UWA Machinima Challenge 2018

March 25, 2018.

I was asked to head a panel of jury for the very last UWA machinima challenge in Second Life.  Together with Harnake HunspalTess Baxter (Tizzy Canucci) and Craig Harbison, we watched and selected the winners.

The competition was organisedby JayJay Zifanwe with the the University of Western Australia, and made possible by Lapiscean Liberty, Eliza Weirwight, FreeWee Ling,  Singh Albatross, Kaylee West, Pooky Amsterdam, and many many more. Jayjayhas actively been promoting immersive art and machinima made by Second Life residents for the past 9 years.

A special dedication was mentioned to Alizarin Goldflake and to Hugh Hancock, without hero’s like these, there would be no machinima as we know it.

About the Competition
THEME: Create a film with a work of art!
SUBJECT MATTER: Any artworks that sit on the UWA Sims in Second Life, and these include artworks created when the sims themselves were created in 2009 can be selected to feature in your machinima. The artwork(s) need to be a relatively significant part of the story, and not merely something glimpsed in passing.

I will copy/paste the chat, with some pictures i took, but first lets share the winners!

1. Glasz DeCuir, ART & IDS

2. Tutsi Navarantha: Serendipity

3: Karima Hoisan & Natascha Randt: The river of forgetting

4. Isabelle Cheren: Before the world was made

5. Bryn Oh: Cerulea

Greetings everyone, and welcome to the University of Western Australia, or UWA as she is known, and also welcome to the winners announcements for Slartist@UWA Machinima Challenge 2018. As is tradition at UWA, I would like to acknowledge that the University is situated on Nyoongar land and that the Nyoongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to uphold their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.

Jayjay Zifanwe: Pretty sad day for me personally, and for all art in Second Life as we just learned that one of her finest exponents, Alizarin Goldflake has passed on peacefully after fighting a long illness. I met Alizarin in 2009, and she was one of the first artists at UWA. We have her artwork, ‘The Maze’ set up close to the Hackett Buildings. The artwork was one of the first 3 works received when UWA commenced their challenges. I received it when I was running the art events myself. I didn’t know what to do or how to do it. Before quadrapop Lane took over the art curation, before FreeWee Ling. Alizarin had to tell me not to try and wear her artwork like a HUD. Rest in Peace Alizarin.

The day is also sad as it brings to an end the grand art and film challenges run by UWA, which started almost a decade ago in 2009, with Alizarin and other pioneers, who included Soror Nishi & Oberon Onmura. In the past there had been tough times and moments when it looked we wouldn’t make it this far, but we scrambled and pulled through, and now when we bring things to a close, we bring the curtains down at a time of our own choosing, and no better way than  through this challenge which would not exist if not for one of the unsung heroes of Second Life, LaPiscean Liberty  founder of SLARTIST & AviewTV. UWA came into the art and film fold as some of the previous great champions, Betina Tizzy of Not Possible IRL, Lumiere Noir of the Ivory Tower of Prims and Jopsy Pendragon of the Particle Laboratory were pulling back, and I think we started a different chapter in the art and film history of virtual worlds…. likewise as we disappear into the digital night, other will emerge and take the lead.

Whats pleasing though is that we’re closing the circle on film and art challeges at a time and place of our own choosing. Many of the award presentation events were held at the UWA-BOSL Grand 4-SIM Amphitheatre created by Patch Thibaud, but the very first Machinima awards ceremony we held, was right here, where Cisko Vandevere of Germany walked away with the grand prize! Anyway its not the end of the UWA Sims, which will be around another year with FreeWee Ling perhaps running art activities.

The day is also sad as it brings to an end the grand art and film challenges run by UWA, which started almost a decade ago in 2009, with Alizarin and other pioneers, who included Soror Nishi & Oberon Onmura. In the past there had been tough times and moments when it looked we wouldn’t make it this far, but we scrambled and pulled through, and now when we bring things to a close, we bring the curtains down at a time of our own choosing, and no better way than  through this challenge which would not exist if not for one of the unsung heroes of Second Life, LaPiscean Liberty  founder of SLARTIST & AviewTV. UWA came into the art and film fold as some of the previous great champions, Betina Tizzy of Not Possible IRL, Lumiere Noir of the Ivory Tower of Prims and Jopsy Pendragon of the Particle Laboratory were pulling back, and I think we started a different chapter in the art and film history of virtual worlds…. likewise as we disappear into the digital night, other will emerge and take the lead. Whats pleasing though is that we’re closing the circle on film and art challeges at a time and place of our own choosing. Many of the award presentation events were held at the UWA-BOSL Grand 4-SIM Amphitheatre created by Patch Thibaud, but the very first Machinima awards ceremony we held, was right here, where Cisko Vandevere of Germany walked away with the grand prize! Anyway its not the end of the UWA Sims, which will be around another year with FreeWee Ling perhaps running art activities.

[06:02] LaPiscean Liberty: Thank you Mate

[06:03] FreeWee Ling: 🙂

[06:04] Kaylee West: yes

[06:04] Yeya Zuta: yes

Jayjay Zifanwe: As previously mentioned, the ‘title sponsor’ for the event is LaPiscean Liberty, and what he started  mushroomed as many things in SL that we have been involved does and evolved into a wonderful partnership with many other groups and individuals including Singh Albatross and The Writers Centre, Singapore who gave us the wonderful ‘Merlion’ part of the challenge, Language teacher, Kip Boan & Virtlantis a long term sponsor for UWA events, and Pooky Amsterdam, doyen of the machinima world with PookyMedia. The final sponsor of course is the UWA Virtual Worlds Project. Much thanks for this amazing prize pool of L$430,000,

[06:04] Suzie Anderton: yep..loud and clear

[06:04] Chantal Harvey: thanks Jayjay

[06:04] Amelie Marcoud claps

Jayjay Zifanwe: The theme of the SLartist@UWA Machinima Challenge was ‘ART OF THE ARTISTS.’ Collaborations and partnerships are something we have always wanted to encourage in SL. In fact, on the 24th of June 2010, I was asked to give an address at Second Life’s 7th birthday celebrations, and II titles my speech “Unexpected Collaborations in Second Life” http://uwainsl.blogspot.com.au/2010/06/unexpected-collaborations-uwainsl-and.htm

Anyway for this current event, we encouraged connections and collaborations between 3D artists and machinima makers. Any artworks that sat  on the UWA Sims in Second Life at any point in time, going back to artworks created when the sims themselves were created in 2009, could be selected to feature in the machinimas. Filmmakers could choose individual artworks or a collection of artworks around which to weave a story, and machinima makers could work with the artists to film anywhere. It did not have to be shot on these grounds. Much acknowledge here Eliza Weirwight who created the artwork for the poster for this event. She has created the poster for events at UWA for as long as I remember and has always given us something truly special.

