- A Warrior's Life
In the 1900's...(Donnovan's
from Brazil, and he started out by releasing his first Quake II
film, Cirus Life, on 4/10/98
. Some people said it
was wierd and that the story didn't make a whole lot of sense, but
according to the artful mind of machinima movie reviewer Psyk at http://frag.com/ppj/
, Cirus life was in fact nothing to laugh at, but instead a movie
with some quality to it.
have said (well, everyone has said) that this Cirus Life movie is a
bit weird. Me? I don't agree. It's not at all weird. The plot seems
to make sense to me. The mood in this is excellent, and the new
model-work is equally good. - Psyk"
reviewed literally every machinima movie or demo related with the
Quake game-series that has ever been made. Giving Cirus Life an 8 on
his 1\10 scale, it's a high-ranker.
(There seemed to be a small error, seeing that the Donnovan website
states: Cirus Life gets
a 10 from PPJ a 9 from QML
and a 8 from CINEPLEX)
After Cirus Life,
there was Cirus Life 2, and that was even more impressive. Why? It
pulled a straight 10\10 from Psyk, and with a good-sized review
to add. Although Psyk lists the movies as "Cirus Life 1"
and "Cirus Life 2", the Donnovan website labels the films
a 'Saga' and posts them as "Cirus Life Part 1" and
"Cirus Life Part 2". This is a minor difference but
notable if you think they are two separate storylines.
What are the
differences in opinion from the different reviewers? Well for one,
Psyk emphasizes that voices are not needed in this movie, and that
the movie is told reguardless of the lack of conversion. Jagged from
the Cineplex however, states:
"I thought that the movie would
have been much more effective had voices been used instead of text.
With many of the movies today being either comedies or really thin
plots, it's welcoming to have a few dramas and serious movies here
and there. I would recommend this as a download, but some people
might not enjoy it. - Jagged"
There are several different differences of
opinion between reviewers, some are sensible, some are not, and some
are quiet an interesting read if you open both sites and read the
reviews for both films one after the other. One points out bad
grammar mistakes, while one does not even mention it, the Cineplex
also points out that Cirus Life 2 had full voice in some scenes,
while text was used in others, leading to a confusing movie.
Questions we had for the
director, Donnovan, on Cirus Life and his studio -
Q. How did you feel when you released Cirus
Life? Was it a hit? A flunk?
A. When I released Cirus Life sometimes my heart was beating so fast
that I talked with me "God! I will die". The label people
put in was "The strangest of the Quake I/II movies". I'm
agree that Cirus Life part 1, alone, is strange. But If you see part
1 and part 2 you will understand wath is going on, and at all you
will agree that the movie have coerence.
Q. How long did it take to create Cirus
A. Near 3 months. I done it with no organization, first I made Cloud
(the final of the movie). The movie was not done form beginning to
I don't made a solid plot to guide me. The plot was done during the
3 months. If you ask me for a txt of Cirus Life plot, I will don't
have it !
Now I'm more organized, a lot more.
Q. How many custom models and
animations were in Cirus Life Part 1 & 2.
A. Cirus Life have some new animations using male model. The strong
point of the movie is the maps, the music and the drama.
Q. How many people worked on Cirus Life
1 & 2?
A. Just me.
But in the year
like every other machinima studio alive today, is readying for their
Y2K release. It's actually very exciting waiting for all the
studios to release their hard work. Donnovan, in particular,
is readying for the release of "A Warrior's Life", filmed
in the Quake2 engine, and from what he says, "Tons of original
stuff: MAPS, SOUNDS, MUSICS, SKINS, TEXTURES , a HISTORY and MODELS
Now "A Warrior's
Life" is in it's final stages, it's set for release soon, and
it's size estimated at 10 megs. Although a voice pak
will be released at a later date, the original film release will be
using text to tell the viewer the action.
This will be
Donnovan's 3rd movie release, and their first new millineum attempt
to impress the reviewers and fans with one of their films. It
seems every other machinima studio, including Donnovan, is set for a
release either this month, or next, so we're looking forward to the
future as a pretty exciting time for machinima, inspiration, and
ideas stemming from the new releases themselves.
Linked are some of
the music outtakes from "A Warrior's Life".
november, 1999: Gotas1.mp3
For more information
on "A Warrior's Life", we have set up an interview with
Donnonvan and Immortal, the two crew members involved with this new
Questions we had for
Immortal on "A Warrior's Life"
Q. What exactly
have you done to contribute to "A Warrior's Life"?
