Short Fuze Limited, the award-winning Cambridge company set up to bring movie making to the world, just came out with something that I think could be really cool. They’ve just announced the first consumer release of Moviestorm, a complete software package for creating animated movies, that they’re offering for free.
Moviestorm is designed to be both easy-to-use for first time animated film makers as well as fully featured for advanced movie makers. You can actually download the software for free from their website at http://www.moviestorm.net.
What’s cool about Moviestorm is that it takes first time users through the entire movie making process from set-building, character creation and script writing to titles, credits, and editing in under fifteen minutes. When you finish you actually end up with a digital animated movie that can be uploaded to YouTube, Moviestorm’s own site, or any other video sharing site. And it can be done with a single click.
What they’ve done is create animated filmmaking for the masses. I have to admit I was pretty blown away by a few of the samples I saw on their website. The characters look a bit like people from the SIMS, but they’re capable of actually fighting and expressing emotions, and actually move their mouths along with the dialog.
Ordinarily I wouldn’t be that interested in something like this, but they make it sound so easy you almost want to get started as soon as you see what it can do. I haven’t had time to create my animated masterpiece yet, but I have downloaded the software and intend to give this thing a full test run.
The base Moviestorm pack is free and includes everything required to make a simple movie. Additional content packs, providing more costumes, sets, props and animations, are available from Moviestorm for under $20.