Till now relatively unknown, Machinima films have been coming to fore for the last few months, specially after the sudden mushroom cloud of online video sites started spreading in the blogosphere. From the (semi) official website,
"As you probably learned before, machinima is filmmaking in a virtual environment. To clear things up, let's talk a bit more in detail about how machinima movies can actually be produced and what ways there are to do machinima.
Generally speaking, there a two main ways to produce a machinima movie:
This way of making machinima is easy to learn and feels close to "real-life" filmmaking. It has room for spontaneity and improvisation and adds that human touch to the behaviour of your actors."
Live Action MachinimaThe action takes place in a networked computer game, mainly using a FPS game. Every player controls a virtual character via mouse and keyboard commands.
Each actor uses a headset with a microphone to perform dialogue, if there is any. Though, sometimes the dialogue is added later in "Postproduction".
One of the players is serving as the cameraman/-woman. His/her point of view is recorded to tape (or harddisk) and represents the "film-footage".
Most of the time, the settings and characters are taken from the game that's being used for filming.
A highly recommended one is Red Vs. Blue series, which is a must watch. I have been trying to figure out if I could create Machinima films using my Mac laptop, but am yet to find the right gaming engine for it. One day...