May 26, 2011: Making Movies! Machinima Tips & Resources

May 26th, 2011 | Posted by iggy in Transcripts

Creative Commons License

VWER Meeting Transcripts by Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Based on a work at

VWER meeting on machinima, May...

Transcript of the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable May 26, 2011

Topic: Making Movies (Machinima tips & resources)

Hardware & Software Tools Noted:

Design & Copyright Advice:

VWER Participants’ Machinima & Recommendations:

Photos by Iggy. Join our VWER groups at Flickr and Koinup to add your own pictures!

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Hello everyone and welcome to the Virtual Worlds Education Rountable!

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: We meet each Thursday at 2:30pm SLT for an hour here on the Bowling Green State University’s virtual campus.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: We have met every week for over three years. We hope to be able to continue to do so, but we need help from the community.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Today’s Topic is “Making Movies”: Tips and Resources for machinima.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: We are looking for moderators for some of our regular weekly meetings. Details can be found here:

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Each week we get a wide variety of educators, from seasoned veterans to the newly rezzed.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: The Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable is a forum to educate and inform the community about issues that are important and relevant to education.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: This is a public meeting, so we will be keeping and publishing a transcript of what is said in local chat. If you’ve not seen our transcripts, you should check them out – they are an excellent information asset.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: The transcripts can be found at our web site – – select the LIBRARY tab at the top.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Please join the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable group here in SL. If you are on Facebook, please join our group there – Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: You can also find and post pictures to our Flickr and Koinup groups and follow us on Twitter @VWER. When you blog or tweet, please remember to include the tag #vwer

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Aside from our regular meetings in Second Life, as of last year, the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable started its own grid, which is being hosted by ReactionGrid.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Those on ReactionGrid, or on the same version of OpenSim, can hypergrid over to the VWERGrid.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: If you are affiliated with an educational institution, you are also welcome to create your own account on the VWERGrid.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Information on how to get to the grid and/or create an account can be found at our web site – under the VWERGrid option in the top toolbar.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: One last thing. We’d love to get your opinion about several VWER issues including meeting times and volunteering.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Please visit this short survey and give us your input. That survey is located at

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I’ll repeat that: please do that survey πŸ˜€

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I’m Joe Essid, Writing Center Director at the University of Richmond. I’m designing an immersive literary build

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: based on Poe’s “Fall of the House of Usher” in Jokaydia Grid.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: So, lets get started and introduce ourselves.

Grinn Pidgeon: Barbara Pittman, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio. Faculty Development/Instructional technology/English adjunct

Margaret Michalski: Margaret, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Research Information Specialist

Sheila Yoshikawa: I’m on the faculty at the iSchool at the University of Sheffield, UK

Rk Jinn: Rk Jinn, Rick Anderson Rutgers University

Kali Pizzaro: Evelyn McElhinney Glasgow Caledonian University RN, Nurse Lecturer

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Chris Robinson, Virtual Assistant, Georgia Gwinnett College

Samantha Chester (sam55.chester): I am Ashlyn Dugan I teach Writing and Composition at National Park Community College In Hot Springs , Arkansas

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: others?

Decka Mah: Lindy (McKeown) Orwin (just married) and new job at University of New England in Australia managing a project for Social Work and Counselling

Knowclue Kidd: ola

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: WOOT Decka! Congratulations

Sheila Yoshikawa: congrats Decka

Decka Mah: ty Shiela

Corbinian Baggage (corbinianbaggage): Corbinian Baggage, wanderer wanting to learn about machinima

Kali Pizzaro: fab welcome Corbinian

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: others? Don’t be shy

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: no one could fumble more than I’m doing, running a meeting on a viewer new to me.

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): Barbara Truman, Center for Distributed Learning, Univ of Central FL, Orlando

Kali Pizzaro: on my way there Delightful

Kali Pizzaro: Orlando ;0

Rhiannon Chatnoir: /me Joyce Bettencourt, co-own Vesuvius Group, a dev group that does edu simulation/media work for the nonprofit Global Kids, along with edu projects with Georgia Tech & ASU

Kali Pizzaro: Hi Knowclue

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): @Kali do come and see us

Kali Pizzaro: come have a seat

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: okies, let’s start then….