A. I collaborated with my
girlfriend and my roommate to make voices for the characters. I
wanted to breathe life into the characters by adding voice and
talking skins. I think all quake movies need that. Call it an
I also translated the phrases in the movie
to a more 'american' feel, like how you or I would talk. Originally
it had an impersonal feel.
Q. What language is the original "A
Warrior's Life" in?
A. Originally the film is in
Portuguese. Donnovan himself is from Brazil.
Q. How long will "A Warrior's
Donovan says he plans on the movie being
around 2 hours in length. He said he wants to keep the filesize as
small as possible on release, which is why the adding of voices and
extra animations didnt seem a good idea at first. Then he invented
the idea of a 'Voice Pack' such as a pak1.pak with demos, skins, and
voices inside of it that would nicely stack on top of the originals.
For those who wanted to download a little extra and really make the
movie nice. I do not have the full film myself as of this interview,
so as to filesize, we will have to see. He is shooting for
under the 10-meg mark for the 2 hour text version. With as
smooth as I am, I imagine the voice pack being no larger than
another 5 or 10 :)
Comment: This sounds like it's bigger than
I had thought.
Reply: We just want to really have an
impact for once on the community. Or at least make something that is
a 'keeper' to people.
Q. Well Rick Jones 2 has 20 new models, 55
model directories, and over 10,000 frames of custom animation. Can
you beat that?
A. WOW. Thats many many hours of love
and dedication, and if every frame has been hand edited you know
they are pushing the limits to dazzle the audience yet again.
I think they are two different categories in themselves. A Warriors
Life is a strong drama (YES! Its possible in a qmovie! heh) and Rick
Jones 2 is a fast comedy in the likes and tradition of pulp fiction.
Q. Seeing that the Quake series is the
ultimiate medium for machinima right now, how do you think the Quake
Movie Community will take to a "Strong Drama" instead of
an action\comedy\horror film with lots of guns?
A. How did you feel when watching the
personal struggles and moral dilemmas of Cirus in a Cirus Life?
Rather difficult to explain, but personally it makes me care about
the main characters, what happens to them, where they end up, where
they came from, who they love. It may not be for everybody but I
enjoy the moral of the story especially how he manages to portray
another innocent Guy vs. the World.
Q. Estimated release date?
A. I dont know, I would guess a few months.
I was just commissioned on the project little over a week ago and
*phew* its been a rush! *EAT MY DRAWSTRING BOXERS, PSYK!
As we can see from what Donnovan's
intentions are with "A Warrior's Life", he's striving to
reach new heights. It seems that all of the crews have their
different goals that they're trying to reach in their Y2K releases.
As I see them in my own perspective, I'll list them below:
1. ILL Clan (Hardly Workin') - Striving for
a first (true-toon) environment. (worthy of the cartoon network?)
2. p1mp slap productions (Rick Jones 2) -
Most model animation in the history of one machinima movie.
3. Donnovan (A Warrior's Life) - Striving
to create a bond between the viewer and the story character (Forrest
4. Tritin Films (Divided Lands) - Striving
for the ultimate detail, story, and special effects.
5. Zarathustra (Gumbo) - Striving for
secrecy so noone knows what the film is about.
With us right now is
Donnovan to answer some questions himself about his new movie, and
his studio -
Q. Can you give
us a little insight as to the storyline of "A Warrior's
The movie show the quest of Julios, a farm boy, to win the battle
against his demons.
Julios try to kill the voice inside him that says "You will
fail, you are noting!",
And try to find the answer for the question "I have
value?". In the begining Julios
just want to stay in his farm with his mother and no more. But he
needs to live!
Especialy when he find himself alone in
Q. How do you feel "A Warrior's
Life" will stand up against the other
competion such as Gumbo, Rick Jones 2, and Hardly Working, or The
AWL will stand like a very good drama movie with a lot of original
potential to touch the persons. We don't have much dramas machinimas
in the comunity.
I think AWL will have a very good number of downloads and will make
How many custom models, animations, and maps\sets are in "A
AWL uses the male and female models, have near 35 new animation
15 maps and 30 musics, sounds and some new textures.
Q. How far along is the
movie in development? I believe your site said 95%, but is this
AWL is in development for 4 months. I started it in 10, september,
the movie is 100% done. I worked hard in it.
Q. If true, how far away
is the release date for the "A Warrior's Life"?
The release date is mid-January. Very soom.
Q. Will you continue to
make more movies after "A Warrior's Life"?
I have plans to creat Do_NART Machinima movies, and make new movies
in the future,
may be I start in mid-2000.
Q. Is there a way I can
use the pictures on your site, and if possible,
perhaps get some fresh pics not seen yet to place with this article?
Yes, you can use the screen shots and I will send new original ones.
Thankyou for the oportunity
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