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Making machinima: animation, games, and multimodal participation in the media arts

Burn, A; (2015) Making machinima: animation, games, and multimodal participation in the media arts. Learning, Media and Technology pp. 1-20. 10.1080/17439884.2015.1107096. Green open access

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Abstract

In the project discussed in this article, 30 11-year olds made an animated film in the machinima style, influenced by both film and game culture, and using a 3-D animation software tool, Moviestorm. The processes and products of the project will be analysed using a social semiotic/multimodal approach, exploring the social interests behind the integration of visual design, music, voice acting, story-writing, and animation which characterise the project. The outcomes suggest a need to move beyond established thinking and practice in media literacy practice and research in three ways. Firstly, we need to develop moving image education to recognise new genres and cultures. Secondly, we need to recognise that such productions are intensely multimodal, involving music, drama, story-writing, and visual design. Thirdly, such projects demand connected pedagogy across media, literacy, music, drama, computer science, and art.

Type: Article
Title: Making machinima: animation, games, and multimodal participation in the media arts
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2015.1107096
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Learning, Media and Technology on 27 Nov 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17439884.2015.1107096
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475055
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