Sunday, September 30, 2007

084 - I'm So Sick: The Making Of

Let's start from the beginning once again :)

Few weeks ago, I got my hands on the soundtrack for the latest Resident Evil movie, "Resident Evil: Extinction". While the soundtrack was mostly full of shitty screamo, two tracks stood out there a lot: "My World" by Emigrate and this "I'm So Sick (T-Virus remix) by Flyleaf vs The Legion Of Doom.

Originally I wanted to make a video to "My World" using the traditional line-up of L70ETC but then "I'm So Sick" started to play in my head too :)

While ISS is not so metal-ish as "My World" it provided a cool challenge: a female singer. I did not even have to look very far for that singer, my soon-to-be twink rogue had the looks.

So I remade the belf in WoW model viewer with rock-credibility in mind. She had to look like a singstress for a rock/metal band and imho I succeeded quite well. It is yet to be seen what the big crowd thinks about her and the music video..

Making her to sync with the music required sometimes a bit of trickery. Playing an animation backwards worked a lot better in some cases.

And now a tip for people planning to do their own music video: there is no point trying to sync a singing animation to a long sentence. Instead, try to sync the singers animation to words. It needs more angles and work, but in the end it looks better.

Oh snap, she does not even have a name. If someone comes up with a name which has a) something rock-credibly and b) something blood-elfish - spank it in the comments! Kthxbai :D

Onto the editing next. I approached this video from the Unlimited Escapism perspective: IT HAS TO LOOK COOL. In order to do that the video needs some rock'n'roll clichés: explosions, raining, speed (not the drug), fire, playing and singing in dangerous places etc.

From the beginning I decide that I wanted to use model changes as well. Finally the works of Snoman, Dopefish and Lev are used as an actual stage for machinima.

I tried to make it so that all of the band members have an equal amount of screen-time, in terms of the song. But as you can hear, the majority of the song is played with the bass/drums/vocals combinations so there is not that much room for the guitarists to show. This is something I intend to fix in my next L70ETC video - whenever that will be.

While making the video, I learned to do some new and cool things in various programs. I now know how to load new emitters and how to keyframe in Particle Illusion 3. I have come to terms with the masking tool of Vegas (though it sometimes is a bit clumsy). With the masking tool I managed to create one of the coolest effects - a fake Depth of Field, just like in the image below:

As you can see (click the image bigger and look closer ;) the objects that are far look blurred and those close to the camera are clearer.

I have no idea what the next L70ETC music video by me will be, but most likely it will be to a song by Ministry, Turbonegro or Turmion Kätilöt (Finnish band).

If you survived this TLDR critical strike, relax yourself with some links (and an exceptionally shitty YouTube stream):

p.s. How many of you noticed the Edge of Remorse & Ergo Proxy posters? ;)
(they are both on the same scene)


At September 30, 2007 at 8:42 PM , Anonymous Elesias said...

Hi there!
I've been watching your work since Project Sunset and with every new release you didn't fail to amaze me. Your editing skills have improved so much! "I'm so sick" is a real piece of art and I can't wait to shock my senses.

Keep up the good work!


ps: The credits were AWESOME!

At September 30, 2007 at 9:51 PM , Blogger Mark Gilbert said...

Words fail to capture the sheer volume of your awesomeness.

At October 1, 2007 at 3:02 AM , Blogger Snobaste said...

Awesome stuff! Really really loved the use of PI3 and the almost DoF... it really is hard to describe just how cool this is with words, just WATCH IT NOW OR PAY 75 MSK KK?

At October 1, 2007 at 6:22 AM , Anonymous Lev said...

I'm still thinking of words to cover just how awesome that is.

Great? No that's to little.
Kick-ass? Still not enough.
Godlike? Well, It's a start.

Really, that is, As the ones above me said, just plain Awesome.

At October 1, 2007 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Mikey said...

Hey mate, first off, I'm goning to say that your video is amazing! The effects, characters, theme, and overall quality was absolutely excellent!

Currently I'm building a website devoted entirely to making machinima, with hours of video tutorials and tips directly from the pros on anything from keying to effects to creating logos. I'm looking for machinima makers such as yourself who are willing to allow me to use your creations as examples, as well as even start creating your own! I'd love to give you more details and if your interested, please contact me at

At October 2, 2007 at 1:41 AM , Blogger Olibith said...

I'm sure you suck at driving a car Baron, and it's much more important than machinima.

At October 2, 2007 at 10:02 AM , Blogger -C said...

Dropping in with appreciative comment.

Just here to tell you that it truly was spectacular to watch, even with your generous abuse of CTF-Skorbut :D

I think it was done very well, although with my very limited knowledge of video editing I usually have no idea what's going on where. As a layman who enjoyed the end product very much, thanks for making it. Labors of love are always appreciated for being brought into the world.

