An Unfair War Wins Machinima Expo 2008 Jury Award

November 11, 2008

At the Machinima Expo 2008, An Unfair War was selected as one of the 6 Jury Award winners, alongside Leo Lucien-Bay's "Beast", Ian Chisholm's "Clear Skies", Michelle Petit-Mee's "The Snow Witch", Kerria Seabrooke's "Tiny Nation" and J. Rojas' "Turbulence".

I woke up at 5:30am to attend the presentation ceremony at Jamville in Second Life. It was my first time in Second Life, and it was pretty cool. Here's some pics and commentary of the event. Unfortunately I didn't stay long - had to go to work, being a Monday morning and all. Damn American time zones!

Here I am at the Expo site in Jamville. I didn't bother too much with customizing my avatar, but did put on some sunglasses just in case there was someone else like me.

The outdoor screen. The ceremony started with the screening my The Most Powerful Person in the World. Only saw half of it though because I was busy trying to figure out how to get the video streaming properly.

A view of the audience. A good turn out for the ceremony. There were some technical issues with the voice chat, but ultimately resolved. I was sitting at the back, but moved to the front row to hear the stage better.

That's me as the ceremony continued on. Some hot girls behind me - hopefully they're girls in real life too!

A view from the stage. Note the oversized novelty-sized MachinExpo award on the left.

Me on stage accepting my award, standing alongside the other recipients. I didn't have a mic, so I was unable to voice chat and so typed instead. Not sure if everyone in the audience heard my typing, but I made some good jokes :)

A group photo of the Jury Award recipients. A few of them work at BioWare, and if BioWare is reading this, if you're willing to hire me and ship me and my family to Canada, I'm willing to accept. I'm a machinima director and a game designer!

I wish I could've stayed longer, because it really was nice to virtually hang out with fellow machinima makers. To everyone who came, the organizers and the other filmmakers, thanks for a good Expo!
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Ricky Grove said...

Wonderful post! So glad you were able to come and accept your award in person. Getting up that early is hard for me, too, so I pat you on the back for your efforts.

I really like your pictures, too. Hard to believe this was your first time in Second Life. I hope you will come back again. The screenings and installations are running all week. Might be fun to sit through one of the screening reels.

I sure loved "Unfair War" when it came out and even more so watching it again at the fest. It's pretty obvious why the film won a jury prize. Your film and your participation are some of the reasons why the Expo was such a success.

Thank you!


Chimp Wong said...

Hey! I didn't know that your film won a prize. Was it a 'virtual' award? Nice work. Looking forward to seeing your next piece of work. SO, is Canada beckoning?? =)