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 Animaze Film Festival in Montreal

Animaze is an international film festival and conference exploring the world of animation in all its diversity. The 2016 focus is Virtual Reality.

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The festival is bringing a world of animation to Montreal. With a selection of short and feature-length animated films at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, an outdoor 360º Dome with planetarium-style projection and a Virtual Reality Cinema, Animaze has an inspiring and dynamic range of content across platforms and mediums.

Filmmakers and professionals from over 65 countries will converge on Montreal from August 18-21. Over the course of four days Animaze celebrates animation with:

  • Screenings of over 160 films at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Animaze Industry Conference with an exhibition hall, panels and speakers, networking opportunities at HOTEL10
  • An outdoor 360º dome
  • The Virtual Reality Cinema
  • Free outdoor screenings at Parc des amériques on August 19 and 20.
  • Talks and special events

Rome, here I come!

I am traveling to Italy, to see the world debut of Ars Plastica projected live into Pied à Terre 37788, Rome the evening of July 4th, 2016.
The artist DC Spensley will be on hand to act as a guide. The application will be available for pubic download at www.arsplastica.xyz after July 5th.

If you are anywhere near, visit the expo and meet the artist, and say hi to me too!

This is not what it seems.
Ars Plastica, virtual world artwork and living ecosystem by DC Spensley

Ars Plastica, virtual world artwork and living ecosystem by DC Spensley
 

On the surface Ars Plastica is a downloadable virtual world, an experiential story about the remnants of an alien colony vessel discovered by an Earth exploration spacecraft. But Ars Plastica is also an exhibition of meta-sculptures, each a demonstration designed to engage the art viewer in reflexive and reactive experiences, nuances of what is generally considered “interactivity”.

To visit the sculptures requires the logged in art viewer to soar through an oxygen rich gas bubble wedged between stars far from our reality. On the way you will notice a world teeming with plant and animal life once intended to colonize and populate another planet. This is the story of a shipwreck, of invasive species, of a futile attempt at manufacturing homeostasis surrounding a catalog of artworks somewhere between inert and interactive.

Call Pied à Terre 37788, Rome (+39) 338 8.107.315 for information about informal evening guided tours on July 5th through 7th.

The International Machinima Convention 2016

When – Saturday 25th June. Registration from 10:00, event ends 17:15

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Where The Venue@DMU, Western Boulevard, Leicester, LE2 7BU

Website: http://MachinimaConvention.co.uk

Twitter: http://Twitter.com/Machinima_Con

Facebook: http://Facebook.com/InternationalMachinimaConvention

INternational Machinima Convention

What is Machinima?

 

 

Machinima: Games-based filmmaking. Machinima is a filmmaking technique that uses video game assets to provide virtual environments and actors. This method has existed since 1996, and has rapidly evolved alongside developments in games, animation, and film.

What is the IMC?
The International Machinima Convention aims to bring together students, academics, and those with an interest in games, animation, and film, in order to discuss the potential for machinima as a medium.  With a list of world-class academics, machinima producers, and YouTube content creators, this event will provide an amazing insight into the world of machinima.

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Panels and Speakers;

11:00 – 12:00     (Screening) Machinima: A Virtual Retrospective (Dr Tracy Harwood, Jason Boomer)
12:30 – 13:30     The Culture and Cultural Impact of Machinima (Chantal Harvey, Dr Jenna Ng, Dr Michael Thomas)
13:40 – 14:20     Screening of hand-picked machinima content
14:30 – 14:40     Leveling the Playing Field: An Introduction to Special Effect (Mick Donegan)
14:45 – 15:45     Is Justice Blind, or Simply Turning a Blind Eye: Machinima and the Law (Dr Tracy Harwood, Caroline Coles, Hugh Hancock)
16:15 – 17:15     Professional Development: Machinima as a Career (Chantal Harvey, Hugh Hancock, Tomohawk1989, Nettyplays, InTheLittleWood)

No Way!

No Way!

Re-edit of our 2011 official entry for the Doritos Super Bowl Contest.
Chantal Harvey & Tony Dyson,  a mamachinima.com production.

Awesome voice over work from Brian Albury and Liat Reina!
Tony wrote the story-line, and directed. I filmed and edited. The filming was done in Second Life, and it was absolute fun to do. We ran into many problems, I remember the frustration as Tony and Judi Newall (who handled the dragon avatars) would position their avatars in a straight line, but I would see them pointing sideways. I saw the dragon distorted in crazy positions, while they both insisted the dragon was flying around and looking fine. My recording software (Fraps) ate the frame rate, and the scripts caused lag, it messed up my camera view – and as I am the camera, what I see is what will be on the film…. I ended up clearing cache and logging out and back in, at least 15 times an hour, to get maybe 8 seconds of good film. It all came together when Markus Parker-Rhodes (yes, the Monty Pythons Flying Circus animator) created the scripted breaking glass prop for us. Ok, the glass would break too soon or too late, but we got it in the end.

