Monday, April 21, 2008

The Making of Only Time

I had a lot of questions asked about the "Only Time" video, because I'm now in with a new circle of non-simming YouTube friends. Musicians, artists, awesome folks. They've been so wonderful with the encouragement, the support, putting my video in their VLogs, sharing them with their friends I'm amazed at the reaction I've gotten for this video!

Since the machinima thing is new to the majority of them (as is the Sims 2 game, itself), it was suggested that I do a "making of" video, just to give an idea - a very basic idea - of how a video like this is made.

This is not a "how to make a Sims 2 video" tutorial, I don't go into technical aspects like video editing, camera techniques, or anything like that.

As an explanation, in the comments for this video, I posted this in response to one viewer who is fascinated by the whole thing, but is still confused about how it's done, even after watching this video:

About not understanding any of this: I'm not showing the technical stuff, like what goes on in the editing process; that would be a whole different video! My main point of this video is to show how much illusion is involved in these. Anyone who's played this game knows it doesn't play like this. But if you develop an eye for subtle animations (rather than stock), you can convey just about anything. Developing that eye is THE most important thing in making a convincing video.

Hopefully I've shown that it's like any form of visual art, from photography to filmography to painting. You have to have an eye for composition, for lighting, for angles, for timing, for nuance. Those subtleties make a big impact. For example: pushing in close to a character's face tends to draw the viewer in, and brings more emotion to the shot. There was a lot of that in this video.

Here's the "Making Of" video for "Only Time". Special thanks go out to a few great YouTube friends: Kansaslo, encinitasmel, and Twirretwarre. Please check out their channels. There's some great stuff on YouTube!

Edit to add:

I certainly didn't expect honors on this one!

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