This is my first blog post partly in German because next Sunday the Austrian TV Channel ORF1 is broadcasting L2L. Time: 11th of November (German dubbed version).
Um 23.15Uhr am Sonntag den 11 November die Glotze (ORF1) anschalten und dann erst schlafen gehen, damit die Einschaltquote hinaufgezwibelt wird.-) Schaut euch die gelungene synchronisierte Version von L2L an. Tom Vogt hat mit seiner Kollegin super Arbeit geleistet. Bin normaler Weise kein Freund von gedubbeten Filmen, aber bei uns funxt es.-) Falls doch kein Bock auf die Glotze, dann sehen wir uns im Topkino am Samstag den 10 November, 16:30Uhr. Dort gibt die Originalfassung mit dt. Untertitel, bei freiem Eintritt. Hier der FB Event.
Today Stephanie an me arrived here in Romania for the Transylvanian International Film Festival. Lionel, our son becomes 6 months tomorrow and this is the first plane ride for us three. All went well (no bytes yet.-). We got picked up at the airport and we were completely overwhelmed about the fact that they even thought of the child seat in the shuttle (which we can keep till the end of the trip). So a great welcome here in Cluj by the very well organised and gentle festival staff. The first impression of the town, especially the old town in which everything around TIFF takes place, is that it feels really cosy and charming. On our first walk through the town we liked the omnipresent posters of TIFF on which they have a bilingual festival say embedded, which reminds me of the Russian ferrytales my mother used to tell when I was a kid. It says:
“WHEN AT TIFF FILMS I WAS FED WATCHED THEM ALL TILL I DROPPED DEAD.”
Tomorrow I try to take a picture with my phone(here the promised pic).
Here the screening times of ‘Login2Life’ or in Romanian ‘A Doua Viaţă’. After the screening a Q & A follows (if the director shows up.-)
June 2nd 2012, 7.45 pm at Cinema Odeon 5 Cineplex Cluj-Napoca
June 3rd 2012, 12 pm at the beautiful Cinema Arta Cluj
Program and official TIFF Website here
Here a small post screening note: I have to compliment the Cluj audience. They showed up on midday thought 25°C and sunny conditions and then the Qs were the best I was ever asked after a L2L screening. Big props to you. Here some pics of the 1st Q&A (out of 2) and then much better of a very nice event which took place yesterday night: “Cine-concert Georges Méliès” outside of Cluj-Napoca (30km) in the yard of a wonderful ruined castle. All in all TIFF 2012 was one of the best fstivals I ever attended. Thx so much.
I arrived today afternoon in Biarritz. A decent wheather 13°C and a warm brise from the Atlantic ocean welcomed me here. It’s a pity that my producer colleagues from Eidolon Entertainment can’t join me here (thinking of you and sending you also some pics). For me it’s a strange feeling to return to Biarritz because the past three times when I was here the intention was surfing. Or better to say: Learning how to surf(Never managed to catch a damn wave in 7 weeks paddling .-)
So it is very odd to come here for presenting L2L. And it’s a great opportunity for us to start because I have to admit that the festival is bigger than I thought it is. They celebrate this year their 25th anniversary and you can see that they try to raise the flag high. Before I even managed to set a step on the ground in Biarritz I already met a filmaker from Israel (Naomi from Black Sheep) while waiting for the transfer flight in Paris who is also presenting a film here at the festival. After we were picked up gently at the Biarritz airport we directly received our ‘badge professionnel’ from wonderful organization team member Florence Girot in the picturesque festival headquarter at the Biarritz Casino (see pic in older post, wonderful view onto the beach, I can tell you). Then the eve came and I joined the opening ceremony in the Gare du Midi ( a cinema with more than 1500 seats). It was pretty stuffed with audience. They presented the key players of the festival and the jury of the competition program. I made a picture of the stage and of the face who is head of the ‘creative documentary’ competition section named Inês de Medeiros. So now I know where I have to send my prayers to.-) After this formal opening ceremony they really opened the festival with the interesting pilot (first episode of the suspenseful french series named ‘Homes de l’ombre’, content: after the assassination of the french president, the new elections are dependant on two rivals communication agents …)
After this full impact day I saved myself from extiction and I enjoyed a wonderful french dinner in the ‘Bar du Jardin’, which ended with my favourite dessert ‘creme brulle’ which is directly responseble for the fact that I’m sitting here after midnight and writing this nonesense. I hope I’ll be able to write more posts during my stay here. At least when we receive an award I’ll do this for sure:-)
Fresh. The TAZ interview with our main subject Gentle Heron. Go Here!
Menschen mit Behinderung können im Second Life all das tun, was ihnen im wirklichen Leben verwehrt bleibt. Alice Krueger hilft ihnen, sich in der virtuellen Realität zurechtzufinden.
One of our featured characters in L2L is Olibith, the french machinimator.He created a nice video for our doc and it is just partly featured in the whole movie. Here you get a chance to watch it completlly for the first time. All WoW fans know how to deal with this. It takes a little bit of irony.-) Especially for our featured guild Ensidia.
Last March we were very happy to welcome Alice Krueger to the HKW in Berlin. She was invited to give a speech about “People with Disabilities in Virtual Worlds”. In the same time she spoke (in the framework of the ZDF ‘Bodybits’ project call) for our documentary Login2Life in which she is taking part as the main character (out of seven). You can download the mp3 of her presentation here. A short summary taken from the HKW website:
People with real-world disabilities are able to access virtual worlds, sometimes using assistive technology to do so. Second Life is a virtual world where people with many different kinds of disabilities find real benefits, including medical, learning and social benefits. The Virtual Ability community in Second Life helps people using assistive technology become successful in that virtual world. Daniel Moshel’s film highlights some of the benefits to people with disabilities of being in a virtual world. The film contrasts the lives of people when they are inside and outside the virtual world.
Alice B. Krueger is presently fully disabled due to Multiple Sclerosis. She is President of Virtual Ability, Inc., which is a small nonprofit charitable corporation. The purpose of Virtual Ability, Inc. is to support the work of the Virtual Ability community in virtual worlds such as Second Life. Prior to becoming disabled, Alice Krueger was an education researcher. She is a published author and editor in the field of science education.
The whole presentation took place in the same time at the auditorium of Virtual Abuility Island in Second Life. Thus an international audience was able to follow her presentation and got the chance later to participate in the Q&A. The live audience in Berlin was pretty amazed when Alice zoomed out from the big projected powerpoint screen in Second Life revealing all the other digital participants. That is why we decided to publish her really interesting speech here. I hope you enjoy it. Please seed .-)
While L2L is edited – we are in the rough cut phase- the awesome Machinima team is working 24/7 on the inworld wow/sl clips. I am proud to say that on the World of Warcraft side we have three great machinimators in charge. Of course you should already know the French Olibith who is already part of our documentary. Then the Finish Baron Soosdoon joined the team. And last but not least Kilh (Daniel Ritthanondh )the German machinimator enhances the WoW side.
In SL I can proudly present the German Californian Draxtor Despres (Bernhard Drax) and his talented colleague Gianna Borgnine from the East Coast. So we try all our best to accerlate the storytelling in L2L. With this team we manover towards the end of production of our documentary. Less than two month to go. GOGOGOGOGOGO…..
Olibith is kicking his own ass
Draxtor’s ‘what am I doing right now’ video