A new Sherlock-inspired machinima from Zuza Ritt
The Skull-á-bande machinima is inspired by the BBC series Sherlock, particularly skull picture (on the wall of 221B Baker Street), which is allegedly not only a painting, but it is a little bit plastic, (http://www.sherlockology.com/props/skull-print) and the change made for the special episode The Abominable Bride. This episode was set in the Victorian era, and the painting was a really inspiring “3D picture”. (http://www.art.co.uk/products/p10104415-sa-i1286900/allan-c-gilbert-all-is-vanity.htm)
I decided to create my own, real 3D version. I realized that I am, coincidentally, a creator of virtual landscapes, which could be genuinely hopeful.
As with the previous Eine Kleine Baker Street, the scene is made with mesh objects, placed into an OpenSim region, all movements and interactions are scripted inworld, and all shooting is made inworld. There are no post-production effects, just scenes cut, speed changed sometimes and music added.
And same as previous video, it is music driven; there is no screenplay made before shooting, just ideas in my head, visual ones, and some kind of pace and tempo of takes and later cuts, which have to be done during editing.
The name is, again, a word play with the name of composition, Sarabande (Handel), and there are some more multiple meanings. Including the letter A and Czech Á, a-acute, which is appearing couple of times in a whole story.
I created the skullscape in Kitely, so most of story was shot in Kitely, only the final part being shot at my offline OpenSim grid where the replica of alternative 221B Baker Street is.
I used plenty of my virtual products – trees and landscapes, to make the landscape more “real.” Even with this help I prepared all the cliffs, landscape and avatar about a week before shooting. Shooting itself and editing was about three days of work.
There are plenty of photos of landscape, behind the scenes photos and news published daily at my Digital Sherlock blog. http://digitalsherlock.zuzaritt.com/
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