Jan 192009
 

Early last year (2008) a LAMP initiated project called “Macbeth:What If” from the 7th residential received development/production funding from the NMC and the Australia Council (who also part funded the LAMP: Story of the Future residential) last year. Project creator Kerreen Ely-Harper teamed up with producer Kate Richards, Virtual World creator Angela Thomas and another LAMP alumni, Designer Adam Nash, to realise the original project. After a year or so of development they created an island in second life that built on the original project idea that was looking at the experiential teaching and awareness of Shakespeare’s works via Second Life and also the ability to perform and create machinima in a rich virtual setting.

The video below is quick & cheerful ‘Space Navigator’ Machinima and Music by Gary Hayes. The whole work was very similar in style and form to Thursday’s Fictions in Second Life, another LAMP initiated project two years ago. Full credits for the Macbeth project below.


Filmed and edited by Gary Hayes. Note: This film does not demonstrate the many interactive elements, social intentions or literary integration. Please visit the island to see those first ‘virtual’ hand. A medium resolution (98MB MP4) download is available here

Macbeth in Second Life Credits
Guide & credits here

SLURL – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Macbeth/44/54/54

A collaboration by Angela Thomas, Kate Richards and Kerreen Ely-Harper, from an original idea by Kerreen Ely-Harper.
Producer: Kate RIchards (Nini Dubrovna)
Director: Kereen Ely-Harper (Dorothy Porta)
Virtual World Content Designer: Angela Thomas (Anya Ixchel)
SL Design Consultant: Adam Nash (Adam Ramona)

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Initial stages of this project were mentored and developed through the Laboratory for Advanced Media Production (LAMP) at Australian Film TV and Radio School (AFTRS). This project has been funded and built by the New Media Consortium

NMC Team:
Larry Johnson (Larry Pixel)
Alan Levine (CDB Barkley)
Rachel Smith (Ninmah Ash)
NMC Second Life Building Team:
Chris Holden (CJ Carnot)
Beth Satchjen (Stella Costello)

Voiceover Actors:
Maggie Blinco
Boris Brkic
Christopher Morris
Ophelia Of The Spirits
Alice Parkinson
Evelyn Parsonage
Recorded at Megaphone Studios
Engineer: Shane Fahey

Additional thanks to:
Larry Johnson
Therese Fingelton
Gary Hayes
Jeff Wegener
Ian Waddely
Nick Noakes

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Nov 092008
 

GameJam 2008 was run at AFTRS in Sydney on 1 November and featured talks to do with developing for or playing with console, pc games or online games. Creating and using virtual worlds, games, film cross-over, machinima, writing, AI and educational, fun or just plain cool stuff.

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Below is a selection of those captured on the day including a short item related to three new courses AFTRS are offering in 2008 featuring Previsualisation elements – Animation Directing, Games and Virtual Worlds.

1 Guy Gadney “The Life of an MMORPG Diaspora”

Guy takes us on a personal tour of one of the first ‘grass roots’ online games as he tells the story of Diaspora. MP3 recording 6.9MB Click to listen

2 Dan Graf “Story and Game”

Dan gives a thoughtful talk about the conceptual framework of film or book to game adaptation. He talks about experiential design and audience centric focus when you plan your interactive version. An interesting session at the end when Ian Brown joins the discussion and  the perennial issue of narrative vs play is brought to the fore again. MP3 recording 13.4MB Click to listen

3 Peter Giles “Future of Game Education”

Peter looks at many of the issues that are facing educators and academic institutions as they begin to consider games as a core part of curriculum. MP3 recording 5.6MB Click to listen

4 Physical TV “You Are Going To Die”

Karen Pearlman and Richard James Allen are the creators of a cross-media property called Thursday’s Fiction. They worked with Gary Hayes on the virtual world aspect of the project and talk more about where the proposition is headed as it moves into game space. MP3 recording 6.4MB Click to listen

5 Marigo Raftopoulos “Galapagos: Serious Game”

Marigo introduces us to her serious game concept to help businesses understand the benefits of thinking about the environment. MP3 recording 4.9MB Click to listen

6 Brett Robertson “History of Games”

Brett takes us on a light hearted trip down memory lane and also at the current state of the games industry. MP3 recording 7.9MB Click to listen

7 Ian Brown “Portal, Have Your Cake and Eat It Too”

Ian takes us behind the scenes from a user and passionate fan perspective of one of the most unique games to have become commercial, portal. He also looks at the original game, Narbuncular Drop, designed by students that Valve used to develop Portal. MP3 recording 7.4MB Click to listen

8 Michela Ledwidge “MOD the Movies!”

Michela takes us deep into Sanctuary and the thinking behind allowing the audience to customise, mash-up and generally Mod cinematic content. MP3 recording 7.4MB Click to listen

9 Gary Hayes “Reality & Pleasure – State of Play of Blended Real Life, TV and Game World” Vod/Podcast

This video above available as a download (with better audio & creative commons) 50MB MP4 click here

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  • This podcast presentation by LAMP @ AFTRS.
  • Audio recorded by Gary Hayes & Brett Robertson
  • Description, editing, podcasting and production by Gary Hayes

Finally a short compilation capture edited by Peter Giles (note video has camera sound, podcasts are higher quality direct lapel mikes).

