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This year we took a theme for the Expo
that would reflect what is important as we move forward. In this decade
of increased awareness on all levels of the Entertainment industry on
the value and validity of games, "Let's Get Real" is what we chose.
Let's Get Real means, in game engine film making, a celebration of the
craft of machinima film making (which is something the Expo has been
doing since 2008 by the way) and the exploration of where, how, what and
why we are getting better and bigger all the time.
I was certainly delighted to be asked to be Programming Chair this year, and wanted very much to expand awareness of our chosen medium against a backdrop of great interest in the gaming community and game engine platforms. There has been such a tremendous growth in our field over the past decade and Machinima is, in the words of Burnie Burns "In need of narrative" Well we couldn't agree more and Narrative takes craft and skill, which is at our very heart and what Machinima-Expo is about. Please join us from the comfort of your computer or favorite device as we will be Livestreamed for Your Comfort. There are films galore of note and panelists who have real experience and depth of knowledge in this genre and in the game industry area as well. There are really some stunning things to see, and if you can get inworld to Second Life, where this Festival will be broadcast from, a lot of very interesting and exciting things to do including a walk around Virtual Central Park! And of course people to meet....
We are a growing field and the demand for excellence is a call we hear and honor in the work we do. Please, join us!
The Machinima Expo 2012 Programming Schedule