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Virtually Newsn with AvaJean Westland

Virtually Newsn with AvaJean Westland

You are cordially invited to the premiere of the comedy machinima “Virtually News with AvaJean Westland” this Saturday, September 13th 2014 at 2:00pm SLT at the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) sim. Creator AvaJean Westland will be on hand with actors and crew (scheduling permitted) from the film to talk about the making of the piece and to answer questions.

Dress is upscale casual to formal – whichever you choose. Please keep scripts and prim counts low, and please arrive a little early to get your seat and for textures to rez.

We will be showing the film in-world as well as provide links for YouTube, Vimeo and SLartist. So if you can’t make the premiere in-world, let me know and I’ll send you the links when the film is live.

This film is for mature audiences only; please ensure no very young children are watching!

Virtually News with AvaJean Westland
Virtually News with AvaJean Westland” is a mock/spoof news piece machinima created by actress/writer Gameela Wright. Filmed exclusively in Second Life, in the vein of SNL’s “Weekend Update” and “The Onion News Network,” AvaJean’s irreverent take on current events and pop culture pushes the boundaries while using animation as the filter.

Biography
Gameela Wright (pronounced “Guh-MEAL-uh”) is an actress and writer based out of New York. She began acting in theater, then moved into commercials, voice overs, television and film. Some of her on-camera credits include:

TV: Blue Bloods, The 3 Law & Order series, The Blacklist, Members Only (new series)
Film: Admission, John Wick, Shelter
Commercials: Staples, FedEx, Ally Bank, GoDaddy.com

As her Second Life alter ego AvaJean Westland, she performs live theater with the Avatar Repertory Theater Company (ART). She has worked as a voice actor or avatar puppeteer for The Blackened Mirror, Running Lady Productions, Chantal Harvey, Island Rain Studios, and Alfonso Kohn.

She created her own production umbrella, Virtual Girl Productions and has collaborated with Suzy Yue of Running Lady Studios on machinima projects such as “The Twilight Sim” and “Name That Schmuck!”

In addition, she created machinima for the Project Homeless campaign (“The Quiet Dark Wind”) and SciFi Film Festival (“Centuries Past”) in conjunction with Screen My Shorts and The University of Western Australia (UWA). “Centuries Past” took home two awards.

It is her hope to use machinima as a way to bridge real and second life and to help cement machinima as a form of animation that appeals to all.

Virtual Girl Productions
@AvaJeanWestland
avajeanwestland@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Adventures-of-Virtual-Girl-AvaJean-Westland
http://www.gameelawright.com
gameela@gameelawright.com
@GameelaWright
http://www.facebook.com/gameelawright

 

 

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We’ve talked about the Faire being a time to tell stories – and one of the ways we love to experience stories is through film and television – in our Second Lives as well as our Firsts.

And there have been some stunningly beautiful films created at Fantasy Faires in the past.

But it can be difficult to create films at the Faire when the regions are filled with people, and your framerate drops to … “What? What??? Oh I am so going to crash!”

So this year, we are going to give five Second Life film-makers/machinimists the chance to come into the Faire early and create their stories while the regions are still quiet.

Why only five?
Well, people are still building, and each film-maker will need to work with us to ensure that they are filming what is finished (or certainly ready to film!). And as this is the first year we have done this, we want to ensure that we are able to help you to the best of our abilities.

How do I apply?
Just contact Saffia Widdershins inworld or via email at saffia.widdershins@gmail.com by midnight Saturday 26th April.

Explain what you would like to film (whether you you want create a story with actors, an abstract pieces of a travelogue), and supply a link to a previous film or machinima you have shot.

 

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A new location ...

A new location …

Episode 2.5 of The Blackened Mirror goes live at 2pm PST / SLT today (that’s 10pm GMT) and you can watch it in a variety of ways – but one of the most fun is to watch it on a large screen with friends inworld!

There are screens available at The Crescent Theater in Seraph City, the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams and the Prim Perfect Head Offices in the Seychelles. (The crew tend to head for Seraph City).

In this episode, No More Angels, Millie has been kidnapped by emissaries of Babbage – Mr Biggins’ home city – and a place he is very reluctant to return to.

A determined Harland Quinn

A determined Harland Quinn

Quinn is determined to rescue his young friend – but what dangers lie ahead? What price is he asking his companions to pay?

