The Film Festival at Fantasy Faire

 Dragon’s Dreams on Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙.
Dragon’s Dreams on Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙.

This year we are trying a new experiment at Fantasy Faire – a short film festival, grounded in Second Life and virtual fantasy films of different kinds.

We will be featuring films from popular Second Life machinima makers, and episodes from Second Life TV series with a strong fantasy element. The line up includes a Machinima Mondays session with famed machinimatographer, Chantal Harvey, a retrospective of the work of Loki Eliot, a hilarious web series from Phaylen Fairchild, and a showing the full length thriller STÖMOL by Huckleberry Hax, introduced by the film-maker – as well as Zander Greene being interviewed by Saffia Widdershins about his work as an actor in First and Second Life as well.

And we are very pleased to announce that after a gap of a number of years, the well-known creators of machinima, Phaylen Fairchild and Toxic Menges will be returning especially for Machinima Mondays!

And if this year proves successful, we have Plans for next year too.


All events will be inthe Dragon Dreams theatre cave on Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙.

Introduction to the Film Festival
Saturday, 24 April 12 noon – 1pm SLT
Today’s session will be an introduction to the films and the discussion sessions we have planned by Chantal Harvey and Saffia Widdershins. There will be trailers to give you a taste of what will be coming!

The Return of Machinima Mondays with Chantal Harvey
Monday, 26 April 12 noon – 1pm SLT
As part of this festival, we are welcoming the Return of Machinima Monday with Chantal Harvey, a forum for discussion about machinima and how to create it. This is for you, whether you are an experienced machinima maker looking to explore your craft, a beginner wanting make machinima within Second Life, or someone wanting to learn how to stream for different platforms.
And in very special news, Phaylen Fairchild and Toxic Menges, who – with Chantal – were the people behind Machinima Mondays, will be returning to Second Life for the first time in many years for this very special event!
Chantal, Phaylen and Toxic will be here to answer questions, make suggestions, and lead the discussion.

Phaylen Fairchild goes to War!
Tuesday, 27 April 11 am – 12noon SLT
Well, to World of Warcraft, that is.
Back in the day, Phaylen created Divas! a short series of machinima about the (mis)adventures of a Second Life fashionista in World of Warcraft. We’re delighted to be able to show these films, introduced by Phaylen herself.

Fantasy Faire Film Festival: A Loki Eliot Retrospective
Wednesday, 28 April11:00 – 12:00
Today we have a very special retrospective of some of the short films of famed creator Loki Eliot, going back to his early SL Gonies adventures. We’ll be looking at some of his New Babbage films, showing how the city has evolved from 2008 to 2020, and we’ll also be looking at some of his Fantasy Faire films, from the rain-soaked city of Echtra in 2016, to the stunning conclusion of the roleplay in the Sirit Valley of Kuruk in 2020.

STÖMOL by Huckleberry Hax
Wednesday, 28 April 15:00 – 16:30
STÖMOL is a feature-length sci-fi machinima filmed in Second Life®. STÖMOL is written, filmed and directed by Huckleberry Hax, who will be introducing the machinima.
You can see a trailer here:

Machinima by Chantal Harvey
Thursday, 29 April 11:00 – 12:00
Chantal aims to inspire people, to get their fantasy and imagination going, to make their own machinima. She will also be sharing some of her own work – including one never-seen-before machinima!

What could possibly go wrong in New Babbage?
Friday, 30 April 11:00 – 12:00
Designing Worlds is a regular web TV show based on exploring the work of design and designers in virtual worlds (with a focus on designs and events in Second Life). But every time the show visits New Babbage, something … happens.
What could possibly go wrong in New Babbage?
Designing Worlds – and you – will find out!
This show will consist of two episodes of the show:
What could Possibly Go Wrong at Piedmont Landing?
Murder in the Muirsheen Durkin

“Confessions of a Day Player: or What I Did For Scale!” An Interview with Zander Greene
Saturday, 1 May 11:00 – 12:00
Before he was Fantasy Faire’s “Zander Greene,” Second Life actor, he was Scott Simpson, First Life actor who appeared in 300 plays, 25 animation projects and a dozen film and television roles. Scott worked on screen with actors such as James Earl Jones, Richard Chamberlain, Ellen Burstyn, Katie Holmes and Terry Hatcher, and with directors including Michael Apted, John Frankenheimer and Frank Capra Jr. So, when he began to work as an actor in Second Life,  he was stunned to discover as many ways that it was identical to working in the physical world as ways in which it was different.

Sure, you don’t have to deal with thunderstorms or emergency sirens interrupting the shoot, but what is lag if not bad weather? Part voice acting, part puppetry, part…well, some things for which we really don’t even have words yet! Acting in a virtual world is completely different from acting in the physical one. Except for the ways in which it is utterly identical.

Join us today, as Scott takes off the Zander mask and shares tales of his journeyman days on the boards and the silver screen. Not to mention the pixel screen …

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