Its been an absolute pleasure for me to work with all of you over the course of these challenges, and over the years, and especially to those who went above and beyond the call of duty to make all of this a success. Thank you for being here. I acknowledge one last time that the UWA Art, Architectural & Machinima Challenges, the teaching & research have seen people from all corners of the globe involved, with students, artists, builders, researchers and machinimatographers hailing from Turkey, Kuwait, Romania, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lithuania, Singapore, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Finland, Greece, India, Colombia, Poland, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hungary, Latvia, Russia, Venezuela,  Belgium, Mexico, Wales, Canada, the USA, the UK, Uruguay, Scotland, England, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, France, the French Carribean, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Denmark,  Holland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Cuba, Serbia, Tunisia, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and parts unknown. More

[06:07] quadrapop: quicker to say which countries HAVE NOT been represented lol

[06:07] Allie Tomsen: smiles

[06:07] FreeWee Ling: Gonna miss those litanies.

Jayjay Zifanwe: A special thanks goes  to FreeWee Ling, curator of art at UWA & RL Honorary Fellow at UWA. I have already mentioned La Piscean, but this is probably my last chance to do so in public, so, just want to thank him again. He has been for so many years and still is, and we hope always will be a champion of machinima in Second Life. A lot of great things at UWA would not have been possible if not for this wonderful, reliable gentleman being there and with FreeWee Ling supporting everyone and everything across the sims.

[06:07] Karima Hoisan: www mw too

[06:08] Dale: awwwww

[06:08] LaPiscean Liberty: The Thanks goes to you and Free and the Community

[06:08] Jayjay Zifanwe: We’re very proud of a number of innovations pioneered by UWA. Year Long Challenge with Monthly Awards

That was my first foray into the SL art world. Announcing a year long challenge when I had no curator, no artspace, no knowledge of SL art. I was told by quite a few including Bettina Tizzy that there was no way we could sustain interest. That 1 month in SL was 1 year RL. But, I didn’t listen to that sage advice, and thankfully providence sent down the first of many angels who had assisted across the years in the form of quadrapop Lane, and that first year was an incredibly successful one managing to build an art community.

[06:08] Karima Hoisan: Thank you LaPscean!

[06:08] tutsy Navarathna: 🙂

[06:09] quadrapop: lots of fun  too

[06:09] Iono Allen: quadrapop an angel! I knew that! 🙂

Jayjay Zifanwe: Art Receiver. We constructed an art receiver in 2009 in time for the first art challenge when something similar didn’t really exist in SL. I knew what I wanted it to do and had help from a number of scripters to create it. This allowed anyone to ‘drop’ their artwork in the receiver as a way to submit rather than have to give it to another avatar

Jayjay Zifanwe: Immediate Exhibition of Artwork and Machinima. Most art exhibitions, the art is received and all collected and then set up and then when fully ready open to all. With us, we wanted anything that came in immediately displayed and highlighted on the blog, and this is what we did from the start both with artwork and machinima. Made it very tough for the curators across the years, but they managed magnificently in having to constantly change and adjust the gallery to accommodate the growing list of works for every challenge

Audience Participation Prize. We tried people’s choice awards, but found it put pressure on artists  in an undue manner, and we wanted to find a way to make things different from a popularity contest, so for our awards, the audience had to ‘guess’ the top 10 as they thought the judges would decide, this way, anyone who wanted to take part would have to see all the artwork before providing an educated guess, with no pressure on them to ‘vote’ for friends and no pressure on artists to ask for favours

Sim is full, set to 55. Lets push the number up.

Jayjay Zifanwe: Collaboration Art Challenge. The 2nd year of the grand challenges (or maybe the 3rd) was one which brought the many major art groups across SL together including Pirats, Uni of Texas San Antonio, SL Art, Odyssey, CARP, Nordan Art, BOSL,  S&S Gallery of Fine Art, Tornado Gallery… where we provided L$5,000 each month in the names of 5 of these art groups, and some putting up their own prizes)

Jayjay Zifanwe : Judging Panel Construction. Many challenges we had panels of between 20-30 people from all walks of life and all over the SL & RL world. We did this to reduce the influence of any single judge and not allow one or two individuals to have to big a say.

Jayjay Zifanwe: And that brings us nicely to this next portion, prior to getting to the awards. Judging was done completely differently this time, and I do want to acknowledge amazing judging panel we had. There were 4 distinct sets of judges here. The main judging panel, led by the mother of SL machinima, Chantal Harvey!The panel was brought together by Chantal, who was the panel chair, with other judges being:

– Chantal Harvey – Judging Panel Chair

– Harnake Hunspal – Freelance Producer and Director

– Tess Baxter (SL: tizzy canucci) – Digital artist and PhD candidate in contemporary art at Lancaster University

Craig Harbison – CEO of Diamond gate Films,

[06:13] Allie Tomsen: yay

Jayjay Zifanwe: The panel for the Merlion Prize, was jointly led by Singh Albatross and Kaylee West

The panel for the PookyMedia Prize, led by Pooky Amsterdam

The panel for the UWA Prize & Craft Prizes, was led by yours truly, Jayjay.

