Filming in Second Life to Create Machinima
Photo of MachinEVO moderators providing a training session in SecondLife in EduNation.
This is one of my first film assignments as part of the MachinEVO workshop. I was in a group filming a story about a magician on a ship. It’s a humorous story, so I used some corny music (Sorry, Gsus) for the sinking ship scene. I was already familiar with the screencasting software, Camtasia Studio. The toughest part for me was trying to maneuver the screen shots in Second Life from a live action shot. I’m at the mid skill range in SecondLife.
My participation in this workshop is part of my on-the-job training for my doctoral internship with let’s talk online in Belgium. Heike Philp is the coordinator of my internship and moderator of the MachinEVO workshop. I just finished five weeks of robust training with her and her co-moderators! We even had a film showing and cast party afterwards. I created a few other machinima during this time that I will share in different posts.
The moderators shared many different resources, tips, and demonstrations. One tip I followed was the use of Jamendo.com for free background music. It offers fee-based and free MP3 downloads. They have a great collection of music. It was easy to register and start using it right away.
Sinking Ship set to electronic guitar version of Titanic: