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August 04 2006

Buffy: The Machinima Musical. Computer-animated versions of a "Buffy trailer", and several "OMWF" songs, all made by Ravensclaw and available for viewing/downloading. Click on 'More'/'Comments' for some info about making your own Buffyverse machinima.

There are three more "Once More With Feeling" computer-animated vids here, but IMO they are not as high quality as the ones by Ravensclaw (the main post above).


'Machinima' is basically computer animated footage recorded from video games. Because making movies is both affordable and relatively simple this way, it's becoming more common. Yet there's still only one story-based Buffy-related series ("Consanguinity"), so here's a guide to making some more for anyone who's willing to try:

Start by reading this article which explains what 'Machinima' is. If your planning on making a movie, it's probably easiest to start out with either "The Movies" or "Sims 2".

One suggested plan of action in making your own Buffyverse movie is:

(1) Watch videos at these sites: Machinima Premiere,,
(2) Play the game you want to use to make the movie.
(3) Spend some time reading tutorials, articles and forums related to Machinima.
(4) Write a story, but fit it around what's possible using the game, rather than trying to make the game fit around your story.
(5) Start filming.
(6) If you run into any problems use forums at sites like "".
(7) Post your masterpiece online so that Buffyverse fans everywhere can rejoice.

Below find a few notes about using "Sims 2" and "The Movies":

--"SIMS 2"

Here's a very useful site: "A Guide to Sims 2 Movie-Making".

Buffyverse locations and Buffyverse Sims can be found ready made thanks to user billygruffs. These downloads are stunning. The locations include interior not just exterior. If you are using Sunnydale and the Scoobies in your story, most of the key locations you might want (Magic Box, Buffy's house...) are there already.

Some useful links relating to movie-making using this game:, Sims Mod Program,, "Sims 2 Stuff" forum.


This is a strategy game where you can build a studio and make your own movies in wmv format.

If you wanna largely ignore the strategy in the game and just make movies in 'the sandbox mode'. Use the cheat found here (scroll down to "The Movies" info) to unlock all sets/props. You can also increase the size of the studio and increase the number of available extras using programs found here. Further info can be found at

I predict this post is going to be severely edited ;)
Oh my. Google's Babelfish has failed me on this one.
Me, too, Browncoat. I used AltaVista's BabelFish and the results were more daunting than the original.

You kids today. I was playing Barbies and trying to find the dirty passages in my parents' books, and you guys are making freakin' movies. Well, good on ya, I say. Nice job, Ravensclaw.

"Obviously, we'll see advances in technology. TiVo, iPods, streaming video the way we watch TV is changing dramatically. It's on our phones, in our cars even projected on specialized eyeglasses. But don't listen to the talk about having shows beamed directly into your brain. That's science-fiction nonsense. Shows will be stored in the pancreas and will enter the brain through the bloodstream after being downloaded into your iHole." -- Joss Whedon, TV Guide Guest Columnist, Jan. 3rd, 2006

[ edited by QuoterGal on 2006-08-05 00:02 ]
Hmm, I'm not clear why the link doesn't go straight to the YouTube account, seems quicker:
"I Got a Theory" was amusing to watch.
Machinima is the latest up and coming thing. Give it another 6 months and it'll be old hat. We at Whedonesque like to ride upon the cusp of the new technology thing when it comes to the fandom.

Blogs, podcasts, video podcasts etc. We covered them when fans started to use them. The Whedonverse has come a long way since it was just Geocities sites and crappy message boards.

So what paxomem wrote was very interesting, ta for that.
Its still up and coming? I was doing it with Quake back in '94 ;)
The Whedonverse has come a long way since it was just Geocities sites and crappy message boards.

Crap! I forgot to start a Geocities shite. My empire is lacking.

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