A Trip to the Moon restored

A Trip to the Moon (1902), one of the first films with animated effects, restored….

“It was the first blockbuster in the history of cinema. Now the 1902 silent movie A Trip to the Moon by the French film-maker Georges Melies has been restored in one of the most complex and ambitious movie projects ever. The film also has been given an original new soundtrack by the famed French electronica band Air.”

There’s a BBC video report on the restoration.

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Turning machinima into a job

An academic paper from June 2010, available free from the author’s website…

Under The Radar: industry entry by user entrepreneurs. Research Policy No. 39 (2010), pages 1198 – 1213.

“We study an emerging group of [business] firms founded by users of video games who became entrepreneurs on entering the animation industry by producing Machinima, a new film genre characterized by shooting film in video games. We explain how user entrepreneurs gain access to complementary assets (video games) for their new use (shooting film), how they deal with intellectual property issues when using other firms’ assets, and how user entrepreneurs combine domain knowledge about film production with their experience in video games and the art of Machinima.”