The Slartist website carries all the machinima and can be found here: https://www.slartist.com/browse-slartist-at-uwa-videos-1-date.html

Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: Now heading for the finale, we move to the top 5

[06:59] Lampithaler: ♥ + * `* ♥. APPLAUSE !!!!!. ♥ * `* + ♥

Jayjay Zifanwe: So now in 5th place overall for the Slartist@UWA Machinima Challenge, taking home L$20,000 is:

Jayjay Zifanwe: “Cerulean” by Bryn Oh of Canada

[07:00] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: “Cerulean” by Bryn Oh of Canada

[07:00] August: YAY!!!!

 

[07:00] August: Awesome Bryn

[07:00] Yeya Zuta: Claps!

[07:00] Sharni Azalee: Congratulations !!!!!! whooooo

[07:00] Joseph Nussbaum: gratz!

[07:00] FreeWee Ling: Yaaayy!!!

[07:00] Suzie Anderton: WOW..well done

[07:00] DzinWiz Babii-Avro: Congrats 🙂

 

[07:00] LaPiscean Liberty: Outstanding

[07:00] Eliza Wierwight: ~applauds~

[07:00] Allie Tomsen: yay!

[07:00] Karima Hoisan: Congrats Bryn!!

[07:00] Maria Vought: CLAPS!

[07:00] Bryn Oh: oh thank you i am very happy !

[07:00] lila: grats  Bryn

[07:00] Bryn Oh: i am going ot put on my run animation

[07:01] Sharni Azalee: lmao

Jayjay Zifanwe: This machinima centres around one of Bryn’s own creations and one of the pane; commented, “The dreamlike quality of the work is very successful. The mise-en-scene is visually appealing.  The film has the right duration.  I think the music track works well with the concept.  Bryn ‘s virtual art and machinima are stunning together. The graphics and the pace of the film, the sound effects and the music, it is a perfect match. I really like this film, it is beautifully made, and has a sweet narrative – I even like the title”

[07:01] Lampithaler: ♥ + * `* ♥. APPLAUSE !!!!!. ♥ * `* + ♥

[07:01] Amelie Marcoud claps

[07:01] Bryn Oh: i fell in teh water

[07:01] Aqua th Oracl3: applause !!!!!!!!!!!!!

[07:01] Bryn Oh: but thanks

[07:01] August: hee hee

[07:01] Yeya Zuta: Claps!

[07:01] Kaylee West: **Kaylee claps with enthusiam!

[07:01] tutsy Navarathna: bravooo

[07:02] August: Hands Bryn a towel

[07:02] EvAngelina: I saw you go in Bryn. Aww

[07:02] Sharni Azalee throws Bryn a life line

[07:02] Bryn Oh: worst acceptance speech ever.. falling in the water

[07:02] Suzie Anderton: hahaha

Jayjay Zifanwe: 4th place overall for the Slartist@UWA Machinima Challenge, taking “Before the World was Made” by ISABELLE CHEREN of the UK

[07:02] Lampithaler: ♥+*`*♥. APPLAUSE!!!!!.♥*`*+♥

[07:02] Iono Allen: lol Bryn!

 

[07:02] Sharni Azalee: Congratulations !!!!!!

[07:02] quadrapop: congrats

[07:02] Joey: .-‘`’-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-‘`’-.

[07:02] Isabelle Cheren: OMG

 

[07:02] August: Congrats

Isabelle Cheren: Oh wow thank you …I dont know what to say ..Im stunned to have even got to here and trully am amazed at all the wonderful artists in second life our virtual world. My world has changed so much stince coming here and seeing everyones truly breathtaking works

Thank you SO MUCH

[07:02] Suzie Anderton: OMG WELL DONE !!!!

[07:02] quadrapop applaudes

[07:02] Joseph Nussbaum: wooo!

[07:02] Joseph Nussbaum: W H O O O

[07:02] Suzie Anderton: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********

 

[07:02] serra Qendra: welll done!!

[07:02] Isabelle Cheren: WOW I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY

[07:02] LaPiscean Liberty: YAY ISA

[07:03] tutsy Navarathna: super 🙂

[07:03] Isabelle Cheren: excuse the caps so sorry

[07:03] lila: grats ISabelle

[07:03] Kaylee West: (✿◠‿◠)

[07:03] Amelie Marcoud: hahahaha

[07:03] Isabelle Cheren: thank you

[07:03] Suzie Anderton: well deserved isa

Jayjay Zifanwe: This film featured the work of artists Noke Yuitza, Otcoc Resident & Phillysmaybe Resident, Peli Dieterle, Igor Ballyhoo, and Rosie Dimanovic. One of the panel offered, “The concept of this film is very good; it is beautifully made, very artistic and creative.  The section in the middle almost feels like it belongs to a different film, and I appreciate it as a separate entity. I like the delivery of the poem, it is easy to follow. There is a dream-like feel to this film, very soothing.”

[07:03] Isabelle Cheren: my rl is a bit gobsmacked righ tnow

[07:03] Diana:               ✿(`’·.¸(`’·.¸ ❁ ¸.·’´)¸.·’´)✿

[07:03] Amelie Marcoud: well done!

[07:04] Isabelle Cheren: thank you so much

Jayjay Zifanwe: 3rd place overall for the Slartist@UWA Machinima Challenge, taking home L$40,000 is:  ”The River of Forgetting” by NATASCHA RANDT and KARIMA HOISAN of Gelsenkirchen, Germany and San Isidro del General, Costa Rica

[07:04] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: ”The River of Forgetting” by NATASCHA RANDT and KARIMA HOISAN of Gelsenkirchen, Germany and San Isidro del General, Costa Rica

[07:04] Amelie Marcoud: YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

 

[07:04] Elle Thorkveld: Yay!!!

[07:04] DzinWiz Babii-Avro: YESSSSSSSSSSSSS

[07:04] Kaylee West: **Kaylee claps with enthusiam!

[07:04] Sharni Azalee: Congratulations !!!!!!

[07:04] Veyot: yay

[07:04] DzinWiz Babii-Avro: .•*★¨`•  Aρρlɑuѕɛ  •¨`★*•.