Kali Pizzaro: i ish i could fit it in

Knowclue Kidd: Hello

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I’m a novice to machinima, but last week

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: we had several requests to do a meeting on the topic

Decka Mah: waves to Knowclue

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I do teach film studies and make digital films, so today

Samantha Chester (sam55.chester): @ Rhiannon By ASU do you mean Augusta State?

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I hope we can share tips and ideas for resources

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: let’s begin with this question

Rhiannon Chatnoir: oh sorry.. Arizona State Univ

Knowclue Kidd: @Decka Bachatcha Sista!

Kali Pizzaro: hi esme

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: how many of you have made machinima? Answer yes or no

Samantha Chester (sam55.chester): No

Rk Jinn: no

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Sort of

Kali Pizzaro: no

Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes

Decka Mah: yes

Sheila Yoshikawa: yes, though nothing complex

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: no

Esme Qunhua: Hi Kali Thanks.

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): not yet

Kali Pizzaro: well not fancy

Grinn Pidgeon: yes

Knowclue Kidd: Hello Esme!

Grinn Pidgeon: just tutorials

Esme Qunhua: Hey KC

Knowclue Kidd: yes

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Too bad Normal (who was here last week) isn’t here. I looked at his machinima this week and it was good!

Kali Pizzaro: havea seat knowclue next to corbinian

Esme Qunhua: Knowclue is a master of machinima

Knowclue Kidd: just waiting to fully rez… little sluggish

Corbinian Baggage (corbinianbaggage): Yes keep me company

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: To those who answered “yes”: What is the one resource (aside from SL) that you like best when making machinima? Add URLs if you have them

Kali Pizzaro: woo def have a seat

Sheila Yoshikawa: what do you mean by resource?

Decka Mah: The SL marketplace

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: well, Sheila, I mean

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Software, hardware

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: something like my use of Freesound at

Kali Pizzaro: Loc come on in

Knowclue Kidd:

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: that I’m using at Usher for CC-licensed sounds

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: @Knowclue, tell us a bit about that link and what you use it for

Knowclue Kidd:

LoCE99Ch8 Morpork: Thanks. I’m waiting for the spare chair to rez…or does this set-up work differently?

Knowclue Kidd: I use iShowU

Kali Pizzaro: no there is one next to Sheila

Knowclue Kidd: 4 mac

LoCE99Ch8 Morpork: Ah, yes

Kali Pizzaro: 16 for the transcript

Knowclue Kidd: affordable, real time capture

Knowclue Kidd: easy interface

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: cool. Got a link?

Rhiannon Chatnoir: for software, if on a Mac – to screen capture you can use either IshowU ( or Snapz (

Knowclue Kidd: just dropped it in chat

Rhiannon Chatnoir: nod to Knowclue

Knowclue Kidd:

Rhiannon Chatnoir: to

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I’ll aggregate the links at the top of the transcript when we run it (I found my chat log)

Grinn Pidgeon: I use Snapz Pro and iMovie to edit

Knowclue Kidd: Snapz use to take time to render… is it still that way?

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: URLs please?

Knowclue Kidd: I lost shots

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): Seems like part of the challenge is to get really good music too

Knowclue Kidd: and a recall memory hog

Sheila Yoshikawa: i’ve used for free music

Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes, it saves a temp file as it shoots and then renders after when you go to save

Grinn Pidgeon: snapz Pro does take time–walk away

Esme Qunhua: So KC iShow doesn’t take time to render?

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: excellent link, Sheila…finding a soundtrack poses all sorts of IP issues

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Viv had to call in a friend to do one for the machinima she made of our first Usher build

Knowclue Kidd: no.. and it is much much much easier on the system

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I started out using Echo360 but it’s too simple. Yesterday someone gave me Camtasia.

