Fatcraft is a Minecraft Server proposing a variety of game modes to the players. Targetting an adult audience, the goal was to make something more mature than what is actually overwhelming Youtube and the server trailers for Minecraft.
(french project = french mindmap)
Since the instructions were to make something uplifting, mature and epic in a cinematic style ; I decided to stay close to filmmaking techniques, storytelling and camera-wise.
The first concern was to acknowledge if the audience would accept the style of the trailer. While playing Minecraft, the game is far from this quality : the experience is completely different. I keep in mind that if I’m not showing gameplay, there is a risk of rejection. Thankfully, there is thousands of minecraft trailers that invaded Youtube way much less meaningful and weirder than this one and all approved by the community, opening a door for acceptance.
A huge camera work has to be done and thanks to Minecraft mods, there is a cool program (Camera Studio) that use keyframe interpolation to make camera movements. Since it works with written commands, I dusted off my old G15 to use the 18 macros keys. Each key has specific commands to it ; instead of writing hundreds of lines, I just had to push a single key for every action recommended. A real time-saver when you have to work with in-game actors waiting for your instructions.
Each sequence has been shot several times to get the perfect timing and the right camera movement.
There are other mods that use offline recording (almost like a 3D software) but since there was a budget to not be exceeded, I decided to not use it.
A great use of motion blur, color correction and re-framing were planned. It means, among others things, that a lossless codec has to be used to keep that top-notch quality. I had poor performances with Lagarith – Bandicam (10% frames dropping inside the file but not during the record) so I did stick with Fraps Lossless. With files that huge (330mbit/s – your disk get filled fast) Proxies are necessary, even with the use of SSDs.