My projects / Keep it virtual!

Keep it virtual is a machinima. This is a short film in wich pictures comes from virtual images rendered by games. In this one, the game is Call of Duty Modern Warfare. The machinima shows a fictive story of a war games player who will be recruited by the army, filmed in first person view.


The film starts in the player room where he gets up to play his favorite game for many hours. At night, he receives a strange proposition through the game consisting in joining the army. Believing in his choice, he decides to accept. But war isn't what he was thinking about...

My mission

The machinima was created by a six members team. We started a preproduction by thinking and drawing the storyboard, by taking the engine in hand and creating an animatics (a preview of the movie with pictures used in the storyboard). In production, we created different environnements (the player room, the hospital room, the dormitory...). To end with, we filmed the scenes, worked on the editing, added some effects and sounds...

Personally, I worked on the storyboard a little, and a lot on modeling stuff for the environnements. I also worked on compositing for some scenes hard to film directly in the game.

Keep it virtual showing

The machinima was shown at Paris during the Atopic festival in 2009. We also tried to participate to the machinima contest for the game festival in Paris on the same year, but it was impossible because of the authors rights on the song we used in the first part.

Place: Supinfogame
Production time: 4 months
Release: april 2009
Games used: Call of duty 4 Modern Warfare, Counter strike

Project team:
Francois Cormier
Simon Chocquet-Bottani
Maxime Gaffé
Julien Galloudec
Arthur Rohart
Vincent Villaume

Created for the project: Keep it virtual! on 2009 at Supinfogame - Skill: 3D Modeling
Softwares: Autodesk® 3D Studio Max

The movie was in first person view, so we had to see various actions with the character's hands. To do that, we mixed some camera movements ingame, and I added the hands in 3D compositing, using 3D studio max.

Some examples

These screenshots are a comparison between the scenes in 3D Studio Max and there render.


Some of the movie scenes needed to animate the character hands... We added it in post production by using 3D compositing methods.
Work: I was in charge of the compositing.

Some pictures

screen_boomScene.png screen_writeScene.png
screen_hairScene.png screen_winScene.png

Task: Keep it Virtual Modeling

Created for the project: Keep it virtual! on 2009 at Supinfogame - Skill: 3D Modeling
Softwares: Autodesk® 3D Studio Max

During the production, we had to create some environnements not available in the game. The player's room, the dormitory, the recruiting officer's office and the hospital room were the places to make ourself. I modelised a lot of stuff for each room.

Little models

I started with some models to dress the player's desk. We see the computer screen during the first thirty seconds so it has to be detailed.

I added a coke bottle, some chips and cd-roms, the speakers...

Bigger models

The rooms had to be full of furnitures, shelves etc.

I created bigger models, blinds, posters, tables...

The rooms

We added them to a map we made with a teammate, using the Call of Duty level editor, a customized version of Q3Radiant. There wasn't any tutorial because the Call of duty 4 Mod tool was released at the same time we started the project.


Some of the scenes took place in environnements unavailable in Call of Duty 4. We had to create it.
Work: I modelised some simple objects for the levels we created.

Some pictures

screen_room4.png screen_room3.png
screen_room2.png screen_someBigModels.png
screen_someModels.png screen_room1.png

Task: Storyboard Keep It Virtual

Created for the project: Keep it virtual! on 2009 at Supinfogame - Skill: Drawing
Softwares: Adobe® Photoshop CSx

On the movie preproduction, I worked on some storyboard pictures, after we wrote the storyline together. Finally, my work was used as an example by a teammate to make a colored version for the animatic.

Some storyboard samples

I drew the storyboard directly on Photoshop with a pen tablet. Here are some examples of what I did and what it refers to in the movie.


Done in preproduction, the storyboard was a step necessary for the animatic and the movie
Work: I drew some storyboard pictures.