Machinima. Is this the Future of Cinema?

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True Action Pictures has released a new short work titled "The Husband". This video piece uses machinima for an effect similar to animation. It is an intense psychological examination of one man whose life spirals downward and into the abyss.

Filmmakers are beginning to ask themselves if they really even need Hollywood anymore.

True Action Pictures just released a new short on YouTube by Seattle filmmaker Jeff Horsager. This short manages to achieve with what he calls "a crappy computer, some software I downloaded for free on the internets, and the ideas that are in my head" what would have cost thousands if done using traditional film making techniques.

The technique used is called machinima, which is essentially the use of video game technology to create movies. Jeff puts it this way, "for 20 bucks you can buy a copy of Grand Theft Auto at WalMart and make an action film that is neo-Hollywood in quality. Machinima is the future of cinema."

"The Husband" (which can be seen at uses freely available beta software from a company called Moviestorm, which is based in the U.K. Jeff tried to create a look that he calls "film noir meets graphic novel" which seems to suit the subject matter well.

He hopes to make another short, but also has eyes on a feature length project he is developing that he cryptically refers to as "the zombie movie".

The soundtrack uses the moody music of Jami Sieberg, a Seattle based Cellist and composer.

So have a look, and remember that those kids huddled in basements everywhere, looking forward to the next Sims release, are the Steven Spielbergs of tomorrow. And keep your eye out for "the zombie movie", coming soon to computer screens near you.

Jeff Horsager
True Action Pictures
(206) 651-4841


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