Sunday, April 29, 2007

Prop Shop Stop...and Book Fair!!!


So, here's a pic of my Second Life avatar looking exceptionally sneaky on a couch I bought for the machinima I'm going to make. By the way, what the heck are her hands doing? Personally, I have no idea. I've been musing over the idea of self in a virtual world - where am "I" in this picture? Is my avatar an extension of my self/id - or is it a truer self than the masked skin body I waltz around in (cuz it's a virtual mask I choose to wear, rather than the form I am currently constrained in)? Curioser and curioser...

In other news, I went to the UCLA book fair yesterday, and bought books! Surprise! I also bought a cuddly version of a parasitic book worm, and a coffee mug in the shape of a molar. I'm going to be moving into a new apartment pretty soon, and am looking forward to redecorating. Ah, sweet medical charts! Soon you shall be unleashed once more upon the world (and my walls)!

Also, I'm working on an After Effects project that I'll post when I'm done. Right now I'm taking a break from it, but believe me, it's cool. Oh, so cool...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Novel Time

I'm done! The first draft of my novel is done! I'm now in the gestation period, waiting for a thorough criticism (due to the kindness of strangers...you know who you are), and the desire to reread the thing straight through (on my behalf) to respawn in my heart.

Also, I'm working on my film again. Finally! The urge to animate and finish this behemoth arises once more! Muwahahahahaaa!

Also, I'm taking up Diablo 2 again, and World of Warcraft. That's probably not so good for my film, but Lord love a duck, it's good times. Life is crazy sweet. I don't think it could get much better than this.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Second Life Class



So school has started up for me again, and now I'm taking a class in the MMORPG, Second Life. It's interesting so far, but a bit like Las Vegas for me. Let me clarify that - it seems, to me anyway, that as we grow older we forget how to be happy on a level that doesn't require sex or drugs or consumer consumption or violence. Not that those things are bad (in the entertainment world anyway - I'm not advocating any violence inflicted on people in real life! Allow me to remain vague on the others.). However, they're a bit, well, limiting. I'm sure people are creating unique stories in Second Life, and it's my job as a student to hunt them out, but the overwhelming popularity of the other categories I've already listed is pretty stifling. Not to say I'm not enjoying this class - I certainly am - I just think it's interesting and a little sad all at once.

I've decided to start a narrative about reflexivity and identity in Second Life - perhaps not an entirely original topic to cover, but it's the one that intrigues me the most. I might make a machinima, but we'll see. I'm going to start by writing a short story about self in the world electric. Avatars are so strange, aren't they?

The images I've posted are snapshots of my avatar, NecroNancy Loon, in Second Life. Pretty good resemblance to me, dontcha think? :)

Friday, April 06, 2007

Portfolio Site Update

Come check out the updates on my blog! Now all the movies are of a playable size, and include text underneath them. For an extra-special bonus, there's also a NEW MOVIE!!!

Huzzah.

I'm ill, possibly with strep. I'll just go back to lolling around in pure stupefication, thanks.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

New First Scene Background

As promised, here is the new version of my background for my 8 minute animated monstrosity.



To compare, I've also included a (composited) frame with the original background. Now you can pick through and see what I've changed! Some of the changes are obvious, like the colors of the sunset, while others - dealing with adjusting opacity layers, blurring, etcetera - are a lot more subtle. The person who finds all ten changes first wins a cookie, subject to my schedule. (Hint: the step in the foreground and the people don't count as changes to the background).

Monday, April 02, 2007

Alas, and Class!

Well, the novel contest was cancelled due to a lack of submissions, which was sad. But last night I talked to this author (who wrote the Olivia Kidney series of books, among others) and she really encouraged me to press on and find myself an agent anyway. Which I will. Yay!

In other news, I'm coming back home today. Hooray for home! New York was fantastic, chilly but absolutely lovely, and I adore the cold anyway; I sweat a lot less, for starters. But L.A. is home, and I love being near the beach and all the weirdness people seem to have there. Frankly, if you are an Angeleno tried and true, you're a bit of a freak - myself included. We're all tangled up with narcissism and personal dreams and rejection and images. Love it. Hooray for freaks!

So today I was checking out animation courses - there's some pretty cool stuff out there. Along with taking a post-production sound class to help me solidify the sound on my film, I'm thinking of taking a course that talks about constructing narratives in the game Second Life. Interactive narratives are interesting because they're primarily self-navigated...which means they can get pretty boring, too. I mean, think of all those non-storytellers crafting compelling tales for themselves! I'm sure they hit the nail on the head sometimes, but others, well...bleeding thumbs.

No pics today, but tomorrow I'll post the new and improved versions of some of my film bgs. Ciao!