So I’m sitting here in an open-air coffee place on one of the first warm days of the season being a negative fart and probably putting everyone around me in a bad mood. So, what’s my problem? The above definition of machinima is too specific! I think this definition doesn’t grasp the large-scale image, the “what could be” of machinima. So what if we looked at this from a different approach and re-defined the definition to include something more broad? Could we include the idea of global in the definition? Keep reading– I have an exercise for everyone at the end.. I hope we can get some good responses going!
When shooting machinima, sometimes you run into a few technical walls. Not to fret— I ripped my hair out over these issues for you already and have come up with some solutions. 😀
Issue: When I’m filming, an avatar started to edit something and white stars shoot out of their hand. Help!
Solution: Turn on your advanced menu. Click advanced- Rendering- Types- Particles and let go. Particles will no longer be seen, including those annoying star things. Careful though, it will also turn off any effects such as a campfire, fog, etc.
In the real world, live shoots are intense. You got a bunch of union guys on every corner of the room with these big robotic moving arm things, while another guy is in the back surrounded by what looks like bullet proof glass configuring a huge switchboard, which essentially switches from one camera view to another. Believe me, I was in that scenario. And my large robotic arm knocked a screaming teenage girl on the head during a heart-throb JPop concert (woops). In machinima, none of this is the case. Well, hypothetically it is but it’s a lot less complex and show-y.
If you are planning a live event and want machinima coverage, I URGE you to consider two individuals on 2 cameras. Planned well, you can get an assortment of nice shots that wouldn’t have been possible because with one camera, you’re just so focused on getting the conservative, front-on shot that you overlook the glorious moments that you can experiment with. Last week I shot a graduation ceremony in Second Life for Manchester School of Business and worked with a very talented machinimatographer named Cisko. What I got back from him was GOLDEN footage and a little extra sauce for the editing stage (he even had time to get some neat artsy shots of the venue and other shots that are low priority but sometimes end up being the most memorable footage).
I’m been networking with a teacher from Temple University’s Japan campus about his very very intriguing class project in Second Life. The students have all been participating on a project that will launch hip hop artist Legrand’s career– in the virtual world! This project is appropriately called, linsl, or Legrand in Second Life.
I met with Jean-Julien the other day about this project. He says Japan’s music scene is really unique. If you aren’t big somewhere else first, you won’t get big in Japan. In other words, it’s not really a place where musicians get discovered that easily. So, by launching his career in Second Life and cushioning him there with some good publicity, the Japanese crowd would potentially pick up on his talent.
The students will be responsible for everything in the launch- including pre-preduction for the music video (storyboard and planning), the filming, and the post-production, which is something one of the video students are taking on. The class will also take on distribution for the artist, promoting him in Second Life, which a lot of legwork is already done for them with SL’s active musician scene.
Getting to work with There.com on their promotional videos was a thrill! The balance of the real and virtual productions were challenging at the very least.
For the virtual footage, we shot it in 1 day at different hotspots in there. A bunch of their employees played 1 of the 6 characters- we couldn’t have 1 person log in as more than one because the planned shot were so action-based that they’d constantly have to be toggling something. We shot all types of scenes and it was hard limiting the footage down to the 30 seconds. Most of the footage was selected based on the focal lengths– the commercial was all about having fun and expressing emotion. Emotion shines through the best in closeups!
A lot of people discredit the phenomenon of virtual worlds, saying it will distance people from society. “Experts” claim that children who delve in video games find it more difficult to read facial expressions and understand emotions. I’d like to agree to disagree with all the above. What I DO believe is that in general, people are going out a lot less than they used to, since so much of the ability to connect has gone online. With a few changes to the world’s architectural design, however, that can change.
The “experts” should look at our society today instead of discrediting virtual worlds. I take the train avidly during the week pass long towers of buildings, where within lay endless cubicles. If anything distances one from their peers, it is the cubicle. The building’s floors are monotone colors, uninviting and intimidating, making even the beauty of the magic hour sky stir up goosebumps. In Philadelphia, there are a few buildings that try to paint over this truth by building more aesthetic architecture. It doesn’t shade the fact that looking through the windows, it looks like death. Copy machines, walls, limiting dress codes, poor ventilation.
Article by Ariella Furman, originally posted on PixelsandPolicy.com
The world of business embodies many different languages. Machinima is just one of those languages, that when combined with a brand, can produce limitless possibilities. When I first entered Virtual worlds, I started out by making a documentary about a Second Life Amazon tribe for my film class for fun. This work was noticed by a few solution providers whom I teamed up with. After working with some great brands, I began to follow them out of curiosity. Why machinima?
After analyzing the many uses these brand managers had for their products I realized, how valuable machinima is for business, in no particular order:
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Framed in 3D is an animation studio with over 10 years of filmmaking experience, both in the real and virtual worlds. The CEO, Ariella Furman has had a fascination with filmmaking as long as she can remember, maybe passed down from her father who she says is, “a home-movie guy.”
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