Machinima’s Movie Moguls

A new breed of filmmaker is bypassing the actors, elaborate sets, and even the cameras in favor of a couple of decent computers and a video game. Their movies may surprise you

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Photo: Matthew Mahon; Illustration: Sandbox Studio
Photo: Matthew Mahon; Illustration: Sandbox Studio

It’s a warm January afternoon in Austin, Texas, where another movie is being shot. That’s not so unusual; with its laid-back pace and funky vibe—the city’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird”—this university town has become a hive of independent filmmaking over the past decade, sparked by the success of local directors Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez. Both directors built their reputations in part on their willingness to experiment with low-budget digital animation and special effects.

But even by Austin’s anything-goes, do-it-yourself standards, today’s shoot is notably bootstrapped. For one thing, it’s being made above the Pita Pit sandwich shop, overlooking a busy downtown street. The movie studio here at Rooster Teeth Productions consists of a tiny windowless room at the end of a hallway, in what used to be the restroom of a Wendy’s burger joint. “We had to run 30 gallons of bleach in here to get out the smell,” says Michael “Burnie” Burns, a stocky 34-year-old in a T-shirt and beat-up jeans who cofounded Rooster Teeth five years ago.

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illustration of a paralysed mouse and a moving mouse

A paralyzed mouse with a spinal cord injury or motor neuron disease (left) and a mouse that

has recovered voluntary motor function by using stretchable artificial nerves (right).

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