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Arrivals and Departures poster

Arrivals and Departures poster

Arrivals & Departures is a new machinima from CEH Productions – Caledonia Skytower of the Seanchai Library, Elrik Merlin of Radio Riel and Designing Worlds, and Honey Heart of Elite Equestrian. The 15-minute film, shot in Second Life, is based on a short story written by Caledonia as part of the Fantasy Faire LitFest Tour (at the 10th Fantasy Faire, the annual SL-based fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society), and originally recorded for Fantasy Faire Radio.

Arrivals & Departures from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Arrivals & Departures presents a glimpse into two individual journeys that are brought together and shared for the last time. It is about the one who leaves, the one left behind, and the essential role of each. Though the word is never uttered in the film, it essentially addresses aspects of our attitude to death.

“He has accepted the journey on which he must now embark,” says real-life professional storyteller and theatrical designer Caledonia Skytower. “His last act is to pass along that which has been most important in his life to someone who is remaining behind – requesting their commitment to carry on the work.”

“She is dropped without warning into loss, grief, and accepting his legacy with no warning or time to become accustomed to its inevitability. She must choose to be present for him in this moment, accept the commitment with which he tasks her, and be prepared to continue on – while at the same time dealing with the shock and weight of it.”

Erstwhile Lounge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Erstwhile Lounge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Arrivals & Departures also highlights the vital importance of storytelling, harking back to an earlier time when tales were woven into a verbal tradition that was handed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next.

The story was inspired by, and performed in, Erstwhile, a superbly-imagined Steampunk-inspired spaceport created by leading virtual world creators The Looking Glass – Sharni Azalee and Marcus Inkpen – for Fantasy Faire 2018. At the end of the event, the region in its entirety was put up for auction in aid of the special project supported by Fantasy Faire and Relay for Life, the construction of a Hope Lodge in Kenya. You can read more about the project here. It was (after bidding) purchased by Carmella Santana, who, upon learning of the plan to create the machinima, generously loaned the entire build to CEH productions, and it was reconstructed as a film set on an Elite Equestrian region with the help of Marcus and Sharni.

Erstwhile Station, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Erstwhile Station, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The story was originally written for the LitFest Tour at Fantasy Faire, a special event that included a daily visit to each one of the Fantasy Faire regions in turn, offering inspirations for stories and poems to those taking part. You can read the original version of Arrivals & Departures here (on the page for Erstwhile). Other stories for the other regions can be found here – many of these will be broadcast by Fantasy Faire Radio.

Arrivals and Departures is actually one of a number of Tales written by Caledonia in celebration of friends of hers who have been lost to cancer. You can explore them all (and other stories and poems too) through the LitFest Tour pages for the individual regions.

Erstwhile Station ships, photographed by Elrik Merlin

Erstwhile Station ships, photographed by Elrik Merlin

For the machinima, Technical Director Honey Heart re-erected the spaceport as a film set, and used a range of in-world animations and path-scripting techniques to realise the action, which was shot by Caledonia and Elrik, who also performed the two lead roles. The footage was then edited conventionally by Elrik.

The project was a transatlantic collaboration, with Caledonia in Washington State, Honey in Michigan and Elrik in Scotland. The soundtrack recording and production co-ordination was carried out in Skype, sharing screens while shooting, and ‘dailies’ were viewed via the cloud.

Arrivals and Departures is available on YouTube, Vimeo, SLArtist.com and AviewTV.

 

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Ardessa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ardessa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 23 July for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, for the final episode of our summer season, when we take a second look back to Fantasy Faire 2018, the leading mega-event held in Second Life to raise funds for Relay for Life of Second Life in aid of the American Cancer Society.

The Halls of Story, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Halls of Story, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year, all the funds raised went to support the construction of a Hope Lodge in Nairobi, Kenya, allowing cancer sufferers coming to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment to have somewhere to stay. We talk in detail with Zander Greene about the project and see some of the work that is being carried out there.

In addition, we talk to Aisling Sinclair about the fabulous Quest, and Elayne Diavolo about the One Team initiative. And we also visit some of the regions we didn’t see last time including Astrid’s Nematon, Ardessa, and Fairelands Junction!

Astrid's Nemeton, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Astrid’s Nemeton, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It all makes for a stunning and beautiful show – so do join us at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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SL15B - DJ Stage South - The Cake, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B – DJ Stage South – The Cake, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – as we visit the amazing resident builds of the Second Life 15th Birthday Community Celebration – is now on the web!

DW376 – SL15B Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Last week we explored resident builds (you can see that show here) and this we focused on the public areas.

We tour the main stages, the Welcome Area, the Auditorium (where Saffia interviewed the Lindens – (you can see those on SL4Live TV – their SL15B playlist is here). We talk to ADudeNamed Anthony and Dawny Daviau about the auditorium, and to Marianne McCann about the Linden-created Tapestry of Time.