If you can’t make it inworld, then it will be available on the web at Treet.TV Blackened Mirror Channel, on The Blackened Mirror channel at Aview TV, on The Blackened Mirror YouTube Channel and, of course, on the front page of The Blackened Mirror website.

It will also be on our Facebook page, where our “likes” are steadily growing! Have you “liked” us there yet?

What dangers are they hiding from? Watch - and find out!

What dangers are they hiding from? Watch – and find out!

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Our visit to the art galleries and installations of the University of Western Australia in Second Life is now available on the web – with a chance to see some of the beautiful and evocative creations that have resulted from the art and machinima challenges issued over the last few years.

Guiding us round the build is Jayjay Zifanwe of the University of Western Australia (in real life Jay Jay Jegathesan, Physics UWA) who takes us on a tour of the Second Life version of the University, and shows us the winners in this year’s challenges for art and machinima, as well as some fascinating work from this year and earlier challenges.

Art and Machinima Challenges at the University of Western Australia in Second Life

Art and Machinima Challenges at the University of Western Australia in Second Life

It’s a fascinating show as we look at how the University has become a major centre for virtual world art from all around the world -n and learn a little of the impact that has had on the real life University and individuals too.

The University of Western Australia in Second Life

The University of Western Australia in Second Life

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Art and Machinima Challenges at the University of Western Australia in Second Life

Art and Machinima Challenges at the University of Western Australia in Second Life

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 9th September for another episode of our new season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we visit the University of Western Australia in Second Life to learn more about their work in virtual arts and take a look at some of the works that featured in recent – and older – challenges!

The University of Western Australia in Second Life

The University of Western Australia in Second Life

Jayjay Zifanwe of the University of Western Australia (in real life Jay Jay Jegathesan, Physics UWA), takes us on a tour of the Second Life version of the University, and shows us the winners in this year’s challenges for art and machinima, as well as some fascinating work from this year and earlier challenges.

And you can also learn more about an exciting new Art Challenge – the Freedom Project.

Strange oaks from simple acorns grow by Soror Nishi, winner of the Centenary Challenge

Strange oaks from simple acorns grow by Soror Nishi, winner of the Centenary Challenge

Why has a University in the Antipodes become the centre for amazing virtual world art? Watch today’s show and find out!

Silent Reflections by Krystali Rabeni

Silent Reflections by Krystali Rabeni

It makes for another great show – so do come and watch it at 2pm!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Neurons Sphere by Shenn Coleman

Neurons Sphere by Shenn Coleman

All images photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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You can now see the first of our special shows from the Second Life 10th Birthday Community Celebrations – on the web!

In this show, we talk to exhibitors Honey Heart who tells us all about the fascinating art of Second Life dressage, and Catbboy Qunhua who talks about his forthcoming machinima, Flying Saucers from Outer Space, a patische of 1950s science fiction movies. We meet David Abbot, who tells us about the Long Walk – an exploration of the regions that make up the SL10b Community Celebrations – with gifts to find.

Reactor Stage

Reactor Stage

And we look at two of the fantastic stages – the Live/Turtle/A’stra Stage (created by Flea Bussy and Toady Nakamura of Grendels) and the Reactor Stage (created by KT Syakumi).

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Over the last week, a group of us have been working on creating a video to go with the One Billion Rising song – Break the Chain.

On our Flickr group, you can see some awesome pictures taken by people during the filming.

Dancing for the video - photograph by Scheherazade Storyteller

Dancing for the video – photograph by Scheherazade Storyteller

As you’ll realise from those, we haven’t attempted an exact mapping of the original video. What we’ve done is to film avatars in a number of beautiful and iconic locations across Second Life. Watch to see if we feature your favourite – or maybe discover some great new places!

Dancing for the video - photograph by Scheherazade Storyteller

Dancing for the video – photograph by Scheherazade Storyteller

The dance we use is not a duplicate of the one you’ll see in the video – it was once cheorographed by Pyper Dollinger and Tatiana Kurri of Dazzler’s Dancers to match the original as far as was practicable – and throw in some special moves of our own! And when you come to One Billion Rising, you’ll hear this anthem played every hour during the event – so that you’ll be able to dance to it too!

Dancing for the video - photograph by Scheherazade Storyteller

Dancing for the video – photograph by Scheherazade Storyteller

And, in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the original video.

Don’t forget to add your photos of One Billion Rising to our Flickr group – and enter for our Official Photo Contest too!

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