BURN2: Propose a project, camp, group or performance and win a plot

logoThe Juried Plot Application Process for this year’s BURN2 event is underway.

In all, 20 plots will be given away to suitable proposals, as selected by the BURN2 Art Team jury.

Plots will be scattered across the BURN2 regions, and comprise five 2048 sq metre parcels and 15 1024 sq metre parcels.

Anyone can apply for a Juried Plot, from newbie builders to seasoned, well-known artists. The Art Team jury will select the winners, judging applicants on artistic merit and build interactiveness.

Key Dates and Requirements

  • Applications for juried plots close on August 16th, 2013
  • Juried selections announced on September 1st, 2013
  • Building starts on September 17th, 2013
  • Building/placement ends on 12th October, 2013
  • BURN2 opens on October 19th, 2013
  • BURN2 ends on October 27th, 2013.

The theme for this year’s even is “Cargo Cult”, although there is no requirement to build to this theme. Builders are, however, required to adhere to the Ten Principals of Burning Man and BURN2, the BURN2 Builder Guidelines, and the Second Life Terms of Service and Community Standards.

To apply for a juried plot, please complete the application form on the BURN2 website.

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More MOSP for you to play with

I find the Machinima Open Studio Project intriguing, as past posts on the subject demonstrate.  Chic Aeon’s work to provide machinima makers and photographers with a range of facilities and sets is always evolving. As such, I tend to periodically pop back and see what is going on and look at what has changed since my last visit. I did so at the start of August, knowing that Chic has recently spent some time adding, tweaking and updating, and was curious to have a look at what’s changed / arrived, and report back on some of the updates.

Cherry Blossom Romance at MOSP
Cherry Blossom Romance at MOSP

On the Ground

At the ground level, there are some new buildings, a place to go fishing (complete with casting animations, etc.), and a new rural / farm scene complete with green house, crops and plants and beasty of a tractor. These all combine to add a range of filming  / photography options in a natural, open setting.

One of the recent ground-level additions at MOSP
One of the recent ground-level additions at MOSP

Up in the air there have been quite a few changes / updates since my last visit. The “green platform”, now called Sage, has received a number of new additions. There’s now a pond with a water wheel, a little campsite with caravan and barbecue, and a play area with a roundabout. The seats outside of the caravan are scripted, as are the places around the table set for a meal from the barbecue, which also give out utensils, etc.

Barbecue and caravab at Sage
Barbecue and caravan at MOSP Sage

Not far from it, and sitting as another outdoor set which could be used with it or those on the ground as well as suiting a period setting, is Cherry Blossom Romance, which looks particularly inviting at sunset.  While the Country Road continues the outdoor theme and features a long stretch of open prairie land road, with a water tower and a tractor out in the fields.

The Road to Nowhere at MOSP
The Country Road at MOSP

For those looking for something more urban, there is the full sim city I looked at last time I visited MOSP, and to which has been added the City of Lost Souls, a backstreet set with both an exterior street and several interiors which show the grungy side of town after dark.

Several of the sets I’ve previously visited have been given an overhaul as well, including the village, while a new set, Something Wretched, provides something for those into the horror / mystery / gothic scene, with a build incorporating materials for added depth.

Sci-fi film-makers are not left out either, as there is a ship’s interior which provides a corridor and a control room, and which has sections that are transparent from the outside to enable freer camera movement. I’ve no idea if more ship parts are planned, but would assume they can be provided were there a demand.

"Hailing frequencies open" - the ship's interior at MOSP
“Hailing frequencies open” – the ship’s interior at MOSP

The great thing about this project is that it is always being updated and new sets are always appearing. This makes listing all the changes a little hard – but if you’re into machinima and want to track what is going on and whether there are sets appearing which may interest you, then make sure you keep an eye on Chic’s own MOSP blog.

Don’t forget as well that there are always things being added around the sound stages, which offer smaller set-piece opportunities for filming, and the corporate offices, which can be used for a wide variety of roles. You can get the LMs for these from the arrival point, together with LMs to all the other sets / areas.

Whether you are a machinima maker or a photographer, if you haven’t visited MOSP before, it is worth while taking the time to do so; you never know what you might find there to help with a given project, and Chic herself can easily be reached to provide assistance and advice, if needed.

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Viewer release summary 2013: week 31

This summary is published every Monday and is a list of SL viewer / client releases (official and TPV) made during the previous week. When reading it, please note:

  • It is based on my Viewer Round-up Page, a list of  all Second Life viewers and clients that are in popular use (and of which I am aware) and which are recognised as adhering to the TPV Policy
  • By its nature, this summary will always be in arrears
  • The Viewer Round-up Page is updated as soon as I’m aware of any releases / changes to viewers & clients, and should be referred to for more up-to-date information
  • The Viewer Round-up Page also includes comprehensive links to download pages, blog notes, release notes, etc., as well as links to any / all reviews of specific viewers / clients made within this blog.

Updates for the week ending: August 4th, 2013

Official LL Viewers

  • Release channel cohorts:
  • Project viewers:
    • CHUI project viewer removed, following rebuild to RC status in the release channel, August 1st (see above)
    • Snowstorm Contributions removed, following rebuild to RC status in the release channel, July 31st (see above)

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

Additional TPV Resources

Depreciated / Discontinued Viewers

  • SL Second Life Beta viewer – depreciated as of version, July 15, 2103
  • SL Development viewer – depreciated as of version April 24, 2013
  • Zen Viewer – discontinued by developer and no longer available, January 27th, 2013
  • Phoenix viewer – development and support ended on December 31st, 2012

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