At October 2, 2007 at 5:12 PM , Blogger DonTwizz said...

Mhmm i think Serae or Seray sounds very well as an singername.

So the machinima, very nice. Now this song is floating through my mind....wah!

At October 2, 2007 at 8:11 PM , Anonymous Rollie said...

Awesome work! Thanks for uploading to WarcraftCinema! Keep it up!

At October 2, 2007 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous digi said...

This is my first time experiencing your work and I am very glad I stumbled upon it! Once I'm done writing this comment, I'm going to go find your other videos. :3

As for your singer's name, the first (and only) one that came to my mind is: Nalia (Nah-lee-ah).

At October 2, 2007 at 9:08 PM , Blogger Kenneth said...

Baron Soosdon

I have been following ever since Unlimited Escapism 3 was highlighte on WoWInsider. Thus I knew what to expect when I discovered this vid on WarcraftMovies. And should I put this? Oh ya, this video fucking rocks!!! Everything about this video from music, to characters, settings is top notch. Another video to fill up my external HD with.

At October 2, 2007 at 9:14 PM , Anonymous digi said...

It's me again! o_o From your videos and profile, I want to suggest a psytrance group to you. You may already know of them but if you don't, take a listen to the group Infected Mushroom. I strongly suggest anything from their Vicious Delicious CD. These tracks are my favorites: Suliman, Becoming Insane, and Change the Formality. Hope you enjoy! :)

At October 2, 2007 at 10:09 PM , Blogger BaronSoosdon said...

Digi: Yea I do know Infected Mushroom and I do wanna make a video someday using their music.

But currently I have not found the correct imagery (it can be said that their songs are a bit challenging) for a possible IM machinima video.

At October 2, 2007 at 10:18 PM , Blogger .: SNARE :. said...

You keep out-doing yourself!

At October 3, 2007 at 7:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Name suggestion:


At October 3, 2007 at 9:06 AM , Blogger Dan said...

Awsome... I've been watching the version over on Dix Stage 6. Just for fun I tracked down the real video for ISS... they should trash the real video and use this instead. WoW!


At October 3, 2007 at 1:55 PM , Anonymous turboliux said...

great job!
[...]Ta proga radau gan neblogą muzikinį klipą padaryta naudojant modelius iš WoW ir Half-Life 2 bei Unreal Tournament 2004 aplinką. Daina yra “I’m So Sick (T-Virus remix) by Flyleaf vs. The Legion Of Doom”. Video padarė Baron Soosdon.[...]

At October 3, 2007 at 6:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow....i wanna learn how to do the moddles in the way you did with the very nice movements and such

At October 3, 2007 at 7:06 PM , Anonymous prank said...

Hey there,
your Movie is so awesome words can't discribe it.

i Noticed the Ergo Proxy poster and i think your whole video has an Ergo Proxy flare in it, and i love it =),
i think you should make a movie with the Ergo Proxy theme song too, it would be awesome ;)

Kepp hte great work up ;)

At October 3, 2007 at 11:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't suppose you could tell us what models you used for her clothing? I want to see if I can build up a character on a live server with the same stuff. ^_^;

Any help would be appreciated, all I've found so far are the legs, but they're no longer available to obtain on a live server. :(

- Chris

At October 4, 2007 at 1:48 AM , Blogger BaronSoosdon said...

Chris: On my in-game shots I had to make her as a paladin cause of the boots. But anyways, here is the gear list:

Chest: Warpthread Vest
Belt: Verek's Leash
Legs: Plaguehound leggings
Boots: Dreadnaught Sabatons
Gloves: Warpveawer's Gloves
Cape: Stoneshield Cloak

At October 4, 2007 at 1:51 AM , Blogger BaronSoosdon said...

Prank: There might be a bigger than small chance that the Ergo Proxy theme song will be heard in the "Unlimited Escapism vol. 0: Shock Your Senses" end credits :)

Making a full music video to Kiri could work too :)

At October 4, 2007 at 4:16 AM , Anonymous Ricepwrddps said...

where did you get your guitar playing animations?

At October 4, 2007 at 4:48 AM , Blogger BaronSoosdon said...

Ricepwrddps: The animations can be viewed with WoW model viewer (

At October 5, 2007 at 3:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Name of Rocking Belf.

Shaola Windfallen


At October 6, 2007 at 7:27 PM , Anonymous Geno said...

This was hands down the best wow related music video I have ever seen.

Its just plain awesome.

Did you ever consider to participate at a Machinima Contest and/or film festival Soosdon?
I am sure you would win prices!

At October 6, 2007 at 7:53 PM , Blogger BaronSoosdon said...