Knowclue Kidd: space wise

Sheila Yoshikawa: I have been using screenr to capture up to 5 mins of bideo, but the last times I tried to use it most of the time it wouldn’t publish the item

Rhiannon Chatnoir: nod.. camtasia is also good

Knowclue Kidd: really important when you are working with kids

Sheila Yoshikawa: so i am sort of giving up on it and i just bought fraps

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): fraps?

Grinn Pidgeon: some music here:

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Is Audacity any use to your machinima makers? My students loved it for digital stories.

Rhiannon Chatnoir: you can run into problems on a pc sometimes because audio/video aren’t necessarily as easy to capture at once

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I’ve used it in the past for editing audio files, haven’t tried to combine them with video

Rhiannon Chatnoir: Ignatius, if you are say using a lot of voice over then Audacity would work

VWER meeting on machinima, May...

Grinn Pidgeon: we have camtasia at work but I haven’t tried it

Knowclue Kidd: i had a friend recommend:, but I haven’t used it

Sheila Yoshikawa: ditto grizzla,

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): (audacity)

Kali Pizzaro: i had fraps but now have screenr – is that debut video capture

Kali Pizzaro: i think it downleads as

Kali Pizzaro: loads

Kali Pizzaro: yea that above screen o matic

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid):

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: any other tools you folks really like?

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): Is there any software for storyboarding as well for machinima?

Knowclue Kidd: yes

Sheila Yoshikawa: i have the priced version of fraps, so you aren’t time limited like with screenr, but you have to have the capacity on your computer. I must say it took very little time indeed to work out how to use it, more of a problem has been getting into a format i can upload and share

Knowclue Kidd: iShowU has a compressor tool I use in post production called stomp

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I have iShowU on my home Mac. Trying to figure out if I like it or Camtasia better.

Knowclue Kidd: It cleans up the video nicely, especially after it comes out of iMovie

Sheila Yoshikawa: I’m using Windows Movie Maker to edit and save to different formats and compress, but it isn’t my fave software… i only just started using it

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: put in URLs for any of these if you have not done so already

Knowclue Kidd: seems to always lose resolution… and it also compresses it for fast download

Sheila Yoshikawa:

Knowclue Kidd: everything is on my resource page:

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: except Movie Maker and iMovie of course…we should already have those

Knowclue Kidd: whoops.. not that one

Knowclue Kidd: /me blushes

Knowclue Kidd:

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: /me edits these Knowclue….no need to blush πŸ™‚

Grinn Pidgeon: great resource

Knowclue Kidd: whew

Knowclue Kidd: πŸ˜€

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid):

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: now I didn’t come prepared to a ton of questions, but

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid):

Kali Pizzaro: oh grizzla had to read that twice

Kali Pizzaro: lol

Knowclue Kidd: BTW… i buy the cheep version for my school (not pro)

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): read what twice? I was looking up urls

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: can we share one tip for making effective machinima?

Kali Pizzaro: shiny

Kali Pizzaro: thought it said something else

Decka Mah: Follow the 180 degree rule

Sheila Yoshikawa: these are my screenrs, but in fact a lot of them i use as raw footage to make animoto shows: & animoto example

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: LOL Kali…you sound like Viv!

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): My tip is, don’t try to record when there’s a lot of other demand on the server.

Kali Pizzaro: Sheila how did you get so good at this

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I know that I had my digital-story students prepare a story-arc first. I’d certainly do the same for a short film.

Knowclue Kidd: one of the best tricks I learned from my kids

Kali Pizzaro: ?

