Thursday, September 24, 2015

Media Blitz: UWA on Drax Files World Makers, Channel 9 Australia, and WA Today

Very pleased to see a steady stream of positive news reports on various media (both traditional RL & SL media) on the UWA presence in Second Life together with our partners from all over the world. Last night, UWA founder and lead Jay Jay Jegathesan (Jayjay Zifanwe) featured on the highly acclaimed 'Drax Files' World Makers series.

This followed on the heels of a report and video on the West Australian news portal WA TODAY, which focused on The Freedom Project, arguably the single most important event run by UWA in virtual worlds.

This episode of World Makers is particularly pleasing as so many brilliant filmmakers from around the world  like Iono Allen (France), Vilvi Rae (Finland), Pepa Cometa (France), Tutsy Navarathna (India), Karima Hoisan (Costa Rica), Rysan Fall (USA), Chic Aeon (USA) and Natascha Randt (Germany), among others are part of it, some whom I are seen for the first time 'in real life.

Brilliant wordsmith, Inara Pey described the episode and other related events on the Modem World news site:

News on this was further carried pon the official Second Life page:

Along with many leading sites around the world which write and blog on virtual worlds:

Digital Rabbit Hole:

Ciaran Laval:

Daniel Voyager:

Kara's Korner:

SL Artist

Jo Yardley's SL

Hunting SL

All of this was preceded by a report on the Australian Channel 9 TV Station on the future of virtual reality technology.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

MachinimUWA VIII: Suzie Anderton's 'Pursue Impossible'


Suzie Anderton shows us how the human spirit can overcome anything, and that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it.  Suzie's 'Pursue Impossible' takes us on a journey of belief and rediscovery. This film is now part of MachinimUWA VIII: Pursue Impossible, the 8th UWA Short Animated Film Challenge. UWA's L$560,000++ Pursue Impossible Art & Film challenges are so themed in honour of UWA adopting Pursue Impossible as their clarion call in real life. CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS IN 31ST OCTOBER 2015.

You may interpret the theme 'Pursue Impossible' as you see fit, however the average viewer would need to be able to appreciate how you fit this theme (alternatively, please indicate in the notes that accompany your film how it fits). Your machinima must be made specifically for this challenge, and this should be indicated in the opening credits 'For The University of Western Australia's MachinimUWA VIII: Pursue Impossible' (or end credits if it works better creatively). You do not have to film on the UWA sims, however this of course will be appreciated, and there is a Special UWA Prize which will be made available to a film which starts at the same point as the UWA Pursue Impossible Video, at Winthrop Clock Tower.

ALSO, public viewing for PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE: The 6th UWA Grand 3D Art Challenge is now open (closing date for entries is the same as the Machinima - 31st October)

Do visit the UWA Challenge Gallery HERE to view the submissions so far.

 List of Submitted Machinima for MachinimUWA VIII: Pursue Impossible
(In Reverse Klingon Alphabetical Order)

Suzie Anderton (Bournemouth, England) - Pursue Impossible
Chic Aeon (Corvallis, Oregon, USA)  - Folding Time
Chantal Harvey (Maastricht, Netherlands) - Robi - oh my head