Why Animations Are Popular in Second Life

For anyone who has spent any amount of time in the Second Life world it should be rather obvious that there are plenty of animations that are around the world. Trying to find them all can be a huge task and there are new ones added daily. With prices, features and even types of animations varying significantly it can seem almost impossible to decide exactly what you want, and how to get it. The truth is though, there is very little that animated poses in Second Life cannot do.
From walking, to standing and even running there are animations that can work with your character to really convince you that the avatars within Second Life are real. The vast majority of the animations that are shared around are quite easy to find, however there are some animations that are a bit harder to find and this is where a very lucrative business comes into play. For those who know how to create the animations within second life it is a very popular business that can garner them a large amount of money, for those who are looking to make their avatar really unique it can be a very expensive situation.

Most people discover quickly that Second Life can be exactly like real life in many ways. While you would normally eat and shower within your normal daily life easily, to do this within Second Life requires animations. This means spending money typically but can often be a great and very simple way to get started successfully making your character unique. After all, if you are going to experience the world of Second Life, you should take full advantage of the benefits that are available as well. (more…)

Cinematography Techniques In Film Making

The cinematography is the art and the science of recording light either electronically onto an image sensor or chemically onto film stock for a motion picture. “The art and the science of recording light.” Every cinematographer should always keep that in mind.


 How you use your frame is one of the most critical cinematography techniques. Whether it be moving that frame, or moving items within that frame. You want to keep things active and visually engaging. A director has a lot on a film set to manage. Try identifying a way to get the camera moving during a rehearsal or blocking of a scene. If production can afford it, talk with the director about where you could use a dolly, or a job, or even a Steadicam.

 Not every shoot will need a fully decked out Alexa package with cinema zooms. Sometimes a shoulder-mounted ENG camera is exactly what a project needs. Get familiar with ALL types of cameras and lenses. Not just the big ticket cinema stuff. Being precise about what you need is one of the most important cinematography techniques you’ll develop. Because if and when the director asks for something out of the ordinary you’ll need to be ready with not only suggestions but also the requisite knowledge to implement them. Knowing how to achieve the same end goals will make you favorite of producers as well.

 Make sure the ideas you bring to the table are grounded in a knowledge of the material. You’re also a storytelling collaborator. Make notes in your script.Bring up visual suggestions, questions, and ideas. Have conversations about styles to emulate, another film’s this story reminds you of. The better you know the project the better you’ll be able to help serve it.

 You are going to be interacting with all of those department heads, and you are directly in charge of all of them and their work. This means always having a plan and executing it. This means having and respecting storyboards and a shot list. Using those tools are cinematography techniques unto themselves.