Sheila Yoshikawa: I don’t think i know enough to give tips – but trying it through several times for timing, also with the animotos, interspersing images with short bits of text to tell a story

Rhiannon Chatnoir: nod Grizzla, and also on your own end, video takes a lot of resoures, so make sure to have enough hard drive space to save everything you are recording

Knowclue Kidd: it made me do a palm slap because I had been struggling with the problem for a year …

Sheila Yoshikawa: actually, i think having a structure and story even if it’s short and non-fiction

Knowclue Kidd: set your capture for a lower rate… we do 25fps

Grinn Pidgeon: take a lot of extra footage so you can edit into something coherent

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Really – wow

Decka Mah: another tip is to actually say the script so you get the shot length rigth if you are doing a voice over and also if someone else is doing post production, they know what shots go where

Knowclue Kidd: it will save space and make a smoother feel

Kali Pizzaro: yes that is a good tip Decka

Kali Pizzaro: i do that is doing slides on video

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: 18 on the sim, for the transcript

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Speaking of smoothness – the SL cam can be jerky when you try to zoom or pan. Any way to smooth it out, or is that a function of my hardware?

Grinn Pidgeon: we need like buttons on the chat

Sheila Yoshikawa: lol yes Grinn

Decka Mah: Grizzla you can use a Space Navigator 3D mouse

Knowclue Kidd: πŸ˜€

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Grinn, that’s rather Facebooky πŸ™‚

Corbinian Baggage (corbinianbaggage): Are Space Navigators expensive?

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: other must-have tips for novices?

Knowclue Kidd: also…. turn of camera constraints… play with panning and use speed-up or slow down in post production

Sheila Yoshikawa: Space Navigator 3D mouse-can you just get them off Amazon or something?

Decka Mah: Also there is a big difference between filming the screen and making a movie (camera angles, establishing shots, back shots, close ups etc VS one wide angled recording)

Sheila Yoshikawa: yes, Decka, I haven’t got beyond filming the screen

Knowclue Kidd: Yes… another favorite is setting your camera on the actor and letting them do the work (movement)

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): @Decka sounds like script is very important

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Like a film instead of a stage play

Decka Mah: Shiela I bought mine direct form Connxions…lemme check the site

Kali Pizzaro: Yes Decka, is there any free software lets you put it for use on an ipad without paying

Knowclue Kidd: nice

Rhiannon Chatnoir: as much as you can rough out a script and even rough storyboard of shot angles it all helps

Sheila Yoshikawa: i was just being lazy @decka

Decka Mah: @D’lightful, script adn storyboards for films that require them help. Not all machinima is a fully scripted storyboarded film though

Rhiannon Chatnoir: you can even on the quick take some SL snap shots of framing good shots as a quick storyboard

Kali Pizzaro: ah good tip

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I wish I had time and incentives to use SL with my next class…I’m teaching them the basics of camera movement and editing to do film analyses

Decka Mah: Space Navigator Mouse

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: thanks, Decka

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Is this it?

Rhiannon Chatnoir: nod

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): $92 on Amazon

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: now without blowing our own horns, could you name a machinima that most inspired you?

Knowclue Kidd: sure… hold on

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I’m nominate Robbie Dingo’s “Watch the World(s)”:

Sheila Yoshikawa: @decka gulp awesome but also rather awesomely expensive

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: it make my students see the creative potential of building in SL

Decka Mah: Knowclue’s kid’s stuff is inspiring because they make everything and get value form simple techniques

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): Yes! Robbie

Decka Mah: Shiela I have the $99 version only

Knowclue Kidd:

Knowclue Kidd: I LOVE this machinima!

Knowclue Kidd: made using sims2

Sheila Yoshikawa: @decka, ah that sounds more achievable, I was seeing the one at Β£300+

Knowclue Kidd: great story

Knowclue Kidd: great graphics

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: excellent. One of my students just produced one of himself in WoW.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Cool.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: other must-sees?

Grinn Pidgeon: @iggy let us know when your students remake Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I will, Grinn. I’ll play Raymond Burr’s role πŸ™‚

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: that shot of him entering Jimmie Stewart’s apartment is a perfect use of perspective and camera work. I often teach that one scene

Knowclue Kidd: do you have the url? @Ignatius?

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): /me wonders if she can move farther away from Iggy without being too obvious

Kali Pizzaro: πŸ˜‰

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I’ll get the machinima my student did….meanwhile, other great machinima examples?

