|Tikaf Viper, Iono Allen, Pixie Rain, Tutsy Navarathna|
A significant point about MachinExpo is that there are entries from numerous digital media, not just Second Life (SL). In fact, in the top entrants, SL machinima entries are easily outnumber by other forms of machinima.
|Iono Allen, Pixie Rain, Tutsy Navarathna, Tikaf Viper|
You'll see examples how these applications can be used in the film links below or by visiting their web sites.
|Chantal Harvey, Pixie Rain, Tutsy Navarathna|
But even that doesn't really tell the whole story because, by far, the majority of the viewing audience watch over the internet.
Many of the viewers would never have even been in SL.
|Chantal Harvey, Pixie Rain|
|Pixie Rain, Tutsy Navarathna|
I have to tell you, all four are sensational.
But what is truly interesting to me is that only one of those four is actually filmed in SL - the others were filmed using alternative software.
"Mastermind" - the 2nd Runner Up - was particularly surprisingly to me personally because I had absolutely no idea that such incredible film making could be done within video games like Grand Theft Auto - even through I was familiar with Ian Chisholm's 'Clear Skies' series, filmed in EVE Online.
All four winning films are definitely worth watching and, imo, *should* be watched and studied by anyone serious about the emerging art of machinima.
In traditional reverse order, then....the MachinExpo 2011 winners are:
3rd Runner Up: The Goalkeeper and the Void by Marta Azparren (Pro Evolution Soccer 09)
2nd Runner Up: Mastermind by Ezequiel Guerisoli (Grand Theft Auto)
1st Runner Up: A Journey Into the Metaverse by Tutsy Navarathna (Second Life/Real Life)
Grand Prize Winner: Haunter of the Dark by Phil Browne (iClone)
I accepted Tutsy's award on his behalf - electrical storms in India having decimated his broadband connection - and gave the following acceptance speech for him:
"I am so honoured to be presented with this award.
The quality of the entries are stunning in their scope.
It is humbling to be compared amongst them.
Machinima, as an emerging art form and as a form of social expression, is starting to find its own definition.
As early adoptors we are casting the foundations but, it is the future of the form and the changes ahead which are truly exciting! Thank you."
After the Award Ceremony, Bobo Puddlegum & I moseyed on down to the After-Event Party and boogied away with DJ Hathead to '70s dance music.
|Bobo Puddlegum, Pixie Rain|