The Source Engine: From games... to movies?

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Jun 11, 2012
  1. Gahars
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    Valve introduced the world to the Source engine in 2004, and it's been chugging along ever since. It's a handy engine, powering some of the greatest games of the past ten years and providing a versatility that modders have come to love. Until now, though, it has only been used in the realm of video games.

    Well, it looks like a little movie is going to change all of that.

    [​IMG] Ars Technica

    It hasn't been confirmed yet, but there have been hints that the movie will be distributed through Valve's own gaming distribution service, which would be another important first.

    I don't know about you, but I'm getting all steamed up about this. The movie sounds interesting enough, and it would be really cool if others followed their lead. Who knows, we could see a lot of smaller studios using Source as a cost effective way of producing their films.

    And who knows, maybe Valve will branch out into other mediums as well. Prepare yourselves; the Gaben Conquest has just begun.
     
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    Read about it on Ars a few hours ago. Sounds interesting, basically this is something that could be used in many ways (special effects, etc.). Pre-rendered images are so much easier to produce compared to real time rendering :P
     
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    I was hoping for Ricochet: The Movie.
     
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    I'd pay money to see a cheesy 2-hour long Garrys mod film.
     
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    I remember there was a "Cinematic Mod" for HL2 which pushed the Source Engine to its complete limit and it was really pretty but you required a beast of a computer to run it. It was pretty damn good looking too.
    Without a limit of rendering the movie in real time I wonder just what they'll come up with.
     
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    As would i.

    I would turn on off my computer for such a movie.

    Anways. Im interested... Now show me how this works :P
     
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    if it were square, they would have done a great job or have they already?
     
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    If they decide to make an adaptation of Concerned: The Half-Life and Death of Gordon Frohman this way (either a movie or, if the fates smile upon us, a web series), I would throw all of my money in Valve's direction.
     
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    The movie is called Deep o.O
     
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    inb4 "lol engine from 2004", that was the initial version, source has been updated repeatedly without changing the name (just the model year).

    Anyways this isn't really a bad idea as far as making it easy and quick (relatively) to make a 3D movie...
     
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    Considering Unreal Engine has been used for animation, Source isn't a stretch. Plus most of what we've seen from Source is basic animation, nothing scripted and stuff. It can look rather good, Source still holds up after 8 years.
     
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    I wonder if it will be used as just a real time render engine or if that term (realtime) is a squishy term and will have a few seconds or minutes after the physics have been worked out.
     
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    I've been watching some animators like MaxofS2D and R33MIX who use the source engine, and it's pretty snazzy to see what they've been coming up with over the years. It's not all choppy screenshot-fests like other Garry's Mod videos.
     
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    >Valve >Movie
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    Valve haven't MADE the game... they've just allowed another dev to make a film using their engine (Source).
     
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    I know, I know. But Valve DID make the Source Engine, so they still count as a contributor to the movie...
     

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