SL Cert - Advanced Machinima

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The following are the criteria required for an individual to become certified in the area of Machinima using the Second Life platform at the Advanced Level.


High end professional animators and filmmakers who use Second Life to produce videos.


Intermediate Certification.

Testing Criteria

Advanced Machinima criteria includes all criteria for Intermediate Level certification plus:

  • Lip syncing
  • Advanced animation
  • Advanced lighting techniques
  • Advanced editing and motion graphics
  • Advanced sound (foley, soundtrack music, spatial audio)

All skills will be demonstrated as a combination of a theoretical (multiple-choice) test, practical application in-world, and a complete final video containing all required certification criteria. The video will be done according to a defined set of different scenes with the specific results called for within each scene.

Advanced Level

Completion of Advanced level certification will demonstrate that successful candidates have the skills necessary to operate as the Director of complex machinima projects.

Lip syncing

  • Demonstrate ability to produce seamless lip synch animations to avatar speech.
  • Must be convincing on close up shots (e.g. head shots).
  • Must be demonstrated using several different voice actors using different cadences and speeds

Advanced animation

  • Demonstrate ability to produce lifelike animation shots and scenes.
  • Demonstrate ability to produce shots using effective facial expressions, avatar movement, and lifelike qualities including use of non-human avatars.
  • Demonstrate mastery of frame rates, control over in-world obstacles such as lag, and use of animations without visible pose balls.

Advanced lighting

  • Demonstrate ability to produce convincing set lighting in world.
  • Demonstrate ability to craft lighting to match mood called for in different script situations and genres (e.g. training, romance, sci-fi, horror, comedy).

Advanced editing and motion graphics

  • Demonstrate ability to produce complex edits using professional video editing tools (e.g. Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro).
  • Demonstrate ability to produce complex motion graphics effects and titles.
  • Demonstrate advanced incorporation of still images
  • Demonstrate consistent color management across all scenes.

Advanced sound

  • Demonstrate ability to control sound requirements on in-world sets.
  • Demonstrate ability to capture vocal dialog and do seamless overdubs to ensure consistent high quality sound.
  • Demonstrate the effective use of foley and effects sounds added as post.
  • Demonstrate the effective use of soundtrack music:
  • According to genre (e.g. training, romance, sci-fi, horror, comedy).
  • Proper placement in scenes.
  • Proper mixing and equalization.
  • Proper use of spatial effects (e.g. doppler effects, distance, close up)