Decka Mah: I adore this one too but not SL, WOW

LoCE99Ch8 Morpork:

Decka Mah: note 4.5 million hits

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Do “documentaries” count as machinima?

Kali Pizzaro: Hobbs you hiding

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: here’s John’s machinima:

Decka Mah: There are some great entries in the University of Western Australia machinima competition too

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Now let’s turn things over to you folks…what do you most want to know about making or using machinima?

LoCE99Ch8 Morpork: That’s where mine came from, Western Australia

Knowclue Kidd: My student last year really got into making her own music videos… fascinating to watch her progress as she learned her craft. She has an impressive hit list for a 13 year old

Knowclue Kidd:

Rhiannon Chatnoir: a more recent fav mahinima … it also includes editing in video footage for a nice mashup

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: @Knowclue, that might be a great way to get a student interested…I can see mine being so intimidated at first

Rhiannon Chatnoir: it won one of LL’s machinima awards recently

Knowclue Kidd: you would be amazed at how fast they learn

Knowclue Kidd: SCARY fast

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I want to learn that fast. πŸ™‚

Knowclue Kidd: i had my 4th graders do a project this winter

Knowclue Kidd: I had thought it would take 4 weeks for them to film & do post production (on period a week)

Knowclue Kidd: they finished in two

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I hope so….many of my students struggle with multimedia because we are not a school that attracts a lot of tech-savvy kids.

Knowclue Kidd: worked together to capture and did their own post production

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: but give them a good assignment and they do learn fast.

Grinn Pidgeon: ah, 4th graders, before they have their imaginations drummed out of them

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Iggy, are there a lot of gamers?

Knowclue Kidd: yes

Rhiannon Chatnoir: and if you want to see some of the machinima work Global Kids has done with their youth educational programs… can go to

Knowclue Kidd: Aww Ginn! What age do you work with?

Kali Pizzaro: Oron heyy

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: @Grizzla, NO. My students are very careerist.. Games hurt GPA and RL networking.

Sheila Yoshikawa: yes, shifting to students, I find it tricky judging what is reasonable to expect, there is a large variation in motivation and ability as regards doing something that is tech and that is not perceived as core to the class goals

Grinn Pidgeon: old community college students

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Wow.

Oronoque Westland: hey, just getting off a video conference

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): We are an access institution, but we have a LOT of gamers

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: they play casual games only, except for a small cadre. But at $53,000 a year, they come for other reasons.

Knowclue Kidd: I see

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Really smart ones!

Oronoque Westland: and in permanent “away” status it seems grrrr

Knowclue Kidd: well… you can start small….

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I like digital stories as a way to get them to try more complicated work.

Knowclue Kidd: music videos are a fun way to start to get use to just taking the shots and learning the tools

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Ig, do they write their own stories?

StopAll Animations Red Rose: Stopping 2 animations

StopAll Animations Red Rose: Done

Rhiannon Chatnoir: if you want to get into using game design for educational projects/purposes.. a cool app is GameSalad

Sheila Yoshikawa: mmm I think at 18 they would want to see the connection between information management and music videos

Grinn Pidgeon: it’s true I have a digital storytelling project in every comp class, but not in SL, on web

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: 20 min left–let’s move to questions anyone has for our experts

Kali Pizzaro: yes sheila

VWER meeting on machinima, May...

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): I really like this song made by Arbit Delecroix

Sheila Yoshikawa: they can though do digital storytelling about information society issues and teh like, that would be relevant

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: @Grizzla, yes, the students do a proposal, then a narrative I and a Writing Consultant review

Grinn Pidgeon: do you have student work in groups?

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: then we do the multimedia work in our Lab with a designer’s help

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: for the digital stories, they worked individually, but they did peer-critiques

Knowclue Kidd: It depends on the project… but often, yes

Knowclue Kidd: or maybe just for part of the project

Sheila Yoshikawa: in fact some of our masters students did have digital storytelling as part of their assessment, assessed on the digital stories, but it wasn’t machinima

Knowclue Kidd: Who here is a film maker in rl?

