Paul Marino

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Paul Marino is a film director, producer, animator, voice actor, and author currently focused on machinima, the art of using engines from video games to create films. He is a co-founder and the executive director of the Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences (AMAS), a non-profit organization formed in 2002 to promote and organize the growth of machinima.[1] Marino also co-founded the ILL Clan, a machinima production group, and, working under the pseudonym ILL Robinson, helped to create a number of the group's machinima pieces. In particular, he directed Hardly Workin', an August 2000 comedy video that won a Best in SHO award in Showtime's Alternative Media Festival, held on February 8, 2001,[2] and an award for Best Acting at the AMAS's 2002 Machinima Film Festival.[3]

Independently of the ILL Clan, Marino has worked on other machinima projects. Using Valve Corporation's first-person shooter Half-Life 2, he created I'm Still Seeing Breen, a 2005 music video set to Breaking Benjamin's song "So Cold". The video aired on MTV2's television program Video Mods.[4] He has worked with Rooster Teeth Productions on their Sims 2 machinima series, The Strangerhood, as both a voice actor and a visual effects designer.[5] Working with Rooster Teeth, he also helped to develop Strangerhood Studios, a short spin-off series commissioned in 2005 by the Independent Film Channel.[4][5] Strangerhood Studios was the first machinima series to be commissioned for broadcast, and won an award for Best Editing at the 2005 Machinima Film Festival.[6]

Marino has also written the first book about machinima, 3D Game-Based Filmmaking: The Art of Machinima. Prior to his work in machinima, Marino was an animator who won an Emmy Award for his work with Turner Broadcasting System.[7]

Machinima filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1999 Apartment Huntin' Animator, assistant director, editor
2000 Quad God Strollick (voice)
2000 Hardly Workin' Director, producer
2003 Common Sense Cooking with Carl the Cook Technical director
2004 Larry & Lenny on the Campaign Trail 3D characters, animation
2005 I'm Still Seeing Breen Director, editor
2005–2006; 2015 The Strangerhood Elder Sam (voice), visual effects
2006–2008 Red vs. Blue Visual effects


  1. ^ Marino, Paul (October 6, 2004). "The Wonderful World of Machinima". G4 Media, Inc. Retrieved June 25, 2006. 
  2. ^ ""Workin'" named Best in SHO" (PDF). Hollywood Reporter. February 9, 2001. Retrieved June 25, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Machinima Film Festival 2002 – results". Machinima, Inc. August 19, 2002. Retrieved April 15, 2006. 
  4. ^ a b "Machinima Theater". Austin Game Conference. Archived from the original on July 19, 2006. Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Rooster Teeth Productions (2006). The Strangerhood Season One (DVD). Buda, Texas: Rooster Teeth Productions.
  6. ^ "Mackie Winners Announced!". 2005 Machinima Film Festival. November 13, 2005. Archived from the original on February 15, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2006. 
  7. ^ "Panelists/Presenters". Signal Noise 2k5: creative revolution?. Harvard Law School. Retrieved June 25, 2006. 

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