462 THANK YOUs  For viewing, downloading and commenting!Originally intended as a back up copy in case ofunexpected technic...
Presented atVirtual Worlds Best Practices        in Education      17 March 2012                                2
Welcome                     to the first          TinkererAngel – Silver Hennin                  joint production.Watching...
Be Epic:learn how to make machinimas from        scratch in five weeks.            Angela Rizzo                Aka        ...
A description of a learning experienceduring     the five weeks of 2012MachinEVO, a workshop for videoproductions of langu...
Week 1: Trailer.• “A film of Second Life (SL) is called a  machinima and it is derived from a  combination of machine and ...
Week 1: Kick off                   7
Week 1: our group• Professional interest in finding out more  about the use of machinimas in language  teaching.• Focus on...
Feeling adventurous and like   experiental learning?                               9
Week 2: Video Production.• The creation of machinimas “includes the  basic skills of film productions such as camera  angl...
If your GROUP     is scattered around the globe• Work on your group IDENTITY• Find out WHO prefers to do WHAT• Decide HOW ...
STORY• CREATE story starting from CORE scenes• ORGANIZE your work                                           12
Week 2: Video Production.Marius Madrigal,our experiencedModerator.He helped our groupin organizing our workand in the maki...
Week 2: Looking for a setting at   Edunations’ holodecks                                   14
Week 2: Universidad de San Martin        De Porres - Perù Courtesy of Amparo Cervantes                                    15
USMP Kitchen               16
USMP - Restaurant                    17
USMP Restaurant table-kitchen door            close up                                     18
LOCATIONS• FIND Locations• ASK PERMISSIONS ASAP• When on location take SNAPSHOTS to BEST  define CAMERA ANGLES• PREPARE SE...
Week 3: Content creation and               roleplay.“During this week we learn the poesie andhumour of emoting used in rol...
Setting preparation                      21
Still feeling adventurous ?                              22
Please note that• files will be automatically saved in C:/New  folder      =Nuova Cartella, in Italian on my version.• You...
BY NOW YOU SHOULD HAVE•   A CREW•   A STORY•   LOCATIONS•   PREPARED SET•   TONS OF SNAPSHOTS                        • NOW...
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Week 3: Content creation and               roleplay.• Avatars:  – shapes  – Clothes  – Gestures• Set decorations for the M...
• Start casting asap• Practice avatars animations: gestures and  facial expressions• Practice dialogues                   ...
Adelaide before and after the         hairdresser                                28
Tips Before Filming• Number snapshots with best camera angles• Share them with cameramen/women to easily  assign camera po...
1. Side of table facing brazier                                  30
2. Side of table facing sea                              31
3. Close up on Adelaide                          32
4. From behind Adelaide                          33
5. Close up on Jean                      34
6. From behind Jean                      35
7. Yellow roses arch                       36
8. Behind the yellow flowers                               37
9. Aerial view behind tree                             38
10. Side of brazier facing sea                                 39
BY NOW YOU SHOULD HAVE•   An efficient CREW•   A well trimmed STORY•   Approved LOCATIONS•   A glam PREPARED SET•   Number...
PREPARE TO MAKE YOUR JUMP INTO      A WORLD OF PIXELS!    CTRL + ALT + F1 for a clean screen                              ...
FOCUS ON• A Long shot to establish initial settingYou may use words instead:• i.e.: a restaurant conversation             ...
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AFTER FILMING• Your recordings will be comfortably nested in  C:• Make a copy of all the filmed material and  store away: ...
Week 4: Post production.• “We will learn to edit the recordings, cut, lyp  synch with the audio (if needed), file size  re...
POST PRODUCTION - EDITING• EDIT AUDIO AND SOUND TOGETHER - EASIER IF   YOU HAVE LIPS MOVEMENT and you are just startingor•...
Post production• Virtual Dub        http://www.virtualdub.org/• Audacity       http://audacity.sourceforge.net/• Free soun...
POST PRODUCTION - SHARING• Upload on video sharing web site          You Tube or Vimeo                                    ...
Week 5: Film Festival.“During the wrap up time there will be a filmfestival when we invite other in SL to watch thevideo p...
Week 5: Film Festival.                         50
Our group won        Two ex-aequo awards• Best Visual / Special Effects• Best Director                                  51
Happy Crew!              52
BY NOW YOU SHOULD HAVE been able to            transform•   An efficient CREW•   A well trimmed STORY•   Approved LOCATION...
YOUR       54
“Creating a machinima does not mean justto record one’s screen”. (MachinEVO,2012).                                       55
THROUGH• Learning by doing in a community of practice  (Wenger E., 1998)• Access and motivation, online  socialization,inf...