[07:04] Iono Allen: woooooooooooooottt!!!!! KARIMA!!!!!

[07:04] tutsy Navarathna: awwww bravo Karima :))))

 

[07:04] FreeWee Ling: Yaaayy!!!

[07:04] Bryn Oh: yay

[07:04] LaPiscean Liberty: OUTSTANDING

[07:04] Joey: yayyyyyyy!!!

 

[07:05] lila: congrats

Jayjay Zifanwe: This sumptuous creation, features the work of artist Silas Merlin, where they worked together with him, or rather received his permission is tweaking the artwork to suit the needs of the film. A panel member commented,  “Well made, good detail. Script follows the imagery. Some sequences have amazing artistic skill. The wonderful edit certainly plays a big part in the success of this film. The story takes you by the hand. I like the way this film takes one artwork as a concept, instead of showcasing it.”

 

[07:06] Jayjay Zifanwe: Karima a few words for silas?

[07:06] Lampithaler: ♥ + * `* ♥. APPLAUSE !!!!!. ♥ * `* + ♥

[07:06] Elle Thorkveld: yay Silas

[07:06] Silas Merlin: 🙂

[07:06] Natascha Randt: It is really a great honor for me that our movie won 3d  place. Unbelievable…I go Crazy:)

First of all I want to thank the ones who made this challenge possible: LaPiscean Liberty & Slartist, as well as Singh Albatros and The Writers Center, Singapore, Pooky Amsterdam & PookyMedia, FreeWee Ling and Jayjay Zinfanwe and the UWA . And its a great pleasure for me, to thank all who are involved in River of Forgetting!

Of course Silas Merlin without whom this film would not exist, for his support and his confidence in us. Dale Innis, without whom the ship would still be just standing around instead of doing what ships do,sinking or sailing on the water. And for the many scripts that make the impossible possible. For me, that’s pure magic. Our cast, Joey, Maria, Reini, and Beeflin who were always there to do exactly what they should. You are so great! And it’s so much fun to work with you

At this point I would like to sing out Reini, because he looked just like I imagined such a fur seal. Exactly like that! However, all actors are always nice and dear to me and I can not overestimate that when someone voluntarily submits to my command!

Last but not least, Karima, because she lured me, and not for the first time, into an adventure that seemed impossible at first sight. As always, we have gone far beyond our original goal. Thats why we called THE TEAM!

[07:06] Amelie Marcoud: there we go

 

[07:07] Natascha Randt shouts: It is really a great honor for me that our movie won 3d  place. Unbelievable…I go Crazy:)

 

[07:08] FreeWee Ling: Yaaayy!!!

[07:08] Iono Allen: Yeahhhhhh Karima!! Well done!!

 

 

[07:08] August: Congrats everyone

[07:08] Chantal Harvey: well deserved!

Jayjay Zifanwe: And then there were 2…

[07:08] Isabelle Cheren: yes

[07:08] Chantal Harvey: yes

[07:08] LaPiscean Liberty: I hear

[07:08] Elle Thorkveld: y

[07:08] Joey: it is

ayjay Zifanwe: 2nd place overall for the Slartist@UWA Machinima Challenge, taking home L$50,000 is:  “Serendipity” by TUTSY NAVARATHNA of Pondicherry, India

[07:09] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: “Serendipity” by TUTSY NAVARATHNA of Pondicherry, India

[07:09] Isabelle Cheren: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********

[07:09] Joey: .-‘`’-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-‘`’-.

 

[07:09] Veyot: bravo

[07:09] Lampithaler: ♥ + * `* ♥. APPLAUSE !!!!!. ♥ * `* + ♥

[07:09] Elle Thorkveld: Yay!!! congrats

[07:09] FreeWee Ling: Yaaayy!!!

[07:09] Iono Allen: wooooottt!!Tutsyyyyyyyyy

[07:09] Lampithaler: ♥ + * `* ♥. APPLAUSE !!!!!. ♥ * `* + ♥

[07:09] LaPiscean Liberty: OUTSTANDING TUTSY

[07:09] serra Qendra: welll done

[07:09] Karima Hoisan: WOOOOOOO Tutsy!!

[07:09] Suzie Anderton: Well Done Tutsy

[07:09] Yoon: O(◣_◢)OYAAA☆AAAYO(◣_◢)O

[07:09] DzinWiz Babii-Avro: Applauds!!

07:09] quadrapop applaudes

[07:09] Isabelle Cheren: wonderful

[07:09] tutsy Navarathna: i can’t speak  but i can write

[07:09] Aqua th Oracl3: love tutsy’s works

[07:09] Allie Tomsen: Eloquent

[07:09] Singh: congrats to Karima  Nat and TUtsy

tutsy Navarathna: Thank you soo muchhhh. it is with a bit of sadness that I thank Jayjay and UWA who for 9 years have accompanied 3D artists or film makers with challenges that have helped us to always try to do better. Thanks to UWA for being an active promoter of virtual art. We will regret you.

[07:10] Karima Hoisan: Thank you Singh!

[07:10] Kaylee West: **Kaylee claps with enthusiam!

[07:10] Veyot: applause

Jayjay Zifanwe: Serendipity featured art by Misprint Thursday, Giovanna Cerise, Holala Alter, FreeWee Ling, Igor Ballyhoo, Alpha Auer, Myra Windmist, Rebeca Bashly, Nish Mip, Frankx Lefavre, Jipe Loon, Jo Ellsemere, Rosie Dimanovic, Miso Susanowa, Thierry Lowtide, Hankvoight Resident, Jade Yu Fhang, Mistero Hifeng, Pumpkin Tripsa, Anley Piers, Claudia222 Jewel, Cherry Manga, Elie Maurice, Romy Nayar, Livio Korobase, Theda Tammas, Kristali Rabeni. A judge commented, “Here is a creative setting for an assembly of works. The film is artistic, with beautiful imagery and quotes to create a uniform structure and theme.  Good and appropriate music track. This film shows a lot of the virtual art presented at UWA, and honors it rightly. I like the narrative, the film has you captured from start to finish.”

