The definition of a “Machinima”, according to the great Wikipedia.com is as follows:
Machinima (/məˈʃiːnɨmə/ or /məˈʃɪnɨmə/) is the use of real-time 3D computer graphics rendering engines to create a cinematic production. Most often, video games are used to generate the computer animation. Machinima-based artists, sometimes called machinimists or machinimators, are often fan laborers, by virtue of their re-use of copyrighted materials.
In simpler terms, with the right technology, equipment, patience and time, you could create your own story within the world of a videogame. One outlet that made machinimas more popular was Rooster Teeth Productions, responsible for the critically-acclaimed science-fiction comedy “Red vs Blue”, based off the popular video game series Halo. The story follows a Red and Blue team who are battling within a box canyon, and neither team knows why or to what avail their battling and existence does for the military. The first episode aired on April 1, 2003. The show was only supposed to last a few episodes, but the success and popularity of the show stretched the show even farther, as the team behind RvB are heading into their 10th season. Although they weren’t the first to make machinimas, they were the main inspiration for what would become RBG (Red/Blue/Green), created by myself, and co-created by Anthony Cusimano and Shanise Stewart.
Originally under the title, Our Attempt at RvB (Red vs Blue), the original show idea followed very closely to Red vs Blue’s storyline, and followed two teams in a box canyon in battle with one another. The show was created solely as an inspiration and fan-fiction, and was to be filmed online on the PC version of Halo, but plans for that fell through when we lacked the technology and time to dedicate towards it. The three of us disbanded writing the show, and the final episode of season 1 (Episode 12: To Infinity and Beyond), was written by myself, and I continued the show for another 2 seasons, and 2 sequel series afterwards.
To go into better detail about the story and characters, Season 1 introduced us to the Red Team, which consisted of Lincoln, Rose, Johnson, and Higgins, and the Blue Team, Innes, Leeroy, Dex, and Johnny, who are met by Captain McCloud, an ex-freelancer, and ex-Prophet whose come to Blood Gulch to finish a prophecy that was sealed in stone more than 500 years ago (fiction- by the original RvB soldiers). The Reds and Blues are taken under the wing of Captain McCloud, being forced to put aside their differences and work together to save the universe from the tyrannical leader of the AI (Artificial Intelligence) Corporation, the corporation responsible for the creation of the original AIs from RvB’s story, and is now working with the Gravemind/Flood to create artificial super-soldiers, and declare world domination. The series spanned 50 episodes and 3 seasons before moving to a new sequel.The original 50 episodes/scripts are available below.
Our Attempt at RvB (Red vs Blue)
END OF OOARVB SERIES
The end of Our Attempt at RvB was another turning point for the series. It was here that I decided it was best to continue in the direction I had been taking the series since the end of Season 1. No longer could the show be an attempt at another Red vs Blue, but it soon morphed into its own sort of thing. The name RBG came during the turning point in the middle of Season 3, when Innes’ character disbands the Blue Team, starting his own team with three of the AI Spartans that turn against their master and develop identities of their own. Reverend was killed during Episode 41, and then had his body infected by Ric later near the series finale. The remaining three green team members, Orion, Duncan and Digit, stayed with Innes and continued on to RBG as regular series characters. RBG in the color scheme stands for Red-Blue-Green, which represents all three teams, and serves as the extended sequel to the OOARVB series, with 27 episodes in total.
The series continues 1000 years in the future (filmed in Halo 2 universe), as the remaining three teams must reunite back at Command and continue their pursual of Ric, the revealed leader of the AI Corporation and bring him down. The series adapts a new genre of science-fiction-action-dramedy, as is considered to be one of the biggest turning point series of the three, as it also brings to conclusion the end of the AI Corporation as well as the original Reds and Blues.
End of RBG Series
Higgins, Orion, Duncan and Digit remain behind with Captain McCloud and Ruby to enlist in the freelancer program in the second sequel series, RBG Z, which delves further into the histories of both AI Spartan Orion, who carries a huge secret that could tear the very fabric of the remaining Freelancers apart, as well as Raine, the business partner of Ric from RBG who carries a much larger connection to the Freelancer tale. The soldiers face off against a new threat, Governor Grady, a corrupt dictator bent on bringing down the Freelancers once and for all. The series also introduces a new squad of Red and Blue soldiers as secondary characters who get caught in the middle of this growing war.
End of RBG-(Z) Series
The series concludes on a rather bittersweet note, as Higgins and returning Blue Team member Johnny are discharged and the new Reds and Blues are sent off to their next location, which is hinted at being Halo: Reach. The show ended and was not continued, until last year, when the series was rebooted, and Carter and I were able to film in-game footage and produce a three-part mini-series called “Squadron 1337 (LEET)”, which followed the original eight soldiers from the Red and Blue armies under command of Captain McCloud in a custom-made mountain base, as the two teams co-mingle and are sent on various missions throughout the galaxy. Although when the fight comes home and the Elites storm the base, Squadron 1337 must band together in order to fight back against the Aliens.
The scripts were lost in limbo, and the only evidence left of this series is in this reveal trailer, that was custom-created to showcase all the work that had been put in last summer to get this done. I hope you enjoy, and thanks for taking this journey down memory lane with me.