Week 2 Storyboarding and Roleplay  21 Jan - 27 Jan 2013 (redirected from Week 2 Content Creation and Roleplay 21 Jan - 27 Jan)

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Week 2    Storyboarding and Roleplay 


During this week we will learn the poesie and humour of emoting, how to use gestures and animations, how to provide culturally rich backdrops/sets, and how to build scripts and storyboards.


Moderators: Pionia Destiny and Barbara Novelli



Wed, 23 January 2013, 7pm GMT / 11am SLT  (*Special guest speaker Randal Sandler--Holodeck Wizard)

(2h 19min) http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/p1immmatj19/

Sat, 26 January 2013, 6pm GMT / 10 am SLT

(1h 10min) http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/p94a2kqd8gy/

Sun, 27 January 2013 4am GMT / Sat 8pm SLT 

(1h 15min) http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/p7jx2zkq66e/

(1h 05min) http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/p9dhutc70qi/


SPECIAL EVENT Draxtor and Flufee

(1h 23min) http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/p7woh54vt9z/ 



Meeting Location:  EduNation in Second Life, MachinEVO Platform  http://slurl.com/secondlife/EduNation/177/139/1001

Livestream Link:  http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/machinevo







  • Learn to emote using the /me function in text chat
  • Learn to use gestures and animations, such as laugh, clap, jump, wave, dance, smile, cry, kill, murder
  • Learn different techniques for generating story ideas, such as roleplaying
  • Learn the advantages and options for building scripts and storyboards
  • Learn to select or create appropriate sets, including historic sites and culturally rich settings, like the top of the Eiffel Tower, in an Irish pub, in a balloon, in an airplane, on a train, on an African safari, and underwater)




   A.  Avatar Options (Characters in the Story)


The possibilities are endless.  SL allows you to change yourself into anything you can think of.  Save the outfit you are currently wearing, then be as creative as you want.  For example:


1.  Click on the avatars icon to see the range of avatars that are already set up that you can use.  The range includes vampires, humans, animals, robots, and vehicles.


2.  Go to your inventory  .  Click on Library and try mixing and matching some of the body parts and clothing options.


          3.  You can also edit your shape (anatomy).  You can be taller or shorter or thinner or fatter.  


          4.  You can also change your gender, skin color, facial features, hair, etc.


5. You might also might want to consider taking a special trip to get some fun, unusual avatars for free at  Go to Delicatessen:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Porto/126/113/703)  The wonderful Project Meta_Body here was started by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu.  They invited creators in SL to rethink bodies by making available all kinds of skins, shapes, body parts, clothes, etc.   All the items in the project are fully modifiable, shareable, and copyable.  To see some of the fantastic mixing of items that created unique characters, go to  http://www.flickr.com/groups/meta_body/pool/

.  How to Gesture

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          Activity 1:

What are gestures?  What's an animation?  How can you create them?  How can you use gestures in a machinima?  How can they enhance the communication of ideas?





          Activity 2:


Watch the video on recording and creating a gesture using Audacity, and create a gesture--How to Make Gestures for Second Life (the Easy, Fast  Way): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmC_LtZqXNY


Experiment with animations to create a gesture.


      C. How to Emote and Roleplay

          Activity 1:


Understanding emoting:  Emoting shows facial and corporal expressions by using animation overriders or the /me function.





          Activity 2:


Steps for turning on the lip sync option in SL:


      • Click on the Advanced menu (which you may have to enable by holding Ctrl+Alt+D on Windows or Ctrl+Opt+D on Mac).
      • Click on Character.
      • Click on Enable Lip Sync.


          Activity 3:  


Roleplaying?  What is it?


Roleplaying practice:


      • Character creation roleplay
      • Emoting in chat 
      • Tavern roleplay 


 Resource:   Some ideas for roleplays (Excel 2003 file in French, German, and English)

    D.  Script writing



Filming and editing become much easier since less takes and cuts are needed.
Finding an appropriate set/site and also costumes and props is easier.




