Dr Who, then why not have a go at a Star Wars movie mashup instead?

If filmmaking is not your thing, and you’d rather just play a game, then how about trying out one of the ‘adventure game’-like interactive stories on the Penguin “We Tell Stories” interactive fiction site?

- Fairy Tales
The (Former) General In His Labyrinth

Have a good weekend :-)

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4 Responses to “Friday Fun #12 Video Storytelling”


  1. 1 Tony Hirst May 16, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Here are a couple more places where you can edit your own video together using ‘professional’ footage:

    Discovery Channel Shark Video Mixer: “Discovery Channel has provided the video, music, graphics and sound effects. Mix your own shark documentary.”
    http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/sharkweek/video-mixer/video-mixer.html

    National Geographic Wildlife Filmmaker
    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/filmmaker.html

  2. 2 Rebecca May 17, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    From Jacob;
    Hello Tony, the address of my film is
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/trailermaker/view/7fhgfp
    It’s very funny at the end because the Doctor’s daughter is the host…

  3. 3 Rebecca May 18, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Jacob (8) very much enjoyed making a Dr Who trailer – and only stopped when the real thing appeared on the television on Saturday evening.

    I don’t think the result would persuade me to watch – but you can view it here
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/trailermaker/view/7fhgfp

  4. 4 Tony Hirst May 19, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Jacob – thanks for the link :-)

    Did you spot that you can slide the ‘ends’ of the each clip in from either the start or the finish of the clip to just pick out the bit of video, music, or talking that you needed?

    I didn’t realise at first – I found it by mistake when I clicked on the end of a clip and dragged it ( I thought I wanted to move the whole clip, then I realised I could could just take part of the clip…:-)


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