Another SL machinima classic to watch this weekend from exactly 10 years ago: Part 1 of "Molotov Alva & the Search for His Creator", a feature documentary shot in Second Life by artist Douglas Gayeton, which was subsequently purchased by HBO and aired on its sister network Cinemax. Strange, beautiful, and moving, I can't find the full version streaming anywhere, but it is available for purchase as a DVD on Amazon.
Read about how it was made here. Capturing SL footage, for example, was done with a unique technique I'd love to see others replicate:
Not knowing what “machinima” was, Douglas didn’t about the usual tools for making it. “I have to say I was pretty naïve about how it worked, and kind of just stumbled through it.” His solution was to set his high definition video camera three feet away from his 23 inch monitor, and simply record the action that way, as he sat at the computer. “If you look closely,” he says, “you can see my shoulder. On two shots we decided to leave it in because it was so funny.” To eliminate refraction, he built a black box around the monitor and covered his studio’s windows with black tape, so the only light source was Second Life. Because his monitor is LCD, the image is crisp, better than the usual machinima capturing techniques. “Ironically shooting off the screen gives you better resolution,” he says. (And capturing software like FRAPS uses a lot of memory and slows the computer down.)