Nicholas Werner's "Est Mori"

The new featured pick at the Machinima Archive is "Est Mori."

"Est Mori" was written and directed by Nicholas Werner, a Stanford student in Film & Media Studies. He is also part of the How They Got Game group at the Stanford Humanities Laboratory.

This movie differs considerably from the vast scope and spectacle of "Potentior," as it is based virtually entirely on a single conversation before an impending battle. Yet with well over 15 minutes devoted to this single scene, it dwells on details and does not force the conclusion. As with "Potentior," Werner makes use of the Rome: Total War game engine. He is one of a very small number of machinima-makers to use real-time strategy games for machinima production.