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In the middle of uploading latest film to Filefront – real film this time, this is art, or as close to it as I’m ever gonna get – I plipped up the old bastard on the QTPP just to give it one last run-through to catch anything. Turns out the audio on the Rancid track was not too loud, but loud enough that it was breaking the pitch after export. Or somethingthatsoundslikeIknowwhatI’mtalkingabout. So now I’m back to exporting. For the …8th or 9th time, iirc. Gotta keep it under 600MB for Filefront, and at 35min of very highly dynamic video with almost purely movement in it, that means 2200 kbps (kilobits per second, the data transfer rate[?] of video) for 1280*720 HD using H.264 codec in the MP4 file format.

I don’t deal well with frustration. Up yours. No, really. Stop reading this blog. I hate this crap. Godd***it. F********************************.

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Two words for you, son. BLOODY. HELL.

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Music list (probably shouldn’t post this since it just generates hate, but what the crud):

Inva Mulla Tchako The Diva Dance The Fifth Element OST
Takida Jaded
London Music Works Requiem For A Tower Dream
Tyler Bates 300 OST Tonight We Dine In Hell (Dense Modesto Remix)
Jonathan Coulton Code Monkey
Rancid New Orleans (Acoustic)
Chamillionaire Good Morning
Ke$ha TikTok
Britney Spears I’m a Slave 4 U (DJ Tiesto/Paul Oakenfold Remix)

And NO – I have NOT been hitting the bottle. More than usual, that is.

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Also, song stuck in my head.

http://www.ilike.com/artist/Garry+Schyman/track/Praan

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UPDATE: Up yours, Warner Music Group. To hell with you and everything you stand for.

Trailer/Deleted scenes/Out-takes just kinda thrown together. No, I don’t care. Fine, don’t watch it. Full movie in a week. Give or take.

On second thought that’s a pretty bad trailer, way too long intro cuts and doesn’t give much of an idea what the movie is about. Mostly it’s about waterfalls, jumping and exploration. If you’re looking for arena rating, exploits, pve raiding or stuff you’ve never seen before this might not be for you.

Plan is to push this on Youtube and wherever, then links in description to full movie. Which I’m sure means a ton of people won’t watch it. But how else to get around Youtube’s WMG nazi-style clampdown on putting cool music on cool videos?

Full movie might end up on Viddler as streamable.

Not putting it up on WCM – just can’t stand the people there, really. Too much hassle and people there aren’t interested unless:

1. you’re a prior big name

2. you’ve got arena rating coming out of your nostrils

3. you’re exploiting

4. world first

5. you’re using Model Viewer to make original film

Also – the Love Rocket is an affront to humanity and an insult to every single person who ever looked at a box of WoW and thought to themselves: “that looks like a really cool mmoRPg.”

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Normally I don’t care much for model viewer/music/machinima stuff – it’s creative and all, but only the in-joke references and the models usually have anything to do with the actual game. But yeah, this is …GOOD. And funny. Very high quality.

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First movie I ever made, NSFW, contains part of a now banned Pennywise video that was filmed inside a bar they turned into a stripclub and apparently didn’t check – or didn’t check rigorously enough – the ID’s of the “open audition” girls who showed up to be in a punk rock video:

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Hard at work here on CB06: Waterfalls Exploration. Looking awesome so far, but having a hard time with music selection and gonna be a royal pain to even attempt to synchronize SOME of it.

Pathologist/Urge/dyF1.6 pioneered fast-twitch editing. Nothing incredible gameplay-wise, but yeah. The guy with the youtube channel has some connection to Pathologist, dunno what. They share music and/or video. The part at 1:55 is just brilliant editing, images that have stuck with me for years.

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Best of WoW addition:

  1. Explorer http://www.youtube.com/user/EnhacementReznik

You’ve got from now until the next expansion to see a bunch of cool stuff that they never wanted you to see. This guy is about as complete and dedicated as they come. Yes, he spelled his youtube name kinda funny.

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*Plug: Director’s Cut Music Video Version: http://www.filefront.com/15356503/CB05.5%20Director%27s%20Music%20Video%20Cut.mp4

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ThinkTank closed its doors and gave me a bunch of traffic that really should’ve gone to Rawr (Allev & Astrylian) or Feral Aggression or The Fluid Druid.

/bow

/peace

If I sometimes see far, it’s because I stand on the shoulders of giants. Which sounds cliche and trite but is actually true in this instance. I’m not a theorycrafter and you won’t find solutions to your gearing issues or game mechanics here. I excel at finding out information on how other people have already solved my problems, though – and I’m very happy to freeload on their hard work. Yeay. Less work for me.

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So WTF?

Yeah. Big old biggest-beer-glass that can be bought at Ikea, filled with goodness from a mini-keg, and then a triple Bacardi + Coke and working on the next movie in Final Cut Express. Spending 5 hours working on 3-4 seconds of intro is ridiculous – but I’m an artist, ok? I don’t give a flying rat’s arse if you watch this or not, but damn I always wanted to put stylized smoke or that dye-into-water effect (think James Bond smoke movie intro) in a movie of mine. It’s bloody hard learning sometimes. Lots of searching and asking questions.

Yeah.

That’s WTF.

Movie’s looking way too long right now – tons of stuff I want in, gotta kill most of the bug exploit stuff and keep the amazing visuals and get the colours right (F*** your “color” – it’s “COLOUR” ok, – capisce??).

Gotta cut cut cut cut cut. Keep the flow, keep the amazing keep the omgholy****noway feeling. Keep the truth. This isn’t about model viewer bull**** or some stupid rap song (not that rap is stupid, but someone’s homemade rap about a blood elf this or that is generally pretty crappy, which is about the only thing me and Baron Soosdon agree on). This is an expression of the artist playing a computer game that’s pretty frickin’ awesome.

That’s WTF. NOW GET OFF MY LAWN.

Time to go to work.

UPDATE: All footage cleared. 700-900 raw film files. CB06 Waterfalls Exploration. Font voxBox. Workflow much improved. Open timeline sequence approach. Should start off in timeline being several hours long and get crunched down to ~10-20min at the last possible minute – makes things go much smoother to just have one active layer at a time. Music mostly good to go.

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Released late last night. Plugged it on a bunch of forums and websites this morning. Now to sit back and let the Oscars committee come to me. Oooooor NOT. This isn’t exactly high-brow art – but there’s some cool visuals and good music and some fun stuff and I like it.

The music video version turned out OK and I can actually stand watching it a few times – not that there aren’t as usual fifteen different little things I’d like to fix now after the fact. A movie is never really finished – it’s just in different stages of being almost ready for release – so at some point you just gotta say “**** it – time to drop this *****”.

  • ORIGINAL Guide: How To Feral DPS

http://www.filefront.com/14885557/Guide How To Feral DPS.mp4
http://www.warcraftmovies.com/movieview.php?id=130705
http://www.viddler.com/explore/parl2001/videos/2/ (Full Movie)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nuc5MhpekM (part 1 of 2)
http://www.wegame.com/watch/guide-how-to-feral-dps-part-one-of-two/ (part 1 of 2)

  • Things I got wrong (update):

http://www.filefront.com/15359235/CB05.5%20Things%20I%20got%20wrong%203000.mp4

http://www.noobflicks.com/watch/8744/cb055_things_i_got_wrong
http://www.wegame.com/watch/cb05-5-things-i-got-wrong-2/

  • Written Guide:

http://www.wowwiki.com/Feral_DPS_guide (hopefully to be updated by community)

…OF COURSE, THAT’S JUST MY OPINION. I COULD BE WRONG.

The original video is up to about 160,000 views now (not counting re-uploads on overseas sites), the update isn’t that big of a deal but I figured I should at least address the common complaints (like “TOO FAST OMG HEAD EXPLODE”) and fix my mistakes.

Ghostcrawler: If you want to do the best damage possible, you need to be able to master a complex rotation. This is one of the features that attracts players to the Feral spec. However, it’s also pretty forgiving. If you just Shred, you’re going to do decent damage. If you Shred and try to keep up Savage Roar, it’s going to be better. If you can also manage your Mangles and Rips and Rakes, then you have the potential to do very high damage (assuming you don’t have to move around much and can reach the target’s back).

Now – here’s the crux: I worked my butt off to make these things. I did my research. I talked to Allev, Murna, Kalon, Aranor, Astrylian, Vallen and a bunch of other smart/good ferals about this. Ok, so my opinions might be wrong about a lot of things – but there is no way in hell I can make a guide and start off with a straight face saying you don’t need addons to play this spec well – or even remotely effectively. All dps specs face this issue to some extent – but the JOHN ****ING MADDEN design of this spec more or less makes average players like myself disproportionately dependent on the addons to get the job done to an approximate level of the people I’ve leveled with, geared with and raided with for a good two years now. Yep, I’m saying it’s unfair.

The way to show your mastery of a class and skill at performing should be evident in your play – not dependent on what addons you download or how you design your UI to get short-term buffs, threat meter, debuffs, energy, combo pts, your hp, target hp, cooldowns, boss timer bars, raid frame addons all fit someplace on the screen where you can easily monitor it all quickly while getting your much-harder-than-anyone-else’s positioning requirement right as well.

Sum up:
1. tons of stuff all over the screen
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2. one of the more complex priority lists in the game, if not THE most complex
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3. only dps spec with positioning requirement for main attack

equals:
You simply have to have addons to be nearly as effective as other specs using no addons given approximately same skill/gear etc.

EDIT: Just found a funny little cool thing. If you go to 3:47 in the video you’ll see a FC Cat from a front camera angle – apparently the front paws get a green glow during the jump. Looks kinda cool.

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Machinima takes effort.

PvP videos do not. Go there, kill people, load clips to Windows Movie Maker, insert shitty emo music like Linkin Park etc, upload, get over 9000 views in a second and instawin.

- Baron Soosdoon, well-known WoW machinima maker

I don’t know what to tell you, but that’s about the most naive, arrogant and misinformed thing I’ve seen in a while regarding anything connected to WoW and film-making.

Funny how people with no PvP skills complain about those who do.

Funny how people who don’t like to PvE complain so much about those who do.

Funny how people (me included) get so up in arms about their own personal methods, art or way of expressing themselves not being everyone else’s favourite. Tunnel vision, I guess.

In his defense, though:

If there is a god, he hates us.

Blood elf rap is the inquestionable proof about that, a punishment of our sins.

I hope this genre burns in hell for all eternity.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhllfOA7ZJE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LMg-moY8WQ

Funny how me controlling whose comments are shown on Youtube drastically cuts down on the amount of hate and internet idiocy there. I approve 99.9% of all comments I get – (feel free to test me by posting “it sucks” or similar on one of my videos), and it’s a vast improvement over the rest of the Youtube or WarcraftMovies (WCM) comments you read.

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