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Moving from Games to TV and Movies
April 25th 2005, 20:15 CEST by Caryn

Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning has some interesting things to say about his recent shutting down of his game studio in order to move to television and movies.

In this article he discusses why he shut down his California studio, why they're planning to move to movies and television, and why this shift is likely to become more common.

Thoughts?
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#1 by Chunkstyle
2005-04-25 20:21:34
No more Oddworld games is disappointing, but I don't think this is a trend.

Game Developers: Don't forget the zombie monkeys.
#2 by Penguinx
2005-04-25 20:22:43
I can see his point, though. Doesn't seem like a bad situation for him. He just makes licensable content at this point.

Disenchanted, Lunatic Fringe 2005
#3 by lwf
2005-04-25 20:25:40
Lorne Lanning, heh.

Sexy motherfucker better back that ass up.
#4 by Hieronymus
2005-04-25 20:28:21
Interesting article, but I think his camera metaphor hits a snag when he talks about the cost.  Film production costs are extraordinary, but the movie consumer doesn't need to buy the camera.  Conversely, the video game consumer does need to buy the necessary technology.

-Dr. Obvious
#5 by Jibble
2005-04-25 20:28:35
I haven't played Stranger's Wrath yet, but judging by Munch's Oddysee this is a positive move.

Well it beats going to the video store to rent the latest hardcore releases twice a week. - G-Man
227 lbs.  47 to go.
#6 by Marsh Davies
2005-04-25 20:31:55
www.verbalchilli.com
He looks exactly like someone called Lorne Lanning should look.

Hi! *flicks hair back* I'm Lorne Lanning:  entrepreneur... visionary... God. I'm going to be demonstrating how to get the most out of your Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer, now available at the low, low price of $2,800!

#7 by Your Friend
2005-04-25 21:06:59
Stranger's Wrath is a pretty great game.  Munch's Oddysee is the only stinker they've made.

Honestly I don't think they'll do that well with just movies and such.  The art direction on their games is all very good and there's some ok humor in them, but without the fun gameplay elements, not good enough.

I didn't ask for a shrink, that must've been somebody else.  Also, that pudding isn't mine.  Also, I'm wearing this suit today because I had a very important meeting this morning.  And I don't have a crying problem.
#8 by Jibble
2005-04-25 21:08:46
I dunno...Kevin Smith made a career out of fart jokes.

Well it beats going to the video store to rent the latest hardcore releases twice a week. - G-Man
227 lbs.  47 to go.
#9 by Jibble
2005-04-25 21:08:55
...short lived as it was...

Well it beats going to the video store to rent the latest hardcore releases twice a week. - G-Man
227 lbs.  47 to go.
#10 by Penguinx
2005-04-25 21:17:26
I enjoyed Clerks, but the rest of the movies ranged from meh to crap in my book. And my book is law. Except Jersey Girl, of all movies. I thought it was okay sentimental dreck.

Disenchanted, Lunatic Fringe 2005
#11 by Hugin
2005-04-25 21:28:09
lmccain@nber.org
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back made me laugh a lot.  And Chasing Amy is underrated.  I think a lot of people concentrate on the wrong things in that movie.

Also, people should check out the "An Evening With Kevin Smith" DVDs.  Good stuff.
#12 by Jibble
2005-04-25 21:30:05
My dad lent me his copy of An Evening with Kevin Smith.  I watched a bit of it with him earlier this year and it was pretty funny.  I need to finish it up sometime.

Also, agree on Chasing Amy.  It stands as a great film apart from his other works.

Well it beats going to the video store to rent the latest hardcore releases twice a week. - G-Man
227 lbs.  47 to go.
#13 by Chunkstyle
2005-04-25 21:31:11
Kevin Smith isn't making great art, but his movies are fun.  Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob, Chasing Amy, they're all entertaining, which is quite often enough.

Game Developers: Don't forget the zombie monkeys.
#14 by CheesyPoof
2005-04-25 21:33:31
I did not know that Lorne close his game studio and was surprised to hear so.  I wonder why I didn't hear about this until now?  Usually when shitfuckery like this happens it comes out quick.

Anyway, if his studio is well off the self fund their development, they should continue to do that.  It is cheaper now to make CGI animation, but all that means is a lower barrier of entry for everyone else too. The prudent move would have been to open up another studio while continuing to make games.  I don't think Oddworld is a strong enough franchise to support movies and TV shows.
#15 by McBain
2005-04-25 21:33:41
I consider myself a "Kevin Smith Fan".  I've liked everything he's done.  There are moments in each of his films that I've thought "That's really quite brilliant".  He's not a skilled technical filmmaker, but his movies are filled with a sort of infectous kind of fun that I've always loved.

