Official Selection - Tropfest at the Tribeca Film Festival 2006
Film Festival
New York, U S A
2006

Official Selection - Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
Film Festival
Clermont-Ferrand, France
February 2007

Official Selection - Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
Film Festival
Puchon, South Korea
July 2007

Official Selection - Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences Machinima Festival
Film Festival
Awards: Best Voice Acting Performance, Best Sound Design
New York, U S A
September 2006

Official Selection - Seattle International Film Festival
Film Festival
Seattle, U S A
June 2007

Official Selection - FanTasia FilmFestival
Film Festival
Montreal, Canada
July 2007

Official Selection - Anonimul International Independent Film Festival
Film Festival
Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania
August 2007

Official Selection - A Wall is a Screen
Film Festival
Hamburg, Germany
June 2007

Official Selection - Curtocircuito International Short Film Festival
Film Festival
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
October 2007

Official Selection - Seoul International Film Festival
Film Festival
Seoul, South Korea
September 2007
Official Selection - Festival Nouveau Cinema
Film Festival
Montreal, Canada
October 2007

Official Selection - Marseille Film Festival
Film Festival
Marseille, France
March 2007

Official Selection - Rochester International Film Festival
Film Festival
Rochester, U S A
May 2007

Official Selection - Narkolepsy International Short Film Festival
Film Festival
Grenoble, France
May 2007

Official Selection - 1 Reel Film Festival
Film Festival
Seattle, U S A
September 2007

Official Selection - VisionFest
Film Festival
New York, U S A
September 2007

Official Selection - St. Louis International Film Festival
Film Festival
St. Louis, U S A
November 2007

NEWS & REVIEWS for DEVIATION

"Deviation, the best Machinima yet"
Filmstalker (June 03, 2006)

Machinima, if you don't know, is the term given to movies (or cinema) made on computers (machines), put them together and what do you have? Cinechines...no, ermmm, Machemas....oh no....ermmm...okay, Machinima. Machinima is starting to get some serious respect, not only did we see some recently regarding the French riots, but there's a complete fantasy movie being made online all in a virtual world. Tribeca Film Festival has even shown one as part of its Tropfest@Tribeca line up this year. Deviation is a short film that is actually quite different from other Machinima I've seen. Rather than use the computer world as an environment to replicate that of the real world for a movie, they've looked inward and used the computer world to reflect its own tale. Macintyre, an online-game character and member of a four-man counter-terrorist squad, attempts to break out of the cycle of futile violence that has been his sole existence. It's quite amazing to realize that all the characters are actually real, controlled by a real player, and that they've used a game to make this movie. Seriously, you should take a look at the short film which has humour and pathos in equal measure.


"a classic machinima comedy."
New York Magazine (October 25, 2006)

Using the video game Counterstrike, filmmaker Jon Griggs composed an existentialist riff on the absurd repetition of first-person-shooter games. Selected for this year's Machinima Festival at the American Museum of the Moving Image, it's a classic machinima comedy.


"Machinima about a game-character's existential crisis"
Boing Boing (May 12, 2006)

Deviation is a lovely short film about a video-game character's existential crisis. It was made using the CounterStrike game-engine, and was selected for inclusion in the Tropfest@Tribeca Film Festival. Macintyre, an online-game character and member of a four-man counter-terrorist squad, attempts to break out of the cycle of futile violence that has been his sole existence.


"great little Machinima"
Blogdisease.com (May 13, 2006)

Deviation is a great little machinima, the art of making movies with game engines. It introduces an existential crisis among its characters, who begin to question why they repeatedly do the same thing over and over (like repeatedly going to the same battle where they always get slaughtered). Some folks in Washington, when they are not too busy bashing videogames, could learn a thing or two from this little yarn. Perhaps like the machinima protagonist, they well realize that it?s Groundhog Day in the Middle East over and over again.


"very funny"
NPR.org (May 15, 2006)

I really love this one: Deviation - It's about the existential issues of a character in one of these hyper-violent games. Very funny.

 

 

 

Deviation is now appearing at Atom Films

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Jon Griggs
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Synopsis:

The short film Deviation was shot using an online game engine with the virtual actors and director never having met one another.

Macintyre, an online-game character and member of a four-man counter-terrorist squad, attempts to break out of the cycle of futile violence that has been his sole existence.

Dropped into the middle of a mission and faced with the prospect of climbing into an ambush at the end of a manhole tunnel, Macintyre strives to convince the other squad members that there is another way...

Director's Statement:

What started out as a novel (and inexpensive) way to tell a short, darkly comedic story took a turn towards a political statement about choice and the need for individual questioning of the status quo. As an avid games-player, I used the relatively unknown medium of machinima (muh-sheen-eh-mah) the convergence of filmmaking, animation and game development, to tell a story about one individual's attempt to break out of the cycle of futile violence that has been his sole existence. The film was shot using an online game environment and a cast comprised of four virtual actors whom I had never met in the real world. Using an ingame voice-chat program and a virtual camera I blocked, directed and shot the scenes using little more than a mouse, keyboard and a record button.

One definition of deviation is an expressed belief, within a totalitarian regime, which is not in accordance with official party doctrine for the time and area. Scrape away at the surface of Deviation and my hope is that you will see a message that holds relevance for all of us in these dangerous times of countrywide apathy and state-engendered fear.

 

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