We submitted the film for the Superbowl Doritos Contest in 2011, and it was disappointing to hear we didn’t make the selection. We published it anyway, under the title: Dad saved the Day.

I found the original files when clearing one of my hard-drives, and decided to have another go at it. Tony, I hope i did justice to the film 🙂

(click the picture to watch)

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Tony Dyson, my personal memorial tribute.

In memory of Anthony John Dyson (1947 – 2016)
Best known for being R2-D2s ‘Dad’.

His website is gone, but archived here.
His facebook page.

Update:

Tony was honoured at the BAFTA 2017 ceremony.  The British Academy of Film and Television Arts gave credits to the man that created R2D2 for Star Wars, and one of my own photographs was used for this. (with permission, of course!). Aired on BBC television on February 12, 2017. He would have loved this!

In memory of Tony Dyson

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Special Effects Designer
13 April 1947 to 3 March 2016

A British special effects designer and expert in robotics, Dyson’s first film job came designing the jetpacks for Moonraker (1979). He was best known for the R2-D2 robots for Star Wars (1977), which included remote control versions, stunt versions, and models that could seat performer Kenny Baker.

I worked with Tony since 2011, we met online in Second Life, and he agreed to be head of jury for the 48 Hour Film Project Machinima. We soon started creating machinima together, which he called ‘real time animation’. In 2013 we met in Malta, and I quit my day-job to work full-time on producing animated shorts and e-books with Tony. We met again in Finland for the Robotics conference, and later in Gozo, Xlendi, where we rented an office together.

Tony was more than a tutor, he was my inspiration and best friend. There are plenty of stories to tell about him, and our projects, but today I will share a personal memory.

Today, March 7th, 2016 – just 6 days before his 69th birthday – his ashes will be spread in Gozo.

To honor Tony, and the bond we had, I am sharing the only photograph that shows both of us together (I took hundreds of photo’s of Tony) and a poem he wrote for me, years ago.

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Dawn has gone
Dusk is upon us once again
Swallows are resting
Bats are hunting
The Night Angels prepare our spirits for flight

Only our soul knows the true journey ahead
Only our soul knows our deepest desires
So listen to my voice and see my dreams unfold
For I will be heard above life’s din
I am mortal of flesh and bone and will have my time before I die
To see the colors of the rainbow up high

Touch me not with gold so bright,
Touch me not with ebony so dark
Touch me not with marble so cold
Touch me not with hands so eager
But touch my heart with love and truth and I will be yours for ever, Chantal.

AJD

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Do we need woman’s day? A wake-up call!

And this is why we have woman’s day. Why do we accept the fact that women are paid less? And with WE, I mean men and women.
Surely a fair system would benefit all?

A lot of employers are just looking for a way to save on wages, it is as simple as that.

Trending in the news today: Male civil servants earn nearly £3,000 per year more on average than women.

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Tony Dyson.

Au revoir, Tony Dyson.
Tony passed away on March 2, 2016.

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I am thankful for the years we worked together and everything that he taught me, and for the inspirational roller-coaster ride that started when we met in Second Life in 2011.

Tony became my friend, teacher and business partner and we started a film production company called Scissores, producing machinima or as Tony called it: Real Time Animation.

Tony became head of jury when I produced the 48 Hour Film Project Machinima.
After working together online for 2 years,  we met in Finland and later in Gozo (Malta) and started working on educational and promotional machinima shorts and a book ‘Clive & Sue and the Medieval Farm’.
We created The Bobbekins movie, an animated short film, which I will be submitting to festivals soon.
While carrying on with our machinima work, nobody will miss you as much as I do.
With a different view on the world since we met, I thank you for re-activating the artist in me.

Some of our films:
Their time will come
It’s great to be alive
Robotworld, Sam and Sam
Android Love
Artists in the desert

November brings new adventures.

November 2015, and I find myself working on 2 projects, getting back into machinima – full speed ahead!
First one is an assignment by Empire.Kred – my cool cat will tell you all about this social media booster!

And;

Robi is entangled in a brand new adventure, this time in a famous location in Second Life, the Petrovsky Flux, created by the Spencer museum of Art in Kansas. Will she find a new head? 2 Still shots, taken from my editline ….

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