Game Development – Danger Balls

We’re working on a small game at the moment called “Danger Balls”. It’s a concept from the mind of our primary game designer Tim Evans and it’s destined for Xbox LIVE.

In a nutshell, you have to help the fingerling avoid the balls (which one can assume are ‘dangerous’) for as long as possible. Our lead programmer Tom (aka Mot) is working in the XNA platform using C# and is greatly enjoying having premium art content from a professional animator/artist to work with xD.

We’ll have video content about the making of this game as it develops, but for now here’s a screenshot of Danger Balls in early development (note the programmer art for the cannons : ).

Early Development Screenshot

Early Development Screenshot

Kraftbomb's coming!

Besides being a talented tattoo artist, Karla Hansen does a mean line in crafts – not only sewing the plushies that she and her husband (animation legend Alex Leighton) create together as part of Geek Freeks, but also – with her friend, City Down – handling the coordination, setup and management of Kraftbomb, a craft fair with a flair for the original! (like these record bowls – dope, check em out xD)

We dropped in to pick up some christmas presents at the end of 08 and captured a tiny bit of footage that we thought we’d share so you can get a taste of what’s coming up at next Sunday’s Kraftbomb! My sister loved the poos and wees we got for her xD and I have to get at least one Star Wars canvas this time…

If you’re in Auckland on the 25th and want to come check out a great craft market with wares you won’t easily find anywhere else, head along to the Grey Lynn Community Centre to see Kraftbomb in full swing. Go to http://kraftbomb.blogspot.com for more details!

Scratchdat.com gives props to DJCXL

Turksta over on Scratchdat.com has posted a mint two-part “appreciation” post about NZ’s DJCXL – he talks about the influence CXL has had on other DJs and the quality of his skills as a turntablist and mixmaker. In Part One he links to a Pixelati-made vid of old (as shot by our man in J-pan – the Haksta) with CXL in the practice room laying out his routine from the 2004 DMC comps.

Big ups to the Turksta for a great post – go scope it out and check out the rest of the site while you’re at it!

scratchdat.com

Back from Holiday!

We’ve been on break for the last while – although “break” implies that we stopped working… xD What we did stop were updates to the blog but we’re back on track now and looking forward to filling you in on all the things Pixelati has coming this year!

For starters, we’re going to be redesigning our logo to coincide with the relaunch of our homepage. The black hole concept is something closely tied in to our brand but it’s time we overhauled the animated graphic we’ve been using for the last while. We want to keep the clean simplicity of our current logo and bring a new sparkle to it – if anyone has any great ideas we’d love to hear them : ).

The Art of Freestyle – improvised poetics

Hip Hop Freestyling is the art of improvisational poetics – writing poetry “on the spot”. The thing about freestyling, though, is that you don’t have the luxury of freeform or avant garde delivery (not if you want to be known as a competent freestyler anyway xD) – you have to think quickly, be on time and you have to rhyme (for the most part).

A few weeks ago Pixelati caught Palestinian-born New Zealand MC MC Bling (aka Imagine This) dropping a twenty minute freestyle on DJCXL’s radio show for BaseFM. The performance was part of a longer video article on DJCXL’s radio show “The Champ Is Here” (which we’ll be uploading soon). An edited version of the clip below appears in the forthcoming video but we thought we’d release this longer version to showcase Bling’s impressive freestyle skills.


Web Zen: when freestyling goes horribly wrong.

The importance of music in editing

Here’s a great clip of Ridley Scott from the Fox Searchlight channel on Youtube. He speaks about the importance of music in editing with various anecdotes about Alien and the inclusion of Baaba Maal in the Blackhawk Down soundtrack.

The right music at the right time can set the perfect tone, and surprising genre choice can add a truly unique perspective to the visuals. As long as the music complements the images and editing rather than overpowering them you can create an emotionally engaging rhythm and tone that couldn’t be achieved otherwise.

Note: jump to 6:13 in the video for the section on music – or click here to go straight to that spot on Youtube.

NZ Hip Hop Represent

While we’re busy working away at our online presence please feel free to check out our current work with NZ’s premier turntablist/producer DJCXL at www.djcxl.com.

We’ve got regular video content coming through djcxl.com and an official iTunes video podcast (called DJCXL TV). Pixelati’s own video podcast will also be available at sometime in the near future! (we’re aiming for the end of first quarter ’09 if you really want to hold us to it… ; )

DJCXL - NZ Turntablist and Hip Hop Producer

DJCXL - NZ Turntablist and Hip Hop Producer

Welcome to the Official Pixelati blog!

We’re still a way off being fully setup but there’s no time like the present to plunge into the creation of online profiles, blogs, video channels and general craziness : ).

This is the first inception of the Official Pixelati blog which will feature ongoing content about all things creative in our homeland of New Zealand. New Zealand is a tiny country made up of two large islands (and one small one) and a whole bunch of creative and interesting people. Because NZ is so small you always know someone who knows someone doing something exciting on some major creative endeavour, and our regular video content aims to capture these amazing people at work in their respective fields.

Creativity manifests everywhere so we’ll be covering creatives in the music field, the film field, animation, crafts, tattooing, technology – you name it! We work with artists and artisans who don’t compromise their creativity for a buck – of course it’s a given that we all have to take on a job to make ends meet occasionally, but the individuals and teams that interest us are the ones who are truly passionate and dedicated to their art.

We hope you’ll enjoy the content as our blog evolves – please keep in touch with us if you have any comments, congratulations, suggestions or abuse : ).

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We are a transmedia entertainment company working in video, music, web and games.

We've made game trailers with Grinding Gear Games, created music videos with Illegal Musik, built communities with PlayMaker, and we're working on a casual game for Xbox and iOS called Danger Balls.

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