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Animation help needed for machinima documentary project


I'm working on an educational machinima documentary project about the history of the Sawtelle Japantown area of Los Angeles. This is a serious, historical documentary that will be shown at UCLA and community organizations upon completion next year. We also hope to get it into schools so that students can learn from it.

I'm looking for a person who can help create the raw animation for the approximately 20-minute film. Because the 3D sets are being done in Minecraft, experience with Mine-imator, Blender, or other Minecraft-friendly tools is recommended.

You will receive full film credit in the completed documentary as Lead Animator (or whatever title you would like). You will also be helping to create a lasting educational resource to help educate future generations about a significant ethnic community story.

Please visit for more information about the project.

You will receive a stipend of $1,000 for this project.

If you are interested in joining our project team, please reply directly via email to machinima(at) Please include one or more links to sample work and also explain why you would be interested in this project.


A machinima is an animated

A machinima is an animated movie that is created using video game animation footage. The history of machinima dates back to around 1990 but didn’t receive mainstream attention until the early 2000s. At that time, the gaming community started producing not only higher quality machinima but also higher quality video games, which promoted the recording of game animation footage.

Traditional documentaries usually feature “talking heads” of people for a majority of the movie. Instead, our machinima documentaries consist of video game animation with oral history excerpts serving as the audio narrations of the documentary. This type of documentary is designed to appeal to people of all ages because of its engaging animation format.

We involve students in the production phase of the documentary creation process. The production phase requires that the students utilize a video game, such as Minecraft, to create the various movie sets for the documentary and then record animation footage inside the video game.

We package our machinima documentaries together with lesson plans that cover various Common Core and/or other academic standards along with 21st century learning skills.

Our current machinima documentary project is called “Sawtelle Japanese American History: A Minecraft-Machinima Documentary,” which tells the story of Japanese Americans who grew up in the Sawtelle area of West Los Angeles during the pre- and post-World War II time periods.

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