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Hello, MAG! After a challenging semester, I'd like to draw your attention to the machinima posted by my students on their YouTube Channel, so called because we met in Harkness Hall 3 times a week for 14 arduous weeks:

     http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHarknessFilms?feature=watch

Maybe some of you will check it out and watch the final projects (many but not all made in Second Life). Two of my students are members of MAG and have submitted their earlier films here (Jay Ricciardi and Kevin Silverstein). Half of them are graduating this weekend:

Veronika's film about War of the Worlds

Polunochnaya's SL film "The Fox and the Crow"

Chelsea Flint and Jay Ricciardi's "The Metachinima" (a long, funny story about a dispute over which platform to make machinima in)

RavenBaraq's SL dramatization of the opening to Virginia Woolf's _The Waves_, using the voices of her fellow students

Solidusson's "Oren and the Raptor (made in WoW)

JangoBell's "Nodding: 'Where is My Mind?'" (inspired by so many of the SL art films we watched)  

Arathnir's "The Chase" (made in Team Fortress 2)

Rupert Saundas' SL film "The Bridge Builder," based on a poem he chose

and Kevin Silverstein's "Virtual Reality: World's Beyond Our Own" (an examination of Minecraft, Skyrim and Second Life). 

    Some of these students had never before been exposed to machinima, gaming or even film studies. Some of them were already film-students but not machinimatographers. Some of them were avid gamers, two of them were computer science experts, and two of them had made machinima in other platforms. RavenBaraq told the whole class in her final presentation that making her machinima was the single most difficult and involved project of her entire four years at college which included her honors thesis. :)

     We had to deal with classroom computers with limited graphics cards, no FRAPS except the free version they downloaded each time, no space navigators, and two machines in the IT Center that had Final Cut Pro loaded on it. 

  I'm especially thankful to my assistant and former student Steven Solowsky for his scrupulous work with them at the weekly lab.

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Comment by Celestial Elf on September 3, 2012 at 5:34pm

Re comments rated as Spam (and apologies for such slow response) I don't think that has any bearing on the comment makers status at yt at all. The worst thing that we can do there that has any impact on our own accounts as far as I know is to repeatedly fall foul of the copyright issues and let the matter stay without challenging the complaint or changing the music. Otherwise than this and I think that you will be fine :)

Comment by Hypatia Pickens on May 21, 2012 at 6:33pm

Thanks, Tikaf, as well, for taking time to look at these and comment.  Some of my own encouragements on their work was flagged as "spam" (I think by one of my students or their friends).  How will that impact my YouTube rating, which is good now?  I hate removing my remarks, but I might have to.

Comment by Hypatia Pickens on May 21, 2012 at 3:07pm

Thank you both, Natascha and Elf. This was a labor of love on the part of my students...(well, also a requirement for a grade). And I appreciate both of you watching this. Everyone in the class agreed that The Bridge Builder could have been exquisite if it's maker hadn't skimped on the sound.

Comment by Celestial Elf on May 21, 2012 at 2:55pm

Thanks for sharing this list Hypatia, I was enjoying watching these, there are some very good quality works here, good work well done all.

Comment by Natascha Randt on May 20, 2012 at 6:43am

I wachted all of them and mostly I wrote a comment and two of them are in my fav list. No wonder, the Chase is one of my favs, lol. The other one is Metachinima.  All of them have good ideas and some were well made. Only the bridge builder, which has a good beginning, annoyed me a bit, because of the voice-over.

Comment by Hypatia Pickens on May 19, 2012 at 7:33pm

Aaaarrrgh!  Yeah... Students don't listen... I required all of them to get their music from jamendo or incompetech, or make sure their sources gave them royalty free CC licenses. I really stressed this, and grades suffered as a consequence. I wish UMG and YT would come to some agreement about amateur, small-circulation productions.  Meanwhile, thank you for watching these, Natascha, and maybe others will be able to see it.  It's rather beautiful, if a little overlong.  

http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ahrc/script-ed/vol4-1/coates.asp  3.1 first generation users

Comment by Natascha Randt on May 19, 2012 at 6:22am

Oren and The Raptor: Yt says copyright infringement, UMG content! So I cant watch it.

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