I LOVE when I meet cool people on the grid. Sometimes, it doesn’t even come from actually meeting them, per se. I’ve never seen director, producer, and writer Ambrosia Lanley in the cyber flesh. A notice from a group appeared that mentioned her latest movie’s premiere, and because I love machinima so much and am a budding machinimatographer, I wanted to find out about this premiere. In wanting to learn that piece of information, I talked with Ambrosia a bit and decided I wanted to interview her and check out more of her work.
The interview at SLE is part of that checking out. Come, head over to SLE to read up on this dynamic woman and to learn more about your intriguing movies. You won’t be disappointed!
Hey all! It’s been awhile since I’ve written an article for Second Life Enquirer, but what with RL dissertation and SL filming, it’s been a tiring, tiring journey. I won’t even get into all the other things I’ve been working on. So, yeah, moving on!
My latest SLE article is awesome. Yes, I’m patting self on back–HARD. I pulled together four women who are great dancers and choreographers on the grid and had them talk to me about dancing, choreographing as an art form in Second Life. The women? Dance Queens Founder Nottoo Wise, The Dazzlers CEO Pyper Dollinger, Unity Productions Founder Pet Karu, and A&M MOCAP Assistant/Support and Gorean dancer Tiviyah Resident.
Aside from their views on dancing and choreography, I also share my recent work into choreography and offer a raw video of my rehearsing a song I’m dancing this weekend.
I always have my hands in several cookie jars at once, but one project I’m currently working on was kind of birthed through two things: my Cleaning Out My Closet photos for this month and the comment left by my lovely girlfriend.
I love dressing in doll and puppet, and it kind of surprised me that I would go somewhat dark with the pictures I took. My girlfriend Earth talked about the story that seemed to developed of the doll through the pictures, and she was interested in that story. Truth was, I was, too.
The doll in those photos stuck with me, and because of that, AWAY is being birthed.
Away is my next short film, and it’s about Gabriella, a woman who thinks she has found happily ever after, only to find herself swept away to a place where she becomes The Doll for her mate. Although it will be a short piece (thinking less than 10 minutes), I feel like this doll wants to talk more, so who knows where she will go.
The goal is to release the film next month. I’ve already shot some footage and am working on fleshing out dialogue and remaining shots so that I can shoot them and go into editing.
I’ve been a filming machine lately. Have a LOT of footage, too many gigs’ worth, and recently worked on rendering footage for Actor’s Sandbox as we had a big showcase last week with a special SL/RL show. That material will be used for AS-related activities. My latest project for viewing comes from Bahiyaa Jumanya and her Digital Arts Talent Agency, in which I am now one of her talent. Last month, DATA held its first-ever Shining Star Competition. Talents from acting, dancing, DJing, machinima, and modeling vied for the first-place price of 7500L and DATA representation. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to film and produce the competition…and got to be part of DATA in the process. Check out the show and see who won the big prize!
I have to say I’ve been very sad since Whitney Houston passed. Like Michael Jackson, she was a voice that I grew up with and always stayed close to. From her gospel roots to her more popular work, to hear her voice was to luxuriate in sounds that most people will never be able to replicate. Over the last week, I’ve been listening to a lot of her music, mostly the gospel music. Her roots, steep in her faith, is I think one reason my sadness for her has been so deep. I know she loved the Lord, and I know He loved/s her right back, and often, I prayed her life would turn around. I can’t really say it didn’t turn around. No, she’s not here and we’ll never be able to see if the upcoming movie Sparkle and future music would have given her the ultimate comeback, but she is with her Father, her Lord, and with him, there is no pain, hurt, or sorrow. She can rest in him, always.
One of my favorite songs that Whitney sings is “Joy to the World”. There is no reason to wait until Christmas to listen to it. I love the fast and slow movements that flow throughout the piece, and when I hear Whitney’s voice with that choir, I hear nothing but sweet joy. It makes me weep, shout, and laugh all at once. I may, ultimately, do a dance for a few more songs of hers that touch me, but I definitely wanted to do this one. Hope you enjoy.