Yesterday has been announced the winners of the Grand UWA Machinima Contest. From year to year the average quality is better. I found it really hard this time to find my favorites. You should invest the time to see all entries. Find the list here.
And here are the winners:
1st: PAST | BEYOND by Vilvi Rae, Finland.
A beautiful and a lttle bit sad story filmed with furries.
2nd: NARCISSUS by Tutsy Navartha, Frenchman in India
Tutsy's machinima are always worth to be seen. I love all. To me the choice of the Narcissus story, a guy who fell in love with his own" reflection" was one of the best adaptions of the contest theme.
3rd: PALLINA...THE LITTLE RASCAL by Pallina60 Loon, Italy.
Sweet, cute, funny...just a joy to watch.
4th: THE MIRROR LIES by Spiral Silverstar, (Joe Zazulak in RL), USA
Spiral was one of the very diligent contestants. He submitted 2 other machinima too, who are great as well.
the mirror lies from Joe Zazulak (Spiral Silverstar) on Vimeo.
5th: HASTA TU ESTRELLA by Erythro Asimov, France
Greatly filmed, important message. Nevertheless not one of my favourites as it has to much rl parts for my taste.
Hasta tu estrella from Erythro Asimov on Vimeo.
6th: JUNIPER by Bryn Oh of Toronto, Canada
dark, sad and poetic...
7th: WINDOW ON A TRAIN by Natascha Randt (Germany) & Karima Hoisan (Costa Rica)
A train ride gives the chance to look back and to reflect on what went wrong in her life.
8th Prize Joint: SHADOWS REFLECTING DARKNESS by Spiral Silverstar (Joe Zazulak), USA
The second of three entries which won a prize. I love all three. In case you want to see the third too, here is the link.
Shadows Reflecting Darkness from Joe Zazulak (Spiral Silverstar) on Vimeo.
9th Prize Joint: TAYA TAN by Erythro Asimov, France
The second entry of Erythro Asimovwhich made a prize too. The style of the machinima is very special and unique in style. It reminded me a bit of an animated childrens book.
Taya Tan - MachinimUWA from Erythro Asimov on Vimeo.
9th Prize Joint: STOLEN REFLECTIONS by Braclo Eber, South Africa
Even an action movie is possible in Second Life. Not one of my favourites as I don't see a message.
10th Prize: CLOUD by Hypatia Pickens, USA
To my opinion Hypatia Pickens did not receive the deserved placement. She submitted 3 works and all are telling meaningful stories taken in an excellent scenery. I hardly could decide which one is the best of them. You really should see the other two too:
Slow Light from VimPickens on Vimeo.
DRAWING OUTSIDE THE LINES by Chic Aeon, USA
Very interesting effects, a pleasure to watch and one of my top ten. It proves that virtual machinima has a huge future. The sound is a bit weird, like taken in an empty oil barrel. For me as not English partly hard to understand. Native speakers should a bit more more considerate that Second Life is international and avoid slang and acustic effects with spoken words.
Erythro Asimov: Egmont
Sadly, my personal No. 1 did not make it into the top ten. But I have to share it with you here. Erythro Asimov made two prizes, but his best work in my eyes is this one. Maybe Beethoven's music is not popular enough for many, but the Egmont Ouverture is actually a very beautiful and dramatic work. An ouverture is a smart choice for the theme of the contest as it reflects the upcoming drama while the audience is waiting for it in front of the still closed curtains. See how the scenes and cuts in the machinima are matching the music. To me a masterpiece!