If you think of museums as displays of the past, the Amsterdam Machinima Museum in Second Life will come as a surprise to you. It’s more like stepping into a meeting place for filmmakers in the early days of the twentieth century, or of photographers in the 1860s. In those days, filmmakers and photographers were experimenting with the then new creative mediums of film and photography, breaking new ground in finding ways to tell a story in a new technology.
Today the new technology is machinima, video filmed in a virtual world such as Second Life. Machinima’s roots are in the early days of video games in the 1980s and 1990s, with gamers recording game play, but it has expanded far beyond. The University of Western Australia in Second Life’s annual machinima competition MachinimUWA, about to enter its sixth year, has produced outstanding machinimas that improve every year.
The Amsterdam Machinima Museum will interest both those who want to make machinimas and those who simply want to see what a machinimas is. For those who have never seen a machinima and simply want to see a few, the Museum has two floors of posters from many machinimas. Clicking on a poster lets you watch the machinima.
If you want to meet others who make machinimas, Dacob Paine’s Cinematics Forum meets at the Museum every Monday evening at 7pm SLT to watch and discuss machinimas. The Forum is new – it’s only been meeting for about a month. This writer has enjoyed and learned from the meetings he’s attended.
In the lobby of the Museum, which is built to look like a classic movie theater from bygone years, you’ll find information about the Cinematics Forum and a list of free software that the aspiring machinima maker can download.
If you walk to the left from the lobby, you enter the theater, where the Forum meets every Monday. If you walk to the right from the lobby, you enter one of the two viewing areas where you can watch machinimas by clicking on posters. Upstairs, you’ll find another room filled with posters that you can click to watch machinimas.
If you have an interest in machinimas or if you simply want to see what a machinima is, the Amsterdam Machinima Museum is worth a visit. Second Life members can teleport to it by clicking maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amsterdam%202/17/163/26.
You can learn more about machinimas at the following sites:
- Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machinima.
- The University of Western Australia in Second Life’s most recent machinima competition: uwainsl.blogspot.com/p/machinimuwa-v-seek-wisdom.html
- Machinima Artists’ Guild: slmachinimaarts.ning.com
It you would like to see machinimas that this writer has made of Burn 2 (Burning Man in Second Life), you can view them on his YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/ApolloManga.