MachinEVO: Machinima Screening and Cast Party

19 Feb

I attended the final meeting of the MachinEVO workshop training held on EduNation in SL. The moderators and participants met to share their group machinima projects. I think I was the only one with an individual one. I was timid about sharing mine but at the same time proud of my beginnings. I shared a two and a half minute machinima with the gathering. They way these are shared are to post the YouTube link in the chat box. Then everyone goes to that site to view it separately.

My production is called Adventures with Charlie. It has background music, speech bubbles, transitions for title/credit slides and for the music to fade in and out. There’s no voice for Charlie though. I’d like a male young male voice. I haven’t paid for the “voice morphing” on SL. Instead, I hope my young nephew can read the lines for a recording. Hopefully, I can get that done before the competition next week. I got positive feedback from the workshop participants and moderators nonetheless.

After the screening, we went to a cast party with a live DJ from Berlin. It took place in a virtual castle. It was well attended. There was a magic ball that granted you dance options, so everyone was doing all kinds of dance moves, even my cat avatar. In the spirit of machinima, I filmed the cast party as others did. I saw one posting of a machinima of the party that was beautifully done on our MachinEVO Google Community. If they shared it publicly on YouTube, I repost it here. I have the raw footage and will try to make something of it myself. The cat looked so funny dancing around. I even had him fly around while he was dancing, which was even more hilarious. The flying mode allowed me to capture everyone else at the party. I’ll add some dance photos to this posting soon.

This party was the culmination of a 5-week workshop titled MachinEVO, which is part of the annual offerings by the Electronic Village Online. I like how the moderators of the workshop provided ongoing activities beyond the confines of the 5-week set-up. In true Webhead fashion, their devotion to training educators goes beyond the 100%! They invited us to collaborate on our group projects or create an individual one to submit to a machinima competition at the SLanguages conference on Feb. 28th. It’s the first CAMELOT award for machinima for children’s language learning purposes. I’m honored just to be a part of it all.

TEACHING TIP: Here’s my first original machinima: Adventures with Charlie. It’s geared toward young English language learners. I was thinking of possible uses to teach language such as having the students record their voice for the machinima or add more dialogue. I could add a preview of the vocabulary at the beginning and a quiz at the end. Still shots could be created and uploaded to for manipulation by the students. That way, they could add dialogue to the still shots in a easy and inexpensive way (no printing of color ink, etc). These could then be shared on a wiki.

P.S. I forgot to mention that this is part of my on-the-job training for my doctoral internship this semesters with let’s talk online, sprl in Brussels, Belgium.

4 Responses to “MachinEVO: Machinima Screening and Cast Party”

  1. ven_vve February 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Sandra,

    If you meant Wynshel’s machinima of the party, I think you can probably share that because I saw the link on Twitter yesterday.

    I hope you’ll make your own though because unfortunately I didn’t get to see the dancing cat! I watched Adventures with Charlie a couple of times and think you did a really good job. Personally, I don’t think you even need voice because I like the music and there aren’t too many speech bubbles so they don’t distract the viewer. Just in case you don’t manage to get your nephew to read Charlie’s lines. :)


    • teacherrogers February 20, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks for the positive feedback, Ven! I agree about the charm of no voice. It’s more like a live comic book than a cartoon. I’m thinking about the various tools for the possibility of children adding their own voice to the comic book idea. posters comes to mind because you can add your voice recording to an image for display, but that is generally a single image. I could use to post several pages (Glogster posters) of a book unto one background. I guess I should look at ebooks apps that allow voice recordings.



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