[07:10] serra Qendra: applause

[07:10] Diana: amazing !

 

Suzie Anderton: brilliant work Tutsy

[07:11] Karima Hoisan: Yes, amazing film

Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: And so it is, one of the greatest champions at UWA falls just short twice in a row at the final hurdle. Tutsy’s record is unparalleled! Tutsy has featured in every single UWA film challenge except the very first one, and has been in the top 3 every single time, with only Laurina Hawks, Bradley Dorchester, Vilvi Rae and Kobuk Farshore having ever finished ahead of him. We add one more name to that list today.

[07:11] Chantal Harvey: 🙂

[07:12] Eliza Wierwight: lol

[07:12] Yoon: hahahahaha

[07:13] Jayjay Zifanwe: In MachinimUWA II: Art of the Artists, Tutsy took 3rd with ‘An Artform is Born’

[07:13] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: In MachinimUWA II: Art of the Artists, Tutsy took 3rd with ‘An Artform is Born’

[07:13] Kaylee West: harsh task master

[07:13] Diana:               ✿(`’·.¸(`’·.¸ ❁ ¸.·’´)¸.·’´)✿

[07:13] Diana:  ♫ ´·.¸¸.♫   A*P*P*L*A*U*S*E  ♫.¸¸.·`♫

[07:13] Diana:               ✿(¸.·’´(¸.·’´ ❁ `’·.¸)`’·.¸)✿

[07:13] Lampithaler: ♥+*`*♥. APPLAUSE!!!!!.♥*`*+♥

[07:13] Jayjay Zifanwe: In MachinimUWA III: Journeys, Tutsy was Joint 1st along with Eric Boccara with his groundbreaking work,  ‘Journey into the Metaverse’

[07:13] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: In MachinimUWA III: Journeys, Tutsy was Joint 1st along with Eric Boccara with his groundbreaking work,  ‘Journey into the Metaverse’

[07:13] Elle Thorkveld: applause

[07:13] Jayjay Zifanwe: In MachinimUWA IV: Art of the Artists, Tutsy was 1st with ‘Welcome to the Other Side’

[07:13] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: In MachinimUWA IV: Art of the Artists, Tutsy was 1st with ‘Welcome to the Other Side’

[07:13] Jayjay Zifanwe: In MachinimUWA V: Seek Wisdom, Tutsy was 1st again, with ‘The Last Syllable of Recorded Time’

[07:13] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: In MachinimUWA V: Seek Wisdom, Tutsy was 1st again, with ‘The Last Syllable of Recorded Time’

[07:14] Jayjay Zifanwe: In MachinimUWA VI: Reflections, Tutsy was 2nd with ‘Narcissus’

[07:14] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: In MachinimUWA VI: Reflections, Tutsy was 2nd with ‘Narcissus’

[07:14] tutsy Navarathna: :)))

[07:14] Jayjay Zifanwe: And in MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders, Tutsy roared back to 1st with a dominating performance with ‘MetaPhore’

[07:14] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: And in MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders, Tutsy roared back to 1st with a dominating performance with ‘MetaPhore’

[07:15] Yoon: •?((¯°·._.• σмg….ℓαυgнѕ нуѕтєяι¢αℓℓу αт уσυ •._.·°¯))؟•

[07:15] Kaylee West: (✿◠‿◠)

[07:15] Yoon: •?((¯°·._.• ѕиσятѕ ιи¢ℓυ∂є∂ •._.·°¯))؟•

[07:15] Jayjay Zifanwe: MachinimUWA VIII Pursue Impossible, Tutsy’s Death of Death was pipped by Kobuk Farshore of Alaska, by 1 point

 

4 time winner of the MachinimUWA challenges. Thank you Tutsy Navarathna

Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: MachinimUWA VIII Pursue Impossible, Tutsy’s Death of Death was pipped by Kobuk Farshore of Alaska, by 1 point

4 time winner of the MachinimUWA challenges. Thank you Tutsy Navarathna

[07:15] Yoon: •?((¯°·._.• ραѕѕσυт ѕℓσωℓу ∂υє тσ gιggℓє ѕиσятѕ χ∂ •._.·°¯))؟•

Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: Now for the winner. Before announcing the winner, I would like to acknowledge ALL the grand champions of past UWA Challenges. For 3D art, they include Nish Mip, Misprint Thursday, Lollito Larkham, Glyph Graves, Alpha Auer and Sharni Azalee. For machinima they include Cisko Vandeverre, Bradley Dorchester, Tutsy Navarathna, Eric Boccara, Laurina Hawks, Vilvi Rae and Kobuk Farshore. Now we add one final `name to this illustrious list going back to 2009, as the digital light flickers off on the chapter that heralded the grand challenges at UWA.

[07:16] Dale: woo and woo!

Jayjay Zifanwe: The WINNER of the Slartist@UWA Machinima Challenge: Art of the Artists, taking home L$75,000 is:

[07:16] Chantal Harvey: “drumroll

[07:17] August: wow

[07:17] Jayjay Zifanwe: “Adaptive Resonance Theory (ART) and Intrusion Detection System(IDS)” by GLASZ DECUIR

 

[07:17] Diana:               ✿(`’·.¸(`’·.¸ ❁ ¸.·’´)¸.·’´)✿

 

[07:17] FreeWee Ling: Woot!

[07:17] Lampithaler: ♥+*`*♥. APPLAUSE!!!!!.♥*`*+♥

[07:17] tutsy Navarathna: bravooooo

[07:17] Kaylee West: **Kaylee claps with enthusiam!

[07:17] quadrapop: congrats Glasz

[07:17] August: Wooooooo Hooooooo  Congrats

 

[07:17] Iono Allen: Bravo Glasz!!! Well done!!!

[07:17] quadrapop applaudes

[07:17] lila: applauase

[07:17] Silas Merlin: oh wow Congratulations Glasz!

[07:17] Yoon: congrats!

