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Cataclysm Press Event: New views of Cataclysm, Blizzard offices

In addition to all the changes announced in the Cataclysm press release event, World of Raids has a flyover video of several of the new zones, including Orgrimmar, Stormwind and Thousand Needles, among others. If photos are more your fancy, Wowhead posted a gallery from their tour of the Blizzard offices, including some gorgeous shots of statues and action figures from the Warcraft line, a ton of gallery artwork, giant plushies and Blizzard's own unique take on motivational posters that highlight Blizzard's philosophy on game design.

Filed under: News items, Cataclysm

WoW Moviewatch: Dragonball Z: Trouble on Arlia, pt I

Tryton created Dragonball Z: Trouble on Arlia, pt I by putting Dragonball Z's soundtrack on top of World of Warcraft graphics. This isn't the first time Tryton's created Dragonball Z WoW machinima, as we've featured his work before. I guess he must be a pretty big fan.

The animation is actually really well done. I like the character models he chose, and I thought the settings, effects, and mis en scene all came together very well. That being said, without the character context or background story information, I didn't feel like I had much clue what was going on. That's probably just my lack of familiarity with Dragonball Z, though, and I can totally cop to that. I was, however, somewhat disappointed not to see anyone shouting "It's over 9000!"

Hopefully, the second part will actually happen, and we'll be able to see where the story goes. I'd encourage Tryton to try and create his own script, eventually. His moviemaking skills are definitely there, and I'd like to see what original content he may create.

If you have any suggestions for WoW Moviewatch, you can mail them to us at machinima AT wowinsider DOT com.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: Polystyrene Dream

I don't usually do a lot of WoW music videos, because I tend to be more of a story-buff. But Polystyrene Dream by Yume caught my attention. I'm not sure if it was the ethereal quality of the video, which lined up very well with "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead, or maybe the hints of narrative that persisted through the piece.

I could probably drive myself crazy projecting motivations on the two central characters, and trying define relationships, reasoning, and results of their actions. In summary, two blood elves repetitively walk up to an increasing variety of critters, stab them, and take their stuff. It could just be meant to be pretty, and it definitively is pretty.

I don't have much to say about the audio track, since it is essentially a nice song by a widely known band. It's possible that if I knew the song or band better, I might see more relevance in the imagery. Still, if you're talking about "Fake Plastic Trees," I guess it's fair to use a pair of Blood Elves as protagonists.

[Via WarcraftMovies]

If you have any suggestions for WoW Moviewatch, you can mail them to us at machinima AT wowinsider DOT com.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: Things You Need

Things You Need is a submission to the machinima category of the 48 Hour Film Project by Stone Falcon Productions, Oblivious Films, and Slashdance. It's a little raucous, and a little rowdy, so your mileage on this film is going to vary according to your taste. It's the story of a down-trodden gnome who encounters a magic shop, gets a tub of magic paint, and hijinks ensue.

I really enjoyed the first part of the film. It was cute, amusing, and the musical portions were pretty darn funny. I loved the shop owner, and the dialogue and play between the two characters. It was lighthearted, fast paced, and totally worth the time. I'm not as sold on the gnome's female companion, created using the magical bucket. She's stereotypically vacuous and unsatisfying for the gnome, who decides to erase her.

There's two schools of thought on this. The first is the obvious concern about the misogyny, the creation of a "perfect" woman, the exploitation of her, and the immediate use of her for base purposes. The other side to that discussion, of course, is that you can interpret the piece as a criticism of that kind of behavior, questioning the motives and character of a man who would do such a thing. Ultimately, though, I don't know if there's a lot to be read into it except a joke, and whether or not you find the joke funny. Like I said, your mileage is going to vary.

[Via WarcraftMovies]

If you have any suggestions for WoW Moviewatch, you can mail them to us at machinima AT wowinsider DOT com.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima, Humor, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: The Orchard

We lead off this week with an offering from Lafawnduh, otherwise known as Dan Ross. The video is The Orchard, and it won first prize in the Warcraft Movies Shrieking Shorties Contest. Lafawnduh was previously featured on Moviewatch for the Ultimate Snowdown back in December 2007.

This time, Lafawnduh's looking at the strange story of Old Margaret, whose mysterious apple pies have won the Brewfest's Southshore Apple Pie contest for years. A frustrated farmer is at his wit's end and tired of losing to Old Margaret. He chooses to sneak into her barn one night to discover the secret.

The Orchard is categorized as "Horror," but you don't need to be told that. Within a few second of the video, the mood, music, and first-person perspective tells you what kind of story you're about to witness. The perspective carries the horror theme very well, with a disjointed sense of what the character's witnessing.

