Sunday, 23 June 2013

MachinimUWA VI: mere reflections of her

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
-       Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855)
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Embedded below is Lazarus Doghouse’s and my MachinimUWA VI entry, “mere reflections of her”.
How it fairs in the actual contest remains to be seen but regardless of that, and as trite as it might be to say, the result itself pales into insignificance compared to the amount I have learnt from making this film, and with the enjoyment of collaborating with Laz.
Although I have not yet managed to find time to watch all of these year’s entries, I have seen a quite a few. A number stand out for me as most certainly in the running. Of her three MachinimUWA VI entries, I’d single out Hypatia Perkins’ ‘Cloud’ as very special indeed; of their two entries, Karima Hoisan and Natascha Randt’s ‘Window On A Train’ is an exceptionally good and inspiring machinima; Chic Aeon has three entries and I particularly enjoyed ‘Drawing Outside the Lines’; Erythro Asimovo’s ‘Egmont’ is a visually impressive piece set to Beethoven; Braclo Eber’s action-packed ‘Stolen Reflections’ was tremendously enjoyable, especially the imaginative way of incorporating the ‘UWA Treasure’ at the end; Tutsy Navarathna’s ‘Narcissus’ is possibly one of the most finest Second Life art-machinima I have seen, now enhanced even further with an English voiceover provided by Rysan Fall.
All these deserved to be watched and enjoyed in HD. Most certainly there will be other exceptional and enjoyable machinima amongst the 30+ entries thus far.
mere reflections of her” is a simple tale of lost love, simply told. I had in mind a melancholy-feel immersed in a field of vibrant colour. Kierkegaard’s “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” was never far from my thoughts during the post-production process. Another more personal and private matter – unsuited for this public blog – was also constantly in my awareness. To those to whom this film is privately dedicated, we hope that it helps in some small measure, and also warrants the trust placed in us.
mere reflections of her” is not and was never intended to be a “feel-good” movie.
With its completion however, I can now get to do those things which have been lingering around on my list-of-things-to-do, like watching Serenity and Arwen’s latest machinima, ‘Wet Weekend’, writing the next machinima review for Alexus Minotaur’s high-quality online periodical, blogging and catching up with friends in Second Life.
Please enjoy Laz Doghouse’s and my “mere reflections of her” in 1080 or 720HD:
Pixie xx

Film Locations:
Alirium Gardens, Alir Flow
The Sun Also Rises, Mabb Dilweg & Shane Fairlock
Topophonia, Alpha Auer
Rainbow Horizon, Adec Alexandria & Debbie Trilling
DeePosed, DeeDee Deepdene
UWA Treasure, University of Western Australia
Winter Moon, Dream Shadowcry

Special Thanks:
Adec Alexandria
Debbie Trilling
Herc Serpente
Mabb Dilweg & Dr. Shane Lovelock
Tutsy Navarathna

Film & edit by Pixie Rain
'Left Out in the Rain' written & performed by Lazarus Doghouse

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