[07:17] Karima Hoisan: OHhhh Wow!! Wonderful film

[07:17] Suzie Anderton: well done glas

[07:17] Diana: wonderful!

[07:18] tutsy Navarathna: bravo Glazs

[07:18] Jayjay Zifanwe: This creation featured the art of Isadora Alaya (otcoc Resident) and Emma (phillysmaybe Resident), Nish Mip, Rose Borchovski,  FreeWee Ling, Bryn Oh, Yooma Mayo, Betty Tureaud, Holala Alter, Silas Merlin, Cica Ghost, Bryn Oh, SaveMe Oh, Blue Tsuki, Cherry Manga, Shenn Coleman, Krystali Rabeni. The Chief judge commented, ”I really like this piece, it is well planned, artistic and creative. Good work. The theme of the ‘head’ links the film throughout.  I also really like the closing sequence, it’s different to the rest of the film but it works really well as a resolution. The music track suits the concept.The edit is outstanding and fits the music, there is a story told.This film works beyond the Second Life environment and honors the artworks. Excellent use of pastiche/collage.Visuals and music worked together well”

[07:18] Natascha Randt: she has something in RL to do, she told me

[07:19] Karima Hoisan: Bravo Bravo!! Glasz!’

[07:19] Jayjay Zifanwe: Glasz advised me that for future instead of doing ‘Art of the Artists’ in future, we should have done ‘Machinima of the Machinimists’, with focus on Machinima. That’s a great idea actually and perhaps one forumation could be constructed such that artists create an artwork as a response to a machinima. All that I leave to the next generation, who will step in as the curtains come down here.

[07:19] Chantal Harvey: lets do that

[07:20] Yeya Zuta: great idea

[07:20] Dale: Applause!!

[07:20] Diana: great idea

[07:20] Chantal Harvey: the jayjay machinima contest!

[07:20] Natascha Randt: yeah!!

[07:20] Elle Thorkveld: interesting

[07:20] Karima Hoisan: aww thank you Jay Jay for everythong..You will be very missed

[07:20] Jayjay Zifanwe: It has been an honour for me over the years, the accidental art and film caretaker over the years to work with so many of you and have the privilege of viewing your art and film. The relationships built here have crossed over to RL as well, as I have met a number of artists and filmmakers from SL in RL, with FreeWee Ling spending a few months at UWA on an Australia-US Fellowship as well. The people of SL have helped my older son win a number of Peoples Choice events, as sometime over the past 2 years he suddenly became quite a successful filmmaker being selected for 4 Academy Award qualifying festivals, and when I travel to Denmark this July with my younger son for the World Triathlon championships, another SL artist has offered to put us up for a while and show us around. Life has been definitely richer because of my involvement with SL, and I hope the friendships created will last well beyond the middle of 2019, when the digital night is likely to set on the UWA sims themselves. Thank you one and all.

[07:20] FreeWee Ling: I think we’ve done pretty well by the machinimists. 😉

[07:20] Dale: Thanks for it all!

[07:21] serra Qendra: cheers JJ

Jayjay Zifanwe: Thank you again LaPiscean Liberty. I hand the floor to you to end the Grand Finale by saying a few words, after which the winner will play. I am glad that my final official act in Second Life is giving the floo, to the amazing Lapiscean Liberty.

[07:21] Chantal Harvey: thanks jayjay

[07:21] Elle Thorkveld: applause

[07:21] Lampithaler: I thank them with all my heart!

[07:21] Lampithaler: I thank you with all my heart!

[07:21] Sharni Azalee: thank you Jayjay

[07:21] Yeya Zuta: Claps!

[07:21] Karima Hoisan: Thank you LaPiscean!!

[07:21] Chantal Harvey: and my friend Lap!

[07:22] tutsy Navarathna: bravo Jayjay

[07:22] Natascha Randt shouts: Thanks  a lot for all Jayjay

[07:22] Yoon: HoOOOOOOooooOooOOOOOOOOoOOoOOOOOoooooooOooooOOOOOOOOooOOOOOooooOOOOooooOOOOoOOOOooooOOOOooOOO

[07:22] tutsy Navarathna: thank you at all

[07:22] Suzie Anderton: BIG HUGS JAYJAY

[07:22] Vilvi: ♥

[07:22] quadrapop: yes we can 🙂

[07:22] FreeWee Ling: We hear you

[07:22] Jayjay Zifanwe: we hear you

[07:22] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: we hear you

[07:22] Yoon:  ╰⁀❘‿ ♩♪♫♬ AAAOOOUUUW !!! ♩♪♫♬ ⁀❘‿╮

[07:22] Chantal Harvey: hugs you

[07:23] Suzie Anderton: HUGS YOU

[07:23] Kasha: aww

[07:23] Yoon: aww

[07:23] Jayjay Zifanwe: 3 cheers for lapiscean!

[07:23] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: 3 cheers for lapiscean!

[07:23] Allie Tomsen: wipes tears

[07:23] quadrapop: thank you LaP

[07:23] Isabelle Cheren: big hug to you ♥

[07:23] Elle Thorkveld: Thank you LaPiscean!!

[07:23] Bryn Oh: thank you for everything lap

[07:23] FreeWee Ling: Thank you LaP!

[07:23] Suzie Anderton: lappy your a star xx

[07:23] quadrapop: hooray

[07:23] Karima Hoisan: HUGS

[07:24] quadrapop: hooray

[07:24] Diana: thank you La Piscean , Singh, Jay, Free

[07:24] Karima Hoisan: Thank you all and congratulations to everyone

[07:24] Yoon: hands a tissue

[07:24] Kaylee West: **Kaylee claps with enthusiam!

[07:24] Kaylee West: **Kaylee claps with enthusiam!

[07:24] lila: grats to all

[07:24] LaPiscean Liberty: grabs it

[07:24] serra Qendra: applause !!

[07:24] Elle Thorkveld: Thank you LaPiscean, Jayjay, FreeWee and UWA!

