The Movies Sundancin' on January 20

Chrysler bankrolling DIY machinima contest, set to launch later this week. Winners announced in May.

Despite receiving decent reviews, The Movies hasn't exactly been a blockbuster since it launched last November. But that fact hasn't stopped Lionhead Studios and Activision from inking an innovative deal for the PC game. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the movie-studio sim will be the centerpiece of a contest that will kick off later this week at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

According to the Reporter, January 20 will see the kickoff of the Chrysler in the Movies: Virtual Film Competition at Sundance in Park City, Utah. The competition will let owners of The Movies create shorts using the game's virtual-movie creation tools. The game lets players use 45 sets, hundreds of props, 7,000 scenes, and tens of thousands of costume combinations to create their own short films. To date, more than 30,000 of the films have been submitted online to The Movies' ongoing online film festival, which made no mention of the competition as of press time.

The winner of the Chrysler in the Movies: Virtual Film Competition will be announced at the US's biggest game convention, the E3 Expo, this coming May. The grand prize will be a Chrysler Crossfire luxury sedan, which retails for around $42,000.

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16 comments
Go0pynose
Go0pynose

yup im working on my movie for the competition right now:)

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i won't be playing this game :)

Igiss
Igiss

30.000 movies already, and many thousand more in future, how are they going to choose I wonder.

AcolyteV1
AcolyteV1

If they'd release it on consoles like they were originally meant to, it'd be nice. Save the comptetitions till you've actually released the bloody game on all the promised formats -_-

o_sausage
o_sausage

i buoght and you should to it should be a blockbuster

sweet_jcs
sweet_jcs

how far did you get trancejeremy? I unlocked the advanced studio and it was pretty advanced....

Calkaimainer
Calkaimainer

BlackIceJoe, that's the main point, to get people to buy it. I do want to get the game, but i'll get it after the contest is started. And well, I live in New Zealand.

trancejeremy
trancejeremy

Glad to see it's not selling well. It's a typical Peter Molyneux botched game design. Because you don't actually make movies in it, but simply pick pre-canned scenes from a list, the game gets old very very quickly (like within a week). No real control over any aspect of movie making at all. Things like the Driver series and the Sims are better for movie making.

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

Nice to see people having a chance to be rewarded for thier creativity.

reallaughingman
reallaughingman

damn , there is an awsome prize for first place. I hope the winner is excellent.

XlpranksterlX
XlpranksterlX

Thats awsome. Its a shame too its a great game. Well as long as it doesnt get cancelled (majesco, Cough, advent rising, cough cough.) some one will have a new car.

xxPantherxx
xxPantherxx

My friend has the movies and it was pretty neeto... I'm sure someone will have the spare tim.... I mean the presence of mind to make an awesome movie

Bawishe
Bawishe

I can't believe it's not selling well. It really is a great game.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

What an excellent cross-over promotion! My PC is unable to drive a game as impressive as the Movies, let alone create a movie to enter into the competition. . . perhaps my brothers in law may take up that undertaking.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

The game is awesome and this seems like an awesome contest. Gonna try my hand at it.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Thats to bad it is really fun.THat would be nice a Nice car.What a gift if you already do not own it I wonder if people will go out and buy it to try and win a new Car.