The story itself has a great ending. The morality of Margaret isn't called into question, except by what you might draw on from horror tropes. In fact, the cruel coincidence of what the narrator happens across probably makes for the most horrific part of the story. If he hadn't chosen this night, if he hadn't happened to be around, things might have turned out differently for him. I particularly enjoyed this graying of events, since it makes everything plausible without particularly maligning anyone, or relying on tired cliches of motivation.

[Via Myndflame]

If you have any suggestions for WoW Moviewatch, you can mail them to us at machinima AT wowinsider DOT com.

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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: Netherwing - The Movie

Continuing our spotlight of the top movies in Warcraft Movie's Fabled Few contest, today we have something special for those of you suffering from extended server downtime: a fifteen minute movie.

Why would you want to watch a 15 minute machinima piece? Because this one is very, very well done. Story, script, music, cinematography, sound effects, you name it. This movie has got it. It ended up placing 2nd in the Drama category, only beaten by Black Rose.

Netherwing - The Movie dramatizes the event surrounding the Netherwing faction quest in game. And for once, doesn't use the Blood Elf model to make the race look like a bunch of prancing idiots. Part 1 is above, and part 2 of the movie is after the jump.

If you want to know more about the film maker and his other projects, check out his blog at Stormscape Creations.

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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch, Lore

WoW Moviewatch: Black Rose

After five days of showing you various runner ups to Warcraft Movies' Fabled Few machinima contest, it's time to put the spotlight on the finalist with the most votes. Who is the player who beat out Baron Soosdon for the top spot?

The $1,000 Grand Prize winner is Kenion with his Music entry, Black Rose. As the creator mentions on the movie's page, making action videos using the limited animation of WoW characters is tough. But with fast-moving music, clever camera angles, excellent editing and dazzling special effects, Kenion sure found a way to make it work.

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Filed under: Machinima, Fan stuff, Blood Elves, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: Among Fables And Men

The top winners of Warcraft Movies' Fabled Few continue to impress. First place in the drama category went to Dopefish for this video that pushes the boundaries of what you've seen before in WoW Machinima. No voice over, no text and no moving video. This entire tale is told using still images. And it's one of the best you'll see this year.

Budding machinimists often forget how important music and sound effects are to telling the story. Dopefish challenged himself by using only those two elements on his soundtrack. Add to that the innovative use of screenshots and you get a film that weaves a spell that draws you in. And isn't that what a good story should do?

Tomorrow, we'll be spotlighting the Grand Prize winner.

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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: To Cure A Hangover

The first place winner in the Comedy category of Warcraft Movies recently finished Fabled Few contest is none other than Baron Soosdon. His surreal images and fast-paced editing are on display in "To Cure A Hangover" and also something else we rarely see from him: a narrative structure.

You see, this Orc Warlock had too much to drink the night before and needs to rent a video to keep his demonic minions happy while he recovers. What? That's not enough of a story for you? That's more than you get in any given episode of "Seinfeld."

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Filed under: Warlock, Machinima, Humor, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: Roll a Horde - Elf Hunters

The Warcraft Movies site has always been a great source of WoW-based machinima. Recently, they held a video creation contest called the Fabled Few to find the best of the best among today's visual storytellers. The finalist were selected and the voting closed on Tuesday.

The vid above is the runner up in the Comedy category. Inspired by the "Get A Mac" commercials, a Blood Elf and Night Elf argue superiority based on racial abilities. After you watch the film, I think we all can agree that we've grouped with someone like the Belf Hunter depicted. And immediately found a reason to /disband.

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Filed under: Hunter, Machinima, Blood Elves, Humor, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: The Fifth Horseman

WarcraftMovies ran a Halloween Machinima contest this year. Baron Soosdon of I'm So Sick and Unlimited Escapism fame came in second place with this horrific tale of corruption and mayhem.

The Baron has been criticized in the past for lack of narrative. This time, he created a film that followed one man's journey into the heart of darkness, and the terrifying consequences. It's on the bloody side, so if you don't like slasher flicks, I wouldn't recommend viewing this one.

As usual, avoid the embedded stream for Baron movies and check out the Stage 6 link for high quality picture.

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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

The Fabled Few machinima contest

Do you love creating machinima but lack the motivation to publish your own films? You're in luck. has just announced the opening of The Fabled Few contest. With $2000.00 in cash and prizes to be won, there is plenty of incentive to get your movies made.

The contest submissions begin today and go through November 12th, so if you haven't gotten your magnum opus finished you still have a bit of time. There are three categories you can compete in: Drama, Comedy, and Music. The first prize is $1000 in cash. That's a lot of tacos, my friend. Should you win the grand prize your film will also be featured for an entire weekend on Most importantly, make sure you send us info on your submission here at WoW Insider so we can Moviewatch that triumph I'm sure your work will be.

Filed under: Machinima, Contests

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