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“ the convergence of filmmaking, animation and game development… [it] is real-world filmmaking techniques applied within an interactive virtual space where characters and events can be either controlled by humans, scripts or artificial intelligence”. (Paul Marino, Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences, 2002-2003, online).
Younger kids are using machinima to create their own experimental narratives
“ I was a teenage machinima maker”
Once I discovered machinima, it became so much more exciting for me to create my own characters and stories than to simply play the game within the confines of the designer's original creative vision. Now I am able to mold the game to reflect my own imagination
Harrison Heller, in the US magazine Variety on July 23rd, 2006.
Narrative Australian Film, Television and Radio School Kacia is told by a girlfriend Faina that Sasha was seen jumping and must have surely died. She is shown a photograph of the body and cries. kacia (v.o.) Said she’d read a news item about a suicide. There was no doubt in my mind. It was Sasha.
How the various semiotics (verbal, image, sound) work collaboratively to realise a coherent multimodal text (O’Halloran, 2005)
How the various semiotics work synergistically (Royce, 1998; Ravelli, 2000)
Specifically comparing the complexities of resources used by experts as opposed to kids in the unfolding of the filmic event, in order to suggest a pedagogical framework for the advancement of children’s innovative use of frontier technologies
Specifically looking at the use of semiotic resources to construct meanings appropriate for context and text, and NOT the affordances of the software
Interplay of semiotic salience as the unfolding chain of events of the narrative/text weaves back and forth through modes
Modal complexity and modal density (Norris, 2006) – the moments which have maximum impact according to the particular texturing of the resources
Question: can children texture the resources to construct a modally dense and complex text?
Music adds in synthesised keyboard replacing the vocals of the melodic line – human element gone from music, as narrative shifts from reality to fantasy, but the melodic line of the instrument imitates what the vocal line did, so we transfer the meaning across – this IS a better life
Crescendo of music to forte
Change of keys
Low pitch to higher pitch and back, melodic line rising and falling along with the flight patterns that are animated
Fantasy Reality New Given Instrumental Human voice Figure Figure
Waterfall: metaphorical turbulence, foregrounding inner emotions of the boy
It all ends . Sometimes the sudden loss of one of the semiotic resources such as the foregrounding of silence or the absence of colour acts as a powerful interpersonal device – because we are shocked into interaction and forced to fill in those gaps
The New Media Consortium is an international not for profit organisation of nearly 200 leading colleges, universities, museums, corporations and other learning focussed bodies dedicated to pushing the edge of new media and new technology.
C: Hello my name is Cassandra Eaves D: Hello my name is Daniel McCullogh L: Hello my name is Laura Eaves M: Hello my name is Matthew Robbins J: Hello my name is Jessica Russell Ju:Hello my name is Justin Grovis Chorus: Welcome to our school is cool movie Music: Drums and guitar “rock” style background music Music: Synthesised keyboard and drums “techno” style background music
To learn more about the NMC’s journey into virtual space and to follow along as the project progresses, see the NMC campus observer, a blog set up to record, not only our insights, but those of other Second Life residents
Music: No change Music and Text: Words of the school song sung by Mr Baker playing the guitar – very hip! Oh You can do it / be confident Oh You can do it / be confident Be brave and know that you are special Be confident at Corio South…. Demand, old man with walking stick dancing, medium frontal shot: cool and inviting, realises complex interpersonal meanings here NMC: Seriously engaging? Corio South: Cool School?