[07:24] LaPiscean Liberty: big cry baby[07:25] LaPiscean Liberty: https://www.slartist.com/browse-slartist-at-uwa-videos-1-date.html

 

[07:25] Karima Hoisan: Bye bye everyone

 

[07:26] Isabelle Cheren: wow amazing

[07:26] Jayjay Zifanwe: hi all.. if winners had a response or some words to share, please send them to me….. I’ll also start sending out the awards as soon as I can 🙂

[07:26] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: hi all.. if winners had a response or some words to share, please send them to me….. I’ll also start sending out the awards as soon as I can 🙂

[07:26] tutsy Navarathna: bravo at all great challenge

[07:27] quadrapop: been a great 9 years, TY Jayjay and Freewee and all for what you have achieved – it is truly amazing

[07:27] Lampithaler: Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I’m touched, and I’m very happy. I wish them all good luck, good health and success.

[07:27] Lampithaler: Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I’m very happy. I wish you all good luck, good health and success.

[07:27] Yoon: I will assimilate all machinama makers today and become famous next year as well

[07:27] Yoon: wait for it

[07:27] Kasha: haha

[07:27] Isabelle Cheren: thank you for a wonderful afternoon here and the years that have led up to this  ♥

[07:27] Elle Thorkveld: haha Yoon

[07:27] Kasha: sounds like a plan

[07:27] Yoon: 🙂

[07:28] quadrapop: good night all

[07:28] Suzie Anderton: its been a truly amazing award ceremony..and well done to all the winners..but thank you to JAY JAY and all the judges and sponsors for making this all possible

[07:28] quadrapop: keep making art

[07:28] REBEL: Thank you all…was an honor  be well

[07:28] Kasha: Good bye and keep on with making dreams

[07:28] lila: Congrats to all the winners !!!! and thank you so much for the award ..am truly honored

[07:28] Amelie Marcoud: Thank you everyone! Au revoir!

[07:28] Yoon: congrats to all and bye bye ^^

[07:28] Jayjay Zifanwe: for anyone who cant catch the stream for the winning film, here is the link again. do congratulate glasz

 

Jayjay Zifanwe: “Adaptive Resonance Theory (ART) and Intrusion Detection System(IDS)” by GLASZ DECUIR

[07:28] Jayjay Zifanwe shouts: “Adaptive Resonance Theory (ART) and Intrusion Detection System(IDS)” by GLASZ DECUIR

[07:28] Isabelle Cheren: Thank you to all as well and wherever you are in the world may you have a lovely remainder to your days/evenings/mornings[07:30] Suzie Anderton: well done Tutsy

 

[07:30] LaPiscean Liberty: Im soaked

[07:30] LaPiscean Liberty: lol

[07:30] FreeWee Ling: 🙂

[07:31] Suzie Anderton: thats cuz i pushed ya in the water earlier !

[07:31] FreeWee Ling: Well done Lap 🙂

[07:31] Elle Thorkveld: bye LaPiscean

[07:31] Elle Thorkveld: ty

 

International Woman’s Day 2018

Roles 4 Women teamed up with the Odyssey Simulators to present a one day event of online performances and screenings in celebration of International Women’s Day 2018.
Performances by Nebulosus Severine, Bibbe Hansen, Yael Gilk/Fau Ferdinand, Tina Pearson/Humming Pera and Liz Solo.

I filmed Wet Snow, the performance art protest against tampon tax, designed and directed by Fau Ferdinand/Yael Gilks.

Watch the machinima HERE

Yael Gilks/Fau Ferdinand, Bibbe Oh and Liz Solo collaborate in this new piece for International Women’s Day. Three Women. A field of snow. A grey sky.

Metaphysical Revisceralization

The Bunnykins return, Artist Nebulosus Severine. 

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The Asteroid

Liz Solo presents her new installation/performance, The Asteroid. A lone woman stands in her private microcosm…

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The Drax Files 41: animating Second Life

Excellent read. Actually; a must read.

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The vista Animation team: adding action to Second Life since 208 - and now in 360-degree Technicolor! The Vista Animation team: adding action to Second Life since 208 – and we can see their work in 360-degrees thanks to The Drax Files World Makers

The Drax Files World Makers #41 arrived on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016. At just a shade under four minutes in length, it is an intriguing beast, exploring in-world animations and motion capture through a 360-degree video format.

The latter is suitably underplayed at the start of the video, as Drax introduces it – but the clue comes much sooner when watching on a flat monitor – the 360-degree cursor located up in the top left of the screen, which you can use to steer your way around the video view, or you can left click and drag. Obviously, if you’re using a mobile device, you can tilt and turn the device, allowing the gyro to move the image around, and those with a…

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The Ma Machinima Salon 2016

On October 7, my new movie ‘Activate Your Higher Mind’ is premiering in San Francisco, California. The show is an exclusive event, if you want to attend you need to contact me so I can put you on the guest list.  You are very welcome!

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The film (machinima) is a one hour vision on Art in Virtual Reality, and perhaps a retrospect on 8 years in Second Life, but more so a very personal journey into the future.

Please send me an email (chantalharvey -at -outlook-dot-com) or personal message on Facebook, so I can put you on the guest list, and give you details about location and time.
Special thanks to Cathy and DC Spensley for hosting the Mamachinima Salon.

The future of virtual reality

The future of virtual reality and moviemaking.

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Pixar’s Ed Catmull: It’s not storytelling
David Attenborough: It gives you a dozen different stories
Chet Faliszek: You can slow gamers down
Mike Woods: VR demands interaction
Nicole Stenger: Hyperreality is a trend
Werner Herzog: We might live in VR
Baptiste Charles: VR is an insanely compelling way to tell stories, be they fiction or not
VR Circle: a lot of the excitement related to virtual reality has to do with the film industry, where the whole concept has disruptive potential.
The Wrap: it will likely be indie filmmakers who first master the format, Hollywood will follow

Sources:
http://www.raindance.org/virtual-reality-filmmaking-toolkit/
http://www.wareable.com/vr/storytellers-movies-games-vr-spat-2016
http://www.vrcircle.com/page/virtual-reality-360-degree-movies
http://www.thewrap.com/virtual-realitys-future-kings-major-studios-or-indie-upstarts/

Ruutje Ramseier, Peter Pan.

