Nov. 20, 2013 | 5:07 p.m.
With the release of the PlayStation 4 and XBox One consoles a week apart, the few undecided gamers who haven’t thrown their support behind one console or the other may have given rise to Machinima’s newest mini-movie, “The Console War.” The piece starts off with Master Chief, a popular character from XBox’s “Halo” franchise, taking out Kratos, a popular character from PlayStation’s “God of War” series. It’s a battle that parallels consumer console wars that are sure to erupt during this holiday season when the new generation of consoles — including 2012′s WiiU — will be pitted against one another. The video only focuses on PS4 and XBox though, and follows Machinima’s narrative productions of “Halo Reach,” “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” (and the sequel), as well as live-action fan pieces like the Skyrim project and the “Dead Island” video game trailer. […]
Sept. 24, 2013 | 5:29 p.m.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” Maurissa Tancharoen isn’t the only one in her family with a new creative venture premiering this week. On Thursday, her brother Kevin Tancharoen is set to debut “Mortal Kombat Legacy 2,” the sequel to the video game-inspired Web series that launched in 2011 on the Machinima YouTube channel and has had more than 70 million views. This time, though, the series will be released in its entirety rather than rolling out in episodic installments — Kevin Tancharoen noted that binge-viewing habits have changed even the way Web series creators think about launching new projects. Hero Complex caught up with Tancharoen, whose original self-made short film spawned the Web series and an upcoming feature, to talk a bit more about what to expect from the new episodes and the big-screen version he’s planning. HC: So, this time […]
Aug. 17, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” the fifth game in Bethesda Game Studios’ Elder Scrolls series, is the latest release to receive the fan film treatment on the gaming and media streaming website Machinima. The live-action short “Skyrim: Into the Void” was created by Machinima partner Warialasky, who also created films based on the games “Goldeneye” and “Splinter Cell.” It follows the noble dragonborn hero Dovahkiin, who saves the world from destruction only to be cursed by a vampire in the process. Hero Complex spoke to Warialasky partner Landon Sperry about “death eater technology,” working with Machinima and fan reaction to changes from the original text. HC: Before doing the movie, what was your Skyrim experience? LS: Originally, I played the game a couple of months after it launched. People were saying “It’s like ‘Lord of the Rings!’ It’s the coolest […]
Feb. 23, 2013 | 10:15 a.m.
Actress Lili Bordán was living and working in Budapest, Hungary, when she got her first taste of “Battlestar Galactica,” taking note of “what an amazing opportunity it would be for an actor in this series.” With “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” she found her opportunity, playing Dr. Beka Kelly, a Graystone Industries scientist who helped improve the Cylons. Set between the events of “Caprica” and “Battlestar Galactica,” “Blood & Chrome,” which aired on Syfy Feb. 10 and was released earlier this week on DVD and Blu-ray, retells the first mission of rookie pilot William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) at the beginning of the Cylon War. Adama, his new co-pilot Coker (Ben Cotton) and the mysterious Kelly detour from a simple “milk run” into a full-fledged covert operation on a foreign world. “This planet and this war are uncharted,” Bordán said. “It’s […]
Feb. 18, 2013 | 6:37 p.m.
Director Kevin Tancharoen has re-teamed with Machinima to continue the “Mortal Kombat” storyline with “Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2,” a second season of the video game-inspired Web series that launched in 2011 on the Youtube channel and had more than 60 million views. The director, who first started the onscreen “Mortal Kombat” revival with his “Rebirth” short, is also developing a full-length feature. But before that hits screens, Season 2 of the “Legacy” Web series will launch. The trailer — which premiered online and at the 3rd Streamy Awards — says only that it is “koming soon,” so we’re left to wonder as to when exactly. But here’s what we know: The story involves a realm known as Outworld that sends its warriors to fight against the best warriors of the Earthrealm (ours) in a fight to the death. After winning […]
Dec. 08, 2012 | 12:01 p.m.
“Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome,” the Web series that will also air as a two-hour uncut premiere on Syfy in February, posted its final two episodes Friday. The story of the first military mission for young William Adama also introduced us to Adama’s first flight partner, Coker Fasjovik. With a stint on “Stargate Atlantis” and even a small role in “Battlestar Galactica: Razor,” actor Ben Cotton is no stranger to science fiction shows. Hero Complex caught up with Cotton to ask a few questions about his “BSG” experience. HC: Were you a “Battlestar Galactica” fan before signing on to “Blood and Chrome”? BC: I was a fan of “BSG” when I read for Coker, though I’ll admit, I had some catching up to do. When people mention “BSG” it often comes with the story of having just dedicated two weeks […]
Nov. 16, 2012 | 12:49 p.m.
Luke Pasqualino’s British accent is in stark opposition to the gruff, gritty voice of Edward James Olmos, but both portray different sides of the complex character William Adama in the “Battlestar Galactica” franchise. Olmos’ “So Say We All” speech in the re-imagined “Battlestar” series (2004-2009) helped define the admiral as the wartime commander he turned out to be, but it is Pasqualino who will help viewers see what events mold a young, self-secure pilot into a war-weary soldier in the “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” Web series on Machinima. The second batch of online episodes of “Blood & Chrome” launched Friday, and Hero Complex contributor Jevon Phillips caught up with Pasqualino earlier to talk about his introduction to the “Battlestar” universe. HC: How long have you been involved in the show? LP: We shot the pilot in February 2011 up […]
Nov. 09, 2012 | 1:33 p.m.
“Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome,” a highly anticipated sci-fi show that follows young military pilot Ensign William Adama (played by Luke Pasqualino) on an important mission during the first Cylon War, launched Friday morning online with two episodes (seen below) on Machinima. The YouTube channel, which earlier launched a couple of Halo Web series and made a splash in 2011 with Mortal Kombat: Legacy, may not have been the medium that “Battlestar” fans expected, but it has always been the show’s destination. “The challenge initially from the network to me was ‘Can you come up with an idea that would serve an online distribution platform?’ X-Box, Netflix — I can’t remember the actual venues and outlets,” said executive producer David Eick. “The catch was they wanted a concept that would serve this 10-episode structure that could later be cut into a movie. […]
July 11, 2012 | 12:01 a.m.
Microsoft’s blockbuster “Halo” franchise has sold more than 42 million video games and been featured in novels, comic books, trading cards and an animated series. But Master Chief, the “space marine” protagonist who wields two guns and takes no prisoners, got his butt kicked on his first foray into the live-action world, when 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures’ 2006 attempt to develop a big-budget “Halo” movie fizzled over budget concerns. Now “Halo” has gone in front of the cameras, but without any movie studio assistance. Microsoft has produced a Web series, called “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” which will premiere this October in five episodes leading up to the release of the “Halo 4” video game. The segments will then be collected, along with 15 minutes of additional footage, into a 90-minute feature film. Microsoft will announce “Forward Unto […]