Pittsburgh Business Times article about SL and Machinima

February 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm (Uncategorized)

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Hey everyone! The Pittsburgh Business Times posted an article about Second Life and machinima today, and I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by the journalist. It was really fun showing her what Second Life is all about! Here is the article:

Ariella Furman makes animated movies, but she doesn’t have a big fancy studio full of computers.

Instead, the 24-year-old is armed with her MacBook and the program Second Life.

From her Pittsburgh base, Furman uses the virtual environment to film her 3D animated short films and collaborates with teams of designers and actors, many of which she has never met in “real life.”

The technique is called Machinima, and Furman uses the tools within Second Life to build sets, set lighting and work with real actors to film short movies for her clients, which include companies such as IBM, Seimens and Eli Lilly. She gives direction to the actors, then has a program that allows her to film what she sees in the virtual world by recording what is in her browser window.

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