Wednesday, June 27, 2012

[WATCH] 'Meet the Pyro', Then 'Meet the Source Filmmaker'

The last of Valve's Team Fortress 2 shorts was loosed unto the world today, almost five years after the game's release. If you haven't watched the above video yet - WHAT ARE YOU DOING IT'S HILARIOUS. 

"Meet the Pyro" lives up to the reputation established by all the previous shorts - slick, quality animation, gut-busting laughs and a Pixar-esque attention to detail and facial expression.

"But the Pyro has no facial expression!" you're saying. That allows Valve a unique direction in portraying everyone's favorite monstrous, muffled mongoloid.

But there's one more surprise for TF2 fans today - hit the jump to hear all about it...

Here's a video showing what's behind the curtain in Valve's dedicated animation studio - which isn't even a studio, really. It's just one computer.

They call it the Source Filmmaker and now that we've met the Pyro, Valve is releasing their machinima toolset into the wild.

At first glance, it's a far more robust version of Halo's Theater mode, allowing for static cameras, animation tweaks and much more. Scope the video above to hear a dreary Valve employee extol its finer virtues. 

You can head to to get a beta key and start making your own artsy, cinematheque films based in TF2's wacky world. 

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