Geno: I already have :) I came second in the & The Ataris music video making contest.

In 2006 I took part in the XFire WoW machinima contest but I did not win anything there (my editing & directing skills kinda sucked back then a bit more :).

I'll definitely join any (WoW) machinima contest when possible.

At October 7, 2007 at 10:58 PM , Blogger abe90 said...

Great music video I must say...

Just when I watched this I was really inspired to do one of my own with all those cool effects.

But what worries me is where I should begin and learn all these stuff. I'd love if you could tell me how you added those characters to those landscapes/world and made them look like high quality with all those lightings. I'd really appreciate if you had any guide or so :)
Thank you

At October 7, 2007 at 11:08 PM , Blogger BaronSoosdon said...

abe90: Well, I suggest you check the & WoW model viewer forum for the basics. The thing you are looking for are the guides for chroma keying. You might also want to check out the video tutorials by Fony @ WCM - though they are about PvP videos but the techniques are the same on every video.

At October 8, 2007 at 5:44 AM , Anonymous Sky said...

I LOVE this video. It is so amazing. I posted it and linked back to it on my site, - if that's ok.

As for a name for your BE singer, here's my suggestion:
Pandora Belriel

First name, Pandora, is not elvish, but it is based on the mythological Pandora who opened the box and released the evils on the world.

Last name, Belriel, is elvish and translates roughly to 'death maiden.'

At October 8, 2007 at 7:31 AM , Anonymous Sky said...

Oops! Sorry, I didn't realize she was already named... I guess I should have read from newest to lowest.

Also, Lacuna Coil, Heaven's A Lie ( - this song begs for a L70ETC and Animia Everfrost video!

At October 12, 2007 at 4:48 AM , Anonymous Geno said...

Oh btw I tought I´ll just add you in the list of known machinima movies in the german wikipedia.
So far nobody seems to dislike that ;)

At October 12, 2007 at 7:29 PM , Blogger Mike said...

Awsome job on the vid...I'll keep my eyes open for the next installment!

My suggestion fo the name for the Elf:


At October 30, 2007 at 10:40 PM , Blogger Kyla Maestas said...

Absolutely Awesome!! I was totally blown away by your video. I can only imagine the hours that go into producing something like this. I wondered if you take requests, I would be willing to pay for a custom video.(

At November 5, 2007 at 11:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

God!Flyleaf!Way to go dude!Really rocks for me...
I need to get to know how to do that...

At November 8, 2007 at 7:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hands down the best enthralling WoW music vid I have ever seen.

I just hope we get more to see and hear of Animia Everfrost.
How about singing a duet with a male counterpart? Sounds like a good challenge.

Anyways, please please please keep up the good work.

At November 8, 2007 at 8:10 PM , Blogger BaronSoosdon said...

anonymous: ms Everfrost will definitely return. Currently I have found only one song that would be a suitable duet (Turmion Kätilöt - Irstauden Ilosanoma) for her and the L70ETC Orc lead singer. But I'm not planing to make that her next video, she will be back on her own most likely.

At November 10, 2007 at 2:48 PM , Anonymous Maddy said...

big congrats, this video is an awesome piece of work, it gave me goosebumps.

At November 30, 2007 at 5:43 PM , Anonymous Morbidosis said...

Freakin awesome... the impact is amazing... you know you really should send a copy to Blizz (tho i'm sure they've seen it already, who hasnt =P ) and see if you can get a contract to do some WoW videos for them, timed to release with the upcoming WoW live action movie.

At January 26, 2008 at 8:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fucking awesome work.

I'd love to see a video of Turmion Kätilöt - Pirunnyrkki, or some other piece of music from Turmion Kätilöt.

At April 11, 2008 at 3:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello i have seen your video and it was awsome.

me and my friend are hoping to make vids with music too. so i ask how did you get the gutair and the drums.

srry for any spelling erroes

At May 2, 2008 at 2:20 AM , Blogger Drackthor said...

Amazing... That is some awesome machinima. There are amazing graphics, great shots, and awesome special effects.

I have been interested in machinima for a long time, and I have a lot of great ideas. But, I have no programs or any idea on how to make quality movies.

I understand that I would have to work a lot, but I need a list of something that I need, a projected cost, and some tips.

If you hate this kind of stuff, fine, I'll back off. I don't want to bother you. Just comment me on my WoW Journal blog if you would like to help me out...


At August 22, 2008 at 12:54 AM , Anonymous bshp said...

fraps, sony vegas, after effects, particle illusion, wow model\map viewer — it's ALL the programmes you used?
and what you did with particle illusion except for a rain?

At August 22, 2008 at 12:58 AM , Anonymous w1x said...

oh sorry, there is a fire and snow... last question canceled :)
and movie is rly awesome

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