And THROUGHOUT the making of my  first machinima I experiemented                         A NEW                         CUL...
Italian Saying“Learn an art and store it   aside”                    58
Thank you for your    attention…and ENJOY!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBTldBw-UqQ                                     ...
Paper references•   Deutschmann, M. (2010) Machinima – Recording in Second Life, Why should we be interested in machinima ...
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  1. 1. 462 THANK YOUs For viewing, downloading and commenting!Originally intended as a back up copy in case ofunexpected technical issues, the slides of myVWBPE presentation are now reloaded in a slightlyenriched version. 24 March 2012 1
  2. 2. Presented atVirtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 17 March 2012 2
  3. 3. Welcome to the first TinkererAngel – Silver Hennin joint production.Watching a T.A.S.H. clip or presentation and screenreading the related article will help in saving paper. Thank you. 3
  4. 4. Be Epic:learn how to make machinimas from scratch in five weeks. Angela Rizzo Aka RosaVioletta 4
  5. 5. A description of a learning experienceduring the five weeks of 2012MachinEVO, a workshop for videoproductions of language learningconversations in Second Life. http://machinevo.ning.com/ 5
  6. 6. Week 1: Trailer.• “A film of Second Life (SL) is called a machinima and it is derived from a combination of machine and cinema. Essentially it means recording the screen of the application Second Life. Creating a machinima does not mean just to record one’s screen”. (MachinEVO trailer, 2012). 6
  7. 7. Week 1: Kick off 7
  8. 8. Week 1: our group• Professional interest in finding out more about the use of machinimas in language teaching.• Focus on creating a film to be used in real life practice. 8
  9. 9. Feeling adventurous and like experiental learning? 9
  10. 10. Week 2: Video Production.• The creation of machinimas “includes the basic skills of film productions such as camera angles, audio and the appropriate tools to do the recordings. And we will look at designing videos and determining a digital storyline.” (MachinEVO, 2012). 10
  11. 11. If your GROUP is scattered around the globe• Work on your group IDENTITY• Find out WHO prefers to do WHAT• Decide HOW to COMMUNICATE: group e- mail, Google doc, Wiki, SL or Skype Live meetings, dropbox 11
  12. 12. STORY• CREATE story starting from CORE scenes• ORGANIZE your work 12
  13. 13. Week 2: Video Production.Marius Madrigal,our experiencedModerator.He helped our groupin organizing our workand in the making of the film. 13
  14. 14. Week 2: Looking for a setting at Edunations’ holodecks 14
  15. 15. Week 2: Universidad de San Martin De Porres - Perù Courtesy of Amparo Cervantes 15
  16. 16. USMP Kitchen 16
  17. 17. USMP - Restaurant 17
  18. 18. USMP Restaurant table-kitchen door close up 18
  19. 19. LOCATIONS• FIND Locations• ASK PERMISSIONS ASAP• When on location take SNAPSHOTS to BEST define CAMERA ANGLES• PREPARE SET DECORATIONS 19
  20. 20. Week 3: Content creation and roleplay.“During this week we learn the poesie andhumour of emoting used in roleplay, how to usegestures and animations and how to provide thebackdrop with culturally rich environment so asto enrich the video production”.(MachinEVo, 2012). 20
  21. 21. Setting preparation 21
  22. 22. Still feeling adventurous ? 22
  23. 23. Please note that• files will be automatically saved in C:/New folder =Nuova Cartella, in Italian on my version.• Your video capture hotkey will be F9, I changed it to another key, handier for me to reach. 23
  24. 24. BY NOW YOU SHOULD HAVE• A CREW• A STORY• LOCATIONS• PREPARED SET• TONS OF SNAPSHOTS • NOW YOU NEED… 24
  25. 25. 25
  26. 26. Week 3: Content creation and roleplay.• Avatars: – shapes – Clothes – Gestures• Set decorations for the Mediterranean looking gazebo – Plants – Table and chairs 26
  27. 27. • Start casting asap• Practice avatars animations: gestures and facial expressions• Practice dialogues 27
  28. 28. Adelaide before and after the hairdresser 28
  29. 29. Tips Before Filming• Number snapshots with best camera angles• Share them with cameramen/women to easily assign camera positions when shooting• CTRL + ALT + F1 to have a clean screen to capture 29
  30. 30. 1. Side of table facing brazier 30
  31. 31. 2. Side of table facing sea 31
  32. 32. 3. Close up on Adelaide 32
