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  2. Game Trailers What makes a great game trailer? In this episode Derek and Ric discuss making game trailers, capturing footage, storytelling and how best to represent an interactive experience... Trailers Discussed: Firewatch, BioShock Infinite E3 Demo, Dante's Inferno. Links: Biffa Plays Indie Games, Trailers of the Week If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  3. I am Sam Foster, a freelance composer for video games and films. I'm currently looking for new projects! I've scored many indie games, animation, and film projects. I compose in many genres. For more info (demo reels, contact info, etc.), visit: http://www.samanthafoster.net If you're interested in custom music, contact me via email or on my website's online contact form.
  4. Broken Lines - New 2019 Trailer

    Cool, I look forward to it, probably on Project Scarlett now, given how little time there is now.
  5. Life

    Thanks for the recommendations. I'm feeling a bit better after a few days. I thought about going to a therapist. A few years ago I actually did find one I liked, but they thought I had no reason to keep going and I only went once. But now it seems they have moved and I don't remember the name and didn't feel like searching for a new one again. So maybe I'll wait it out a bit and if it gets worse again I'll try going to another therapist.
  6. Idle Thumbs Streams

    https://clips.twitch.tv/SpoopyWimpyBasenjiDancingBaby
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  8. Movie/TV recommendations

    It is probably even more directionless than The Witch
  9. Three Moves Ahead 481: Close Combat: The Bloody First Rob and Troy play the new, 3D Close Combat: The Bloody First and see how it measures up to the series' history. Close Combat: The Bloody First Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  10. The Cutdown Episode 14: Horror

    Thanks! I rather like the interviews Ric does because then I get to just be a listener. The bumper bit is definitely stolen from Idle Thumbs and also the podcast Design Life, but yeah it's totally the same philosophy as the thumbstopper bits
  11. Free Music Resource - Over 1800 Tracks

    Hi everyone, I have a bunch of new music tracks ready for your projects…all free to use with attribution. On my Funny 6 page: “What the Cluck?!” “The Ant Hill Gang Goes to Europe” “Bubble Gum Groovin’” (Standard and Looping) https://soundimage.org/funny-6/ On my Fantasy 9 page: “The Castle of the Mad Scientist” (Standard and Looping) https://soundimage.org/fantasy-9/ And on my Sci-Fi 8 page: “Dreaming of Cyberpunk” (Looping) https://soundimage.org/sci-fi-8/ I have a bit of down time this week so if anyone needs some custom music created, this is a good time to give me a shout. My email address is here: https://soundimage.org/custom-work/ Keep being creative…and have a good week!
  12. Movie/TV recommendations

    It’s been getting very high early ratings, so I was excited. But when you say it’s like The Witch, it reduces my enthusiasm. I thought The Witch was below average, even though some parts of it were quite memorable.
  13. Void Eclipse

    We (my brother and I) are a small indie studio (< 4 people) working on a new strategy game. We put our project, Void Eclipse, up on Kickstarter last week and I wanted to share it with this community. Void Eclipse is a blend of genres for fans of turn-based 4X empire building, story-driven single-player campaign, and card battling strategy. Players explore a universe of unique planets and star systems to discover the origin of the android protagonist, interacting with NPCs and saving an alien empire faced with a mysterious threat. Characters in Void Eclipse are represented in battle as 3D animated cards in tactical, turn-based combat. We take full advantage of the Unreal Engine to provide our impressive visuals and special effects. I'd be happy to answer questions folks might have about the game, so speak up! We recently did a short Q&A with eXplorminate too. Check out our Kickstarter and give us your feedback, we're planning to do a beta run next year and would love to have some strategy fans on board helping us.
  14. Movie/TV recommendations

    I watched The Lighthouse a few nights back and I don't know why I did as I didn't really like the director's last movie The Witch. Like everything about his last movie there is nothing bad exactly about it, it just lacks any kind of verve or purpose. It is about two men in a lighthouse and the tension between them. Given the performances and cinematography that should have been enough, but just felt like an empty experience. It is unlikely I'll bother to watch another one of these, and depending on who you are you can take it as praise or criticism, it felt very Lynchian.
  15. Life

    Also don't burn yourself out looking after/worrying about everyone else - you've got to look after yourself first. I know it can be hard to prioritise yourself over family and close friends when they're having a hard time, but it doesn't help anyone if you end up having a breakdown. If possible, might be helpful to see a mental health professional (a therapist or whatever) to help you work up some techniques to deal with the new stress factors in your life. You don't have to keep going forever, and if you don't like the first one you try you can keep trying different ones until you find a good fit.
  16. Life

    A familliar thing to hear Erkki, unfortunately. It feels like the elasticity/capacity to deal with life's blows has been going out of things lately. Try to take some time off, you *really* don't want to get into burnout territory.
  17. Life

