About a month ago, we told you about gamemaker Valve’s plan to utilize their 3D gaming environments as movie sets. To the delight of machinima fans everywhere, Valve released its own custom application, called Source Filmmaker, so users could create their own films within Valve’s video game worlds (though at the moment, Team Fortress is the only game you can do this with). It makes so much sense, doesn’t it?! When a game developer creates a vast, detailed, dynamic landscape and an intricate cast of characters to go with it, why not open it up to fledgling animators and see what they can come up with?
Since its beta release, folks who got their hands on Source Filmmaker have been flooding YouTube with examples of their experiments in animation. Some are amateurs who clearly have a knack and come off like pros, and some are a little on the rougher side. But the important thing is that people now have the chance to get their hands dirty with 3D animation, no matter their experience level. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the best Source Filmmaker projects we’ve seen online so far—lots of recreated iconic scenes from movies. Well, let’s not throw the word “iconic” around where the “Zip It” scene from Austin Powers is involved.
A Few Good Men – “You can’t handle the truth!”
Lt. Kaffee might not be able to handle the truth, but YouTube user JackerPacker561 sure can handle voice syncing. Soldier’s shape and facial expressions fit perfectly with Jack Nicholson’s voice, especially for the yelling parts. Well, I guess they’re all yelling parts.
Taken – “I will find you”
The voice sync might not be as tight on this one, but that slow zoom in is just perfect. And Liam Neeson’s stoic face is well recreated with this character. Speaking of Taken, how is there a Taken 2? Seriously, how many times can one man successfully retrieve his kidnapped family? At least two, apparently.
Hot Fuzz – “What did he say?”
This scene with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and two mumbling old guys involves quite a bit of head turning and and varying emphasis. Props to Hypothedragon for such a tight recreation. I’d be ecstatic to see the entire movie in this format.
Austin Powers – “Zip it”
Heavy raising his gigantic pinky up to his face Dr. Evil style = Priceless.
Pulp Fiction – “Does he look like a bitch?”
First off, this character fits Samuel L. Jackson’s voice incredibly well. Secondly, when Scout takes that gunshot to the shoulder, his reaction is exactly like the one from the movie. Would love to see the scene where Vincent Vega accidentally shoots Marvin in the car done the same way. Video game gore!
Rambo – “Live for nothing or die for something”
Ah, a bow and arrow standoff. Really, who gets himself into these besides John Rambo? Nice work on the guilty expressions on the bad guys’ faces.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – “Those aren’t pillows”
Whew, those last two were mad tense. Let’s chill out with a look at the lighter side of waking up with John Candy’s hand in your butt. Heavy’s rocket exit is such a great improvement on Martin and Candy’s icky freak out.
A nod to the old “My parents are dead” meme. This one shows us that you can import characters into Source Filmmaker, whether it’s to fight crime or spaz-rave-dance.
Dark Knight Rises Trailer
With all the hype these days, you knew there would be more than one Batman video on this list. Here’s the trailer for Dark Knight Rises recreated scene for scene. Bruce Wayne looks great in a Viking helmet.
Let’s end this on a sillier note. This is a product of Source Filmmaker with only a character (wearing not one, not two, but three top hats) and no environment. Does anyone even remember the original song by 4 Non Blondes? Does anyone care? No.