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): /me thinks home videos probably don’t count

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I think that video-editing is a leap for many of them. I did find that some students in my upper-division class had used iMovie extensively in K-12 classes. They did some great RL footage for training films about writing.

Decka Mah: NOt a film maker but had to make films for work …not got the students to make them

Rhiannon Chatnoir: I do creative media work full time

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): What I’m working on is virtual documentaries of what other institutions are doing. (Does that count as machinima?) The director of our teaching center asked me to create discipline specific presentations for different groups of faculty.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: it helps to have a team include one cinematographer/editor, I found

Zotarah Shepherd: I have been on a rl video crew but not for a few years.

Rhiannon Chatnoir: so a combo of things, but video/film/live streaming also as part of that

Decka Mah: Grizzla…are they available publicly?

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): They will be.

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): At this point I only have a few brief clips uploaded into an Echo site.

Knowclue Kidd: so… machinima is really no different than making a regular movie

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: What are some of the legal/ethical issues about sharing student work?

Knowclue Kidd: it’s all about story.. purpose and what you want to communicate to your audience, right?

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: We get signed waivers for RL shoots

Rhiannon Chatnoir: nod, though less overhead than film to produce machinima

Knowclue Kidd: The advantage of taking machinima in the classroom is that it gives you a fantastic, flexible movie set

Knowclue Kidd: costumes

Knowclue Kidd: scenery

Decka Mah: Iggy there is also an issue in SL about shooting in other people’s sims

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: so do your schools require waivers? Legal contracts?

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Decka, I know LL has some stipulations about filming people’s avs; don’t know about sims

Oronoque Westland: I have seen mixed media integrating video shot in SL with media shot in the physical world

Rhiannon Chatnoir: regarding Global Kids, their youth/students sign waivers – yes

Knowclue Kidd: and it allows you to focus on film making / visual literacy in a way that is harder when the kids have to put on costumes and run around the school

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Yes I’ve heard about this, Decka. Any URL for that? I kinda read and forgot about it since I’m not teaching in SL but in OpenSim now

Knowclue Kidd: we don’t require any waivers for machinima… no kids faces

Grinn Pidgeon: do you create them in private SL spaces where you won’t be bothered by wandering avatars into your shots?

Sheila Yoshikawa: if there any photos taken of students, where you can see their faces, in real life, then we are not supposed to publish them unless the students have signed release forms

Knowclue Kidd: I put everything they do on youtube

Oronoque Westland: yes, the sims are also someone’s creation(s) so you need permission

Knowclue Kidd: yes Ginn

Decka Mah: SL wiki

Sheila Yoshikawa: in terms of student work, it is normally their intellectual property, so I would need their consent

Knowclue Kidd: I have them shoot in a variety of spaces

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: thanks, Sheila. That link will go right to the top!

Knowclue Kidd: I use virtual worlds… where they build the content

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid):

Sheila Yoshikawa: yes and i’m aware there are the rules that LL has about publishing machinima

Knowclue Kidd: or games

Decka Mah:

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: excellent resource, Decka

Sheila Yoshikawa: thanks

Knowclue Kidd: yes.. you have to be very careful about filming other peoples content

Samantha Chester (sam55.chester): sorry gotta go

Decka Mah: yes the scenery is owned in SL

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: take care, Sam

Knowclue Kidd: Why I’m a huge advocate of starting with a bare sim and letting the kids build it

Decka Mah: Oh and it is good to buy a weather system that allows you to make rain. And you can control the sun and clouds in SL (in case people didn’t know)

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I’d just build my own sets, Deka. Would be easier for creative work. For documentary, however, you need to “go out there”

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: how to handle crowd scenes?

Knowclue Kidd: loll… good question

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Virtual waivers? :0)

Decka Mah: Ig there are such awesome builds in SL that leave my builds for dead, that it can be worth the time to get permission.

Knowclue Kidd: fascinating… virtual waivers

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I *think* IRL if you can identify someone in a close-up you need written permission

Decka Mah: I see lots of requests on the SLED group for crowds to help out in crowd scenes

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: but in SL well…”who is that rusty robot?”

