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BBC London 2012 Machinima Trailer


Back to the Olympic theme as the fortnight of the London 2012 Games winds down.  Here’s the teaser commercial the BBC was running before the Games began; I was lucky when the Beeb’s embed code wouldn’t work in WordPress, because it forced me to search it up on YouTube, and find a full-length version.

The great thing about this, besides the sheer spectacular beauty of the entire concept, is that it’s all done in the box as a machinima.  There isn’t a live frame in it anywhere!  It wasn’t filmed in Second Life; I’d love it even more if it had been. The idea, of course, is that the whole of London, and even England, is the backdrop for the Games.  You have fishing trawlers laying down lane floats for swimming; boxers in a ring at a cargo port; runners racing down an East End street (with the finish line in front of a shop with the sign Photo Finish); a gymnast doing floor exercises on a pedestrian bridge in the City; an athlete using the south-shore beaches as her sand pit for the long jump….  And all around in the background, you see the upper edges of the Olympic Stadium, showing that the whole country is watching.  Take a look at this thing — you’ll get the idea.

The BBC liked this so much that they use still and partially animated concept frames at the bottom of each of their Olympic Web pages.  If you want to see them (a few of them pop up only rarely), run off to their site and go to the bottom of each page.

O so many colours! (Updated)

O so many colours!, originally uploaded by KymSara.

Continuing the Olympic theme, I discovered KymSara Rayna modeling this new dress from Meiling Couture, which will also be available in Real Life at the London Olympics Showcase!  Click through to Flickr and see it all, or at KymSara and Sequoia Nightfire’s blog.

UPDATE — 23:11 CDT:  KymSara sent me the link to the article, which has a second dress added to it.  She tells me that Meiling’s dresses are SL copies of her RL designs, and that they were released in SL 24 hours before the RL show in London — and that the RL show brought down the house!  Meiling rocks in both SL and RL!!  Congratulations to her, and thanks to KymSara and Sequoia.


Via Flickr:  Model & Photographer – KymSara Rayna

The details:

  • Gown:  Harlequin Romance Gown NEW from Meiling Couture’s “24 Hrs Collection” to debut at London Olympics Showcase
  • Hair:  Sora by D!va
  • Skin:  Molly by LAQ
  • Shoes:  Goshi by Mstyle
  • Jewelry:  Tente Fire Ensemble by je suis Jewelry
  • Poses:  DieselWorks

London City Mod!


If you’re Olympic crazy, like I can be at times, you have to stop in to the host city; you just have to!  Unfortunately, most of my money goes into keeping a RL house over my head, so I chose to visit London City instead.  When I got there, the joint was jumping; over 80 avatars were hanging out around the central Regents Park, with spillover into the other two related sims.  But I still managed to get a few nice shots in. Read the rest of this entry »

Summon the Heroes — Again

I originally published this in 2008, during the Beijing Olympic Games, and I’d still like to see someone who can shoot machinima try this idea out.  With the Opening Ceremonies of London 2012 about to kick off, I offer this up again, and hope someone will accept the challenge!  (Plead, beg, whine….)

So, does anyone out there want to become the Bud Greenspan of Second Life?


I’m an Olympic Games fan; have been since about 1984, and the Sarajevo Winter Games, as a matter of fact. I’ve always preferred the Winter Games, but the Summer Games are good as well….

I bit the bullet the other night [back in 2008, remember], and bought a CD from 2000 of music composed or suggested for the Olympics, including three of John Williams’ major works: Olympic Fanfare and Theme, The Olympic Spirit — and Summon the Heroes. I was going to embed a video here of someone playing it, but the versions I found just didn’t catch my interest — including the Opening Ceremonies in which it was debuted! Probably because I have the full version of the music on that CD. But you’ve almost certainly heard at least part of it at some point if you’ve seen a Games since Atlanta 1996. Williams has mastered the composition of triumphant fanfares, creating uplifting numbers that stir the blood and call the listener to heed and celebrate.

While playing this, I had an idea for a great machinima come to me, one that would be perfect for an Olympic Games. Sadly, I can’t seem to shoot movies worth crap in SL (I have to study Torley’s or someone’s tutorial, ’cause I can’t get the thing to save a file or something); it would take a cast of dozens, if not hundreds of avatars; and it wouldn’t be ready until the next Games. (It could be filmed and released between the main and Paralympic Games in Beijing, but there would still be the problem of logistics and cast to pull together. Now I know how they feel when they’re trying to pull together a movie in pre-production in Hollywood!) So I release the concept into the Void by Creative Commons; and, if someone can actually film the thing…, please give me a role and a credit (and 2% of the gross, if any [grin]).

As for sets, there are plenty of builds across the Grid that could fit the need of the concept; the only one I could think of needing to be built would be a classical-type arena. (I’ve looked at the Gladiatorial Arena in Roma; besides the bloodstains on the floor, the build is over ornate for what I picture. Something more classical Grecian is in my mind, or at least similar; I’d prefer a look that wasn’t necessarily identifiable to any particular culture. Perhaps if something like an oval-shaped Greco-Roman amphitheatre could be done! But I doubt you could really get away from the Grecian elements and make it “universal”; the results would be too bland.)

Read the “concept pitch” following the break….

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