Terminator movie spawns ‘machinima’ series on iTunes

Halcyon Games on Tuesday announced the launch of Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series, a new animated drama whose first episode is now available for purchase and download from the iTunes Store. It costs $3 for HD and $2 for standard definition; a Season Pass costs $15.

Machinima is a form of digital storytelling that uses a pre-existing virtual world technology, such as a video game engine, in order to drive the story. It’s been used in short form for YouTube videos using World of Warcraft characters, stories told using Valve’s Half-Life II engine, and, perhaps most well-known, the “Red vs. Blue” series featuring Halo characters.

In this case, Halcyon Games is using computer animation generated from the “Terminator Salvation” video game for PC. It features an original story that reveals the back story behind Blair Williams, a character involved with John Connor’s resistance, set about two and a half years before the events depicted in the movie.

Williams is portrayed both in the movie and the machinima by actress Moon Bloodgood. Overall creative direction of the machinima was provided by McG, who also directed the motion picture.

A Five-minute preview has been posted to YouTube.

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