Her holiday video is one of the little girl's favorites, and this amazingly often unorthodox filmmaker has just completed another episode. Her series is made short and sweet, approximately 90 seconds intentionally. It holds the attention of the child and conveys a short message. The holiday one is a bit nostalgic for parents/grandparents as well as for those of pre-machinima days. I would say that in this regard, machinima's audience might be thought as much broader than we realize (pending one's goals and aspirations) and not necessarily defined to hard-core guy game players. It is all how we approach the technology.
Retropolitan Magazines's launch of our series The Steampunk Adventures of Bel & Soni that began in February 2012 will continue to run in the coming year. The ultimate goal is a book-length project that could serve as a Web series as well. Even if nothing comes of it, it is a blast to work with virtual imagery and SL characters (especially when they are not alts). The story begins with the Steampunk lasses as youth, and this year brings them to adulthood as explorers, inventors, and transcendentalists, you might say. A quick book teaser via machinima was created to promote the magazine series. Increasingly, we are seeing books being promoted in similar ways. So why not magazine features, we say? Thanks to Belinda Barnes-Fitzroy and Lowe Runo Productions for their assistance on this on-going project. Thanks Retropolitan's Phideaux Mayo and Echo Underwood for supporting our work in your online and inworld magazine!
Our book release in March of Machinima: The Art & Practice of Virtual Filmmaking, along with our presentation at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference that same month was nonetheless extremely exciting for Lowe Runo Productions. We wanted a book to introduce would-be virtual filmmakers to machinima, as well as to help others improve upon their skills. It was the ultimate way to mentor those wanting to know more about the art and practice of machinima. You cannot imagine how many questions Lowe has fielded through the years, and this seemed one solution, aside from creating the Machinima Artist Guild (founded in 2008, now boasting over 700 members and a talented team of staff and reviewers that offer guidance on a daily basis).
Our "Machinima" book and MAG was designed to be friendly to the many "women" voices now present in machinima production. Moreover, women have a lead role at Lowe Runo Productions. Our goal was to affirm a larger community of media makers, including those working with machinima as an option outside of game capture.
The May book party at Asil Ares' NeoVictoria SkyClub, with Gabrielle Riel as DJ, was pleasantly memorable. Ms. Riel interviewed us during the book party, and it is archived here. I would like to thank all the contributors of our book project, those answering our open call to share thoughts. Of course, no book can possibly mention all of the great filmmakers. None before us, and none after us. All we can do is try to be representative of the community. My apologies if you felt left out, or one of your favorite producers was not included in our book. It pangs me when I hear about another person that might have been added to the mix. My publisher was growing weary already of our additions.
A Wonderful Second Life
And thanks to Celestial for the Happy Dance to close the year! See you here in February 2013. - Season Greetings, Soni!
Chen, Pin-Yao (2012, October 24). Go West. Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Ping-Yao Chen Productions. Accessed October 25, 2012, https://vimeo.com/3351362
Elf, Celestial. (2010, November 28). The Night Before Christmas. Accessed, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJLiLa7G5Ig&list=PL35566945865FF7C0&index=2&feature=plpp_video
Interview. w/Gabrielle Riel. Internet Archive. Accessed, http://archive.org/details/Machinima-TheArtAndPracticeOfVirtualFilmmaking-RadioRielInterview
Interview. w/Ricky Grove & Kate Fosk. Podcast, August 5, 2012. Accessed, http://soundcloud.com/rgrove-1/machinima-expocast-7-special
Machinima Expo Programming. Available at Livestream.com. Accessed, http://www.livestream.com/themachinimaexpo/video?clipId=flv_802b522e-fb47-46d3-9c59-8360cc1e4fbb&utm_source=lslibrary&utm_medium=ui-thumb
Navarathna, Tutsy. (2011, April 28). Journey into the Metaverse. Pondicherry, India: Navarathna Productions. Accessed November 20, 2012, http://vimeo.com/23139995
Sound & Music Panel. Machinima Expo V. Available at Livestream.com. Accessed,
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The Professional Machinima Artist Guild and Lowe Runo Productions graciously host Magnum: The Machinima Review. Sonicity Fitzroy, author of Second Life, Media and the Other Society (Peter Lang, 2010) and Machinima: The Art and Practice of Virtual Filmmaking (with Lowe Runo, McFarland, 2012). Amazon.com. See, author's page: http://www.amazon.com/Phylis-Johnson/e/B001HOW4U2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1354606175&sr=1-2-ent