SL15B - Main Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B – Main Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, of course, as this was a special year, two much-loved locations – the Cornfield and Bear Island – made a welcome return!

SL15B - DJ Stage North, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B – DJ Stage North, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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SL15B - the Cake and Main Stage, seen from the Cornfield, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B – the Cake and Main Stage, seen from the Cornfield, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 16 July for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we return to the Second Life 15th Birthday Community Celebration to explore the public builds.

We tour the main stages, the Welcome Area, the Auditorium (where Saffia interviewed the Lindens – (you can see those on SL4Live TV – their SL15B playlist is here). We talk to ADudeNamed Anthony and Dawny Daviau about the auditorium, and to Marianne McCann about the Linden-created Tapestry of Time.

And, of course, as this was a special year, two much-loved locations – the Cornfield and Bear Island – made a welcome return!

SL15B - DJ Stage South - The Cake, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B – DJ Stage South – The Cake, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s another beautiful show so … do join us at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.#

SL15B - Left Stage - Serpent, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B – Left Stage – Serpent, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – as we visit the amazing resident builds of the Second Life 15th Birthday Community Celebration – is now on the web!

DW375 – Second Life 15th Birthday Community Celebration Part I – Resident Builds

We talk to some of the creators – to Marianne McCann, about her History Walk and the Bay City exhibit, and to Stevie Basevi, about the Sanctuary exhibit.

SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also explore the work of artists and creators including Silas Merlin, Suzan Juel. Thoth, Holocluck Henley, Jo Yardley, Lorin Tone and Elicio Ember, Giovanna Cerise. Livio Korobase, Kristali Rabeni and Mantis Oh.

 

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SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 9 July for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we visit the amazing resident builds of the Second Life 15th Birthday Community Celebration.

We talk to some of the creators – to Marianne McCann, about her History Walk and the Bay City exhibit, and to Stevie Basevi, about the Sanctuary exhibit. And we also explore the work of artists and creators including Silas Merlin, Suzan Juel. Thoth, Holocluck Henley, Jo Yardley, Lorin Tone and Elicio Ember, Giovanna Cerise. Livio Korobase, Kristali Rabeni and Mantis Oh.

SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a beautiful show so … do join us at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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From ColeMarie's particle performance

From ColeMarie’s particle performance

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 2 July for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we revisit a show from 2015 where we looked at the career and particle magic of the well-known creator, muscian and machinima-maker, ColeMarie Soliel..

ColeMarie has had a fascinating career, both inworld and on the wider web, and she talks to us about this, as well as demonstrating some of her beautiful particle effects – and explaining why the development of particle scripting in Second Life made her enthusiastic to return and start creating again.

From ColeMarie's particle performance

From ColeMarie’s particle performance

Then she treats us to a full musical performance with stunning particle effects.

It’s a beautiful show so … do join us at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

From ColeMarie's particle performance

From ColeMarie’s particle performance

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Ravenglass - Celtic Mystical Forest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ravenglass – Celtic Mystical Forest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we meet Prokofy Neva, a longstanding resident in Second Life, the owner of Ravenglass Rentals and the moving force behind the Second Life Public Land Preserve – is now on the web!

DW374 – Prokofy Neva & Ravenglass from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Prokofy Neva is well known for his determined stand on his principles relating to issues ranging from the iniquities of gachas to the problems with group structure within Second Life. He has faced ferocious griefing – including doxing and vile imagery as well as concentrated efforts to destroy his business. But what emerges in our conversation is his passionate love of Second Life and his determination to make residential life better not just for his residents, but for all residents.

Second Life Public Land Preserve - the female Cross, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Public Land Preserve – the female Cross, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Prok takes us on a exploration of Ravenglass and shares some of his concepts for rentals – including the way he uses groups to manage land, and his concepts of themed and even furnished rentals.

He has long had an interest in home and landscape decoration, and is a strong believer in the power of stories creating environments – as we saw recently in his second-placed entry at the Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition. This is very apparent in many of the places we visit in the course of the show.

Ravenglass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ravenglass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also explore areas within his rentals and beyond where he has created open public land for the benefit of all residents – the Second Life Public Land Preserve – where we see, among other places, a newly created Celtic Mystical Forest, a pretty Italianate waterfront area, a wonder of the Ancient World and a stunning Belarussian witches’ house, with a mysterious Female Cross.

Prok talks openly about his ideas – and about the relationship with the woman behind the avatar and her work in the real world, which particularly shows in the Belarus region, where Prok has a display about the oppression in the real life Belarus, as well as some fascinating displays that showcase Belarussian and related regions’ culture and folklore.

Second Life Public Land Preserve - the Belarus Witches' House, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Public Land Preserve – the Belarus Witches’ House, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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