The Machinima Reader
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The Machinima Reader

Edited by Henry Lowood and Michael Nitsche

The first critical overview of an emerging field, with contributions from both scholars and artist-practitioners.

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The first critical overview of an emerging field, with contributions from both scholars and artist-practitioners.

Over the last decade, machinima—the use of computer game engines to create movies—has emerged as a vibrant area in digital culture. Machinima as a filmmaking tool grew from the bottom up, driven by enthusiasts who taught themselves to deploy technologies from computer games to create animated films quickly and cheaply. The Machinima Reader is the first critical overview of this rapidly developing field. The contributors include both academics and artist-practitioners. They explore machinima from multiple perspectives, ranging from technical aspects of machinima, from real-time production to machinima as a performative and cinematic medium, while paying close attention to the legal, cultural, and pedagogical contexts for machinima. The Machinima Reader extends critical debates originating within the machinima community to a wider audience and provides a foundation for scholarly work from a variety of disciplines. This is the first book to chart the emergence of machinima as a game-based cultural production that spans technologies and media, forming new communities of practice on its way to a history, an aesthetic, and a market.

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$42.00 S | £33.00 ISBN: 9780262015332 360 pp. | 9 in x 7 in 40 figures

Editors

Henry Lowood

Henry Lowood is Curator for History of Science and Technology and for Film and Media collections at Stanford University and the coeditor of The Machinima Reader (MIT Press).

Michael Nitsche

Michael Nitsche is Assistant Professor at the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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  • The essays are well written and thought provoking, and the uniqueness of the content ensures that many of these pieces will help form the foundation of scholarship on this rapidly growing field…Highly Recommended.

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