UD Alum, owner and CEO of Sandcastle Studios Kimberly Winnington (Gianna Borgnine in SL), whom some of you will remember from her face to face presentations at the last two Summer Faculty Institutes, latest project The Virtual Mine, has been nominated for an Emmy Award for New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming.
Deep Down (The Virtual Mine)”, a TV documentary with a major component developed in SL, just received an Emmy nomination, in the category “New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming”. Produced by PBS’ Independent Lens, the documentary by Jen Gilomen and Sally Rubin is about the hard life of Appalachian coal miners in Eastern Kentucky. As part of the production, Gilomen and Rubin created a virtual experience in Second Life to simulate coal mining in a kind of role playing game framework.
Sandcastle studios is a content creator in virtual worlds. Many of their projects are educational, build for some high profile corps. like PBS, MacArthur, etc. They created the Second Life portion of this project.
Read about it here at Sandcastle Studio’s blog: http://changingworldsbuildingdreams.com/the-virtual-mine-receives-an-emmy-nomination
View the PBS promo for the show: http://video.pbs.org/video/1628364599