An Evening With Kevin Smith is hilarious.  Even if you hated all of his movies, it is worth seeing.
#16 by Penguinx
2005-04-25 21:33:46
Dogma didn't do it for me.

Disenchanted, Lunatic Fringe 2005
#17 by Jibble
2005-04-25 21:35:25
In the interest of full disclosure, I had Dogma and Clerks posters in my apartment in college.  I still like his movies, but I think he's one of those directors that found his calling and that's really all he had to offer (see: Trey Parker and Matt Stone).  I'd love to see him prove me wrong, though.

Well it beats going to the video store to rent the latest hardcore releases twice a week. - G-Man
227 lbs.  47 to go.
#18 by McBain
2005-04-25 21:39:55
I was surprised how much I like Jersey Girl, actually.
#19 by Jibble
2005-04-25 21:41:35
Damnit.  The last time I took a movie rental suggestion (50 First Dates) from you fucks I ended up enjoying it (as did my wife).  Now I'm going to have to trod my sorry ass down to the video store and rent Jersey Girl.

I hope you're proud of yourselves.

Well it beats going to the video store to rent the latest hardcore releases twice a week. - G-Man
227 lbs.  47 to go.
#20 by CheesyPoof
2005-04-25 21:43:09
Gigli is really good too.  Make it a Bennifer evening.
#21 by Chunkstyle
2005-04-25 21:43:34
Don't listen to the metal man.

Game Developers: Don't forget the zombie monkeys.
#22 by Jibble
2005-04-25 21:47:44
Don't get your jackass juice all over my movie night.

Well it beats going to the video store to rent the latest hardcore releases twice a week. - G-Man
227 lbs.  47 to go.
#23 by Jibble
2005-04-25 21:49:45
Wow, this is pretty fucked up.

Gist: In Kansas, if you're an 18-year-old boy and you give a consensual blowjob to a 14-year-old boy, you get a 17-year prison sentence.  If the 14-year-old is a girl, the sentence is a max of 15 months.

Ugh.

Well it beats going to the video store to rent the latest hardcore releases twice a week. - G-Man
227 lbs.  47 to go.
#24 by Penguinx
2005-04-25 21:50:58
Jersey Girl was okay. I enjoyed it. The extras on the DVD are entertaining too.

Disenchanted, Lunatic Fringe 2005
#25 by Dumdeedum
2005-04-25 22:00:12
http://www.dumdeedum.com
1) Jersey Girl was boring and overrated, just like everything else Kevin Smith has done.
2) 50 First Dates I don't even need to see to know it sucks.
3) How do you give a 14 year old girl a blowjob anyway?

#26 by Penguinx
2005-04-25 22:04:26
With your tongue?

Disenchanted, Lunatic Fringe 2005
#27 by Warren Marshall
2005-04-25 22:08:00
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Yes, with YOUR tongue.

Light travels faster than sound.  This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
#28 by hangedmanAG
2005-04-25 23:49:56
www.livejournal.com/users/hangedman_ag/
I'm sure I've said this before, but I fucking hate Kevin Smith and I hope he fucking dies.

On topic, it seems like a bad idea to dump your employees (including many fine animators) and moving from San Luis Obispo (closer to Hollywood, cheaper rents and overhead) to the Bay Area (further away from the bulk of the film industry and very expensive) is just dumb.

My crummy, little DVD collection
My crummy little life

My dolls had wings, space adventures, and never a husband. - Ryslin
#29 by Caryn
2005-04-25 23:58:59
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
50 First Dates was great, and I hate romantic comedies.

Current novel status: 8200 words
#30 by Your Friend
2005-04-26 00:01:11

50 First Dates was great, and I hate romantic comedies.


I agree on both counts.

I didn't ask for a shrink, that must've been somebody else.  Also, that pudding isn't mine.  Also, I'm wearing this suit today because I had a very important meeting this morning.  And I don't have a crying problem.
#31 by Penguinx
2005-04-26 00:23:16
I haven't seen it, I think. I hate Drew Barrymore with the passion of a thousand tree-frogs so that might have something to do with it.

Disenchanted, Lunatic Fringe 2005
#32 by Your Friend
2005-04-26 00:23:43
So, you're gay then?

