Category Archives: 3D

just a glimpse under the petticoats.

The Thrill Electric was the first thing I commissioned when I started my job last year. It was a long time in the contracting but the production has been smooth so far! Set in Victorian Manchester and against the backdrop of the Victorian Internet, it parodies what teenagers do with online communication now, but is primarily about gender and sexuality in the workplace.

It is written by Leah Moore and John Reppion, the fabulous married comic super duo. They were teamed with fresh out of college illustrators Windflower (who I love on DeviantArt) and lead character designer Emma Vieceli. I remember being really shocked hearing that as writers, they rarely had a choice of illustrators to work with and they didn’t really co-create with them. That was something we wanted to do differently in this production and I really think it has been an incredibly co-creative, collaborative effort.

With Hat Trick at the production helm and Littleloud on the “reinventing online comic readers”* and animation job, it truly is an all-star team, and they are all absolutely fantastically fun to work with.

We had a great time at the MCM Expo last weekend talking about it and ramming leaflets down teenagers’ throats**. We hope to be there again in the Autumn in time for it to go live.

And this time: we dress up.

Check out the very much work in progress teaser above…

*We are using Unity and some snazzy animation and camera work. It is the first time Unity has been used for a comic, apparently.

**It is aimed at 14-16 year olds.

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Second Life and “TV”

So I was going to give a quick Second Life news update, but have been aware for quite some time that this is a futile effort – although the media frenzy around SL has died down somewhat. All the big media wigs are most likely sitting down in important meetings trying to figure out what to do in 3D immersive spaces.

It is much more effective to keep up with the news via something like World of SL or SLCN. While I was on the latter, I stumbled upon this titbit about an in-world “TV” network which has set up to challenge residents to make their own shows.

I think there is indeed a gap in the market for this kind of thing, and the people themselves will make the cream rise to the top, and start gathering around common points and people of interest. I can’t wait for proper shared “TV” playlists. This kind of content is something that I would probably like to watch through Joost. Except, it would have to be an aggregated set of shows – a network – which included machinima programming from all immersive spaces – 2 and 3D. Granted, a lot of shows might be a bit shit, but then so were most podcasts when they started a few years’ ago. But a deal through Joost could be about a premium, best of content offering, as decided by all of us first – around the web.

Anyway, here is what SLCN says about the venture:

In the coming months SLCN will become the, “voice of SL” the group says. The programming will come from residents and encompass all different areas and cultures. It will be a way of showing the real world what SL is and what the people of SL are all about. The idea behind SLCN is to open up the world of television and put it in the hands of everyone within SL.

They add that it means that anyone who has an “idea, a pitch or talent or anyone who thinks they can”, can. Now all I need is some imgination and decent computer.

Metamediaverses

“Five years from now a social networking site without a 3D universe will look like a dinosaur.”
– Mark Kern, president of Red 5 Studios.