Kronos Kirkorian photos

Oyster Bay machinima creator Kronos Kirkorian alerted me to some SL photographs that he took during the “Black Tie and Blues” event…check them out here.

Also, I stumbled upon Kronos’ photo work from the Finny Yates “Avatar Morphs” open house at Oyster Bay.

Great stuff!  Thanks, Kronos!

Black Tie and Blues photos

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Look for photos next week – I will be out of town for a wedding until late-ish Sunday.

Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed themselves!  What a wonderful experience – Doubledown Tandino, Kronos Kirkorian’s machinima and Komuso Tokugawa…..all amazing artists in their own right!

The Nicholaz SL viewer

Lordfly Digeridoo tells the story better than I, but I’ll add that I’ve been using the Nicholaz open source SL viewer for about a week and it has not hurt my viewing experience in the least. So this might be worth investigating, if you haven’t tried it already….

[UPDATE 27 JUNE 2007: The newest revision of the standard SL viewer (1.17.2) appears to have integrated Nicholaz’ fixes. No need to use this viewer any more, I would guess.]

[UPDATE 28 JUNE 2007: Nicholaz himself set me straight. Keep using his viewer!]

Web links to the Oyster Bay machinima

You can see Kronos Kirkorian’s new machinima, “Spring 2007 @ Oyster Bay,” at these locations (in personal order of preference for picture quality):

Landmarks for tonight’s premiere

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If you’re coming for the Black Tie and Blues premiere tonight, come EARLY!  There will be a lot of people at Oyster Bay for the big party.

Here’s the landmark for Oyster Bay – teleport in at any time!

I’m guessing that Oyster Bay will be a full house tonight, so we’re lucky to have a property that crosses a sim border.  If you can’t get into Oyster, might I suggest you TP into Oyster Bay Market?  The music will be on for both the gallery and the Market, and guests at the market will have line of sight to the screen and stage.

See you tonight!

What is machinima?

A couple people have asked what the term machinima means, seeing as it’s the focus of our Black Tie & Blues party tomorrow. While I’m sure that Kronos Kirkorian will go into it in more depth vis a vis the Second Life experience, permit me to offer a link to the Wikipedia entry on machinima:

Machinima (pronounced [mə.ˈʃiː.nə.mə] or [mə.ˈʃɪ.nə.mə]), a portmanteau of machine cinema or machine animation, is both a collection of associated production techniques and a film genre defined by those techniques. As a production technique, the term concerns the rendering of computer-generated imagery (CGI) using real-time, interactive (game) 3D engines, as opposed to high-end and complex 3D animation software used by professionals. Engines from first-person shooter and role-playing simulation video games are typically used. Consequently, the rendering can be done in real-time using PCs (either using the computer of the creator or the viewer), rather than with complex 3D engines using huge render farms. As a film genre, the term refers to movies created by the techniques described above.

That’s just the first paragraph of the long entry. If this topic interests you, there’s a lot to read!

The red carpet is rezzed….

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We’re just about ready for tomorrow’s Black Tie & Blues party to celebrate the release of Kronos Kirkorian’s new Oyster Bay machinima.   Thought you would enjoy seeing what the place looks like with only a few dance animation balls left to set out:

Red carpet 1

Red carpet 2

Can’t wait for the party to start!  Tell your friends, and arrive early as the sim will likely fill up quickly…