MachinExpo 2010

MachinExpo 2010


MachinExpo 2010 Official Program
(Right-click to download PDF)

What is the Expo?

The Machinima Expo (MachinExpo) is an international festival of machinima films and events which takes place on the internet and in the virtual world of Second Life on Saturday, November 20th and Sunday, November 21st. Now in it's 3rd year of existence, the 2010 Machinima Expo promises to be the biggest and most complete festival yet.

The Expo is primarily about machinima films and the people who make them. We plan on featuring a major screening of machinima, a juried competition for machinima of high quality, workshops, presentations, interviews, panel discussions, installations and an awards ceremony. In addition, there will be numerous opportunities for those who attend to meet up and share information and ideas about animation and machinima.

Last year we screened over 50 films. We ran them 24/7 from a week before the Expo and into the week after. That gives you two full weeks to see all of the films we have chosen for this years Expo (2010). And unlike last year, you won't have to come to Second Life to watch them. We will be working together with TMUnderground and Vimeo this year to make all of our films available to anyone who has access to the internet and a browser.

Our commitment to you is to bring the best films we can find, at the highest quality. In addition, we promise to make this year's Expo the most accessible one yet.

How to Attend the 2010 Machinima Expo

Attending the Expo is going to be very different this year. In the past you'd run the Second Life client, teleport to the Expo location and either watch events live or go to the theater and watch the screening reels. That all worked fine until suddenly there were 50+ people present and Second Life would slow down to a crawl, the audio would pop in and out and at some point the SL plot would fill to capacity and wouldn't let anyone else in. Frankly, it was difficult to tolerate for very long even when we threw in circus rides and free fish sticks.

This year all of that changes.

If you want to attend the Expo this year, basically all you need is an internet connection and a web browser. Based on feedback from last year's Expo, Phil Rice came up with the idea, and with the help of DL Watson, he was able to create the Expo Web Portal. This portal is the gateway/doorway to attending the Expo. Now, all you have to do is go to this address (click to visit the site):

http://www.machinima-expo.com

and you'll be able to watch the live events on Saturday and Sunday with streaming video and audio. Plus, you can interact with other attendees and with the presenters via the text chat window. Or, if you like the Second Life experience, you can click on the "Locations" tab at the web portal and choose from several Second Life locations (slurl included) where we are streaming the audio/video of the events on a a large screen.

If you prefer to watch the Expo screening films you can do so either through the "Films" link at the web portal (which will take you to our 2010 Machinima Expo Vimeo channel) or via the web portal itself which will stream all of the Expo film reels (jury films, screening reel, highlight reel, Latin/Spanish reel) 24/7 when the live Expo events aren't occuring. We plan on starting the screening reels on Friday, November 19th and running them all through next week.

And thanks to our wonderful crew, we have some great Second Life locations, too. One in particular is the UCSville Expo hub (designed by the incredible Lainy Voom) where our sponsors booths are located (Muvizu, Reallusion and Moviestorm) along with our Artist Showcase exhibits (Jorge Campos and Legs Machinima). Plus, there is a teleport tree which can take you to several other locations we've set up so you can watch the Expo live.

Once again, to attend the Expo this year GO TO THE EXPO WEB PORTAL FIRST. You can see everything through this portal. No crashing, no stuttering; just higher quality films and good programming, all geared towards interesting you and hopefully inspiring you as well.

Machinima Expo 2010 Programming Schedule

(all times are Pacific/Los Angeles time zone)

Saturday, 20th November

9.00am Awards Ceremony
9.30am Screening & Conversation: Grand Jury Prize Winner
10.00am Meet the Filmmakers (Live Interviews)
11.00am Keynote: Tracy Harwood
11.30am Conversation with Tracy Harwood and Henry Lowood
12.00pm break
1.00pm Women in Machinima Panel (Chair: Ingrid Moon)
2.00pm Classic Machinima Talk (with Phil Rice, Ben Grussi & Henry Lowood)
3.00pm Live: "The Wolf and Dulci Show"
4.00pm End of Day Party w/DJ Hathead

Sunday, 21st November

9.00am Voovees Director Presentation (w/Indy Liu, S.Gale)
9.30am The Movies Presentation (w/Killian)
10.00am Muvizu Presentation (w/Vince Ryan, Barry Sheridan)
10.30am Moviestorm Presentation (w/Matt Kelland)
11.00am Garry's Mod Presentation (Harrison Heller)
11.30am Reallusion iClone Presentation (w/John Martin II)
12.00pm break
1.00pm Second Life Presentation (w/Pooky Amsterdam)
1.30pm Sound Design for Machinima (w/Ricky Grove)
2.30pm Writing & Adapting Scripts for Machinima (w/Joseph Kwong, Todd Stallkamp, Kate Lee)
3.30pm Closing Remarks w/Ricky, Phil and Kate
4.00pm Closing Party at DJ Hathead's Terrace

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