The London Metropolitan University is hosting a viewing of the feature length machinima movie "Bloodspell" followed by a discussion of some of the issues raised by machinima on November 22. The event description doesn’t go into what the specific discussion topics will be, but since "Bloodspell" is a Creative Commons licensed work, I’m sure intellectual property issues will be on the table.
Hit the jump for event details…
Bloodspell: The rise of machinima
Viewing and panel
22 November 2007
5.15 – 8.30pm
London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre 166-220 Holloway Road London, N7 8DB
"Bloodspell" is the world’s first feature-length machinima, and it is licensed under a Creative Commons a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. Bloodspell is a Fantasy story "of a world where men and women carry magic in their blood, and spilling it can unleash terrible power."
This event is organised by the London Metropolitan Business School and the Open Rights Group (special thanks to Michael Holloway and Fernando Barrio for putting the event together). For those new to the topic, "machinima", in very basic form, involves the use of software that has been designed to create video-games to produce films with their own script and narrative. The word “machinima” was coined some time ago by Hugh Hancock, who also wrote and directed Bloodspell.
The evening will start with Hugh Hancock introducing the concept of machinima and the movie, to be followed by a viewing of Bloodspell. After the viewing a panel will address the issues raised by the film to then open the floor for discussion. The panel includes:
Professor Lilian Edwards, Director of the Institute for Law and the Web at Southampton (ILAWS) of Southampton University
- Holly Ayllet, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at London Metropolitan University and Managing Editor of Vertigo Magazine.
- Ian Brown, Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute of Oxford University
- Andres Guadamuz, Co-Director of SCRIPT, the Centre for Research in IP and Technology Law at The University of Edinburgh.