  33. 33. 4. From behind Adelaide 33
  34. 34. 5. Close up on Jean 34
  35. 35. 6. From behind Jean 35
  36. 36. 7. Yellow roses arch 36
  37. 37. 8. Behind the yellow flowers 37
  38. 38. 9. Aerial view behind tree 38
  39. 39. 10. Side of brazier facing sea 39
  40. 40. BY NOW YOU SHOULD HAVE• An efficient CREW• A well trimmed STORY• Approved LOCATIONS• A glam PREPARED SET• Numbered SNAPSHOTS• Enthusiastic ACTORS• A cleaned up COMPUTER • NOW YOU NEED TO… 40
  41. 41. PREPARE TO MAKE YOUR JUMP INTO A WORLD OF PIXELS! CTRL + ALT + F1 for a clean screen 41
  42. 42. FOCUS ON• A Long shot to establish initial settingYou may use words instead:• i.e.: a restaurant conversation And.. 42
  43. 43. 43
  44. 44. AFTER FILMING• Your recordings will be comfortably nested in C:• Make a copy of all the filmed material and store away: WORK ON COPIES!• Compress files and share in communal dropbox 44
  45. 45. Week 4: Post production.• “We will learn to edit the recordings, cut, lyp synch with the audio (if needed), file size reduce them and upload them on any of the video platform available.” (MachinEVO, 2012.) 45
  46. 46. POST PRODUCTION - EDITING• EDIT AUDIO AND SOUND TOGETHER - EASIER IF YOU HAVE LIPS MOVEMENT and you are just startingor• Save audio separately then add it• Add music• Always credit other people’s work contributions: LAND OWNERS, MUSICIANS, ACTORS, FILMING CREW…• Upload on dropbox for group to see before making work public 46
  47. 47. Post production• Virtual Dub http://www.virtualdub.org/• Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/• Free sound http://www.freesound.org/ 47
  48. 48. POST PRODUCTION - SHARING• Upload on video sharing web site You Tube or Vimeo 48
  49. 49. Week 5: Film Festival.“During the wrap up time there will be a filmfestival when we invite other in SL to watch thevideo productions together in cinema typesettings and as in real life there will be an awardfor the best film” (MachinEVO, 2012). 49
  50. 50. Week 5: Film Festival. 50
  51. 51. Our group won Two ex-aequo awards• Best Visual / Special Effects• Best Director 51
  52. 52. Happy Crew! 52
  53. 53. BY NOW YOU SHOULD HAVE been able to transform• An efficient CREW• A well trimmed STORY• Approved LOCATIONS• A glam PREPARED SET• Numbered SNAPSHOTS• Enthusiastic ACTORS• A cleaned up COMPUTER• Raw and edited RECORDINGS• Music and slides INTO… 53
  54. 54. YOUR 54
  55. 55. “Creating a machinima does not mean justto record one’s screen”. (MachinEVO,2012). 55
  56. 56. THROUGH• Learning by doing in a community of practice (Wenger E., 1998)• Access and motivation, online socialization,information exchange, knowledge construction and reflection (Salmon G., 2011) 56
  57. 57. And THROUGHOUT the making of my first machinima I experiemented A NEW CULTURE OF LEARNING 57
  58. 58. Italian Saying“Learn an art and store it aside” 58
  59. 59. Thank you for your attention…and ENJOY!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBTldBw-UqQ 59
  60. 60. Paper references• Deutschmann, M. (2010) Machinima – Recording in Second Life, Why should we be interested in machinima for educational purposes?, available online at The Avalon Learning Website, https://avalonlearning.pbworks.com/w/page/33047585/Machinima%20-%20Recording%20in%20Second%20Life last accessed 24 March 2012.• MachinEVO blog, An EVO sessions (#2012evo) workshop for video productions of language learning conversations in Second Life, http://machinevo.pbworks.com, available online at http://machinevo.pbworks.com/w/page/47494320/MachinEVO , last accessed 24 March 2012.• MachinEVO trailer, (2012), available online at http://machinevo.pbworks.com/w/page/48340927/Week%201%20TRAILER%20%20%209%20Jan%20- %2015%20Jan, last accessed 24 March 2012.• Rosavioletta - Angela, (2012), blog entries, available online at http://machinevo.ning.com/profile/Angela , last accessed 24 March 2012.• Salmon, G., (2011, 3rd edn), E-moderating: the key to online teaching and learning, New York, Routledge, pg 81.• Thomas, D. and Brown, J.S., 2011, ‘A New Culture of Learning. Cultivating the Imagination for a World in Constant Change’, © by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown. Publisher: Createspace, Published: 4 Jan 2011, pgs. 117- 118.• Wenger, E. (1998) Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning and Identity, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 60

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