The Road to SFM 2 – Halloween Horror Goodness!

NOTE – TrobZombie sometimes uses swears.  Offended people please be aware and use the mute accordingly.

Welcome to the second ROAD TO SFM!  A Halloween spook special on how to use the Source Film Maker for anyone interested in learning game development without having to start with cumbersome and massive game engines!  Source Filmmaker (abbreviated as SFM) is a video capture and editing application that works from inside the Source game engine.

In this, the second episode (and we apologise for some continuity problems near the 50 minute mark) TrobZombie swears an awful lot while explaining how to create a cheery Halloween scene in Source Film Maker!  Remember – fingers in ears if swearing makes you sad.  Or use mute.  Or pretend like it never happened.

The tool, created by Valve Corporation, was used to create over 50 animated shorts for its Source games, including Team Fortress 2, the Left 4 Dead series, and Half-Life 2. On June 27, 2012, Valve released a free open beta version of the SFM to the gaming community via its Steam service.  That is what WE are using!

While this is not an actual game engine, the principles are the same and it makes a great stepping stone with useful tools and methods that translate directly into using game engines like Unreal Engine, Unity and Lumberyard.

If you have any questions please leave a comment below, on youtube or on our facebook page.  TrobZombie wishes you a fun and sunshiny day!

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