Saturday, January 26, 2008

Spring and Easter Eggs, thy deceptive arts.

I've been really excited about the response to my video, "In For A Penny: Prologue." I thought like the others, most people would go 'wtf is this?' and move on, but they didn't! There's been some confusion, I think, regarding exactly what this movie was, but that's okay.

Myth: "IFAP:P is a trailer for some almost complete movie!"
Dear Blizzard if only that were the case. I made "IFAP:P" with the idea that it would be part one of the series... telling the backstory for the full Film Noir when it's ready. As for the complete movie part, at one point, I had two minutes of footage in Adobe Premiere; then I switched to Sony Vegas, and spent half a year learning not to suck at it. While I still have some of the pieces of it from Premiere, it wasn't rendered in a good quality. I will not be using any of that footage, and will be starting over. I was excited I'd completed part one, and many people were expecting me to already be done with part two! ^^

Myth: "But the poster says 'Spring' so it will be ready in a month or two!'"
When I started "IFAP:P" I worked on it for a couple weeks last summer. Then I got completely distracted by other things in (that scary ass thing) 'the real life', got a new video program, started work on the Film Noir instead, then stopped all together and made 'He Will Redeem Us.' So when I put 'Spring' it was literally a year from when I first started the project. When I picked it back up in December, I figured that since it didn't say Spring 2008, there wasn't a need to redo the entire scene. (The part where Thayle walks out of the poster was already completed at this point.) I used 'Spring' for a couple other reasons symbolically, with it playing off the bringing forth of new life, and a counterpoint to the name 'Penelope.' I'll let you figure that one out.

Myth: "Cake is better than pie."
The cake is a lie!

So, after my family's vacation is over, I'll be working on a side project, which will be a music video. It will be my answer to why everyone always asks why my stuff is so dark and sad, why I use Blood Elves so much, and it will also be pretty pervy. You like pervy, right? The music will be a custom parody. I'll keep this up-to-date with pictures from the music video as it comes along. I'm going to challenge myself on creation with this one - I have an idea of something I want to do, but it will be damn hard to accomplish. We will see!

So thank you to everyone who watched my movie, the support for it has me excited to keep going! Also, how many Easter Eggs did everyone find, I've been kind of curious to know if anyone noticed. ^^

Monday, January 21, 2008

I did the Night Elf cheer this morning.

My cats must have thought I was crazy, but yes, I did that silly ass cheer when I woke up this morning. I got my first recommend at WCM, and I yelled so loud it got my husband up out of bed. Where's my champaigne!



Sunday, January 20, 2008's WoW Idol Contest

A while back Rob (who performed the violin on 'He Will Redeem Us' linked me to the WoWRadio site and suggested for a laugh that we submit the song there for their WoW Idol contest. What the hell, why not? Well, apparently we made the finalists. There are some really entertaining songs up there from some talented people. Give a listen and vote for your favorite.

You can listen to all the songs here and when you are done, head to their frontpage and vote for your favorite in the drop down box on the right (in the ON AIR section.) Of course I'd love it if some voted for me, but I'm all about voting how you feel, so pick your fav and enjoy some fun warcraft music!

Over Blogging Attacks Azeroth.

I swear I'll avoid this many in the future, but, "In For A Penny: Prologue" is up and available. =) Quicktime and Divx were having good days, and didn't take out their aggressions on me tonight!

As always, if there is a particular scene in this movie or others that someone would like a screenshot of in Hi-Res, just let me know. Thanks for watching. =)


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Impatient Sels is Impatient.

Patience has never been one of my virtues. So after a couple all nighters, I've actually finished IFAP:Prologue. I'm now just waiting on an e-mail of all things. So, while waiting, I threw together some screenshots and images from the film. If you are interested in some downloadable High Res shots, you can download here.



I'd like to start releasing the film in the next couple days. Once it's out, if someone reading this blog has a particular scene that they enjoy, and would like a HiRes image of that scene, I'm happy to provide custom screenshots.

For the record, Tauren would not look good as the primary characters in the movie.

I totally have this nagging feeling that as soon as I release it, a great machinimator like BaronSoosdon or Olibith will put out something the same day, and no one will see my video on WCM again. Is that paranoia or cynicism? I really can't tell. The release of "He Will Redeem Us" fell off the front page in less than a day in a half, with under 400 views. While it's never a good feeling to have people hate your work, it's much more frustrating for no one to get the chance to see you work. If it wasn't for a few sites; Moo_Money's WoWInsider Blog, Wow.incgamers, and Wegame, who all featured my work, no one would have ever seen it. So paranoia or cynicism? Probably a little of both.

<3 /sels off

Friday, January 18, 2008

Late Nights

I'm looking forward to finishing the "In For A Penny: Prologue." I'm done with the preliminary footage, still have plenty of editting to do, as well as credits and all the tumbleweed nights that go with it. I'm hoping to have it ready for release by the end of next week... we will see.


Like my other vids, this one is set to music (although I did not create the music in it like in "He Will Redeem Us.") The Prologue is meant to introduce the main film noir, which I have to start from scratch again after switching editting programs. That one will come eventually... but not for a while. I'm thinking of making a silly music video after IFAP: Prologue is done, since all my work so far has been pretty heavy and dark. I hope that others will appreciate "IFAP: Prologue" for what it is, art with a story. I don't fit well into most of the WoW genres out there, and my stuff isn't really flashy, but it's my style... for good or worse.

<3 /sels off

Saturday, January 12, 2008


["Machinimasochism": 1) The Art of making machinima and submitting it to be critiqued, ripped apart and misunderstood by probably 80% of the people that watch it, but yet you keep coming back to make more. 2) The laboring tediously in front of any editing program which is actively fighting you back while making machinima.] Can I coin that? Can that be my Steven Colbert-esk word of the year? Probably not, but it sums up what most people that make art on the internet experience, I think.

I've spent the last few hours trying to get Quicktime Pro and myself to skip merrily through the apple fields together. Unfortunately, most of my formats seem to be allergic to Apples. Alas.

My teaser is up for "In For A Penny," my film noir that Matt so gloriously pointed out the acronym for was "IFAP." So, in the spirit of "IFAP," you can view the Teaser for the Prologue by clicking here. Yes, right here. These buttons. Yep. These. Will the entire movie be Blood Elf "Romance." Sadly, no, although since very few people click links on WCM that aren't recommended, perhaps I should have called it "HOLY SHIT PORNO" then it would get some exposure! Enjoy, and... yes, you are allowed to enjoy it like that.

/sels off

The Bandwagon, The Oxcart

You have died of Dysentary.

Okay, not really, but I figured it would be fun to move away from the flashy pretty wtf that is Myspace, and try an actual blog page with 50% less glitter and nipple tassles. You missed those? Sorry, maybe they will go back up later.

Welcome to my Blog site, where I'll post updates on movies, teasers, and well, whatever else people ask for within reason. Let me know what you'd like to see!