On Friday March 1st, the University of Western Australia (UWA) kicked-off their sixth MachinimUWA Challenge under the title Reflections.
This year is the biggest Challenge to date, offering are prizes totalling L$1.1 million (approx. $4,500 US) – almost a 50% increase over the last UWA Machinima Challenge. The figure includes a top prize of L$200,000 for the winning entry as decided by the judges, as well as 9 other prizes ranging from L$150,000 to L$40,000. In addition, the UWA Centenary Prize of L$50,000 will also be awarded to the Machinima that best captures the essence of 100 years of reflections on education, and the UWA Art of the Artists Prize of L$50,000 will be awarded to the Machinima that best incorporates one or a number of the artworks that have been submitted to the UWA Centenary 3D Art Challenge. Finally, all winners will also receive a special RL UWA package.
The theme for this year’s challenge is Reflections, which the UWA press release on the challenge describes as:
Reflections in a pool of water… Reflections of light… Reflecting on the grandeur of the universe… Reflections of art…. An Inner Reflection…..Reflecting on opportunities lost, or seized… How ‘Reflections’ is interpreted is exactly like how beauty is interpreted…. in the eyes of the beholder… or in this case, the eyes and lens of the machinimatographer.
The Major Rule and Requirements
As always, there is the familiar UWA Major Rule and entry requirements.
Your machinima can be about any type of ‘Reflections’ you may wish to portray. There is only one requirement to make this a valid entry. At least one of the 3 major spaces of Reflection at UWA needs to be included in your storyline (the Reflection Pond, the Sunken Gardens, the Somerville Auditorium). You may choose to film in any other area of the campus if you so wish or you could include all 3 locations, but the rule is you need to select at least ONE. You may use props at the location, or maybe want to change the footage later during the post process, this is up to you… as long as one of the 3 spaces you choose to be part of your machinima can be recognised and form part of your storyline.
The other key requirements are:
- The recommended running time for entries is around 4 minutes 30 seconds in length. This isn’t a hard rule, but entries aiming for the UWA special prize must fit within the recommended length
- Entrants are asked that they acknowledge the works featured in their submission and the lands in which the submission was filmed
- All work must be free of copyright issues. If requested, entrants must provide detailed information regarding the source, creator and background information of their work. If any 3rd party materials, such as music, is used, permission must be obtained from the creator
- Completed entries should be uploaded to a suitable broadcast medium (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, etc.), and links to the film sent to the UWA’s Jayjay Zifanwe and LaPiscean Liberty.
Please refer to the UWA presse release for full details on all requirements.
- Entries Close at Midnight SLT 30th June 2013
- Winners will be announced in August 2013.
And The Audience Can Get a Prize
There are also audience participation awards totalling L$45,000, with a top individual prize of L$15,000. All audience members have to do is watch all of the entrants and compile a top ten list of their favourites. Those which most closely match the judges’ top ten winners list will be awards prizes.
This year’s UWA Machinima Challenge is generously sponsored by: The Parramatta City Council, Aview TV (LaPiscean Liberty), MetaHarpers (Arhenn Oberlander), Freemnason Magic and a very generous anonymous donor.
Seek Wisdom: Second Place winner of the 2012 MachinimUWA Challenge, by Karima Hoisan and Natascha Randt