#009 - Hugh Handcock - Left Hand Path - Virtuality Podcast
We invited Hugh Hancock, founder of machinima.com and the person who coined the term of the art form “Machinima”. We discuss how Machinima’s early days relate closely to the VR medium today. Hugh’s background in film feature itself in the story and presentation of Strange Companies premiere VR title “Left-Hand Path” which released on steam November 10th. It is one of few experiences featuring over 15 hours of content. We go into the game’s mechanics before wrapping up with a brief discussion of motion capture and the state of the VR market for indies.
2’00": Machinima vs Machinima.com : What's Machinima?
5'15": What did Machinima mean to film and creators when it started?
11'48": When was it apparent Machinima was a new medium for film?
14'25": Video streaming before YouTube
16'15": The Server Froze
18'25": Limits of technology in 1996 for machinima
23'00": How did manage the actors/cast?
27'45": Legal Barriers to Machinima
36'00": How long would Bloodspell take today?
37'50": VR as a new medium for film
40'00": Avatar “technically machinima”:clarifying Hugh’s definition for Machinima
43'00": VR makes it easer to produce
46'00": Left Hand Path
51'10": “This game is designed to make you feel like a scared, fragile, human”
52'40": Casting spells like you're a wizard
56'25": Husk mechanic
57'45": Latest monsters
59'45": Types of spells
61'20": Lovecraftian influence
62'20": What’s next for Left Hand Path?
63'00": What’s after Left Hand Path?
64'22": What’s the limit of tech now?
68'40": Motion Capture systems: NVN, Neuron Perception, Rokoko,Hi5 Glove
80'20": Left-Hand Path and how indie devs are more accessible than their AAA counter parts.
80'22": Flight sims and training
88'10": The indie difficulty of content discovery and marketing in VR
91'50": Will we miss the Minecraft of VR?
Show notes: Left-Hand Path: http://store.steampowered.com/app/488760/LeftHand_Path/
Hugh’s company website: http://www.strangecompany.org
Hugh’s twitter: http://twitter.com/hughhancock
Links mentioned: BloodSpell: http://www.bloodspell.com
Eschaton Nightfall: Not currently available online.
Darkening Twilight: (Part1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51OOyvJlIY4
Death Knight Love Story: http://www.deathknightlovestory.com
Hardly Workin' : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL7TJdQO-PE
Male Restroom Etiquette: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzO1mCAVyMw
The machinima piece Craig worked on: Operation Burning Sands Part 1: https://youtu.be/y6HceFWMgsQ
BF2 Mine video mentioned by Craig: https://youtu.be/SIo3q-tcmk4
Face fx: https://www.facefx.com/
Raquette NX: http://store.steampowered.com/app/428080/Racket_Nx/
Craig Herndon http://twitter.com/craigtherndon
Produced by Jason Parks http://twitter.com/jasonparksvr
Music by Rachel Dziezynski
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