          1.  Prewriting:  Brainstorm goal and story that can achieve that goal
          2.  Outline:  Major actions that need to be covered in the different scenes of the script
          3.  Pitch:  Especially useful for your students to do since it requires them to present their ideas to the class
          4.  Script:  Setting and dialog for your scenes

          5.  Storyboard:  Simple drawings that illustrate camera angles and essential costumes and props




                    Story generators:


      • Roleplay scenarios
      • Story dice
      • Opening lines


          Screenwriting software and tips: 



                    Storyboarding software and tips:  


      • Storyboards are used to discover problems with the story before you start filming and to make sure everyone, from the actors to the camera operator, is on the same page about what needs to be done to complete the project.  Before you pick up a camera, you need to spend time thinking about what shots and angles you want (wide establishing shot, close-up details shots, cutaways, etc), the purpose behind each shot, the props you'll need, and the story you'll tell with dialogue or action on the screen.  Storyboards help flesh out these details and keep your project on task.   They also make it evident when you are repeating ideas already covered by previous action or dialogue.  


      • Click on the following links to view a compilation of ideas and techniques for storyboarding.



     E.  Site selection criteria


          Partial list of factors:

                    Is it necessary to get permission to film?  
                    Is the sim voice-enabled?
                    Are there useful or annoying background sounds?
                    Are there avatars on the sim that might be useful as extras or problematic?
                    Is it possible to shoot several different type of scenes on the same sim?



Historic or culturally rich Second Life sims:  ancient Rome, King Arthur’s court, the Wild West, Parisian catacombs, Berlin in the 1920’s, modern New York, outer space colonies, underwater cities, etc.  Visit SL Destinations to choose the best place for your machinima:  http://secondlife.com/destinations?lang=en-US 

EduNation holodecks:  a holodeck stores Second Life scenes and lets you load them from a menu whenever you want.  Scenes can include any prim object, including furniture, pose balls, and particle generators. The following links give more information on holodecks:



Simple cube sets:  construction instructions and a sample will be given.

Machinima Open Studio Project: 



Suggested Work to Complete Before Next Week: 


          Prepare scripts/story boards

          Take photos of your sets/sims and costumes


Additional Resources: 



SL Basics.pdf

SL Basics Part 2.pdf

           Additional Inspiring Machinimas.pdf



Extra Activities:


1. Marketplace shopping:  Go to https://marketplace.secondlife.com/ and see how many free or low cost items you can find.  For example, do a fast search for a chair.  You'll find 34375 matching items.  You can filter the search by selecting items that go from 0 to 10 Lindens.  Among the items you will find are:






2.  Go on hunts for fun items for your machinimas or classes in SL.  Two links you might want to try are: 


                    Basic Hunting Tips:  http://slfreebiehunters.blogspot.com/p/secondlife-hunting-for-dummies.html
                    The Baking Mania Hunt from January 1st – 31st, 2013.  Look for a sculpted cherry.  http://www.virtualvagabond.com/furniture-cakes-hat-apron-bmh/


3.  Additional Blogs and Hunts for Freebies:  There are a multitude of blogs dedicated to freebies and hunts. You can find clothing, jewelery, shoes, furniture and all kinds of unusual things for free.  Some of my favorite blogs are:


Virtual Vagabond (unusual and fun finds):  http://www.virtualvagabond.com/

Fabulously Free:  http://fabfree.wordpress.com/

FabFree Station HQ:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/The%20Wash/90/125/24

The Freebie Telegraph:   http://freebietelegraph.wordpress.com/
The SL Fashionist:  http://theslfashionista.blogspot.com/

Slexy Fashionista:  http://slexyfashionista.blogspot.com/

Resas Freebie Corner:  http://resasfreebiecorner.wordpress.com/

MD Style Watch:   http://freebiefashionista.blogspot.com/






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