2018 WRITE: VIDEO: Arrivals and Departures, a short story by Judith Cullen (Caledonia Skytower)

Arrivals and Departures, a short story by Judith Cullen (Caledonia Skytower) The 15-minute film, premiered today, Sunday, July 22nd, 2018, and takes the audience into a moment of time in the lives of two people who come together for one last, shared moment. It reveals how their individual journeys have become intertwined, and the essential role each has come to play for the other. Though the word is never uttered in the film, it essentially addresses aspects of our attitude towards death. Watch on YouTube”Eloquent and poignant with an elegantly told story, Arrivals and Departures is an outstanding film and not one to be missed.” ~ Inara PayInara Pey’s post and review on Living In a Modem WorldVideo/Machinima in virtual worlds. Community, Market, ResourcesThe writing communities of the virtual worlds. 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The story was inspired by, and performed in, a superbly-imagined Steampunk-inspired spaceport created by leading virtual world creators The Looking Glass – Sharni Azalee and Marcus Inkpen – for Fantasy Faire 2018, and loaned for the shoot. ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES presents a glimpse into two individual journeys that are brought together and shared for the last time. It is about the one who leaves, the one left behind, and the essential role of each. Though the word is never uttered in the film, it essentially addresses aspects of our attitude to death.“He has accepted the journey on which he must now embark,” says real-life professional storyteller and theatrical designer Skytower. “His last act is to pass along that which has been most important in his life to someone who is remaining behind – requesting their commitment to carry on the work.”“She is dropped without warning into loss, grief, and accepting his legacy with no warning or time to become accustomed to its inevitability,” Caledonia goes on. “She must choose to be present for him in this moment, accept the commitment with which he tasks her, and be prepared to continue on – while at the same time dealing with the shock and weight of it.”ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES also highlights the vital importance of storytelling, harking back to an earlier time when tales were woven into a verbal tradition that was handed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next. Technical Director Heart re-erected the spaceport as a film set, and used a range of in-world animations and path-scripting techniques to realize the action, which was shot by Skytower and Merlin, who also performed the two lead roles. The footage was then edited conventionally by Merlin.The project was a transatlantic collaboration, with Skytower in Washington State, Heart in Michigan and Merlin in Scotland. The soundtrack recording and production co-ordination was carried out in Skype, sharing screens while shooting, and ‘dailies’ were viewed via the cloud. ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES was released on 22 July, 2018 and is available on YouTube, Vimeo, SLArtist.com and AView.TV.The theater site custom created by Honey Heart for the Sunday release, evoking the The Looking Glass Erstwhile Station setting of the machinima, is open to the public from 7pm slt Sunday, July 22nd through 4pm slt Tuesday, July 24th. Teleport to Silver Sands, home region of Elite Equestrian, and look for the panel to teleport you.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Silver%20Sands/152/125/802For further information, please contact Caledonia Skytower [email protected]###Linked materials:Arrivals & Departures Poster (png)https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FByff6VUxqAYqe2QY1yOyh_8oqlWc6pNBiographies of the film-makers (Google doc)https://drive.google.com/open?id=1knKduMAmhUFp7Hp2zn_x92DXZsBjWo18xese4k_QzzoProduction shots – please credit Wildstar Beaumont (WB) or Elrik Merlin (EM)https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Hi5TVsKVlSvTdqAy9kW8LmCDzqGDYoZe*********************************************************LicenseOriginal text in this blog is CC By: unless specified public domainUse as you please with attribution: link to the original.All images without attribution in this blog are CC0: public domain.*********************************Drop by my web office Weekdays: 12:-12:30 Central time  (US) Cybalounge, entry place or elsewhereWe can also visit 3DWebWorldz, a professionally-built world. Mondays we focus on learning/library/museums.Wednesdays we focus on promoting your project, using this blog.Fridays we may focus on grants, contracts, business and web-worlds.Don’t register — enter as guest.  If you see no one, click the pointed push-pin (bottom line) to find me.Thinkerer Melville in Second Life, Selby Evans in KitelyWeb-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. 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