At the interns’ weekly meeting on October 21, Chantal Harvey visited the team via Skype. Chantal has a professional background as Dutch television producer and artist. Since 2007, Chantal has been exploring Real Time Animation through the medium of virtual world machinima. During the meeting, she shared several of her machinima, including an educational series and the first machinima from her new fun machinima series, “Robi.” Chantal discussed many aspects of machinima development, which she referred to as “virtual world animation.” She shared many production tips from basics to advanced techniques that are key to creating a professional, quality machinima. Her advice on sound editing and frame rate optimizing will prove especially helpful in the interns’ next two machinima projects, “The Christopher Story” and “Forgive: A Poem.”
Why did Chantal decide to explore machinima? On her website she explains, “I started working with machinima after completing film school in Belgium, I was attracted by the creativity and possibilities it offers. You really are only limited by your own imagination and by how much you have mastered the concepts that are involved. Because the cost of machinima production is so low compared to any other form of animation, there is a whole new market opening up, in education, children’s entertainment, art, multimedia, books and commercials.”
Yes, it is true that Chantal is very talented at what she does, but this is not the only reason why Chantal continues to produce machinima, as she explains, “[It’s] a little like jumping inside your computer and directing animated characters, creating your own film crew, with your own film studio. It is . . a ton of fun.”
The entire JJIE Virtual Worlds team is very grateful to Chantal for taking the time to share her passion and expertise with them. The team will make good use of Chantal’s advice in their next projects showcasing a young man’s story and a young woman’s poem through the medium of machinima filmed in virtual world.