One of the book series I’ve enjoyed was the Copper Crown series by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison — The Copper Crown, The Throne of Scone and The Silver Branch (actually a prequel), which blend science fiction, medieval fantasy, adventure and romance into a fantastic whole. Part of the story was derived from Preiddeu Annwn, or The Spoils of Annwn, a medieval Welsh song-poem. There’s lots of puzzles in this piece, and it’s beauty holds up well in the translation I’ve heard recited of it.
I heard it recited here in Second Life, specifically. An exhibit built by a class at the University of Rochester celebrates this poem in high style and multimedia. Teleport to the sim and follow the instructions carefully to enjoy the whole experience!
Here are some photo tips from Strawberry Singh, which I discovered today on New World Notes — thanks, Ham! Even old hands can learn new things, and I discovered some goodies about WindLight and Firestorm I didn’t know about.
Be prepared for maybe a minute of dead air at the beginning as Berry is getting things set up; don’t touch your dial, as she’ll come in soon. Additionally, be prepared for a photobombing visitor in the background close to the end — a rather “EEEwwww”-worthy Hallowe’en clown (grin).
When I did the original article “The Carnival Is Over” back in April, I strung the photos I selected to the lyrics of an old Seekers song, and included a clip from an Australian television show at the bottom to give everyone the chance to hear the actual song, one of my favorites.
But I had all these photos that I shot — I try to take at least 15 photos for any session I do, other than landscape and candid work, so I can pick the best from the collection’s contact sheet for use in an article, as well as on Flickr. And, while I was fiddling around the other day with things, I realized I have the tools to make a sort of video from all those photos; and so I said to myself, “Self,” I said, “you’re gonna make that video!”
The sad thing is that Mignonne region, where I did the camera work, is now closed and sunk beneath the tides of the Great Virtual Sea. I wanted to go back and see if I could do some more work to better fill in the story, but that was now impossible. However, I think I did a respectable, if not Oscar-worthy, effort with the 30 photos I did have, and I offer it to you for your enjoyment. Please tell me what you think!
Second Life is about more than fashion, than sex, than dancing and parties. Second Life is about what you make it — completely and truly. Fashion and pretty vistas are mostly my thing (especially because I don’t have the tools or time to do the creations I’d really like to attempt), but others have done far more creative work. For instance, The Basilique Performing Arts Company has produced a movie, based on their very popular performance of Bunyan’s Paradise Lost. You can find out lots of juicy details here, including how to win a shot at L$20,000 in a photo contest!
Paradise Lost – The Movie to open this September.
Machinima by Inara Pey
SL12B begins tomorrow, June 21 at noon SLT. You have a week to check out this year’s community fair, and I hope to see you there!
I wasn’t able to watch this entire machinima when I first pulled up the article, but I will catch it later. This…is…good.
New World Notes: Weekend Second Life Machinima: “Smooth Criminal” Dance Video That’s One-Take, Shot-Handheld, Super-Cool.
I love getting notices on blog articles from my colleagues; there’s so much good stuff out there. Check this out (with thanks to Iris Ophelia at New World Notes):
I’ve just watched this myself. As Iris says, this is one of the smoothest machinima I’ve ever seen, as well as a crackerjack promo vehicle for The Secret Store. Applause and props to Maylene for making this piece!!!