    A thing happened recently that has me a little worried. I took a comedy writing class on a Sunday and it was kind of intensive and after the class I felt like my brain was really really tired while everything else seemed ok. And now this feeling has been coming back. I can function at work, at least most of the day, and I am working on a video project at my spare time, at the writing stage. So maybe it's too much? But it doesn't feel like too much - I'm only spending a couple of nights in the week on the video project, the rest of the time I'm just watching movies or something. There are also other things in my personal life, like a friend being depressed whom I've been hanging out with more, now. My sister is depressed and she's having some marriage problems while being a new mom. My mom is depressed because of the sister situation, and they don't get a long but she has to babysit a lot after my sister went back to part-time work. And now my grandma fell and is in the hospital for at least a month, and I really don't like his son, my uncle, who has somehow become a supporter of the local far right party. I felt fine just a month ago, but now it feels like all of this is a bit much to deal with, and I'm worried that I'm not going to be able to perform as well at work as I need to, or that I'm going to have to slow things down with my filmmaking hobby, which I have actually wanted to spend more and more time on.
  18. Movie/TV recommendations

    Has anyone seen Ms .45? I don't know, I kind of loved it, even though it's quite dark.
  19. Designer Notes 49: Adam Saltsman - Part 2 In this episode, Soren interviews game developer Adam Saltsman, who co-founded indie publisher Finji and is best known for his work on Gravity Hook, Canabalt, Hundreds, Capsule, and Overland. They discuss how Mario speed runs are the original infinite runners, why Canabalt is in 6 shades of grey, and when does Permadeath make sense for a game Games discussed: Canabalt, Captain Forever, Jetpack Joyride, Alone, Hundreds, Portico, Overland, 868-HACK, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 Games discussed: Canabalt, Captain Forever, Jetpack Joyride, Alone, Hundreds, Portico, Overland, 868-HACK, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  20. The Cutdown Episode 14: Horror

    Great ep! Was fun to get an interview as well. Also, I finally realised that the reason you have a bumper at the start of the show is to mimic YouTube trailers - very clever!
  21. Free Music Resource - Over 1800 Tracks

    Happy Halloween! (Okay, a couple of days in advance...lol.) Anyhow, to honor this ghoulish holiday, I’ve compiled a list of about 100 of my music tracks that might work for your Halloween parties, events, haunted houses, projects and other things. Make a mix of them if you’d like! Here’s a link to the page with the list: https://soundimage.org/halloween-music/ Enjoy…and have a safe holiday!
  22. Dominus Galaxia

    Hey, can't believe I forgot to post this here, but I've released a free fully featured beta of my game Dominus Galaxia (a MoO 1 spiritual successor) to the public. https://steamcommunity.com/groups/tbtactics/discussions https://starchart-interactive.itch.io/dominus-galaxia Of course, the catch is that this is to help promote a KickStarter campaign, which by chance is almost over. That said, the game is fully playable and I've been told it compares well with most EA games. There are a ton of fun features, tactical combat with support for >2 belligerents, a never ending tech tree, (optional) starlanes, an (optional) crafting component to ship design, and more. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think.
  23. Hi, I am working as Unity 3D game developer for mobile as well as web. However I do not have idea on developing IO multiplayer games. I want to build a game something like this. I am not getting any tutorial on it, so that I can start the development. Can anyone provide me some tutorial or share your experience? Thanks
  24. Oooh yeah, that Face/Off teaser is a really good one! I have no idea what Tenet is about, though I just saw the teaser in theaters again recently, and the copy essentially says "A new original protagonist from Christopher Nolan." We'll have to wait and see for the next trailer to know more!
  25. Horror Happy Halloween! In this episode we dive into horror trailers and talk to producer Amanda Pulver and editor Matthew Merenda about about the challenges of scaring people out of their seats and into theaters! Trailers Discussed: Lights Out, It Follows, White Noise, Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, Hereditary, Antlers, Alien, The Evil Dead, A Quiet Place, The Conjuring, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Strangers, It Comes at Night, Mother, It: Chapter 1 If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  26. Filmmaking

    Gotcha. Well, not that I have any knowledge of the short film circuit, but my advice: 1) give yourself a strict deadline for making the new version (a week? You don't want to be tinkering with this forever, better to learn lessons and move onto the next one) (Also, make a version with a public domain music cue for later use - even if it's a bit sloppy, better to have something than nothing.) 2) send it to every festival that fits your criteria but won't accept films that have been online 3) put it online and promote it as much as possible 4) send it to all the other festivals that fit your criteria, and at this point I don't see any reason not to send it to every festival going as long as it doesn't cost you anything. Make the most of that music licence! Even if you're not there to see the screenings, something good may come of them. 5) Make another short film! Also, you mentioned that having a trailer might be helpful but you're too burned out on this film to make one - do you know (or could you find) any editors in training whom you could ask to make one for you? It would be good experience for them.
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