Friday March 1st marks the launch of a new monthly series on YouTube, created, edited and produced by musician and machinima-maker Draxtor Despres.
Perhaps currently best known for his collaboration with Pooky Amsterdam and others in the high-successful (if now sadly defunct) Flufee shows, Draxtor has turned his not inconsiderable skills to looking behind Second Life and talking to the people who make it the vibrant, immersive world it is – its users. To quote from the press release accompanying the launch:
The Drax Files: World Makers, will be a monthly show on YouTube examining the creative people behind the avatars who continue to move the virtual world of Second Life forward with their passion and persistence.
The show utilises a mix of real-life footage, Skype interviews and machinima shot from within Second Life, to present a series of short, insightful visual vignettes of what SL means to content creators across the grid, from self-taught hobbyists to dedicated professionals from all walks of life, from all over the world, cutting across gender, ethnic and generational divides.
In the first episode, Drax interviews Kriss Lehmann, owner / operator of Botanical, a leading supplier of trees, plants, textures and landscaping items for Second Life users. In the 5-minute piece, Kris describes his work, his avatar and what Second Life has both brought him and means to him.
The mark of the piece is that it allows Kriss to present himself and Second Life with no overt editorial slant or prompting from Drax. This allows the potentials of SL to be explored as Kriss sees them, giving the entire video an entirely natural feel – a conversation, if you like, rather than a set-piece interview. Real-world video and machinima are interwoven beautifully, the latter almost completely devoid of the set-piece (and artificial) animations and gestures which are all too often the hallmark of LL’s own promotional efforts, allowing scenes to blend together seamlessly. Even where the machinima is staged, in the recounting of Kriss’ meeting and wooing of his SL partner (and now rl wife), Shai Delacroix, it is done so without unnecessary schmaltz, and simply adds a picture to Kriss’ own words.
That Kriss is given the freedom to express both his own work and what Second Life represents to him as someone who uses it to interact with others, offers an insight into Second Life which is so rarely seen in more traditional promotional videos. As such, and assuming the style and presentation of this first segment of the series is how the remaining five episodes will be handled, The Drax Files stand to offer a richer, more engaging promotion of Second Life than can currently be found in any of Linden Lab’s own attempts as seen either on their YouTube channel or on the SL WhatIs webpage.
So Rod, if you’re reading this, here’s a prime example of what I mean when talking about LL collaborating with users in the promotion of SL. The Drax Files – even one our two segments – could be a very positive addition to the WhatIs page.
But don’t just take my word for it – take five minutes and watch the show yourself.
Kudos to Draxtor for developing this series.
Loki’s Commemorative Hoodie
To mark the launch of The Drax Files. Loki Eliot has produced a special limited-edition hoodie in his glowing clothes range. The mesh hoodie is limited to a run of just 100, and is offered at L$250.