I clearly missed my calling in life as an actor. Not only do I play one in Second Life (Romeo in Romeo + Juliet, Eve in Paradise Lost in Second Life), but I also just love dressing up my many avatars as characters from the movies and television series.
It was with delight that I read Strawberry Singh’s latest Monday Meme wherein she asks us to dress up as movie characters – this one is easy! I know that I’ll never stop doing this – and I plan to branch into television series, and novels too. As a response to her challenge, I’ve included my movie homages to date (ordered starting with the earliest to the most recent):
The first in this set was inspired by an earlier Blog Challenge to make a movie poster. I figured since I was producing a play called Romeo + Juliet, I had might as well make a movie poster for it…
This next one is part of a series of nearly a dozen pictures Harvey and I set up at the Basilique Square. We were feeling imaginative one day and figured we’d set up a full on Imperial attack, with us playing rebel forces from Empire Strikes Back. It took us a day to source all the props, set up the shots, edit the pictures, and take it all down. It was one of the best days ever 🙂
As I was thinking about the show was to follow Romeo + Juliet, I became obsessed with the music of Mozart, and watched Amadeus, the movie based on his life several times. I was listening to his Requiem on repeat, as I composed this picture. The Requiem, would become the soundtrack of Paradise Lost in Second Life.
One of my favourite television series of all time was the reimagined Battlestar Galactica, and two of my favourite characters, were Baltar (here played by Harvey) and Number Six (yours truly). This picture was done in a day, similar to our Empire Strikes Back day. It was considerably less ambitious, but no less fun.
Pretty much everyone that knows me and my blog is familiar with Paradise Lost in Second Life. Whilst not technically a movie yet – I figured I’d include it here because it soon will be! Watch for the full machinima version coming out in 2015.
I had this idea of pairing two scenes from different movies, that might be considered similar (singing in the rain) but couldn’t be any more different in terms of perspective and mood. The first was an homage to Singing in the Rain…
The second shot was an homage to Eponine, from Les Miserables.
By far one of my favourite movies of all time, The Matrix has inspired a generation of artists with its vision, slickness and pop culture resonance. I took this picture months before I used it for one of my blog posts late last year about how the virtual world may one day become more necessary than we currently think.
The next three images are definitely more recent – used in support of my ongoing Basilique Film Festival – a celebration of 30 years of virtual reality movies. These next two images were taken specifically for posts I wrote to review the first two movies in our programme: TRON and Total Recall.