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Near the start of its development, we reviewed episode one and episode two of BloodSpell.

It has now been edited together, and the entire story has been released as a feature film, available for free download.

BloodSpell has been four years (and one month) in the making. It’s a “punk fantasy” adventure
story, about a world where some people are infected with magic in their blood. When that blood is spilled, the magic comes out, to harm or heal.

These people have been forced into slums and magical hiding places by the Church of the Angels, who believes they must hunt the “Blooded” down and bring them to their Angelic master to be “cleansed”. The story starts when a young warrior monk in training with the Church discovers that he has magic in his blood, and has to flee into the world of the Blooded…
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Bloodspell : Episode 2


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Bloodspell is Strange Company’s first feature-length Machinima animated film and uses the Neverwinter Nights game engine.

Episode 2, and the story continues:

“As the raid progresses, the novice Jered sees the power of blood magic firsthand.

Later, as they progress toward his initiation, the Master of the Black Monks explains to him the consequences of his actions.”

Holy shmoly, this episode has some of the best thought out choreography I’ve ever seen in a CG animation. The Staircase, The Staircase, I want one!

This episode is a lot tighter, both with the camera shots, and the narrative. There’s less over the top fighting, and more character progression.

As I’ve mentioned before, I will look at each episode in turn, commenting on each, and then review Bloodspell as a whole.

Get reviews of other episodes and background information on Bloodspell.

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Charles (Charlie) Stross : Guest Appearence


Charles (Charlie) Stross Gives Up SciFi!

Well, at least at the time he’s involved in voice-acting on Bloodspell - the episodical animated fantasy.

Now, can you work out which character(s) he’s voicing?

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Bloodspell : Episode 1


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Episode One: “Gad of the Iron Arm, a ruthless Blooded leader, is performing what appears to be a human sacrifice. A force of Black Monks of the Angels, including the novice Jered, are poised to attack and capture him.

But neither Jered’s actions nor the outcome of the raid go entirely to plan…”

Bloodspell is Strange Company’s first feature-length Machinima animated film and uses the Neverwinter Nights game engine.

I started Bloodspell Episode 1 with no real idea of how it would look, feel or sound. Would it look like a game cut scene? Or actual footage of a game?

As it is built within the game environment of Neverwinter Nights, it does come across as a bit ‘computer gameish’ - but having said that, it doesn’t really detract from the whole experience. For example, when initial credits are rolling, and we pan down a street, through a door and down a corridor, there is a spooky, unknown essence about it. The music adds no end to this, and the ‘camera’ movements play out well. I can’t help wondering if the music was written for the visuals, or whether the visuals were written around the music. They synch in so well. And if you know me, you’ll know I love this kind of music. So to see it in a fantasy animation, actually being put to use with the visuals - it looks pretty fantastic.

It is obvious that being episode one there are some initial teething problems: some of the animation seems clunky, the dialogue seems cliched somewhat, there are sound effects during battle which don’t reflect what is seen on the screen and one troublesome part where the Bloods line up in front of Jered, looking at him, but fail to see the backup team arrive behind him. I’m guessing that the crossbow was fired quickly, through the door behind Jered, before the Bloods saw them, and then they entered at which point the camera cuts to them behind Jered.

The story itself was well put together and is obviously trying hard to do character introduction and story progression. It ended on a suitable ‘cliffhanger’ which will definitely make you want to view episode 2.

Each episode will be reviewed seperately to allow a more indepth view of each release.

Trivia:
If you look closely at the end credits, you’ll notice that Charles (Charlie) Stross of Accelerando fame has a voice part across the episodes.

Bloodspell : Reviews of other episodes and background information.

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Punk Fantasy: BloodSpell


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Thanks to Hugh for the heads-up; you can check it out over at BloodSpell.com.

Here’s some blurb from their site to whet your appetite before I go and investigate with my scifi magnifying glass (actually, I might have to switch to fantasy mode).

It is a story of a world where men and women carry magic in their blood, and spilling it can unleash terrible power.

Where these “Blooded” hide in fetid slums from the Church of the Angels, commanded by their divine masters to “cleanse” the Blood Magic.

Where choices are fraught, alliances rarely safe, and blood is all.

A young monk named Jered flees the Church when his own Blood Magic is released. Now he must survive the pursuit of the Church, the gladiatorial pits of the Blooded underground, and the hidden truths of the ancient struggle. The choices he makes will tip the balance of the war between Church and Blooded, and change his world forever.

Mixing a vivid world with fast-paced action and punk attitude, we think BloodSpell will be like no film you’ve ever seen.

It is made using the game Neverwinter Nights, and is written and directed by Machinima pioneer Hugh Hancock.


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I have to admit this looks very intriguing and the press notice they’ve been getting is pretty spot on.

But do computers ever get facial expressions and body movement believable?

Now.. where’s my fantasy and scifi magnifying glass?

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