Understanding Machinima

Chapter 6

Chapter Dangerous Sim Crossings: Framing the Second Life art machinima

Authors

Abstract

Over the past few years, a genre of machinima has focused on the three-dimensional artwork created inside Second Life. In making these builds and environments visible to outsiders, machinima, which like all film is essentially two-dimensional, frames a 3D experience that is without frame or fixed point of view, despite efforts to represent its rotundity. When avant-garde filmmaker Peter Greenaway was asked to be a judge of the films made for the University of Western Australia's third machinima challenge (May 2011), he urged its filmmakers to dispense with frame, actor, text and camera by rejecting the conventional diegesis of cinema (which hides frame and flatness) and foregrounding image and impact. This essay focuses on concepts of the frame, the parergon, but also the synergy between artists and filmmakers in Second Life, emphasizing the open platform of a virtual world that encourages individual building, much like iClone and Moviestorm, while offering the important social interaction of artist and filmmaker that those independent platforms do not.

Media

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Second Life Machinima Artists Guild NING Website http://slmachinimaarts.ning.com/video
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Paul Marino. 2005. "Machinima From the Inside Out." http://www.acmi.net.au/creating_machinima.htm
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Lori Landay. 2009. "Virtual KinoEye: Kinetic Camera, Machinima, and Virtual Subjectivity in Second Life." http://journals.dartmouth.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Journals.woa/xmlpage/4/article/340
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Peter Greenaway's interview with Jay Jay Jegathesan http://uwainsl.blogspot.com/2011/05/peter-greenaway-interview-following.html
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Interior of the restaurant in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) http://www.virtual-history.com/movie/photo/m01/large/01004.jpg
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Rusted Gears
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Why Is There Something? Susa Bubble Part 5: Greek Myth, the Battle of the Gods
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"The feared ‘Walled Garden'" on Bryn Oh's blog http://brynoh.blogspot.se/2011/09/farewell-kirstens-viewer.html
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Push
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SurreaL
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Ballyhoo's "Metamorphoses" Installation on Nordanomjorden's blog http://honour-mcmillan.blogspot.com/2011/07/metamorphosis-or-how-i-learned-to-duck.html
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The Rabbicorn Story Book by Bryn Oh http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/957542
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Anna's Many Murders by Bryn Oh http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2360325
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Surrealism and Visionary Art http://surrealistisch.blogspot.com/
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Facebook page for "The Macabre and Beautifully Grotesque" http://www.facebook.com/grotesqMB
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Cirque de Machinima
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Trailer for Mirror Mask
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Photo of Capcat Ragu and Meilo Minotaur's sim, "Delicatessen Petrified Floating Islands" http://secondlife.com/destination/delicatessen-petrified
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Photos of Scottius Polke's Second Life sim "The Docks" http://www.flickr.com/photos/pj_trenton/sets/72157626170488424/
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World Expo Shanghai http://www.openthisend.org/
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World Expo 2010: The Whisper Tree
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No Love
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No Sound
AD
No Colour
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Metamorphosis
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Metamorphosis