The Day Before Blizzcon
I have just a handful of short hours to prepare myself: pack, throw everything in the car, and figure out exactly how to get to the hotel where our guild will be setting up base. Yesterday I was starting to get really excited, but today there is mechanical calm; I think I'm in the moment. So soon? Yes. I can already tell this weekend is going to fly by like a worgen on rocket boots.
Here's your final super-awesome-collectible wallpaper, featuring everyone! No watermark on these since the trademark name is splattered all over. Watch out Garrosh. We're coming for your war room next.
With any luck, I'll be able to put up an update or two during the con itself (if one of my wonderful guildies lets me use their computers, eheh). You may see something new here on the site at the end of this countdown, besides reflection and prophecy. Just sayin'.
Also, best of luck to my fellow machinimators that entered the Blizzcon video contest! Or I guess, the winners already know who they are ... so best of luck to them in feeling ... uh ... good about their film!
And now, the #1 impact to WoW machinima in Cataclysm... (drumroll?) ...
#1: The sky is the limit
"Old World flying" will allow your old trusty mount to take off above the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor. Finally, after kludges and TOS-breaking hacks, machinimators will have full control over the camera in nearly all of Azeroth. This change made #1 on our list because the benefits are profound and twofold.
First, in cinematographic terms, we'll have infinitely more options on the table. We won't be restricted to the same view from the ground that, by now, most players are very familiar with seeing. Aerial shots, smooth dolly effects free of terrain, and the full range of angles: just mount up and they're available now. And if you've got a stable of old flying mounts, you can choose the right speed for the shot (or fly backwards, for a nice slow pace).
Secondly, flying everywhere means flying everywhere. We'll be able to get to places we've never had access to before, opening up nooks and crannies the world over. All the new content in the world (literally, ha) won't mean much for a director if he can't actually reach it to use it for a set.
And now, finally, I can film my pièce de résistance: Xeno Troll Squadron Zero, the mutant bombardier aces of the Hinterlands! The voodoo strikes from above!
In all seriousness, I hope you got something out of this series here on Filmcraft. It might be a wallpaper you'll use for two days, or a newfound respect for shaman, but something. And hopefully, I'll be reminded more often to post, eheh.
And if you happen to be going to Blizzcon, keep an eye out for the <slashdance> logo. Don't be afraid to say hi!