Castle in the Sand, a machinima for summer

My new machinima is Castle in the Sand. It’s a love story —  with a sand castle, waves crashing on the beach, a raging storm, poetry, romantic music… your basic summer flick. 🙂

This is my entry in the University of Western Australia MachinimUWA VI short animated film competition, with the theme “Reflections.”

If your sand castle gets swept away in the sea, take heart; it might come back on the tide. The soundtrack features poem fragments by the Ancient Greek poet Sappho set to music by Javolenus of the music sharing site ccmixter.  The storm music intro is from another ccmixter musician CSoul. I filmed everything in the virtual world of Second Life. For full credits, see the Description on Youtube.

This is one of those story-inside-a-story mazes I get myself into. I started out wondering about a question that always confounds me: does anything survive us after we die? That got me to thinking about sand castles washed away by the waves, and I wondered what might happen if the tide brought one back again. And that brought to mind the poet Sappho of Ancient Greece, since most of her poetry has been lost, with only a few fragments returned to us on the tide of time. Thanks for watching. I hope you find your way out of the maze. Or maybe not. It’s as good a place as any to spend a summer day.And check out the locations in the credits at the end. Every one of them is made for a summer day in Second Life. My favorites are probably Baja Norte, Chakryn Forest, the beach at Skye Neist Point, and Calas Galadhon Park.

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