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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:39 pm    Post subject: Movie from Mafia I - scripting help Reply with quote

Hello to all,
Before things get too serious, I hope you, you'll read this and that you're having a great Spring so far!

This is a thing we started to work on about a year ago. A movie from Mafia I. If you know, how to script in Mafia (using MWE, BSV, DCED,...) please pay a special attention. The rest of you, take it as a light reading. Smile

Now, how we want to do this. It seems a little foolish at the first sight, isn't it? So let me introduce you our 1 year experiences. Smile

STORYLINE:

Code:
The original one. Of course, things will be added and we will delete some things. The computer game is built differently than movie. More shooting = fun in game, less storyline. But Mafia is such a great game, that we can deal with this. The final duration will be 2 - 2,5 hours. The story won't be cutted into missions. It will be spilled together with Tom's thoughts and his talking to detectiv Norman. („Intro“ sequences will be cutted between the whole film. Wisely.)


LOOK:
Code:
I have bought enough good computer for making this. :) So we can afford something. Unlimited draw distance (in some cases we need to add some part of the scene which is not included in the original scene), better elaborated models of cars and vegetation, etc. Better textures in neccesary cases. Other things are better water (but I don't want to use water shader mod), wet roads in the rain, etc. Maybe better lightmapping in some scenes.


SHOOTING:
Code:
The normally in game playable parts are scripted (in parts) and the invisible player is added. I have written instructions to this, with screens and drawings. I add collisions, set the level of detail of „camera“ and move myself, creating the camera. Of yourse some takes can be done by scripting the camera. But I actually prefer my hand.
Some details can't be shooted ingame. Special movements. The movie CANNOT be done without external animations. When I'll be sure that the movie will be done – it means when all necessary parts will be scripted, we will buy Kinect for this and those external animations will be recorded and added. We have of course other thriumps like bluescreens, several platforms moving with objects and camera together, etc.


ENCODING:
Code:
I think this is one of the important points too, so those who are interested, read:
Of course, we will encode more versions of diffrent quality, I will describe the best one.

-Container: m2ts/ Bluray folder
-Video: 1080p, 2.35:1, I can't say fps now, H264, variable bitrate at average 30/35 Mbps, color corrections, false film grain will be added, otherwise the picture will look terrible even on this bitrate, not to mention that when we will add grain, it will look better.
 
-Audio: The obvious choice is PCM. I can't tell the bitrate now, I don't know, how much will be needed. And there is a little obstacle about recording the sound. It must be 5.1 mix. Mafia itself can handle 5.1 mix, by using EAX audio. Of yourse, we can't record the whole sound ingame, because of the cut. Ingame must be recorded only cars. Dialogs and gun shots must be added in mixing program. (Maybe Adobe Audition, maybe something else.) And now there is the question. Can i mix the background sound better than EAX? I think I can do it better. Even by handling Radius and LFE (subwoofer). It will just take more time and it must be careful job, but I'am perfectionist, so it's ok. :)


WHY I JUST WROTE THIS
We originally planned to do this only with Czech dubbing. There is 4 of us so far. I'm writing, I have all this in my mind, I have very specific idea about how to make this. I also make textures. There were two guys scripting, but they don't have enough time to doing it now. Another guy is making models with me.

We are currently making only models. So the movie is at stagnation. It lies on scripting. And the scripting is not the longest thing in the making process. So we made a decision. I will mix the audio also for English dubbing, so we can cooperate with scripters from other countries.

I have the instructions written in Czech of course, but I don't have problem with rewriting it into English and communicate (writing) in English.

I don't require a lot of work from anyone. (Including when you don't have time. Smile ) It should be at least a little fun ... If you pay attention to script specific mission for ten minutes a day, it's enough. When you don't have time/ mood/ when you need to empty your litter bin, nothing. Any mission that appears in the movie must be divided into several scene2.bin, which I will use then for filming. I need quite a bit of time for shooting, so I don't even need the scenes to flood me.

Some time ago we put together a short teaser trailer from test scene we had made in the process of testing things. Not final cut, not final color corrections, not final anything. (Yeah, I know, there is a bad camera movement at the beginning.)

Code:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv--lMVrKP0


Please, everyone, who knows how to script Mafia and have at least a little time, email me and try to do something with us. honza(dot)babjar(dot)r(at)gmail(dot)com

When – if - we will have a whole mission scripted, I will cut a whole part of the movie, instead of external animations I will add storyboard into the cut. So we will show (almost) full demonstration of the final look.
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 4:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Movie from Mafia I - scripting help Reply with quote

brokenneedlecaa76 wrote:
i would have loved to see this idea mod continued.


Reading my original post makes me cringe at my former English abilities. Smile Well I haven’t given up on this one completely but from a practical perspective, the outcome may be the same...
I would have never even came front with this, the only reason I eventually did was the need of scripters. Two things became clear back then--that the few scripters who joined us could never do it all, and that it’s no use anyway because in order for it to really function as a movie, it would not be the only input needed... This would maybe work for wide shots but nothing else. We thought of some Kinect animating but it all sort of faded. And for good reasons too...
Not that I would have time for this, but if somebody had experience with motion capture using Kinect--or whatever else, it would be fun to (very) slowly make this a little series, either with the original or slightly to heavily changed story... Not a job for one person, though... Smile The problem is that given the amount of time needed to put this together using what’s available, it’s just easier to pick up a camera and capture the real world...
Unless you’re in for some GMod, of course. (There are English subtitles.)
https://youtu.be/DYiY4Q3D8mc
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Movie from Mafia I - scripting help Reply with quote

Honza_B wrote:
brokenneedlecaa76 wrote:
i would have loved to see this idea mod continued.


Reading my original post makes me cringe at my former English abilities. Smile Well I haven’t given up on this one completely but from a practical perspective, the outcome may be the same...
I would have never even came front with this, the only reason I eventually did was the need of scripters. Two things became clear back then--that the few scripters who joined us could never do it all, and that it’s no use anyway because in order for it to really function as a movie, it would not be the only input needed... This would maybe work for wide shots but nothing else. We thought of some Kinect animating but it all sort of faded. And for good reasons too...
Not that I would have time for this, but if somebody had experience with motion capture using Kinect--or whatever else, it would be fun to (very) slowly make this a little series, either with the original or slightly to heavily changed story... Not a job for one person, though... Smile The problem is that given the amount of time needed to put this together using what’s available, it’s just easier to pick up a camera and capture the real world...
Unless you’re in for some GMod, of course. (There are English subtitles.)
https://youtu.be/DYiY4Q3D8mc


Hi, can I take your video and translate it into my language?
Maybe voice acting, I can put video on my channel with a link to your channel and your original video. What do you think?
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 8:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Movie from Mafia I - scripting help Reply with quote

Paradonz wrote:
your video


This is not mine, I only thought of it when talking about something else. Write the author... I guess in youtube comments or whatever...
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