Real-Time Animation to be Demoed At Fla. Fest

New York-based animation studio The Ill Clan will demonstrate the improvised cartoon process known as Machinima at the Florida Film Festival on March 16. The team will create a computer generated 3D short film before a live audience as part of the NextArt Showcase in the Enzian Theater in Winter Park.

Derived from the words Machine and Cinema, Machinima combines 3D game technology with traditional cinema techniques. The Ill Clan helped pioneer the process with the making of its award-winning short, Hardly Workin’.

Matt Dominianni, director of the group’s first short, Apartment Huntin’, will be joined on stage by fellow voice-over artists/improvisers Paul Jannicola and John Clavis. The entire production, a mock cooking show titled Common Sense Cooking with Carl the Cook, will be animated, performed and shot simultaneously, all while projected on a large screen for the festival audience.

The ILL Clan’s Machinima films have been included in DigitalMedia gallery at The American Museum of the Moving Image in New York. Digital Media

Curator Carl Goodman notes, “Machinima blends elements of computer animation and live theater, and piggybacks onto continuing, rapid advances in the visual capabilities of realtime videogame engines.”

The ILL Clan has both a half-hour cartoon series and an interactive game in the works. To find out more about the studio, visit http://www.illclan.com/nextartpr.htm