Understanding Machinima

Chapter 2

Chapter Beyond Bullet Time: Media in the knowable space

Authors

Abstract

If cinema is "truth, 24 times per second", as Godard famously quipped, then the shot is the simulacrum which proves there is no truth. Accordingly, in the films of Antonioni, we find an impatience with the camera, as if there is always something happening "beyond its field of vision." If the real is unknowable in this way, then perhaps with video games we have instead created a new, knowable reality, quantifiable in the most exact ways. Gone is the fragmented space of film, rebuilt upon each viewing by the brain but never penetrable. In the simulated space of a video game, we have managed to abstract not just image and sound for manipulation, but space-time itself. And by extension, machinima presents us with a set of tools that leverage this new, highly plastic way of mediating our world, an understanding of which will greatly benefit us as visual artists.

Media

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Pelican Glitch http://vimeo.com/27386681
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La Sortie des usines Lumière
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The Magician
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The Kuleshov Effect
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Excerpt from Pickpocket
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Excerpt from Le Petit soldat
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1942 Game of NIM
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Animated picture of Mug and Torus Morph http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mug_and_Torus_morph.gif
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"The Metaphysics Videogame” from Ian Bogost's blog http://www.bogost.com/blog/the_metaphysics_videogame.shtml
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"Simulation 101” from Gonzalo Frasca's blog http://www.ludology.org/articles/sim1/simulation101.html
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Excerpt from Blow Up
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Grønstad, Asbjørn. 2004. "Anatomy of a Murder: Bazin, Barthes, Blow-Up” http://www.thefilmjournal.com/issue9/blow-up.html
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Excerpt from Blow Up
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Gap Swing
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Excerpt from The Matrix
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Halo: Reach - Theater Mode Demonstration http://vimeo.com/27386844
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Wikipedia entry for "Allegory of the Cave” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_Cave
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Website of This Spartan Life http://www.thisspartanlife.com
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Male Restroom Etiquette https://vimeo.com/267608
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Website of Red vs Blue http://www.redvsblue.com
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Cinematic Reel: Nathan Moller
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Website and video of Game: On http://gameon.furnacemedia.com/
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Ignis Solus
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