Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 STAGE: WRITE: BOOFest – a celebration of stories told around a blazing autumnal fire

BOOFest: Four Years of Scary Stories 
Benefiting Worthy Causes
Story sessions will include everything from classic selections of authors such as Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft; to works from more contemporary authors such as Neil Gaiman; and will also include original works by SL authors Freda Frostbite, Dubhna Rhiadra, Caledonia Skytower, and Moon Aerandir.

Sunday, October 19 from 10am to 3:30pm, SLT 
Location Link. Click to go or drag to the viewer screen: 
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Lavender Field, Second Life – A partnership which began with a single story-based weekend in March 2011 has blossomed into a series of popular annual events, including this weekend’s BOOFest – a celebration of stories told around a blazing autumnal fire featuring a gathering of virtual story presenters at their spooky and scary best
 Sunday, October 19 from 10am to 3:30pm, SLT.  
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All the performers are volunteers and the sessions are free to all Second Life residents, with tips this year benefiting The Lavender Field’s resident charity: Live and Learn in Kenya’s “Feed a Smile” program.
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Specifics on each performer, session, along with schedule updates will be available on the StoryFest Events Blogsite Friday evening, October 17th.  
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All BOOFest presentations will be live in voice
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Sunday’s event will be preceded on Saturday by an afternoon of musical delights produced by BOOFest partner, Branwen Arts.  BOOStock will feature ghostly entertainments October 18th from 2-5pm SLT on their home sim of Bran. Featured acts will include Songbird Sorbet – the tiny opera singer, and The Frankentinies. If haunting on the grid gets a little intense for your pleasure, BOOStock is a great antidote for some spooky, silly fun.
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Both weekend events benefit Live and Learn in Kenya’s “Feed a Smile” which has been an active presence in Second Life since January 2010, currently resident in The Lavender Field.  Desolation, hunger and thirst, poverty beyond comprehension, illiteracy, AIDS, child prostitution, and child rule the lives of the children living within the Rhonda Slums of Nakuru, Kenya. Live and Learn in Kenya is working to change this one day at a time, one child at a time.
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Live and Learn in Kenya works to enable education of needy children, including all the necessities required for an active, effective educational experience. They provide medical and dental care to all LLK-children, including check-ups and vaccinations.  The "Feed a Smile" project is a great success, assuring nutritious warm lunches for over 400 children every day. All programs are run exclusively on donated funds, and L$100 will provide meals for a child in Kenya for an entire day. 
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Seanchai Library (Shanna-key, which means "Storyteller" in Irish.) was born in March of 2008 as the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center.  Nearly seven years and thousands of story session later, Seanchai Library remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations in Second Life and on the Hypergrid, as well as promoting the work of a variety of charitable organizations every year. "We bring stories of all kinds to life, in virtual worlds." Contact Caledonia Skytower. 
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Branwen Arts Cooperative is a group of artists who work singly or together with other artists.  Their home base on Bran in provides a stage for performance and a gallery for exhibitions.  Branwen Arts is always looking for artists, visual and performing, who want their work to be seen and appreciated: writers, storytellers, dramatists, visual artists, dancers, musicians.  Contact Dubhna Rhiadra, Fae Varriale or Safi Farspire.

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News and Notes

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Contests and dated calls/invitations/events

The Machinima 48 Hour Film Project

Weekend of 14 - 16 November 2014
Filmmakers from all over the variety of virtual worlds and games will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world.
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National Agenda 2014 focuses on the battle for control of congress midway through the Obama second term, with some of the biggest and most experienced names in American politics
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The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilization or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.
Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014. Winners will be announced in December 2014.   
UWA Art & Film Challenges 2014 with L$1.03 Mil in Prizes, early entries 
Visit the UWA Challenge Gallery  to view the submissions so far:
List of Submitted Machinima for MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders:
Note:I am running some submitted videos in this blog, but only those posted on YouTube.  Vimeo sometimes removes videos and so ruins the post. 

Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds

Education

How to handle a Hypergrid address 

From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the address bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again later. Some hypergrid destinations are offline part of the day.

Entrepreneurs call

Entrepreneurs of the virtual worlds unite: Think Avatar Land! The Disney park

New Media Arts AMP report, week of Oct. 5 

FSR project Thursday, Oct 10   
Camera Engineer Geo Meek 
Director Bob Shurley (Thundergas Menges in SL)  
Executive producer and Avateer Selby Evans (Thinkerer Melville in SL) 
Spent Thursday evening capturing voice clips for scene 3 (Communion).  We got part of Mama's speeches done. 
Mission:  Flying Saucers Return is a proof of concept project to demonstrate and document the feasibility of a plan to produce a video series in virtual worlds.  A video series requires, and the plan includes both the writing and the video production.  If the plan proves to be feasible, FSR may result in a commercial venture (thus separating from NMA, but with some of the same people.)

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