I didn't ask for a shrink, that must've been somebody else.  Also, that pudding isn't mine.  Also, I'm wearing this suit today because I had a very important meeting this morning.  And I don't have a crying problem.
#33 by Chunkstyle
2005-04-26 00:24:29
Speaking of Drew Barrymore, Fever Pitch is pretty good, too.

Game Developers: Don't forget the zombie monkeys.
#34 by Penguinx
2005-04-26 00:26:57
If not liking ditzy, man-faced, annoying psuedo-celebs makes me gay, then I'm all fagged up.

Disenchanted, Lunatic Fringe 2005
#35 by yotsuya
2005-04-26 00:29:25
That's OK, Px. I feel the same way about Keanu Reeves.

*tik*
#36 by Penguinx
2005-04-26 00:36:09
I can't stand him for the most part, either.

Disenchanted, Lunatic Fringe 2005
#37 by G-Man
2005-04-26 00:58:46
Keanu isn't man-faced.
#38 by Dumdeedum
2005-04-26 01:01:46
http://www.dumdeedum.com
I hate Drew Barrymore with the passion of a thousand tree-frogs so that might have something to do with it.

I could think of no better use for a thousand tree frogs than channeling their hatred at Drew Barrymore.

Can't stand that woman and she's a blight on everything she's in, not even watching her get carved up in Scream was good because you knew it wasn't real, they were just taunting you with the wonderful idea of it happening.

#39 by LPMiller
2005-04-26 01:02:46
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
you ain't right in the head, boy.

When LP says he's bringing Armageddon, he brings fucking Armageddon. - Caryn, 6/01/2004
#40 by Hugin
2005-04-26 01:05:44
lmccain@nber.org
Drew Barrymore was super plucky and adorable in Ever After.  If you didn't find that movie charming overall, then you're a big meanie and we can't be friends.
#41 by Caryn
2005-04-26 01:06:13
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Damn. She run over your dog or somethin', Dum?

Current novel status: 8200 words
#42 by Marsh Davies
2005-04-26 01:13:13
www.verbalchilli.com
Kevin Smith achieves a resounding "meh" in my books. Dogma was kind of amusing, but mostly just pretty obvious, occasionally wandering into the territory of wretched shite that Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back mined so vigorously. That was one of my all time least favourite movie going experiences.

#43 by Your Friend
2005-04-26 01:28:06

wretched shite that Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back mined so vigorously. That was one of my all time least favourite movie going experiences.


You just didn't get it.

I didn't ask for a shrink, that must've been somebody else.  Also, that pudding isn't mine.  Also, I'm wearing this suit today because I had a very important meeting this morning.  And I don't have a crying problem.
#44 by yotsuya
2005-04-26 01:41:22
Nutty- You forgot the "Dude".

*tik*
#45 by Wudi
2005-04-26 01:58:46
#23 by Jibble
2005-04-25 21:49:45
 
 Wow, this is pretty fucked up.



Damn right it's fucked up, shoulda been LIFE!

Damn faggots.

Zep--

Inverted Mouse 4 Life, YO!
#46 by Dumdeedum
2005-04-26 01:59:37
http://www.dumdeedum.com
Drew Barrymore was super plucky and adorable in Ever After.

Super.  Plucky.  And.  Adorable...

Sorry, some actors I can dislike but will tolerate if they fit their roles well enough, for example I really don't like Mary McDonnell but I didn't mind her in Sneakers because she wasn't supposed to be a very likable character.  With other actors there is no tolerance, there is nothing they can do that will make me like them and Drew Barrymore is one of those people.  I don't even know why I dislike her so much, she appears and something just automatically flicks the big hate switch.

#47 by Hugin
2005-04-26 02:04:20
lmccain@nber.org
Dumdeedum, actually, it's okay.  I just think that movie is wonderful and sweet and underrated.  I have an irrational, viscerally negative reaction to Nicole Kidman in everything she appears in.  Just one of those things.
#48 by Your Friend
2005-04-26 02:15:57
So, you're gay then?

I didn't ask for a shrink, that must've been somebody else.  Also, that pudding isn't mine.  Also, I'm wearing this suit today because I had a very important meeting this morning.  And I don't have a crying problem.
#49 by Wudi
2005-04-26 02:33:40
not only gay, but a black gay..that's like gay^gay^gay

Zep--

Inverted Mouse 4 Life, YO!
#50 by BobJustBob
2005-04-26 03:54:30
Ever After is one of the worst movies ever.

"he runs like dumbass, and jumps like moron" - fallen_child, GameFAQs
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