In 2014 Hugh Hancock released his most ambitious project to date, a motion-captured Warcraft fan-film with Hollywood stars Jack Davenport, Anna Chancellor, Joanna Lumley and Brian Blessed. Made using full Hollywood-grade motion capture and scored by BAFTA nominee Ross Campbell, Death Knight Love Story is a World of Warcraft-based Machinima fanfilm like no other. It was written and directed by Hugh Hancock, director of “BloodSpell” and founder of Machinima.com.
Death Knight Love Story (DKLS) is a tale of passion forged in the darkest, most dreadful place possible. It’s a tale of two people born with a searing flame who find each other, lose each other, and end up facing each other in battle, still desperately in love. Based in Azeroth, the setting of World of Warcraft, DKLS tells the tale of a Death Knight, Miria, the redeemed servant of the Lich King, and Sir Zelieck, first of the Horsemen of Naxxaramas. It tells how Miria went from being at the Lich King’s right hand to battling to save the North from his armies, and how Sir Zelieck fought the Lich King to his last breath, defied him even in death – and yet still ended up his servant, ruling his floating city of the damned.
Death Knight Love Story was made on a completely non-profit basis as a labour of love. It is arguably the biggest single non-profit Machinima project ever. Speaking about the project, Brian Blessed said “I feel one mustn’t be afraid of new technology, and people condemn it all the time … I’m all for the new techniques that are being developed … I ultimately feel that all the Avatar techniques and all these wonderful new techniques that are coming through will actually bring a new reality, and the actor will be needed much more. Virtually it’s going to be so brilliant that they’re in your sitting room.”