We’ve covered Valve’s Source Filmmaker before, and even played around with it, but there’s no way that we could end up making something great out of it; the tools required too much time and dedication to master. That isn’t a bad thing though, because that allows the truly dedicated to make something great. There’s plenty of great things being made with Source Filmmaker every day, here’s a few of our favorites.
James McVinnie, a cinematic designer at Bioware, got his hands on the tools and made something truly wonderful. Of course, this took some time (approximately 130 hours) but his direction is superb. It isn’t often that creators are able to accurately portray an entire story without using speech once, especially with characters that we are so familiar with. It works extremely well in this instance and we commend him on his hard work.
YouTube user ‘0northkakalaka0’ took a familiar scene and recreated it in loving detail using Valve's moviemaking tools. If you’ve seen the original instance of the clip in Austin Powers, you’ll know just how perfect this scene is; they recreate the classic timing of the shots between characters and the subtle animation tweaks are brilliant.
Meet The Family
Continuing in the same vein as Valve’s ‘Meet the...” videos, YouTube user ‘TheDKer’ created ‘Meet the Family’ using the original (leaked) version of Source Filmmaker, but that doesn’t negate how well-made this short is. He even recorded the character voices to add a very comedic feel to the production. It is probably one of the best overall uses of Source Filmmaker that we’ve seen yet.
Save As .dmx (X Gon’ Give It To Ya)
In the early days of the Source Filmmaker Beta, there weren’t very many good videos available online yet. ‘Save as .dmx’ hit the perfect spot, as users were starting to mess around with the software and the movie files are saved as “.dmx” files. The creator took the DMX classic “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” and layered it atop his early SFM workings. It became an instant hit and currently has over one million views, despite being only seven seconds long. There’s even a version that is ten hours of the seven second loop that has over 125k views already. X Gon’ Give It To Ya!
These were a few of our favorites. If you have any that you’d like to share, post a link in the comments; we’d love to take a look!