Final tour of our play: The Lucid Journey

Final tour of our play: The Lucid Journey
10/09/2016 1 Comment Fiction Writing,Writing karenbwheatley@gmail.com

Virtual theatre stage play – The Lucid Journey

Today is the last performance of our play The Lucid Journey. It’s been a real departure from our normal kind production, I think we’ve all found it refreshing.

An exciting outcome as far as I’m concerned is that seeing some photographs of the production has given me the idea of creating a Graphic Novel of the story. Our Artistic Director is Jessica Werner (also a writer) has created all the images. She and I will be collaborating on the content of the panes.

The cast deserve medals for being so patient during the photo shoot. Jess sent me a sample, and it looks absolutely awesome!

Here’s a link to the film we made back in 2011:

The film was created in Second Life. Each of the characters (or avatars) are being operated by an individual sat at their own computer scattered around the planet. It was filmed as part of the 48 film festival – Machinima category.

As the name would suggest, the 48 hour film festival gives participants 48 hours to make a film from scratch. You’re given a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue. Everything is time-critical, and we have to super-organised to submit our completed film by the deadline.

As manager, I usually tell everyone what I think the script is going to be about. They then start sourcing what materials we’re going to need, building sets, and acquiring props, whilst I lock myself away in quiet panic-ridden solitude and write the script. We then come together, read through, make adjustments or amendments as required and shoot the footage.

The amazing Toxic Menges was our Machinimatographer. She did a wonderful job helping to create a dream-like quality to the film.

The film went on to win that year, and Toxic, Dorian (our wonderful set designer) and myself all headed off to Taos, New Mexico to pick up the trophy and meet all the other heat winners from around the globe! It was a brilliant experience.

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