Rhiannon Chatnoir: virtual waivers could be as easy as a google form you ask people to fill out

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): so I do need permission to do video of a college’s builds?

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: @Grizzla, it cannot hurt to get permission

Decka Mah: actually avatars have copyright just as the sims do in SL

Sheila Yoshikawa: not to do with SL, but I like this comic book that goes through the fraught copyright issues involved in documentary film making

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I’ve found that so many SLers are eager to promote their work…so I’d just ask the estate manager

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Did not know that Good to know!

Decka Mah: Torley’s guide is good too

Knowclue Kidd: intresting question… but if someone captures you in a public event, isn’t that image fair game?

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: in our last 10 minutes….what have we NOT covered today?

Knowclue Kidd: /me hmmmmmm

Oronoque Westland: some sims have up signs that basically say that by entering you give permission to be recorded

Sheila Yoshikawa: @knowclue – in RL that would vary depending on what country you are in…

Knowclue Kidd: interesting

Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes if you plan to do a lot of event filming of machinima good to post up something like that

Grinn Pidgeon: would be nice if there were a movie studio with props and scenery that could be reused, rented, borrowed

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): @Decka Torley allows his music to be used too

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: good to know that, Oro! I’ll behave πŸ™‚

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): …and his textures!

Rhiannon Chatnoir: there are a few long time machinima focused groups, you can join those to ask questions and mindshare too

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: @Grinn, someone could start THAT SL business

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: @Rhiannon, any groups you’d recommend?

Oronoque Westland: that sign is often at gatherings where the chat logs are published to the web

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Great project for business students

Knowclue Kidd: there is an interesting tension between old copyright and CC and the use of mashups… media is changing

Knowclue Kidd: faschinating to watch.. anyway

Decka Mah: *nods* it is a can of worms Knowclue

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: With Peter Greenaway promoting machinima, we may see a lot more attention to this medium

Decka Mah: and a student can do things a teacher can’t under copyright laws

Knowclue Kidd: I would like to invite all of you who are making machinima… or would like to make machinima to participate in

Knowclue Kidd: we are looking for the best machinima in the education realm….

Sheila Yoshikawa: @knowclue yes, I filmed in an installation by Pixeels Sideways which was using a video from Symphony of Science on many textures and that uses clips from all sorts of TV programmes….

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: excellent, Knowclue! I’m going to have fun with all these links

Knowclue Kidd: I know some of you are making them

Knowclue Kidd: @Sheila… very cool

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: I keep thinking that machinima is that “killer app” to show non-SLers what is possible here

Sheila Yoshikawa: but a copyright nightmare!

Sheila Yoshikawa: lol

Knowclue Kidd: great… but PLEASE, do submit your machinima

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I understand that Merlot is doing machinima with their virtual safaris, but I haven’t succeeded in finding any finished vids.

VWER meeting on machinima, May...

Rhiannon Chatnoir: SL groups: machnimatographers, mamachinima, macinima institute

Decka Mah: yes Ig, it is a great way to show SL outside SL.

Kali Pizzaro: there should be one

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: ty Rhiannon…those too will go with our “links of note” at the start of the transcript

Esme Qunhua: Thank you all so much. I have learned a lot from all of you!

Kali Pizzaro: think it is in the tent on clive island

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): @Iggy I agree. Machinima could be gateway

Sheila Yoshikawa: good session for links ;-))

Kali Pizzaro: sorry folks fell asleep shattered

Knowclue Kidd: BTW…. we are doing a challenge that would be a great project for everyone here to try…

Kali Pizzaro: well 2 min snooze

Sheila Yoshikawa: shattered eh Kali

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: Hamlet Au always promotes that idea…and I actually agree with him πŸ™‚

Sheila Yoshikawa: too much marking?

