Apr 282009
 

machy_film_vertVIRTUAL STORY: THE ART AND CRAFT OF MACHINIMA

Three hour seminar – Thurs 14 May.
Full day workshop – Fri 15 May

Machinima is a dynamic new form of storytelling that will be explored in a seminar and interactive workshop at AFTRS this week. This unique event will feature leading international experts speaking about the exciting future of this new form which utilises games and virtual worlds as new tools of filmmaking.

Games and virtual worlds are now being used as creative tools to make a wide range of films from horror genre, comedy to corporate training and education. YouTube, Machinima.com and scores of other video portals are filled with thousands of examples of these new forms of virtual storytelling. Some are now even being commissioned by mainstream TV such as NBC aired a CSI episode in 2008 integrating machinima made in Second Life and HBO recently acquired the machinima series ‘Molotov Alva’.

Speakers featured include:

  • Gary Wiesneski, who has pioneered SLCN.tv, the world’s first TV network that broadcasts live from the virtual world reaching over 1 million viewers and from July it will be in high definition on treet.tv.
  • Mark Strong from Wandering Eye Pictures will also speak about recent machinima projects he has completed for Sony to promote the Ressurrection 2 game for PS3 platform.
  • An exclusive interview with leading machinima producers Ill Clan. Writer/director Kerria Seabrooke, cinematographer Paul Jannicola and producer Frank Dellario have been described by Wired magazine as ‘machinima masters’ and give unique insights to how they create their award winning work.
  • Gary Hayes, leading Virtual World creator,  put this together inspired by the growing audience for his own machinimas which have achieved hundreds of thousands of views online. More at: http://www.youtube.com/user/hayesg01
  • Jim Shomos who, with Kenny creator Shane Jacobson, have pioneered MOGIE or movie over game integrated entertainment in partnership with Ubisoft. More can be seen at: http://www.mordykoots.com
  • Kathy Mueller, lecturer in Screen Content at AFTRS, who brings many years of experience as a screen writer/director to new forms.

Following the seminar a day-long workshop will be held on Friday 15th May to explore the tools and techniques of making machinima. This is a rare opportunity to gain insight into an exciting emerging form.

WORKSHOP: Those attending the workshop are encouraged to bring a 1-2 minute audio recording of dialogue between 2-3 characters to create the machinima to.

The seminar will explore the vast range of machinima made with console, PC and online games. It will also look at simple forms of film pre-visualisation now possible using games technologies. The intensive workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to the tools of machinima and the opportunity to work on a short project. Participants are encouraged to bring along a pre-recorded soundtrack (including voice and/or music) to use as the basis for their project.

Sign up now for the seminar only or for the full seminar and workshop program. Hurry, applications close soon!

CLICK TO APPLY: Seminar Thurs 14 May 2 – 5 pm

CLICK TO APPLY: Workshop Fri 15 May 10 am – 5 pm (must attend seminar)

Presenters and workshop trainers include:

By the end of this workshop & seminar participants will have had the opportunity to understand the differences between the types of machinima engines (specialized software, previz tools, social virtual worlds, game-worlds and mods) and learn about:

  • What makes compelling machinima
  • The wide range of machinima styles being created around the world
  • Insight into the engines and tools used to create machinima including: WoW, Second Life, Antics, Crysis, GTA4, Half Life, Halo, iClone, Movie Storm Unity, NWN, The Movies, Sims and many others
  • Basic storyboarding and scripting techniques for machinima
  • Global machinima community and other online resources
  • Role playing and improvisation techniques that work in this new form

From a previous Machinima seminar called “THE VIRTUAL STORY”

Six half hour podcasts featuring SLCN.tv, Physical TV, Jackie Turnure, Gary Hayes and many more from the Film Making and Cinematic Experiences Using Virtual Worlds and Games seminar in Sept 2007 recorded live at the Museum of Sydney.

