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Roo Reynolds, Portfolio Executive for Social Media at BBC Vision and former Metaverse Evangelist for IBM, gave the Closing Keynote at ReLIVE08, the Open University’s conference on Researching and Living in Virtual Worlds. I was honored to learn that he include my interactive, collaborative Timeline of Virtual Worlds in his presentation as Roo is one of my metaversal heroes and I greatly respect his work.
Thanks so much for the shoutout, Roo!
From Machinima Collab:
Game engines and virtual environments such as Second Life allows rapid-prototyping form of 3D animation and real-time puppetry of characters.
In this research project, we investigate the design and production issues related to making machinima. We chose to work with Second Life for its capacity in customization and ease of use. Utilizing its limited built-in features, including primitive modeling and rigged avatar, designers are able to prototype characters with essential geometries and experiment with modular design method.
Characters created become a living being in the cyberspace and a fictional identity of their creators and users.
Machinima Collab is an initiative to join media theories with design research methods and practices. The project Boba Fett’s Day Off is led by director Beth Coleman, an assistant professor of MIT Comparative Media Studies and lead designer Jenny Mu, an adjunct faculty of Parsons Design and Technology.
Current members of Parsons Machinima Group are Ananya, Brian, Bruce, Esteban, Fengyu, Lawrence, In-Bum, Ingrid, Jason, Rishi, and Valeria. Previous members of MIT Machinima Group include Katherine, Mikail, Raymond, and Stephanie.
I enjoyed immensely all the students’ presentations and hope that I was able to contribute to their knowledge of creating and filmmaking in virtual worlds. I look forward to seeing how the entire group applies their unique skills towards their finished collaborative endeavor. Thanks to Jenny Mu and Beth Coleman for inviting me to be part of such a special project.
Machinima Collab in Second Life with their avatar works in progress:
- 10 Convention on the Rights of the Child 1 Minute PSAs (link one, link two) by Global Kids
- “Avatars Against the War” (2007) on an anti-war protest in Second Life by Rik Panganiban
- “A Better World in Second Life” (2007) a 5 part documentary on the social uses of virtual worlds by Josh Levy
- “A Childs War” (2007) on child soldiers in Uganda by the Virtual Video Project of Global Kids
- “Dead in Iraq” (2007) online protest in “America’s Army” MMOG by Joseph Delappe
- Draxtor Dupres’ machinima news reporting in Second Life regularly covers social and political topics
- “The French Democracy” (2005) about the French riots by Lionhead Movies / Alex Chan
- “The Greenest Console” (2007) about pollution in the game console industry by GreenPeace
- “Invisible Threads” (2008) parody art piece on sweat shops by Annie Ok
- “Oils Well” (2008) about the global oil crisis by Civil Protection
- “Race to Equality” (2008) on access to education by the Virtual Video Project of Global Kids
- “Repuffs” (2008) political satire by the Martin Brother
- “Safety Kids” (2003) PSA on child safety around railroad tracks by LA MTA
- “A Second Life on Second Life” on people with disabilities in SL by Scribe Media
- “Sheik Attack” (1999) on the horrors of war by Eddo Stern
- “Snoop Votes” (2004) by Paul Marino, Adam Penenberg, and Magdalena Kimshizzle
- “This Spartan Life” machinima series that has dealt with a number of serious issues, from the future of the book to Net Neutrality by Chris Burke
- “Standing Alone” (2006) about a couple’s loss of a child by Decorgal
- “Swift Kicks Moms for Truth” (2008) political satire by Silver and Goldie
- “An Unfair War” (2006) war commentary by Thuyen Nguyen
Thank you for including my film in your list, Rik!
IBM and Linden Labs recently announced a historic breakthrough in virtual worlds: “…research teams from the two companies successfully teleported avatars from the Second Life Preview Grid into a virtual world running on an OpenSim server, marking the first time an avatar has moved from one virtual world to another”.
The topic for this Metaverse Meetup was OpenSim and virtual worlds interoperability and we were very fortunate to be featuring leading pioneers of OpenSim as presenters: David Levine of IBM Research (Zha Ewry in SL) and Adam Frisby of DeepThink Labs (Adam Zaius in SL). Tish Shute (Tara5 Oh in SL), who writes about OpenSim on her blog Ugotrade, was guest moderator and Global Kids generously hosted us in their space.
More info about OpenSim and the interoperability announcement: