How to make awesome movies and games in the same engine

July 5, 2012

Valve's killer Portal 2 animated movie/videogame: the engine to make movies/games like this is now available. Are you up to it? (Credit: Valve)

Interested in making amazing animated movies that also work as games — and vice versa? Thought so.

Now you can sign up for a (limited) beta key for the Source Filmmaker (SFM) from leading videogame maker Valve (requires Steam to be running on your PC). Valve is the creator of Steam, “the pioneering game platform that distributes and manages over 1,800 games directly to a community of more than 40 million players around the world.”

Questionable characters found lurking on Valve's Steam page (credit: Valve)

The Source Filmmaker is the movie-making tool built and used by Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine, says Valve.”It is how we have been making all of our animated short movies. Because the Source Filmmaker uses the same assets as a Source-engine game, what goes into the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa.

“By using the hardware rendering of a modern PC gaming machine, the SFM allows storytellers to work in a ‘what you see is what you get’ environment so that they can iterate in the context of what it will feel like for the final audience.”

To celebrate the announcement of the SFM, Valve has released “Meet the Pyro” — the ninth installment in the “Meet the Team” series, made using the SFM.

Also check out the Source Filmmaker showcase. And send us your first video/game to review!