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:
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.