1 SECOND LIFE CABLE NETWORK – Gary Wisniewski. Gary discusses the technical and logistical aspects of making television in 2nd life. MP3 recording time 33:37 (11.7MB) Click to listen

2 THURSDAY’S FICTIONS – Karen Pearlman and Richard James Allen take you through the transition of their project, Thursday’s Fictions from the stage, to the page, to the screen and now to 2nd life. MP3 recording time 30:42 (10.6MB) Click to listen

3 THE STORY ENVIRONMENT – Gary Hayes talks about virtual spaces and the collaborative nature of creating stories within them. MP3 recording time 33:37 (11.3MB) Click to listen

4 CREATING PLACES – Kit Devine a lecturer in 3D at AFTRS talks us through her phd project, a virtual version of Sydney’s Rocks area from 1788 to present, as an illustration of the difference between building places as opposed to spaces. MP3 recording time 16:23 (5.6MB) Click to listen

5 THE VIRTUAL FILM – Jackie Turnure. The art of Machinima – an evolution. Jackie takes us back 11 years to the beginnings of Machinima, (combination of Machine and Cinema) to look at how far things have come and where they might be heading. MP3 recording time 36:42 (12.6MB) Click to listen

6 GAME MEET FILM: PRODUCTION, SKILLS AND FUTURES – Panel “The Craft of Story Environment and Games” – A panel of experts moderated by Gary Hayes look at the production issues and future implications of combining the skills of filmmaking with games design with emphasis on machinima and virtual worlds. MP3 recording time 31:10 (10.7MB) Click to listen

All podcast presentations produced and presented by LAMP @ AFTRS.
Audio edited & processed by Gary Hayes. Podcast descriptions by Casandra Joslyn.

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

Mar 132009
 

reachoutLAMP ‘INTERACTIVE’ WORKSHOP

FRIDAY 3 APRIL 10am – 5pm @ AFTRS

CLICK HERE TO APPLY: Seminar and Workshop

The intersection between documentary filmmaking and games will be explored in this half seminar and half rapid development workshop, providing deep insight into the potential of Serious Games.

Both games and stories have long been recognised as powerful learning tools. Their combination in the 21st century has the potential to provide learning experiences that are collaborative and globally connected. What are the best examples of Serious Games and where are they heading? How can Serious Games be employed by educators, corporations or non-profit organizations?

Screen Australia and the ABC have recently announced a funding initiative in the area of Serious Games. This seminar will bring you up to speed with the latest developments in serious games and provide an opportunity to present your own concepts and workshop ideas with experts in an afternoon workshop.

Speakers include:

1stausRachel Perkins (Director), Darren Dale (EP) Sohail Dahdal (Online Producer) on SBS’s First Australians will talk about the online experience of the documentary series and explore the future possibilities of documentary games.

Marianne Webb is the interactive manager for Reach Out!, an online service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times. Marianne will talk about the serious game Reach Out Central that been part of an innovative online strategy to build community engagement by the Inspire Foundation.

John Welsh is the Development Manager of Serious Games at Sydac, a leading Australian simulation technology company. John will talk about the role of simulation and play in learning environments.

Gary Hayes runs AFTRS Laboratory for Advanced Media production and he will introduce the history of serious games, several he created at BBC before they were called Serious Games, a survey of future directions and cross over between games and documentary forms.

Jennifer Collins – Manager of Development, ABC TV (Jennifer, with Mike Cowap from Screen Australia, is running the Serious Games funding initiative currently calling for applications)

Tim Nixon – CEO Straylight Studios – Tim runs New Zealand based Straylight Studios an innovative games studio who specialise in ‘meaningful play’.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

By the end of this workshop participants will have had the opportunity to learn about:

  1. The various types of serious games: evolution of the form and the directions it is heading
  2. The global serious games community and online resources
  3. Documentary storytelling and its relationship to serious games
  4. Techniques to brain-storm, plan and document serious games ideas
  5. The links between documentary research and serious games
  6. User created games and managing online communities

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WHERE

The Australian Film Television and Radio School
The Entertainment Quarter
130 Bent St
Moore Park NSW, 2021

Get Directions

CLICK TO APPLY: Seminar and Workshop Fri 3 April 10am – 5pm

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