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Friday, December 15, 2000
Sidrial for Mac OS?
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Fountainhead Entertainment, a company founded by Anna Kang (who recently became the wife of John Carmack) has slowly been releasing details on Sidrial, their first project. This will supposedly be the first commercial-length big-budget example of "machinima" -- animation created with a realtime video game engine, rather than by traditional cel animation methods or pre-rendered CGI.

Rather than run on a movie screen or a DVD player, Sidrial will run on a PC, "playing" in realtime (although not a game.) This of course begs the question: will Mac users get to view this breakthrough project?

Ann Andrews of Fountainhead was kind enough to reply to our inquiry about this possibility. Here is what she had to say:

Thank you for your interest in Sidrial. Though we have not made any formal
plans as of yet, we hope to be able to give the Mac audience a chance to
experience Sidrial in the near future. We would be more than happy to
contact you should we have further information on such a time.
This is an ecouraging reply, and we'll be sure to keep you informed of any developments. While Sidrial is still very secret at this time -- in fact they haven't even mentioned which graphics engine they are using -- there is a short trailer available at the Fountainhead web site. It is in Windows Media format, and thus you must have the Windows Media Player to view it; we had some trouble with the web page in IE 5. In any case, watch for more information on this project to be released in January, hopefully with news that a Mac OS version will be included.

Fountainhead Entertainment

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