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Posted 2005-03-07 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Mainstream musician meets machinima in the underground sensation "Red vs. Blue." The Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson will guest-star in the niche-hit video series created by Rooster Teeth Productions. Robertson, who identifies himself as a hardcore gamer, joins the 50th episode of Red vs. Blue as the voice of Captain Butch Flowers.

Machinima is a relatively new form of filmmaking that uses a video game environment as its stage. The idea was yoinked by MTV2's "Video Mods" program. Red vs. Blue has an impressive fan following, and could be called a form of popular gaming culture.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Orneryboy
March 7, 2005 @ 10:53 am
     
 
So machinima is basically like the video version of sprite webcomics? What are the legal issues surrounding this sort of filmmaking? Because aren't they basically just using someone else's characters and scenery, and only supplying the story and voiceover?
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
March 7, 2005 @ 11:03 am
     
 
Ornery wrote:
So machinima is basically like the video version of sprite webcomics?

That's a pretty good way of looking at it. Some machinimists completely modify the onscreen elements, so nothing of the original game remains except the engine.

What are the legal issues surrounding this sort of filmmaking?

I haven't heard about any, but have wondered the same thing many times. On one hand, you have game companies claiming ownership over screenshots, on the other, you have worlds like Second Life encouraging machinima. With MTV2, they are basically advertising both game characters and musical artists--mind you, these are "approved" videos which are created by the game developers in most (if not all) cases.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Yermum
March 8, 2005 @ 8:50 pm
     
 
Red vs. Blue sketches were an integral part of the BNL tour last year. The Machinima creations were introduced to new audiences on jumbotrons across the globe. Although it was a bit of an inside joke and I'll bet 80% of the audience were saying "why are there green and red space people with guns talking to each other on screen, and I've about had it with that Ron Sexsmith character whoever he was, where are the Bare Naked Ladies?!"
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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