Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 ART: VIDEO: STAGE: New Media Arts Funding campaign. Your $1 gives $3 to NMA.

New  Media Arts Funding campaign 
Your $1 gives $3 to NMA.
 "seeking to encourage and promote the production and enjoyment of the arts that are made possible by digital production and distribution."

Contribute hereArts for the digital world

Patron of the digital arts. 

Those are things New Media Arts does. Those are things you can support through New Media Arts.

New Media Arts

New Media Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization seeking to encourage and promote the production and enjoyment of the arts that are made possible by digital production and distribution. Your donation may be tax-deductible, depending on your tax jurisdiction and circumstances.
Our initial goal is $24,000 for 2015, an amount that will be matched (2 to 1) by our largest individual donor this year.  That means your $1 gives $3 to NMA.  

Technical:  The reason for this arrangement is that IRS rules require that a public not-for-profit organization must get one third of its donations from the public, meaning people who give less than 2% of the total donations.   NMA is at the limit of what major donors can contribute until we get more small donations.  For that reason, please don't donate more than $800 USD so you don't become a major donor.

The funding will be used:

   1. to support Avatar Media Production's video series, “Flying Saucers Return.” This series is a parody of the 1950’s space invader stories. The background of this project is told in the blog “Virtual Outworlding.” (See below)
   2. to speed up the library development work of Antique Pattern Library.
   3. to support the regular hour-long shows produced by Avatar Repertory Theater every other Friday in Second Life and to expand to weekly shows and other virtual grids.

Birth of a video series (from "Virtual Outworlding")


News and Notes


Contests and dated calls/invitations/events

The Machinima 48 Hour Film Project

Weekend of 14 - 16 November 2014
Filmmakers from all over the variety of virtual worlds and games will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world.
National Agenda 2014 focuses on the battle for control of congress midway through the Obama second term, with some of the biggest and most experienced names in American politics
The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilization or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.
Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014. Winners will be announced in December 2014.   
UWA Art & Film Challenges 2014 with L$1.03 Mil in Prizes, early entries 
Visit the UWA Challenge Gallery  to view the submissions so far:
List of Submitted Machinima for MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders:

Note:I am running some submitted videos in this blog, but only those posted on YouTube.  Vimeo sometimes removes videos and so ruins the post. 

Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds


How to handle a Hypergrid address 

From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the address bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again later. Some hypergrid destinations are offline part of the day.

Entrepreneurs call

Entrepreneurs of the virtual worlds unite: Think Avatar Land! The Disney park

New Media Arts AMP report, week of Oct. 5 

FSR project Thursday, Oct 10   
Camera Engineer Geo Meek 
Director Bob Shurley (Thundergas Menges in SL)  
Executive producer and Avateer Selby Evans (Thinkerer Melville in SL) 
Spent Thursday evening capturing voice clips for scene 3 (Communion).  We got part of Mama's speeches done. 
Mission:  Flying Saucers Return is a proof of concept project to demonstrate and document the feasibility of a plan to produce a video series in virtual worlds.  A video series requires, and the plan includes both the writing and the video production.  If the plan proves to be feasible, FSR may result in a commercial venture (thus separating from NMA, but with some of the same people.)


Video-Machinima in virtual worlds

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