Second Life Machinima Video Report: Draxtor Despres on Virtual ‘GITMO’

November 19th, 2008  |  Published in Second Life Machinima Video Reports  |  1 Comment

This award winning report includes actual footage from the department of defense and outlines the experience of the Second Life representation of the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison. Machinima blogger Draxtor Despres (aka Bernhard Drax) has been awarded the “Every Human Has Rights” media award for this report, here are his thoughts:

“Winning this award signals to me that established news organizations such as French internews are beginning to grasp the power and reach of virtual worlds as a means to collaborate and communicate ideas irrespective of physical proximity. More specifically, I’m impressed by the recognition of machinima as a powerful tool to communicate to the uninitiated public. This still very very abstract platform has gained legitimacy through this award.
But praise really goes to Nonny Writer and Ping Rau, who created Virtual Gitmo. They showed that SL has more to offer than furry sex and dance clubs.
Human rights and the pressing social issues of the day can be addressed perfectly in SL.”


About Draxtor Despres

Bernhard Drax writes music for TV, commercials and feature film. His orchestral score for the Disney romantic comedy “Sommer” gained critical acclaim in Germany as the film remained among the top ten for 4 consecutive months this year. In the virtual world “Second Life,” he creates machinima reports on social and political issues. He recently started his own production company – – and he delivered promotional machinima for clients such as Manpower Inc., Dresdner Bank and Warner Brothers. Bernhard studied composition at the Richard-Strauss Conservatory in Munich Germany and audio engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles. He lives on the Central Coast of California with his wife and son.


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