NMR Artist Spotlight: Machinima Guru Lucinda McNary

machinima director
Lucinda McNary
(Exclusive NMR Interview with Director, Animator, and Machinima Guru Lucinda McNary)

NMR: Tell us a little bit about yourself. When and how did you become involved in filmmaking and machinima?

McNary: I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and both my parents were artists and my father was also an architect.  

All I ever wanted to do was draw and paint and then I discovered film making and found I loved animation because of the artistic element. 

Machinima Film Vautrin
I went to college and majored in Biology as at one time I wanted to be a doctor. I moved to San Francisco in the mid sixties and then New York in 1968. Then I came back to Kansas City in 1981. I met my husband Mark here and we moved to St. Louis in 1994 and moved back here about 6 years ago as he got a good job here. 

I am married and have 18 year old twins, a boy and a girl who we adopted when they were 6 years old.My husband is Mark McNary and he is a DBA and Systems analyst. He is a wonderful husband and a wonderful man.

I got involved in film making through a program called THE MOVIES. I thought it was like a SIMS game. The game was not that good but the film making was and I found I loved film making. Then I heard about Moviestorm and started using this program which I really love. The first movie I made was called Buddy and Pam and it is a love story. I made that with The Movies.

NMR: How do you find your inspiration for your work? Where do you find ideas for your films?McNary: As far as inspiration for my movies, well that just comes from the world around me and I never stop getting ideas for stories. In the past few years though writers have been submitting me scripts and I now make full length feature films with them. I just get so many scripts submitted that I don't have time to write my own anymore but these are very good writers and the movies are great too.

NMR:Tell us about your latest movie projects and Two Moon Graphics. McNary: My latest movie projects are VAUTRIN which has not yet been released and is the story about the Japanese invasion of Nanjing, China in 1937 and was written by Joseph Kwong. I made this movie completely with Moviestorm and was even able to make scenes showing buildings being bombed. I am also working on a movie from a script by Jerry Hawkins called LUMBERTON LAKE which is about a seriel killer who turns out to be a werewolf. Then I also have a film to do from a series of stories by the writer Selena Rosen. I am also writing the script for this movie from Selena's stories. This is a fantasy, science fiction movie.

NMR: What has been your most ambitious achievement?McNary: My most ambitious achievement was Vautrin. It was a very complex movie to make as it is set in 1937 Nanjing, China and I had to do a lot of research to create the sets as there are very few photographs and none in color of Nanjing during this era and of course Nanjing, China has now changed a lot since then. 

NMR: What does the future hold for Lucinda McNary?McNary: As far as the future, well I now submit all the full length feature films to film festivals because that is the best way to get a distributor. I am hoping that Vautrin will have a screening in Hollywood next summer as I was invited by a film festival to send it to them. If it is screened in Hollywood next summer, my husband and I will go there to attend it. Lumberton Lake will also be submitted to film festivals. If the movies don't get into film festivals, then I have DVD's made and sell them on Amazon.com. Two of my movies, The Man from Schenectady and Wonder Boy are for sale on Amazon now. 

Read the Latest Films and Projects for Lucinda McNary at IMDB

Check out The Man from Schenectady and Wonder Boy are for sale on Amazon now.  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Lucinda+McNary http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Lucinda+McNary 
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