While I wasn't entirely disappointed, Of Life and Pain shows all the promise you can hope to see in a new machinima creator. The animation reveals technical adeptness and the basic plot has wings. It's not a soaring, mind-blowing epic yet, but I can see the next video achieving that.
My final score: good, a little over-the-top in forced emotion, but shows the glimmers of greatness with practice.
Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.