Tuesday, February 24, 2009

No Point: Stretching Time

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GameTV (French website)


HD720p x264 @ Megaupload (700 mb)
HD720p x264 @ Filefront (700mb)
HD720p XviD @ Megaupload (1.02gb)
HD720p XviD @ Filefront (1.02gb)


In The Press
WoW Insider
BPVolcano (german)
Whowho's review
Tamzin's review @ my forums

(If NP:ST gets featured on any blogs, other media etc, gimme a link to the comment section. Any language will do, I'll be glad to add it :)

Making of "No Point: Stretching Time"
The idea for this movie came to me late 2007 or early 2008. I went to the WoW.dev forums and asked people to send me their model changes. I wanted to create a movie which would feature new worlds from many directors. The other criterias for the movie weret that a) it should have gnomes as main characters and b) it should have a meaning or a plot.

Originally the movie was supposed to be created around one song, the DJ Orkidea remix of the Nightwish song "Bye Bye Beautiful". In the end, a good idea was replaced with an excellent one and that song is not in this movie at all.

The exact day when first recordings were made is 26th of february 2008. I finished editing the movie on 11th of December 2008. Between this time there was like a 5 month break when I did not do anything to the movie, it just was lying around in my HD.

Cool opening credit animation created by Pinkhair

That was definitely a good thing - now No Point: Stretching Time is almost exactly what I want it to be. I would have re-filmed a couple of really small scenes, but my laptop decided to blow up so that's a no go. I can honestly say that this is the machinima I'm most satisfied of.

Having no other games featured than WoW was part of the first plans, but later on I added multi-game scenes when the movie and story grew. It was no longer a "yet another Unlimited Escapism" but something more.

The plot - which can be interpreted in any way you want - was done the absolutely wrong way. On the beginnning I did have some ideas written on the paper, but at the final stages I just went with the philosophy "sync cool things to the music".

The name of the movie has nothing, 0% to do with the content. "No Point" comes from the lovely comments at WCM (which the UE series mostly got), "WTF?! THERE'S NO POINT!!11". Also, the phrase "No Point" will market the movie automatically - people use it in sentences. For example, "There's no point giving the Thunderfury to a warrior, since a warlock can also wield it nowadays." Hopefully this evil plan is successful!

"Stretching Time" is just an enormous salute to the song of same name in the movie (by Dj Orkidea).

Yes, I am a huuuuuge DJ Orkidea fanboi.

That's all folks! I hope you enjoy the movie and download it instead of streaming. Watch this machinima from the biggest video and audio system possible. The sound design by Caruu (also known as the prime messenger of Xenu) should make some sweet love to your stereo system.

A sequel? Not necessary, but not an impossible thought. I've told everything there is to this story. To get inspired to make a No Point 2, I need a bunch of new skillz an model changes.

My next machinima (the music video where I asked for people to send in their gnomes) is 99% ready. It will be delayed till I get my laptop back or come up with an alternative idea how to finish it.

He is back! The DIVINE ONE has returned! AMAZING!


At February 24, 2009 at 2:47 PM , Blogger Stoico said...

Downloading as im reading this post. I cant wait will watch it and get back when I have seen it...

At February 24, 2009 at 7:54 PM , Blogger Bullshitmaster said...

OMG! first I was like omg and then I was like wtf?! this is so damn awesome, especially the scene where the gnomes fight against the dragon :) I'm honored to see my modelchanges in this movie :]

At February 24, 2009 at 9:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.. very nicely done.

At February 24, 2009 at 10:25 PM , Blogger Calina said...

As I said before...the worlds elite - great work - epic movie :)

Gnome Female and nothing can go wrong! (but next movie needs more dead murlocs!)


At February 24, 2009 at 11:12 PM , Blogger Snobaste said...

Now that's WHAT I'M FUCKING TALKING ABOUT! Epic, pure fucking epic. Something in the Escapism style yet with a little story. Pure Soosdon, pure awesome. I'm happy that even though I don't drink teh Coffee anymore, my changes are still being used :)

At February 25, 2009 at 2:09 AM , Anonymous Norswap said...

My general feeling about this is that it is pretty awesome !

However, I think the movie only reach it's full potential at the dragon fight. Before that, the model changes are pretty cool but all the wandering was less interesting than in your Unlimited series.

Also some things are quite disturbing : the gnome on the wolf on his way to crash into the pillar, or the elevator glitch in the gnome tower. (I'm a detail person :o I even noticed that walking in Dun Tropica threw snow in the air instead of sand).

Nice choice of music, as always (I particularly enjoyed dropzone and the 28 days theme), tough I think "the final fight" would have beneficed from some more epic music.

I wonder if it was necessary to put stone giants/ghosts in every single town (very cool in Booty Bay I must admit !).

Also quite dislike the bad guys guns :p

3d animations, runes stuff were friggin awesome.

So, thanks a lot :) I'm looking forward to the music video and Kake Buk 2.

At February 25, 2009 at 2:13 AM , Blogger BaronSoosdon said...

