I know..I know..it has been two weeks since my last post, and that is very unusual for me, so I hope my loyal readers are still with me. Where have I been? I have been lost in the snowdrifts and glacier caves, and chilly ice-house rooms of a new world I am building on Kitely – Virtual Worlds on Demand. Yes I am still in Second Life (about to turn 4 years old next month too) but I, who am not what you would call a builder that could pass a safety code in any virtual world, am now completing my third world here. Kitely, which is just about to take off and be officially ready and functioning, (it is in Beta at the moment) has now opened up the Public Worlds…to the public, and so I had even more incentive to get my latest one, entitled “Frozen Warmth” ready for open- house so to speak. If you would like to visit this frozen foreign land, just click on the link and it will start the entry process, http://www.kitely.com/virtualworld/Karima-Hoisan/Frozen-Warmth. There are a few things one must do, at first to get in, but they are easy and well -explained. After the initial downloading of a plug-in, it is no more than clicking on a url, and poof.. in a minute you are there. You can also find a list of who else is there you might know from Second Life or any life by opening the public world tab and seeing a list. Entry to my worlds is free of charge, so please feel free to visit and not worry about any charge . For a more detailed explanation on Kitely and what they offer, and how it is set up, click on their main webpage here Kitely – Virtual Worlds on Demand. I am excited about this possibility to create more than one world and not have to pay a fortune in tiers to do it. This opens so many possibilities, for creative people everywhere, and without mentioning specifics, I am seeing many names I know from Second Life, making their new worlds beautiful and amazing.
So, below is the first YouTube machinima poem I have filmed on my new “Frozen Warmth.” Not much warmth shows in the video, but you are invited to come and find those cozy places yourself, and sit by a fire for awhile. I want to mention just a few things about this latest machinima, the first being that I am hoping it will be my last one filmed with the hindrance of lack of mouse, and especially lack of 3D mouse. I have ordered one, and by the time it gets here, it might be Christmas, but eventually I will hopefully present much more polished and smoother versions of what it is I do in my videos. I think I probably will always have that “hand-held” camera look, but maybe a more fluid variety of the same. I also want to share that I had once again written an entirely different score for these images, and when I put it together, I found, it did not move me at all..so I thought, “If it doesn’t move Me..imagine my readers and friends!…” and I threw it all out and started over again. I am much happier with the music I did settle on, and I hope you will agree, that it works with the poetry.
I want to give a special thanks to my SL sister Maria Vought, for sending me some amazing photographs, she had taken of glaciers in Alaska. I used them as textures too in building my world, and you will see them on the final credits. A big thank-you to The Freesound Project, that has an incredible vault of sounds for just about anything you can think of, under The Creative Commons Attribution. I now present to you my latest YouTube “Chilled.” I hope you feel it was worth the wait, and I promise to try not to go so long, in between posts. Just chill and enter into the world of ice and snow and broken hearts. Enjoy!!