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on 26 August 2012
Seeing as Machinima began as a very underground and niche medium, it feels strange that it becomes commercialised in the way the Terminator Salvation series has. It serves as a Milestone in effect, as this is the first professionally released Machinima to be funded by a massive company (Roosterteeth stumbled into it, the Terminator series is the first Machinima to consciously know what they were doing). As a Machinima it is enjoyable, but the creators have made too much of an effort to make it look like a film than a Machinima (there is a subtle difference, I spent a year writing a dissertation on it so I would know!). Machinima tries to make Games film, obviously. Where Terminator and a series like Red Vs Blue differ though, is in their self awareness that it's a game engine they're using to film the narrative. Looking at the cinematography in Red Vs Blue, it's obvious that it's self aware of what it actually is, whereas Terminator's production values are attempting to emulate film too closely. Machinima follows film in the notion that actors, a camera, and effective editing are important, but there is a very particular and subtle style to creating Machinima that this series fails to acknowledge. It therefore becomes a little boring to watch in places, as it takes itself too seriously as a piece of visual work, and thus loses its effect and also removes the charm of Machinima from itself. Worth a watch simply because there isn't much Machinima released on DVD yet.
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