Spartanguy12

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    • The Beatles Machinithology Series

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      Spartanguy12

      Or should I say canceled series?

      The Beatles Machinithology is a passion project that I have been working on for years and was planned to be a fourteen part music video series. Was is the key word there. In the past year, or so, I have been working somewhat feverishly to rework, record, and edit what I can on my own. Unfortunately, due to a lack of volunteers to help film the series, I have been unable to finish the rest of the project and reluctantly canceled it. So now I present the only completed videos from the now-defunct project. Also, I would like to note that all three of these were designed to be simplistic and minimalist music videos.

      The Beatles Machinithology - Because
      The Beatles Machinithology - Blackbird/Yesterday
      The Beatles Machinithology - Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

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    • The Spider And The Web - Reach Machinima

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      Halopen Films proudly presents its latest Halo: Reach machinima, "The Spider And The Web", a horror short that follows an everyman who wakes up alone in an empty city. However, Ben soon discovers that very strange creatures are alive and well, all too eager to end Ben's reign as literally the last man on earth.

      After you watch, let us know what you think! Enjoy!

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    • Phantom - A Halo: Reach Machinima

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      A few days ago, Halopen Films released its latest machinima, a silent/black & white drama called "Phantom".

      In the style of a silent black & white film, "Phantom" presents the simple story of a recently made widower's desperate attempt to carry on after the passing of his wife. But that is made increasingly difficult after seeing her in his dreams turned nightmares which become darker and more despairing.

      With a score composed solely for the film by John Scigulinsky, "Phantom's" silent film nature presents a unique machinima for viewers who are tired of the typical bread and butter machinima's of the day.


      After you watch, let us know what you think! Enjoy!

      Phantom - A Halo: Reach Machinima

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    • Medieval Stories: The Warriors Three

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      My little machinima group, Halopen Films, recently released an odd piece of machinima by the name of "Medieval Stories: The Warriors Three". It's about an ordinary game of Reach, but... well, it's narrated by an eccentric medieval bard who seems to have found his way to modern times and tells stories of Halo matchmaking with a mix of archaic language and anachronisms aplenty. I told you it was odd... Nonetheless, we still hope you enjoy-eth it!

      Medieval Stories: The Warriors Three

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    • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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      Finally release somewhat nationwide on Friday was Terry Gilliam's newest film and Heath Ledger's last, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus". Like Gilliam's other movies, it's a bit difficult to explain what the movie is without becoming entangled by all of the little details, but one could basically describe it as a journey through the rabbit hole which is Gilliam's mind. Set in modern day, a nomadic theatre troupe, led by the ancient and immortal Doctor Parnassus, offers audiences a trip through a magical mirror of sorts which transports them into their imaginations and that of Parnassus himself. It's an incredibly fascinating movie that's great all around from the performances to the design to the writing and even to the music! If this movie is showing in a theater near you, you should definitely go see it!

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    • The Films of Sergio Leone

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      Not too long ago, I began to delve into the short-lived career of Italian director, Sergio Leone, made famous by his odd style in his Italian westerns, the most critically acclaimed of these being "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". His other works include "The Colossus of Rhodes", "A Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More", "Once Upon a Time in the West", "Duck You Sucker" (aka "A Fistful of Dynamite), and "Once Upon a Time in America". Also worth noting is his director-composer relationship with maestro Ennio Morricone whose music gave a certain flavor to about all of Sergio's films.

      At first, I wasn't really a big western person, but after watching Leone's films, I would have to say I really love westerns (or just Leone's at least). If you haven't seen any of this movies (I have personally yet to see "Once Upon a Time in America"), I highly recommend you watch every single one of them (except maybe "The Colossus of Rhodes") especially if you're a film student.

      Discuss the great director Sergio Leone and his movies...

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    • Returning With News and Various Things

      10 years ago

      Spartanguy12

      Wow, it's been a long long long long long long while since I've written one of these. Um, well, first off, I would like to say that my "latest" Halo 3 machinima projects (well, the ones I've written and directed) are now out there for all to enjoy/loathe. The first is titled "Reality" and can be found in the Halopen forums here (yes, I know, the voice acting is not up to par). The second project is "A Portrait of a Murderer" which you can find here under my friend's Youtube channel (he filmed the thing, so that's why it's up on his channel and not mine). Right now, my next Halo 3 machinima projects have gone underway with filming and are moving along quite well. The main project, "Quixotical", is an interesting one and tells about how a dreamer suffers his way through a society of rules and regulations (inspired heavily by the film "Brazil"), and the other project, "Quixotical: {CITIZEN TRANSFER}", is basically a prequel to "Quixotical" and leads up to the events of "Quixotical" (but you don't necessarily need to watch one project to have to be able to understand the other). Unfortunately, we're having some trouble with finding excellent voice actors, and I don't want to have to settle like I have with "Reality", so if you are a voice actor and/or are interested in voice acting, I highly suggest you look at this audition thread on the Halopen forums. Read it and contact me if you are interested. Below are better descriptions of both of these new projects...

