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Its 1902 of the Common Era, in the high plains of what was the United States of America and something is terribly wrong in the town: corpses drained of all their blood!

Players (in order of appearance):

Asil Karu
Kwekwe Karu
Shlomo Rubermeyer
Tarra Torvalar
Draven Quandry

Introduction Music:

Title: overblow echo
by: kerri
License: Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License

Main Music:

Track: Divine Flesh
Album: Peyote Road
Artist: Pocahaunted
License: Divine Flesh by Pocahaunted is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Closing Music:

Track: Vampires In My Neighborhood
Album: The Used Kids Sessions
Artist: Mors Ontologica
License: Vampires In My Neighborhood by Mors Ontologica is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.


"Kwekwe Turned" by the artist known as "Asil Ares"(TM) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. This is a House of Asils (TM) production. 2008 & 2012 Copyright, Fun and Profits, LLC. All other rights reserved.


Shot on location in the Western Alliance SIMs of Second Life.


This piece was my Christmas break project. I've been trying to teach myself After Effects for about a year and decided to really grind on it over vacation, so I repurposed this machinima. The original version of this piece was published to Hobnox in 2009 and lost to the Internet when that service went down.

The raw for this machinima was shot in 2008, when the recommended aspect-ratio for web-video was still 4:3, so I used NTSC as my base. I shot this with a low-end nVidia graphics card using one of the v1 Kirsten Viewers, edited with PremierePro and enhanced using vReveal. Moving text and credit roll was created using GIMP and tweaked in AfterEffects. The final upload into Vimeo was made with a Windows Media File.

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Comment by Asil on January 10, 2012 at 6:55pm

@ Cisko.  I the only way I can see to get to the "Customize Embed Options" is to create new embed code and that would mean that deleting this thread and starting over.  SInce the autoplay seems to be such a concern, I'll do that tomorrow.

Comment by Karima Hoisan on January 9, 2012 at 4:08am

Amazing and ambitious and fresh today even after 3 years. I had to concentrate to stay tight on the storyline, as I was mesmerized by the visuals,.. but well worth the 14+ minutes

Comment by cisko vandeverre on January 9, 2012 at 3:00am

just open the " customize embed options" and u will have the list to change .-)

Comment by Asil on January 8, 2012 at 7:18pm

@ CIsko.  I checked in Vimeo and it looks like I'll have to replace the file in order to access the autoplay function and looping function.  However, its really cool that Vimeo lets you replace the asset without losing the link!  I may do another rendering to Quicktime and upload again.

To you second question about the different lengths, the raw footage was all NTSC (29.9 fps) and when I created the Windows Media Player file, I used those output protocols as well. 

Comment by cisko vandeverre on January 8, 2012 at 4:17pm

can't change the embed code either, but the advantage of vimeo is, that u can replace or change the vid without generating a new url. u might try to change the autoplay option on vimeo when u have the time - just curious.
meanwhile the vid isn't displayed anymore in the first row - so ther's actually no need to do anything .-))

regarding the lenght difference : did u render the vid with 30 fps or 25 fps - timing over that long duration can vary when rendered and uploaded in diff fps.

Comment by Asil on January 8, 2012 at 1:45pm

@ Cisko.  Once the video is saved into this discussion, the embed code can't be accessed. [As least, I can't access it.]  I would have to delete this discussion in order to reload the video without those switches.  If you feel the autoplay is that distracting, please delete the video and I'll repost it.  Thanks.

Comment by cisko vandeverre on January 8, 2012 at 12:47pm

just set the autoplay to 0 in the emb code .-)

".....0&autoplay=1&loop=1" ...."
filmlength is 14:36 ending credits for me . weird

Comment by Asil on January 8, 2012 at 11:33am

@ Elf & Cisko.  If you can tell me how to take the auto-play off without having to deleted and create the thread, I'm happy to do it. 

There's no black-screen at the end of the original and it runs 16:52.  Not sure why Vimeo added the extra length (seems to come and go might actually be a delay, as its set to loop). 

Thanks for the nice words.

@ Cisko.  So much of our content is actually played back on people's cell/smart phones, so I wanted the text to be large enough for people to read on any playback medium.  I was also doing a bit of an homage to the old silent films, where a huge card would appear to show text/transitions. 

Comment by Celestial Elf on January 8, 2012 at 5:13am
great locations, windlights, music and story, love it,
ditto autoplay and seems to be a lot of black-screen at end too, maybe trim and reload? :)
Comment by cisko vandeverre on January 8, 2012 at 4:22am

well - impressive work. doesn't look 3 yrs old.
wasn't sure about the lettering size, but over the time it worked.
nice credits. why is the length up to 16:55?
ps: can u pls take the autoplay off.


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