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Through the Brazilian rainforest into the pueblos and Mayan ruins of Mexico, through the skyscraper valleys of the US, and beyond, nearly every region in the world embraced by Relay for Life, this year's benefit Second Life telethon for the American Cancer Society. When the course opened today, I made the run with project leader (and NWN contributor) Aimee Weber and RFL director Jade Lily. Running at full clip, the full course (about 3 kilometers) takes at least 15 minutes, but I sped up this video to depict it in double-time. Compressed as it is, the video is just the merest hint at the tantalizingly detailed and awe-inspiring microcosm Aimee and her volunteer team have built, which will only exist until the end of this weekend-- so take the run yourself, and donate to the cause. More info on doing that at Jade's blog here. Music for the video is "I AM", a cut generously provided by Torley from his voluminous library of uniquely excellent techno.
(Tao Takashi, by the way, has a great Relay for Life video of his own here.)
Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 12:12 AM in Non-profit/social applications of SL, SL Machinima | Permalink
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Wow. What an amazing build - and for a great cause, too. I just walked through the course and was very impressed with the way it was organized. Each themed area is really different and all had some fun little extra atrraction to keep tings interesting.
I had a lot of fun skydiving off of the Eiffel Tower and wandering through the hills of Japan.
Events like this are a perfect way to use the tools provided by SL.
Vlad Bjornson |
Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 12:15 PM
I agree a fantastic and well (self) organized effort. I have taken the tour, walked all the way. I am sure I will be back as I only tended to look at the big bits, and take a lot of snapzilla pictures.
Every second lifer should attend and experience everyones work.
epredator potato |
Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 02:50 PM
nice job filming the race james. all and all top notch RFL this year. i was delighted to see the you tube! kudos ALL!
robin winter / shuk |
Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 06:47 AM
I'm tickled pink (hee) to see how this turned out!
Nice running Jadey, Aim, Hamlet!
What an incredible journey. Sort of reminds me of that Deep Forest video for "Sweet Lullaby" showing the tot cycling around the world, but with no jump cuts. ;) Imagine doing this with a Steadicam on a track like one of those epic motion rides.
Hamlet you are really becoming quite the videoblogger. :)
Torley Linden |
Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 02:34 PM
Thanks, but nah, my PC got too laggy and my camerawork ain't great. I'm sure some of our best machinimaniacs could do a way better job-- in fact, I encourage them to do so, to record RFL for posterity before it's derezzed, and I'll plug it here.
Hamlet Au |
Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 03:03 PM
So here's another two videos: Relay For Life Starts at 5, When movie sets go poof
And some photos (more to come of course ;-)
And some statistics: general stats, Auction stats
(I think there might be a more detailed forum post, need to update that later).
To sum it up: Over US$38,000 have been collected and some money is still on it's way!
I'd say: WOOOOOT!
BTW, I hope somebody else was filming, too, as I haven't captured all the cool stuff.
Tao Takashi |
Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 04:20 PM
Torley > Imagine doing this with a Steadicam on a track like one of those epic motion rides.
Torley, on that exact thought I had one of the best experiences I'd ever had in SL at the Relay this year (as I did last year too, actually...): Using the Auto Running HUD that moves and steers you around the track while in first-person mouselock, leaving both hands free to chat (and fire popguns at friends :). It was awesome, keeping up with friends and just letting the sights stream by.
Jerry Paffendorf |
Monday, July 24, 2006 at 04:35 AM
Great work, and congrats to everyone involved!
Monday, July 24, 2006 at 06:04 AM
> Using the Auto Running HUD that moves and steers
> you around the track while in first-person
And where might one acquire such a device, Senor Snoop?
Hamlet Au |
Monday, July 24, 2006 at 09:41 AM
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