The source filmmaker
I came across this presentation on youtube from Valve. Valve is famous for creating some of my favourite games such as Half-Life and Portal and have release this beta version of their new software that enables people to create animation in realtime. This is nothing new of course since we all are familiar with machinima art and animation but they are giving away some really great tools for key-framing and facial animation only found ( until now) in packages like maya, softimage and 3dsmax. They also came up with the great idea of letting people use characters already animated found in their games and simply reanimate those just to get you started. Another cool feature is the ability to trade online your content and characters with other source filmmaker users so if you need a large set or a lot of objects to populate your existing set then this will definitely come in very handy.