Ever wanted to make movies but, you know, without all the expensive equipment and software? Or maybe you’re just a big fan of the online shooter Team Fortress 2 and would like to recreate Casablanca using its cast of colorful characters. Well, it’s your lucky day. The Source Filmmaker went into open beta today, and it’s a free download.
Source Filmmaker is a tool that allows you to make your own movies inside developer Valve’s Steam engine, which powers games like the first-person puzzler Portal and the zombie-infested Left 4 Dead.
“The SFM condenses the production pipeline of an animation studio down onto a single gaming PC,” said Valve in an e-mail sent to GamesBeat. “To help the community get started, the SFM includes all assets from Team Fortress 2 along with assets from two of the ‘Meet the Team’ short films.”