Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Virginia Alone closing December 1st.

I am working on a new build called Imogen and the Pigeons which requires me to delete Virginia Alone as I have just about run out of prims. I am going to leave it up until December 1st. Time flies and I still have a few more projects I would like to accomplish on Immersiva. I had intended to speak about the final three machinima for Virginia Alone but have chosen instead to put them all here in this post. I would like to thank everyone who sent kind messages to Virgina through me. When I went to visit her she was really touched that people from around the world, whom she didn't know, would send her good wishes. The first one is compelling as it gives her side of leaving her husband and then losing her daughter. Virginia Christmas - This was from a cassette tape I found that led up to Christmas Day. On it she records a variety of things including some recordings of her favorite Christmas songs. It always makes me feel a bit melancholy listening to this one as I can imagine her alone in that dark cold house while around the country everyone is warm, happy and celebrating with family. This final one speaks of the day the house disappeared and her insights into that day.

Friday, November 16, 2012

MachinimaExpo

Today opens the MachinimaExpo.  It runs three days with today focused mainly on the technical skills involved in creating machinima ranging from speakers from Unity3D to Moviestorm.  If you wish to attend the event you can do so here..  It begins at 9am SLT with an iClone presentation.
 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Reverie/216/40/23

You can listen to the live stream here.. http://www.livestream.com/themachinimaexpo

More info can be found on their website.  http://www.machinima-expo.com/


Thursday, November 15, 2012

The MachinimaExpo 2012

     Strangely enough there is another machinima festival scheduled for the same time as SLACTIONS, which I posted about yesterday. My initial intention was to write a post promoting the event which in turn will help the machinima artists. But I have changed my mind in order to speak about a few other things instead.
    
     If you read the post about SLACTIONS then you will recall that I lamented the fact that they did not give any credit to the actual artists who created the machinima that the event relies on to exist. Just now when I received the press material for MachinimaExpo I saw that they also did not give any recognition to the machinima artists, that I could find anyway. There is credit given to the organizers and keynote speakers as there should be, but none given to the actual artists who make the event happen in the first place.

     All that needs to be done is for a separate page to be created on the website which lists the names of the artists involved. It creates an online history for those artists and it is essentially a modern portfolio. It lasts for ages online and can be found when Googled. I had posted here a while back how my work was featured in Vogue Magazine. It sounds nice but it is really quite useless to be in print media now. The record of the article has ceased to exist except with those few who still have the print magazine in their basement somewhere, because they have a hard time throwing anything away.   Ok I have it in my basement.  Same goes for TV or the newspaper. They are initially effective but quickly fade and cease to exist. A well read blog or website is now superior to print.

     So back to the artists. Many are good at creating art but few are also good at marketing their work. So they need help and that responsibility rests with those using their work to build events. Now this post is not directed specifically at MachinimaExpo and SLACTIONS anymore, I really do believe it was just an oversight and I expect they are all unpaid volunteers rushing around doing their best.  But I feel like ranting today and maybe incorporating some swearing into this post. This type of thing has been going on for ages and some of blame rests with the artists as well.  
     
     You see, somewhere along the line artists have been convinced that what they are able to do artistically is somehow inferior to other skilled professions. People approach artists and say things like "I don't actually have any money to give you, but it will be great exposure for you if you fill my restaurant with your paintings!"   And sadly many artists have such low self esteem that they actually feel honoured to spend six months spending hundreds of dollars on paints and canvas to fill some restaurant with beautiful artwork, allowing them to sell more pasta fagiolis.  Have you ever asked the owner of a restaurant if you can buy a painting from their wall? no because you assume the restaurant owns them.  "No you can't buy it arsehole! get out of here!"  They wouldn't actually say that because if they did sell your painting then they will take a 50% cut.  A 50% cut for.....what?
       
     I mean if someone asks you to give free paintings for their restaurant you should really say "No no thanks anyway, but I think you should paint your own artworks and put them on the wall.  Yes that's right asshole, lets see your shitty stick-men drawings all over."   Would anyone go to a roofer and say "Hey so I have a leak in my roof and its really fucking everything up.  I was thinking you could, you know, redo my roof.  It would be great exposure for you.  I will even put a sticker on my window that says Bob did my roof.  And, you know, if you get some business from people seeing my sticker, you know, you should maybe give me like 50%.  Hey! why are you punching my face?"

     Maybe ask a Lawyer or a mechanic.  "So my car doesn't seem to move anymore.  How do you feel about spending the day trying to fix it you know?  If it starts working again it will be great exposure for you.  You know people will, like... you know, see it moving and shit and go "holy fuck look how straight that car is moving!.... I wonder who the mechanic is"  And, like, if I hit a red light, and someone knocks on my window and asks why the car is moving I will say it was you."

     Ok my blog post has just become me making up silly scenarios that make me laugh.  But yes please in the future credit the artists who work so hard creating the content.  Credit them where it will last.... webpages.  And artists, before we give our stuff away we should ask them how they will promote us.  Or pay us... haha just kidding.  We have skills that they themselves do not have, and it is every bit as valuable as any other skilled job or trade.

End of rant
      

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

SLACTIONS 2012 machinima festival

Starting tomorrow will be a large machimima festival held both in a first life venue and within our virtual world. If you would like to attend in world then the location can be found here.. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UTAD/196/110/22 
It will also be streamed live via livestream servers direct from Tagus Park - Lisbon Portugal. (by AviewTV)
 Festival website http://www.slactions.org

The schedule of events can be found here program

Really wish they had put down the artists names beside the title of their machinima though.  Helps the artists get exposure as well as lets you come in specifically if there is a certain artist whose work you wish to see but can't stay for the whole day.  In todays age of Googling an artist needs an online link presence, so anyone from professors to researchers attempting to get information on a particular artist will not be led to this event.   Small complaint though, it is merely an oversight of the extremely busy.  These types of events are such a challenge to put on and all involved deserve a great deal of recognition for their hard work.  Some of those involved are Leonel Morgado, Ana Boa-Ventura, Spyvspy aeon, Bevan Whitfield, Pooky Amsterdam, Nelson Zagalo and Mal Burns.

My machimima 26 tines will be starting off the festival so if you will be unable to attend and would like to see it then here is it below.



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Machinima for Pandemonium



I have been taking on a few commissions lately, and this is one done for a talented builder named P4NDOR4 Quintessa.   It is a machinima for one of her sim prefabs.   If you would like to see it in world then give her a shout! The music was composed and performed by SL musician travis Amaterasu.