Machinima 2015

Submissions are now open!
2015 Categories
2015 Submission form

It’s Machinima mania at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference this year! Machinima – it’s a portmanteau of the words machine and cinema. It is the screencapturing and editing of 3D games and virtual environments. Are your students or maybe you making these? They can be made in Minecraft, Roblox, World of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls Online or any other video game or 3D environment.

Here is an example of one of the past winners. Lego Universe- Crumple’s Pet Skunk Tutorial  See the learning happening there.

We’d love for you and your students to submit your Machinima videos. You need not attend the conference to participate. If you or your students are especially prolific in creating Machinima, you can also submit your Machinima channel.

At the 2015 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, we will be announcing the winners of the 2015 EduMachinima Fest.

Monday, June 29, 5:30–7:00 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

The EduMachinima Fest is a new media Film Festival showcasing games and virtual environment formats combined with cinematic arts to teach, inform, entertain and inspire. The EduMachinima Fest features both Student and Educator entries in a variety of categories including digital storytelling, tutorials, and narrated gameplay. Technical achievements such as editing, screen capture (machinimatography), sound and special effects, are also recognized. Machinima provides students with an opportunity to express themselves creatively and/or demonstrate content knowledge in sandbox game environments like Minecraft, MMO’s like World of Warcraft, and virtual environments such as Kitley and OpenSim. Machinima can include real-life video and greenscreen, but always includes some form of digital environment. The fest will feature individual and collaborative works as well as channels with series designed to tell a story or instruct.

If you have any questions, please contact Kae Novak at


Machinima Online Open Course

Machinima Open Online Course

To get ready for the SIGVE EduMachinima Fest on June 26th that will be held simultaneously in Second Life and in San Diego, we’re doing a Machinima Open Course! The Machinima Open Online Course will run from June 4- June 18th.

This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about Machinima production in virtual worlds and video games. But, it’s special focus is Machinima in education. That is Machinima by students, educators and the community. To give this course a concrete objective – it is focusing on the SIGVE EduMachinima Fest. So the course will be working on a group Machinima for the Fest, give people the opportunity to make their own Machinima, discuss Machinima in education and work on how one can use Machinima in educational outreach. This is an open course – so anyone can participate at whatever level they want. Lurkers are always welcome.  The asynchronous part of the course is at P2PU and the synchronous portion will be in Second Life, OpenSim and other virtual worlds and video games. To sign –up please go to P2PU

We are also starting to take SIGVE EduMachinima submissions  at
If you would like more information please im Kavon Zenovka in Second Life or email

SIGVE 2012 EduMachinima Fest

Please consider contributing to the 2nd Annual SIVGE Machinima Fest!

This year’s categories are below:

Student – Pre-K – 6th grade
Student – 7 – 12th grade
Student – College

In addition to awards for those categories, we will have a People’s Choice Awards.

We will have our panel of community judges who will give awards for:
Best Sound
Best Special Effects
Best Editing
Best Machinimatography

Videos should be saved with the high definition resolution of 1280 x 720p and uploaded to YouTube. All submissions should include a credit section at the end of the video. Please provide attribution for public domain and Creative Commons material. Name the author and others who have contributed to the video. Year of production of the machinima film does not matter. Submitted works do not need to be pure (100%) machinima, but should contain be at least 80% Machinima.

Please submit the url to your video here. by June 20, 2012.

Machinima Star

Machinima Video for ISTE and ISTE SIGVE at Machinima Online Open Course or MOOC

“I Wanna be a Machinima Star”

At P2P U, the Virtual World MOOCers  are doing a parody of a parody.
Based on “Tech Star” video they are making “I Wanna Be a Machinima Star”

There are four different ways of participating if you are interested:

1) Send a 30 second video clip of your avatar or a group of avatars singing ( lips moving)

2) Help us crowdsource rewriting of  the lyrics at

3)  Do the Machinima MOOC with us as everyone learns more about Machinima and produce one or more versions of this video

4) Help do the outreach that will (hopefully) propel this video viral at ISTE 2012 conference and beyond.


Bluebarker Lowtide at the Premiere

Machinima Week – Week 2 at VWMOOC

A Virtual Worlds, Games and Education Tour

Four week course giving partipants a weekly tour of one topic in virtual worlds, games and emerging technology and their possible uses in education.

We are currently in Week 2 – Machinima.
This week is facilitated by SL: Tanya Smedley aka Gridjumper

This 4 week course gives participants a weekly tour on 1 topic covered at VWBPE 2012 or the Virtual Worlds Unsymposium

Course starts with virtual world field trips to educational sims in Second Life. Week 2 introduces Machinima and its educational uses. Week 3 is an adventure in the MMORPG World of Warcraft with an educators’ guild. Week 4 wraps up the tours on the Bleeding Edge with emerging tech and education that includes augmented reality, ARGs, Minecraft and EveOnline.

Virtual Outworlding & Machinima

If you don’t know who Thinkerer Melville is in Second Life – look him up! His profile in Second Life is kind of modest. If you subscribe to the connectivist theory of learning he is hub that you want as part of your network.  He has been graciously posting about Machinima from VWBPE and ISTE SIGVE for the last year.

And now he’s compiled quite a bit more on Machinima – so take a look at Thinkerer Melville (Selby Evan) excellent list of Machinima resources for Second Life. His blog is Virtual Outworlding and he tweets @ selbyevans