18 Jun 2012

The Godfather of Flight Sim Movies

‎"An interview with Machinima Director Russell Boyd described as the Godfather of Flight Sim Movies"

Heh, well there are others that deserve that title too! (here are some of them)

Thanks for the interview by Pooky Amsterdam for the World Gaming Executives Magazine 5.

Bag The Hun - Approved

One of my old films from 2008 and first attempt at integrating a flight sim (IL2) and an animation program (Moviestorm), was picked up by the son of a WW2 instructor from RAF Sutton Bridge Central Gunnery School.

His father watched the film and said "That’s more or less how it was". As his son, Geoff807, commented, "he went through it all, he’s rightly critical if things on TV re WW2 aren’t properly researched & accurate – which this clearly is. I think it’s excellently done".

Good to have this old one "officially" approved, and added to the RAF Sutton Bridge Wiki (thanks, Geoff).

28 Jul 2010

W B Yeats - An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

Recipient of the Order of 777 Studios Medal.

Nominated for Jury Award at MachinExpo2010.

Screened at Atopic - Festivel de Films Machinima - 2010

Runner up for Best Story Line/Narrative Machinima at VWBPE 2011

I have wanted to turn this poem into film ever since I saw a friend's forum signature:

A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds

But my usual flight sim, IL2, did not have World War I scenarios. Now, with the visually stunning flight sim, Rise of Flight, this finally became a possibility.

3 Jun 2010

Dakadakadaka - Machinima Expo 2010 Trailer

The Machinima Expo 2010 is now accepting entries. It would be great to see some flight sim movies represented though I know it has been a quiet year. Still, there are a few months to go before the deadline is up -August 31st.

2009 had two of Doktorkop's films included, one nominated for a jury prize and another screened. Myself and Blackace had films screened too, but these were not flight sim movies.

2008 had Faith Hope and Charity screened and Bag the Hun was on display on one of the vendor stands.

I know there are good flight sim movies out there, so please do submit!

There have also been some amazing films made in other engines so I'm sure it will be the best Expo yet, especially as we are hoping to have many more attendees both from the web via Livestream and other browser technologies as well as in Second Life.

PS here's the original

2 May 2010

Time lapse video of set building in Second Life

This is how a WW2 control tower was built in Second Life and chroma keyed with an airfield in IL2 for an upcoming flight sim training film. The script has been written by Kate "kkffoo" Fosk and Carlos "EAF51 Nepe" Garcia for an interesting mix of human interest and technical accuracy. Second Life is a great engine for building sets and creating actors while IL2 is one of the best flight sims for representing WW2 aircraft. Thanks to Chantal Harvey and TributeTim Kwak for providing the land to build on.

10 Mar 2010

Some of my old gaming videos moved to Youtube

A few of my early gaming videos, pre 2007, that were only available for download, now moved to Youtube. Is this machinima? ;)

Mainly nostalga for my flying pals of the virtual European Air Force as these are mostly recorded from online flying sessions, but other's may hopefully be able to relate.

Or just for anyone interested in what I started out making, and maybe even to give you that same thought I had over 5 years ago of "hey, I could do that".

S/L Joe90, 602 "City of Glasgow" Squadron, EAF

24 Oct 2009

Quarter of a million hits and a facelift for Flight Sim Machinima

For 3 years now we have been selecting the best flight sim movies in one collection as a showcase of the great films that can be created from game engines. Many of these films were hosted on different sites for downloading which have since become unavailable, and also there were very few high quality streaming sites available back then.

So, after 250,000 hits on the website, we decided to give the site a brand new and modern style and also to create a channel on Youtube for easy viewing of all the videos in HD where available.


Please take some time to look through the fantastic, moving and entertaining films that have been made from IL2 and other simulators since the very first days when amateur moviemakers realized just what they could achieve all on their own and inexpensively with a game engine, a computer and some good ideas.

This process is now widely recognized as the art of machinima, and we sincerely hope that many of you will begin or continue making great flight sim movies.

Thanks to all on the team for keeping the flag flying - Russell (Joe90) Boyd, Chris (Bbloke) Hunton, Steve (Monty-Dan) Worsley, Bruce (Wiley/Doolittle81) Wallace, Sjon (GL2) Stevens, Michael (310thFalcon) Lockhart and Tinus (biltongbru) le Roux.