A personal story, maybe it is that time of the year.

I have to tell you about an old friend, whom I met 30 years ago in Rotterdam. In the 80-ties, I was a regular in Radio Cafe Rijnmond, where artists, journalists, writers and other nutters met. It has become quite legendary, but there aren’t many traces on the internet. No such thing, back then!

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In 2014, Ruut heard he had cancer. He passed away in December 2015.

I remember how I first met him, in Radio Cafe Rijnmond. I sat next to him at the bar, politely said hello, and with a naughty look he replied: please don’t talk to me, I am busy waiting for the most loved person in my life. I nodded and expected a pretty lady to walk in at any time, as he was so eagerly focusing on the door.

The door opened, and instead of a local beauty-queen a local musician walked in – Pierre van Duyl. The very same friend that stood by him 30 years later, day and night, and walked him to his grave.

The passing of Ruut has shaken me up, more than I expected. After a special friendship of 13 years we lost contact for the last 17 years, when I moved away from Rotterdam.  It feels as if a door to a special part of my life has been closed, gone – but not forgotten. He was one of those people that make you feel special. I met many friends of him at the funeral last week, and all have exceptional stories to tell about him. Never a dull moment, he was a musician, writer, artist, a storyteller and above all naughty, the closest to Peter Pan outside the silver screen.

Many men believe they are Peter Pan, mostly as a good excuse for rude behavior, or wishful thinking 🙂 and acting selfishly childish. Ruut Ramseier never claimed the ‘Pan- status’, no need. He was the one that came to my rescue when I was stress-fully preparing for the first expo of my paintings, he worked night and day to varnish and craft wooden frames, and drank all of my booze while doing it. He protected and comforted me during a nasty robbery, he nicked my cigarettes and food, he gave me the key to his studio to choose one of his artworks for myself, he borrowed and lost my stuff (or gave it away), he walked right through a pool in the park with a tray of champagne (he only realized how deep it was when his head went almost under, I ll never forget the ‘uh-oh’ look in his eyes) just to impress my father, he would look after my dog but forget to walk it, he gave a notorious opening speech at a second exposition – I wonder if anybody remembers his chess game vernissage in Cafe Rijnmond?

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He was the art- auctioneer when I bought one of my favorite paintings of Jano ten Haaf, where I kept raising my own bid, bidding against myself while he kept calling me a vlaai (google that, haha) – a funny spontaneous act-for-2 in public:

Ruut: 50, anybody?
Me: 50.
Ruut: anybody else?
Me: 100
Ruut: hey vlaai, you are bidding against yourself!
Me: 200
Ruut: 200, any more vlaaien here to bid?
Me: 250
Ruut: sold. I rescued you from bankruptcy, vlaai.

Wait- before you think I am crazy …. I knew the artist, who was living a disabled and poor life, I loved the painting, and felt it was not right that such a work would sell for 50 only. Oh and the faces of the audience, priceless! Crazy is a compliment to me, anyway.

Ruut and I were in love, while he kept telling me we were not, at least I should not be in love with him. Well, mister bigmouth, that was not for you to decide! After a romantic storm, we soon went back to base, meaning back to being friends. I love it when that happens, it is rare after all.

My friend Mario and I went to say goodbye to him on December 13, 2015. Ruut’s naughty eyes were sad, but warm, and he was preparing to let go. His friends were there, setting up a Christmas tree and looking after him, day and night, and making sure he had his beloved jenever at hand at all times.  Pierre van Duyl, the friend he was waiting for 30 years earlier, was there.  Ruut’s  eyes lit up when he said: my best friend Pierre is always here, for me.

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Ruut’s facebook page has gone now, I really wanted to give him my own virtual memorial blog.

 

 

Some links:

In memoriam, Stefan van Hoek

Ramseier, Jim Postma

Afscheid, Tineke Speksnijder

Expo Chantal in Radio Cafe Rijnmond

Photographs tandenstokersmachine Ruut Ramseier

Ruut’s funeral (22 seconds) 23-12-2015

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Photograph: Tim Broeke

 

 

 

 

Cupcake’s Christmas, an animated short story

Our team, Jewell Theatre, entered the  48 Hour Film Project Machinima competition (2015).
Within 48 hours we made this film: Cupcake’s Christmas – a great team-effort. We won several awards, and would enter the contest any time, again!

Our genre was:     Holiday
Character:               Luke Goodwin, a spiritual Guru
Prop:                           a broom
Line of dialogue:  I want it, and I want it now.

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Introducing Robi – new machinima series 2015

Robi. Pronounce: Raaabi.
The meaning of the name is `Brilliant, Illuminated Fame, Bright Fame, Famously Famous, Bright Famous One, Shining with Fame”

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I am not broken
I lost my head
I was left behind, forgotten
I alone am Robi

Robi is an optimistic little robot, left behind on a deserted planet. As a true heroine she  explores, happily, always finding new beauty – and hoping to find a new head.

The machinima will go public soon, on this website.
ART: Mistero Hifeng
MUSIC: Alexander Blu – ‘new day’
AVATAR: Web Gearbox
PRODUCTION: Chantal Harvey
SET: Cammino e Vivo Capovolto , Blossom Land
Filmed in Second Life, trademark of Linden Research, inc

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video capture freeware

Let me share a nice list with freeware – testing them to see if we can use them for machinima. Your thoughts/reviews are welcome, of course!

I tested Apowersoft Screen Capture, which was a free offer for a day – but found it had low framerate and no audio. see TEST

However, there is a free web based Apowersoft online screen recorder too.

freeware VIDEO CAPTURE :
Icecream Screen Recorder
CamStudio Portable
ActivePresenter Free Edition –  (Record full motion video)
Fast & Easy Screen Recorder
SMRecorder
Screen2Avi

TMUnderground contributes: check out screencastomatic.