Knowclue Kidd: make a 1 min or less machinima to show where you work, play or live in virtual worlds/ games

Kali Pizzaro: indeed

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: LOL Kali…two min. warning πŸ™‚

Kali Pizzaro: that would be good knowclue

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): oooo I could do that!

Knowclue Kidd: πŸ˜€

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): Possible

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: any final advice/tips/URLs?

Kali Pizzaro: done

Knowclue Kidd:

Sheila Yoshikawa: I know it’s a problem assignment when i fall asleep half way through marking it

Kali Pizzaro: hehe

Decka Mah: thanks for all the great tips and sites everyone

Kali Pizzaro: yep great as usually

Sheila Yoshikawa: yes, thanks everyone

Oronoque Westland: my “set not away” is not working…I really am not the student who is in FB when claiming to be in class

Rhiannon Chatnoir: actually, those sort of group machinima contests/projects are good to get your skill level up and collaborate with others

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: And before we break…two great meetings coming up…next week, Olivia will lead an open forum!

Grinn Pidgeon: I have about 50 tabs open in my browser now

Sheila Yoshikawa: lol oro

Knowclue Kidd: This is great… do I have your permission to share your URLs on the site as resources????

Kali Pizzaro: well i am away for 3 weeks so look after the place fellow VWER

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: and after that, Maria Korolov will be our special guest for a voice interview with AJ

Sheila Yoshikawa: have fun in Florida Kali

Kali Pizzaro: πŸ˜‰

Sheila Yoshikawa: not too much, obviously

Kali Pizzaro: and Peru wooooo

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): Next time Kali, come visit

Kali Pizzaro: yep on my list Delightful

Knowclue Kidd: Thanks Kali for putting this meetup together… Kavon sent me over to participate… I appreciate all of the new resources!

Rhiannon Chatnoir: so are the other discussion times on different topics

Sheila Yoshikawa: ooo remember John Peel

Sheila Yoshikawa: don’t go keeling over, we need you Kali

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): /me doesn’t remember John Peel

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: @Rhiannon, yes, we have other topics but always at this time and location

Kali Pizzaro: hehe

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: thank you all folks!

Sheila Yoshikawa: ah he was an iconic British DJ

Kali Pizzaro: mmm cocoa tea me thinks

Kali Pizzaro: hehe

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: that a great set of resources to share. I’ll flog it in my blog, too

Rhiannon Chatnoir: nod, if anyone is interested, we could start a informal collab/knowledge share group together for edu focused machinima

Rhiannon Chatnoir: πŸ™‚

Sheila Yoshikawa: who died in Peru on holiday of a heart attack

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): And I’ll… use it all!

Maggie Quinote: Thank you! I always feel so ignorant the more I hear from the group!!! Maybe in a year I will actually understand the vocabulary!

Grinn Pidgeon: good stuff, bye

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Rhiannon, I’d be interested

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: thanks, all of you! Grizzla, thanks for “riding shotgun” today

Knowclue Kidd: Love that there is so much interest… machinima is a great tool for education

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): /me blushes

Rhiannon Chatnoir: k

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: /me hands her the shotgun and apologies for forgetting πŸ™‚

Jenny (silviana.jenvieve): Thank you, everyone. Sitting silently here but cutting and pasting notes furiously!

Rhiannon Chatnoir: anyone who is.. can say so.. can grab names from the transcript and can start from there πŸ™‚

Decka Mah: thanks all bye for now

Sheila Yoshikawa: yes

Kali Pizzaro: toodle loo

Sheila Yoshikawa: byee

Knowclue Kidd: bye

Zotarah Shepherd: Bye

Jenny (silviana.jenvieve): tc all

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: got some sleep, Kali πŸ™‚

D’lightful (delightful.doowangle): Ta ta for now

Kali Pizzaro: woop to Grizzla

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: off to nerd night for Iggy!

Kali Pizzaro: ;-0

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: see you soon

Rhiannon Chatnoir: happy nerding!

Ignatius Onomatopoeia: woo hoo face-to-face old-timey RPGs πŸ™‚

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 You can leave a response, or trackback.

2 Responses

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *