Saturday, February 18, 2012

MachinimUWA V: Seek Wisdom - L$725,000 Challenge Kicks Off!

 poster credit: Eliza Wierwight

We are happy to announce the 5th Machinima Challenge put forth by the University of Western Australia (UWA). The theme is 'Seek Wisdom'. Sponsored by UWA, AviewTV, Philip Vought, Freemason Magic & The Tornado Gallery, the prize pool sits at L$785,000 (approx USD 3,400). We hope you are inspired by this to create many wondrous works as you have been through the years! (Please note the major rule & special prize guideline)

WHAT: MachinimUWA V : Seek Wisdom

WHEN: Entries Close at Midnight SLT 30th June 2012.  Winner will be announced in August 2012

THEME: The theme is 'SEEK WISDOM'. How you traverse the metaverse in this quest is totally up to you...the Machinimatographer. What is wisdom? What path do you take? Can it be attained? Is it an unending lifelong endeavour? Can it be found? Should one choose to seek only in the realm of the virtual or beyond? Is one doomed to fail? Is wisdom the embodiment of someone... something... somewhere... somewhen? Is this but another JOURNEY?

You machinima can be about whatever you choose, but there is one rule all entries must follow. The only requirement is that at least ONE of the 100 Treasures from UWA must form part of your story. These are actual treasures, however at least 17 of them exist on UWA land in Second Life. You may choose to include as many of the treasures as you like so long as there is at least ONE. Apart from this, feel free to film anything, anywhere. You may use props at the location, or maybe want to change the footage later during the post process, this is up to you... as long as the treasure or treasures you choose to be part of your Machinima can be recognized and form part of your storyline.

‘Seek Wisdom’ is the university's motto and can be found on UWA’s coat of arms. It was selected as the theme for MachinimUWA V to honour the new way education is delivered at UWA, "New Courses 2012." The inclusion of one of treasures from the book 100 Treasures from UWA also celebrates the 2013 Centenary of the University of Western Australia. This book of which UWA Second Life is listed among the treasures, was the inspiration to enshrining at least some of these treasures in virtual space. You can see all 100 treasures online at and locations of the 17 that exist in virtual space are as linked below.

PRIZES: There is a prize pool of L$785,000 with a L$140,000 top prize, and 11 prizes in all. From the field of entries, a Special UWA Prize of L$100,000 will also be awarded to the Machinima that best captures the essence or spirit of 100 years of seeking wisdom at UWA. L$10,000 will be awarded to the best machinima poster

LENGTH: 4 mins 30 seconds is the strongly recommended length, but this is not a hard rule. The UWA Special Prize however can only go to a machinima that fits within the recommended length.

METHOD OF ENTRY: Load the Machinima anywhere, preferably youtube or vimeo, provide link to Jayjay Zifanwe & LaPiscean Liberty

We look forward to seeing what you find when you SEEK WISDOM.

Somerville Auditorium
Sunken Garden
Mosaic Marble Floor
Moreton Bay Fig
Winthrop Tower Clock and Balconette
Hans Arkeveld's 'Celestian'
Paul R. Montford's 'Socrates'
Business School
Whitfeld Memorial Seat
Lysippus, Apoxyomenos
UWA Second Life Presence
Rodney Alsop Memorial Seat & Reflection Pond
Victor Wagner's 'Diotima'
Winged Lion Frieze (Fly When Teleporting)

New Fortune Theatre
Rose Window

To find out the background of each of these treasures, please check the online 100 Treasures From UWA book:

* Please acknowledge the works you feature and the lands you film at
* If you need to rezz (blue screen etc), contact Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling
* If you have questions or want to discuss anything, please contact Jayjay Zifanwe

Professor Ted Snell (RL) - Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
Dr Sue Boyd (RL) - Member of Senate, UWA, Chair, UWA Centenary Planning Committee (Former Australian High-Commissioner & Consul General)
Jon Stubbs (RL) - Director of Student Services, UWA
Virginia Rowland (RL) - Senior Policy Officer, Centenary Planning, UWA
Adia Yu (RL) - Quantum Enginered Systems Centre of Excellence Coordinator, UWA
FreeWee Ling (SL) - Curator, UWA 3D Open Art Challenge
LaPiscean Liberty (SL) - CEO AviewTV and UWA Virtual World Technical Media Advisor
Pooky Amsterdam (SL) - CEO PookyMedia, Representative of OPEN THIS END, Film Maker, Writer, Machinima-Expo 2012 Producer
Wagner James Au (RL) / Hamlet Au (SL) - Editor in Chief of New World Notes
Cisko Vandeverre (SL) - Inaugural UWA Machinima Champion
Apmel Goosson - Scandinavian Author/Publisher
Nazz Lane (SL) - Journalist and Author
Apollo Manga (SL) - Writer & Novelist
Bryn Oh (SL) - Professional Artist & Machinimatographer
Dr. Phylis Johnson (RL) - Media Professor, Southern Illinois University, Author - Machinima: Aesthetics and Practice (a.k.a, Sonicity Fitzroy, SL Virtual Journalist)
Mal Burns (SL), Metaverse News Aggregator and Broadcaster
Chestnut Rau (SL) - Journalist
Thirza Ember (SL) - Art Blog Writer
Persia Bravin (SL) - Journalist, media producer and TV host.
Dousa Dragonash (SL) - COO Metaverse Television
Rowan Derryth (SL) - Art & Design Historian; Writer for Prim Perfect Publications
Freemason Magic (SL) - Grand Patron Gan Logia Cibernetica 3D Vitual Lodge for Cyberfreemason Avatars
Tom Papas (RL) - Project48 Film Festival Director & Co-Producer
Ginette Pinnazo (SL)-  Dir of Development, AviewTV / Dir of Projects, Zindra Expo Group / Manager, Womens Resource Ctr in SL
K. DaVette See (Suzy Yue - SL) - Creative Director, Running Lady Studios and Theatrical/Film director.
Laetitia Wilson - Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, UWA
Jay Jay Jegathesan (RL) / Jayjay Zifanwe (SL) - Manager School of Physics/ Lead of UWA Virtual Worlds

L$785,000 PRIZE POOL (Sponsored by  AView TV, Project48, Philip Vought, Fremason Magic, SL Machinima Poster Archive, The Tornado Gallery & UWA)
1st Prize - L$140,000
2nd Prize - L$120,000
3rd Prize - L$100,000
4th Prize - L$70,000
5th Prize - L$55,000
5 Special Awards (6th - 10th) - @L$30,000 

UWA Special Prize: L$100,000 (awarded by UWA members of the committee)
Audience participation Prize - L$20,000 (L$10,000, 1st; L$6,000, 2nd; L$4,000, 3rd)
Best Machinima Poster: 3 Prizes Totalling L$30,000  

* Special thanks to Eliza Wierwight for creating the wonderful poster for this challenge
* Special thanks also to the creators of the UWA Treasures in Second Life. These include Chuckmatrix Clip, quadrapop Lane, Nyx Breen, Bradley Dorchester (Bradley Curnow, RL), Ninka Darkstone, MichealAnthony Wirefly (Micheal Flynn, RL), Lilli Field, Dragonmage Bogan (Dr Chris Thorne, RL), Sharni Azalee & Minny Werefox (Minh Tran, RL).
* Special thanks also to our sponsors Aview TV (LaPiscean Liberty), Philip Vought, Freemason Magic & the Cyberfreemasons, Virtlantis and The Tornado Gallery (Taralyn Gravois)

More information on New Courses 2012 @ UWA


  1. Other poster with the wrong Socrates was waaaaaaaaaaay better , just sayun :)

  2. oh shush! this one is perfect :)

  3. How come the competition was launched on February, 15 and there's already a video on Youtube posted on January, 28?

    1. haha... that was jan 28th 2010 ..... a happy coincidence in its name. thats not an entry. Seek Wisdom is on the UWA crest, which is probably why Iono chose that title

  4. Thanks for the clarification.