Sep 162008
 

‘Growing Worlds” An abridged Presentation on Games Writing and Adaptation by Joe Velikovsky

(Note: the first half of the podcast contains loopback echo due to technical issues)

In this abridged (20 out of 35 mins) presentation at a LAMP Insight ‘Growing Worlds – Games Adaptation Seminar’  Joe looks specifically at the practical side of games design and adaptations from existing IP or story ideas. He talks about console games writing, how they are developed and some of the titles he worked on including Looney Toons and Jumper.

“every chapter has its own introductory and outroductory. We ended up with this entire game summary a couple of meters high and wide so that everyone could easily refer to it and know exactly which level they were making at anyone time – what was in it and what the mission objectives and stories were. We ended up with 10 walkthroughs which were about 40 pages per chapter, times 10 chapters and if you included the images there are about 70 pages, 20 cut scenes of about a page each, and this big excel spreadsheet with over 1060 rows of dialogue.”

He talks about his experience across screen writing leading to writing for games and then looks closely at the target demographics and how they influence the design and what content to include alongside the style of gameplay. Joe then looks at the visual aesthetic, game play and design of Looney Toons in more detail and the structual aspects that are inextricably linked to the gameplay and narrative that permeate the story world and the amount of work that is required to create these large game play environments.

JOE VELIKOVSKY – Screen and Games Writer

Joe Velikovsky is a Producer, Designer and Screenwriter in the fields of New/Digital Media, Game Design, TV and Film. He has been a Professional Writer, Game Designer and Producer for over a decade. The game, film and TV genres he has worked in include drama, sci-fi, horror, and comedy. Professional experience includes:

  • Senior Game Designer, Game Co-Writer, and Producer: JUMPER: Griffin’s Story videogame (Xbox 360 SKU only), based on the Fox movie, developed by Redtribe, published by Brash Entertainment, February 2008. [http://www.jumpermoviegame.com/]
  • Game Writing and Design consultant to various New Media producers, for The Australia Council and Screen Tasmania.
  • Senior Game Designer and Game Screenplay Writer, LOONEY TUNES: ACME ARSENAL videogame (on PS2, Wii, and Xbox 360), released worldwide by Warner Bros Interactive, October 2007 in the US, February 2008 in Australia. [http://looneytunes.warnerbros.com/acmearsenal/]
  • Writer/Creator of an EPOC (Electronic Proof Of Concept) mobile phone web-soap prototype, with Australian Film Commission funding, LIFERAFT, 2005. Producer Michael Robertson, Prodigy Films (producer of film Blackwater).
  • Creative Director of A-Rage Pty Ltd. Producer, Director, Game Designer and Writer on the `Augmented Reality’ game Sky Invaders 3-D which won 2nd Prize for the `Best Unsigned Professional Game’ at the 2004 Australian Game Developers Conference. www.a-rage.com
  • Mobile-phone comic-strip producer and author,“Dr N. Sayne” launched by m.Net at www.mobster.com.au. (The first exclusive mobile-phone-comic-strip in Australia) 2004.
  • Co-Game Designer, Saturday Night Speedway, developer Ratbag Games, published by Atari.
  • Writer/Game Designer on sci-fi action thriller PlayStation2 game, IKON, for Ratbag Games (in turnaround), 2002.
  • National Games Market Analyst for Australia, Inform Pty Ltd, Sydney (now GfK). Clients included Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and all the members of Australian Visual Software Distributors Association, 1999-2000.

MP3 recording time 22:38 (6.7MB) Click to listen

This podcast was recorded as part of the Screen Tasmania, Australia Council and LAMP@AFTRS seminar on Games Writing called Growing Worlds delivered in May 2008.

All LAMP podcasts are published through iTunes – click on the icon below if you have iTunes to subscribe now!

ABOUT LAMP PODCASTS

This podcast presentation by LAMP @ AFTRS.

Audio recorded on a DV cam by Australia Council (echo issues)

Description, editing, podcasting and produced by Gary Hayes