Kake Buk 2 is not coming, ever.

At February 25, 2009 at 3:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely downloading the Xvid file for this, haha. Wow Baron, this has got to be your best work ever. Can't wait to see what's up next! :)

At February 25, 2009 at 5:59 AM , Blogger corey said...

The HD upload to FileFront is showing up as invalid. QuickTime states the issue is an invalid sample description.

At February 25, 2009 at 10:46 AM , Blogger BaronSoosdon said...

corey: The x264 version is meant to be watched with Media Player Classic or VLC.

If it still does not work, go for the XviD version instead.

At February 25, 2009 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Asgard said...

epic <3

At February 25, 2009 at 2:41 PM , Blogger Quinnie said...

I can't believe you didn't use AE, did u just make all those effects in vegas? that's amazing.

At February 25, 2009 at 4:20 PM , Blogger Spooner said...

My head is going to fucking explode! YOU FINALLY RELEASE THIS! and last night HOW TO PALADIN XXXI.

Yeah too much bro way too much for my feeble little mind to handle right now.

At February 25, 2009 at 4:56 PM , Blogger BaronSoosdon said...

Quinnie: I actually forgot to add Particle Illusion to the program list. Most of the explosion, spell etc effects are made with that.

At February 25, 2009 at 10:39 PM , Blogger Hege Charlotte said...

Awesome mr. Soosdon! <3

as always!

I vote for the next expansion to be "Soosdon & Co.", where they implement all the modelchanges from you guys. ^^
Some of the stuff is just amazing.
You never disappoint!

Keep up with the great work! <3

At February 26, 2009 at 12:34 AM , Anonymous Norswap said...

"Kake Buk 2 is not coming, ever."
Bouh :'(

Still I'm curious, did you had some plot elements planned already ?

At February 26, 2009 at 3:25 AM , Anonymous Keystone said...

You could always just rename the .mp4 to .avi to get it to play in Windows Media Player, assuming you have the codecs. It worked for me.

At February 26, 2009 at 8:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished watching this piece and had to stop by to say both how much I appreciate the end result and the hours of creativity that went into this movie.

It was simply amazing.

The work of the team of folks supporting you was amazing as well.

Over and over I kept thinking to myself, "I want to see that zone".

A beautiful movie. Thank you so much for sharing it with the rest of us.

At February 26, 2009 at 9:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing! /bow

At February 26, 2009 at 11:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

epicness, you should upload complete ost ;)

At February 27, 2009 at 1:59 AM , Anonymous Miggo@The Sha'Tar said...

Nice Sosdon... No, not nice AWSUME :D... I love that it was gnomes, I loved the "story"/concept or whatsoever... And I loved the epilouge! Thats how a true story ends!


At February 27, 2009 at 6:43 PM , Anonymous BKiddo said...

That was epic! It took a while to download but it was so worth the wait. Model changes were a great touch to the film, the people who worked on those did a brilliant job.
i think this video is very inspiring. Great job and I can't wait to see your future projects.

At February 28, 2009 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Nathan said...

Soosdon, You are simply awesome, words cannot express the shivers i got watching this.
From the AMAZING song selection, the zones, to the simple story of 2 gnomes. it is completely top notch.
You are a gift to Machinima my friend. Would kill to be in one but hey i enjoy watching them.

BTW what UT3 map is that? it looks amazing would love to play it.

Much love to you brotha
Keep it up!

At February 28, 2009 at 1:17 PM , Blogger BaronSoosdon said...

Nathan: The map is called Atlantea. You can find it by searching the Unreal Tournament 3 forums at the Epic Games site.

At February 28, 2009 at 7:48 PM , Anonymous Ali said...

As always, your work blows me away :)

Loved the choice of music and the model changes were fantastic.

Can't wait to see your next work, and best of luck in the future!

At March 2, 2009 at 4:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's like my eyes and ears went on holiday - and came back better than ever before.

The machinima, the story, the music, the models, the landscapes. All works of art by their respected artists. I thank them.

And I thank you, Soosdon. <3 Simply awesome.

At March 25, 2009 at 9:08 AM , Anonymous demog said...

Absolutely BRILLIANT work here Soosdon! Epically and expansively imagined; technically masterful. Wow.

And please disregard all the idiots who claim your music taste is somehow detracting from the pure awesomosity on display in your work. They are idiots. Your music selections are always great.

At May 1, 2009 at 5:09 PM , Blogger Kafka said...

Thank-you for sharing your skill and imaganation. I really, really enjoyed you and your team's obvious hard work. Spectacular!!!

-- Kafka

At November 15, 2009 at 11:04 PM , Blogger Teemu said...

This video doesn't have any working links at warcraftmovies.com, filefront throws an error and megaupload would rather be nanodownload if you arent willing to pay for crap services like that.

Hope you could fix a working download link for this video, or even a WCMTorrent. Plix.

Petokalan kudosnäyte on haista kaavittu.

At March 14, 2010 at 10:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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