CleverBox Pictures

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Who Am I?

I am focused on providing high quality, original machinima created using The Sims 4 game engine.

Alone, the supernatural drama series, is currently in production here at my studio. 

Look around my website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me. 

I hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to my website. There‚Äôs much more to come!

The Director

My name is Jonny Simms and I am a self confessed Sims addict and have been for the past 15 years. I am currently pursuing 3D Animation & Visual Effects and aspire to one day break into the business and carve myself a fully fledged career. My other hobbies and interests also include gadgetry, technology, television, movies, video games and many others.

I decided to try my hand at movie making with the popular life simulator video game, The Sims 3. The game was perfect for the story I had in mind, so it wasn't long before my idea came to life. Although starting off rocky, the pilot episode was soon noticed by the creators of the game itself, EA. The Official The Sims YouTube Channel took interest in the series and provided much appreciated fandom. Thanks to them, each new episode was receiving over 5,000+ views each, with the pilot episode at 62,000. This success has launched the whole series into the sky and has given me the boost I needed to stay dedicated to such an ambitious project. Almost 4 years later, I have decided to reboot the much loved series with the brand new game, The Sims 4. With amazing voice actors on board, the series has no signs of slowing down. None of this could have happened if it weren't for them. A big thank you to all who are involved with "Alone". 
Machinima isn't Jonny's only interests, he also enjoys some light Photography, editing, and 3D animation.

Why CleverBox Pictures?

Machinima is an artform like no other, and I use the graphics engine from The Sims 4 to create realistic television.

Machinima has its advantages and disadvantages when compared to other styles of filmmaking. Its relative simplicity over traditional frame-based animation limits control and range of expression. However, my aim here at CleverBox Pictures is to enhance the control and emotion that is often lost in machinima, and create fully animated episodes that use mostly custom made animations created here in studio. Not only this, but machinima is also cost effective over pre-rendered computer animation that often takes months or years to complete. Virtual acting is less expensive, dangerous, and physically restricted than live action. My machinima is filmed by controlling characters, creating their sets and controlling cameras through digital puppetry. Scenes are precisely scripted, and are heavily manipulated in post-production using video editing and visual effects techniques. Editing, custom software, and creative cinematography is what makes my machinima stand out from the crowd.

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