Erstwhile Station ships, photographed by Elrik Merlin

Exploring the making of the machinima Arrivals and Departures with Designing Worlds – now online!

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – the first episode of our autumn/fall season, where we take a look at the story behind ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES, the 15-minute machinima produced by Caledonia Skytower, Honey Heart and our very own Elrik Merlin, is now on the web!

DW379 – The Making of ‘Arrivals & Departures’ from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Saffia Widdershins and guest co-host Corwyn Allen talk to the film-makers about how the production came about and how it was made, in the special theatre created by Honey Heart for the premiere; and we talk to Marcus Inkpen of in-world creators The Looking Glass who produced the build, Erstwhile Station, in which the story is set.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES is a 15-minute machinima shot in Second Life®, based on a short story written as part of Fantasy Faire 2018, the tenth annual virtual world-based fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.

Arrivals and Departures poster
Arrivals and Departures poster

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES presents a glimpse into two individual journeys that are brought together and shared one last time, in a story set in a vibrant, steampunk-inspired, fantasy environment. As the action transitions from a public encounter into a more personal, private exchange, the film highlights the vital importance of storytelling, harking back to an earlier time when tales were woven into a verbal tradition that was handed down by word of mouth.

Though the word is never uttered in the film, it addresses aspects of our attitudes towards death. Interwoven within is a reminder that while those who leave us pass beyond our reach, we may continue to carry them within us, breathing life into their passions and ideals, by teaching what we have learned from them, and inspiring others.

Erstwhile Lounge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Erstwhile Lounge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The programme includes the complete film, and a slideshow of production shots plus images from the premiere, taken by Wildstar Beaumont.

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