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      Quixotical: Dashing over sand dunes and fighting off groups of well-armed enemies is what George does with his day. Well, that is until he wakes up and has to go to work. Day after day, George works and works and works. "Life is work, and work is life." That's the motto of society. In the backwards, bureaucratic, totalitarian, aristocratic, and insane world of "Quixotical", George is a bird wanting to fly off to distance fields only finding out that it's locked in a tiny cage.

      Quixotical: {CITIZEN TRANSFER}: A prequel to "Quixotical", "Quixotical: {CITIZEN TRANSFER}" delves further into the upside-down world and strange characters of "Quixotical" (but you don't necessarily need to watch either movie to understand the other). This three episodic story not only tells of the events leading up to "Quixotical", but it also tells of the "Quixotical" main characters and how they met.

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      In other news, Halopen Films has found itself a nice, new website and forums. Well, actually, the website is still being built up, but the forums are up for you to visit (which you should know if you clicked any of the links from above)! Hopefully, the website will be finished soon and things will get a little more interesting with new ideas and propositions on the horizon.

      Besides messing with Halo machinima and Halopen stuff, all I've really been doing is watch a ton of movies, so below are a list of movies I highly recommend one watches...

      Brazil: "Where hearts were entertained by June." By night, Sam Lowry dreams of heroism and a beautiful woman, but by day, he sits at his desk typing and typing and typing. In this insane satire, Johnathan Pryce, Ian Holm, and Michael Palin spring to life as pawns of the 1984-esque society of which they work and live in. The acting is hilarious and superb, the plot is out of control, and the cinematography is Terry Gilliam.

      Pan's Labyrinth: In this beautifully crafted piece, Guillermo Del Toro (director of "Blade", "Devil's Backbone", "Hellboy", and soon, "The Hobbit") tells a young girl stuck in the middle of a raging civil war who escapes not only through her fantasy books but through the actual fantastical world around her consisting of faeries, fauns, and magic. This movie is a MUST see, but I must warn that this is most definitely NOT a children's movie!

      Metropolis: This science-fiction classic is the pinnacle of German silent film and still stands today as a marvel to behold. The sprawling city of Metropolis and its enlightened citizens bathe in power and freedom, but deep underneath the city lies another city of those who work day and night on dangerous machines to keep Metropolis going. This is the main basis of the film, and all that happens relies heavily on whether the workers will revolt or will try to peacefully speak out to the Master of Metropolis. "Metropolis" is one of the best silent films I have yet to see with its epic story line, intriguing characters, excellent effects, and wonderful music (the original score that is), so you better see it before it hunts you down and tells you to watch it (the new version with the original score I mean).

      Ed Wood: Recently, I've been interested in Burton-Depp projects, so I thought I would delve in. What I found was "Ed Wood". Infamously titled "the Worst Director of All Time", Ed Wood (Johnny Depp is crazy as always) pushes his way through Hollywood in hopes to become a big-time director. It all seems impossible until he meets famous horror icon Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau in an Oscar winning performance by the way) who aids in some of Ed Woods most famour (yet infamous) films. This is an excellent film that pays a great tribute to Ed Wood while staying very funny and, at times, quite serious. Howard Shore (composer of music from "The Lord of the Rings") adds in some great lounge/B-movie music with his use of mambo drums and the theremin! If you are either a big Tim Burton fan, Johnny Depp nut, or lover of horrible B-movies, this is a must see for you.

    • Back From the Dead As It Were

      12 years ago

      Spartanguy12

      Finally got back to messing around with my Rooster Teeh profile and what not. I added and deleted a lot of old stuff. Notice the flashy Halopen advertisments and what not. Well, since the last time I posted, we have made a few more movies; Corrupt was remasterd, Showdown was filmed and made HBO, and Showdown 2 is almost down filming.

    • Halopen Movies

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      Halopen, www.halopen.com ,is an up and coming machinima clan led by the brilliant xbryboyremix. I myself have been in the clan for four to five months, and I've learned a lot and made a lot of friends. Some might of heard of our movie "Corrupt" hitting front page of HBO in hi-res not too long ago. So, without any more delay here are some of our films...

      Corrupt www.halopen.com/index.php?page=Corrupt (HBO front page)
      The Pit www.halopen.com/index.php?page=Pit
      Relic Reborn www.halopen.com/index.php?page=RR
      Mission: Leave No Man Behind www.halopen.com/index.php?page=MLNMB
      Echo Squad 27 series halopen.com/index.php?page=ES

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    • Making Headway

      13 years ago

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      HaloPen, the movie clan I am in, is making some headway in the Halo community with its latest vids. Mission: Leave No Man Behind was posted on HBO's front page and Relic Reborn was very popular among the guys on the HaloGrid forums. Now, we continue on to make sequels for both movies and hopefully, we will gain more respect within the Halo and machinima community. So, if you haven't seen out movies yet go to www.halopen.com

  • Comments (3)

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      12 years ago

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      13 years ago

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      13 years ago

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