Here is the news, with AvaJean Westland

Virtually News

At 14:00 SLT on Saturday September 13th, the premiere for the first episode of Virtually News with AvaJean Westland, will take place at the LEA theatre and on YouTube, SLArtist and Vimeo.

The machinima, created by actress/writer Gameela Wright (AvaJean Westland in Second Life), is a mock/spoof news piece in the vein of SNL’s “Weekend Update” and “The Onion News Network. In it, Gameela takes an irreverent take on current events and pop culture and pushes the boundaries while using animation as the filter.

Gameela Wright

Based in New York, Ms. Wright has over 15 years experience in theatre, television, voice overs, film and commercials. She has appeared in such top-rated US shows such as Blue Bloods, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and Orange is the New Black.

As in AvaJean Westland in Second Life, Ms. Wright has worked with the Avatar Repertory Company, and also developed projects as Virtual Girl Productions in Association with Running Lady Studios,collaborating with Suzy Yue of Running Lady on machinima projects such as The Twilight Sim and Name That Schmuck!

In 2013, she took over hosting duties for the Second Life leg of the 2013 Relay for Life. She has also appeared in the popular film noir series, The Blackened Mirror, in which she both portrayed the character of Martha Pearse, she played an invaluable role in the show’s production, puppeteering a number of the characters on behalf of those actors unable to be in Second Life for the actual filming, creating a physicality to the characters to match the voice performances.

Avajean Westland
AvaJean Westland

In addition, she created machinima for the Project Homeless campaign (The Quiet Dark Wind) and the Sci-Fi Film Festival, both organised by Screen My Shorts and The University of Western Australia (UWA). Her entry for the Sci-Fi film Festival, Centuries Past, took home two awards.

It is her hope to use machinima as a way to bridge real and second life and to help cement machinima as a form of animation that appeals to all.

Virtually News with AvaJean Westland will premiere at 14:00 SLT on Saturday September 13th.
Requested dress for the event is upscale casual to formal – whichever you choose. Please keep scripts and prim counts low. It is hoped that actors and crew from the film will be on hand to talk about the making of the piece and to answer questions.

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17 thoughts on “Here is the news, with AvaJean Westland

  1. Strange that everything you blog about almost comes from LEA related sims. This is telling that people do not invest in sims and land for their projects but instead use the free land provided by Linden Lab to build these noteworthy art projects.
    What prevented this woman to buy a mainland parcel to build her news studio? Why does she needs free land to make her news show? What makes her special compared to all other people that she needs free land or sponsored land to do her projects.

    Before you get defensive Inara, the majority should not be overpaying for land and regions to give Gameela Wright free land for her machinima projects.

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    1. “Strange that everything that you blog about almost comes from LEA related sims”

      Untrue.

      A lot on my coverage for art comes from non-LEA regions. That’s why I have an entire section of the blog devoted to Art in SL which deals exclusively with non-LEA art and performances.

      “the majority should not be overpaying for land and regions to give Gameela Wright free land for her machinima projects.”

      No-one is. tier is what it is, not because it is subsidising the 29 regions of the LEA, but because it is what it needs to be in order for LL to survive as a company. This is something I’ve covered at length in the past. The fact is, the LEA regions could vanish tomorrow, and it won’t make one jot of difference to tier.

      The reality is that the LEA actually provides a service to artists and performers of any calibre and / or background who would like the use of a full region in which to bring their work to life and present it to an audience in SL, but who would otherwise be unable to do so simply because of the prohibitive nature of tier (and remember, while there are many private art galleries and exhibition spaces in SL, precious few are in a position to donate the resources of an entire region to an artist for their work.

      By providing facilities such as the 20 region for AIR grants, the MOSP, and so on, the LEA provides the means for you, me and anyone else to bring a project to life and put it before all of SL, without anyone – ourselves or the person(s) who would otherwise have to foot the tier bill by providing the land having to worry about whether or not the art / project will actually generate sufficient donations to cover the tier for the period it is using the region. Nor do the LEA regions interfere with artists using those large private art facilities within regions when they so wish – the volume of art in SL far exceeds the number of venues able to host it all.

      Finally, I would also point out that you’re also perhaps making a false assumption with regards to this particular show. Gameela is using the LEA Theatre to première her film. That doesn’t actually mean her series is filmed using any LEA facilities. The LEA theatre is open to you, me, or anyone else to book and used to show machinima, to host talks and presentations and so on.

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    2. So you’re saying that 29 regions are being recouped by the cost of 19,000 regions? Your mathematics are… interesting. Either the 29 LEA regions are ridiculously expensive or the other 19,000 should be basically free. That’s what you’re telling us.

      As for the “free land”, may I point out to you that the artists work on their projects in their own regions (which they pay for) and only use the LEA’s regions to exhibit the result of their work while they keep working in their own regions on new projects?

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  2. Artists should all pay for their land like anyone else. They could in the past and they should do now as well. They are no better than anyone else and if they want to have their work admired they should either sell their work so that the owners can expose the work or they should pay for the land themself or look for a sponsor.

    Linden Lab should not put up these regions and make everyone else pay, make that overpay so a certain few with talent or suck up skills get free sims to build.

    In the past artists such as Starax Statosky or AM Radio and Ub Yifu did show their art all over the grid or had their own land to display, LEA did not exist then and it did also work. They were even much more appreciated compared to what is there today.

    Artists with talent who had no money went to galleries or musea such as the Second Louvre and made a deal with the owner to have their work on display. That worked fine.

    The ones who pay need to pay for the freeloaders.
    The ones who pay need to pay for the starving artists.
    The ones who pay need to pay for the lack of revenue Linden Lab pulls from the content creators that only get charged 5%
    The ones who pay need to pay for the massive tier reductions Linden Lab gives to the certain few
    Who knows for what else average Bob needs to pay

    Linden Lab puts enough regions with art in their destination guide that are paid by private individuals, there is no difference compared to these LEA regions as they are public showcase builds.

    When Rightasrain Rimbaud came and funded 30 sims with Greenies and Black Swan Linden Lab treated him like crap, he got nothing out of it.

    No LEA and 20% tier discount for every sim that makes it in the destination guide. That would be more fair. Or 29 x 300$ = 8700$ per month spent on advertisements for Second Life to bring in more users.

    Linden Lab used to donate 10000$ a year to project in Second Life which is fine. Giving certain few tier free land for their projects and building joy, to have their creations admired while letting others pay for the same experience is wrong.

    As for you Inara, I have no issues you only visit LEA regions and photoshop your pictures. It does create unrealistic expectations for potential new users, it is not really a showcase because a new resident will not find anything like that. This is more what you can do with 20 photo filters. This is not about your images, still why no pictures of Maxwell Graf his sim, he does pay for it and could use the attention. There are plenty of decent store owners that have nice regions and pay for them, or artists who have their galleries on their own land for which they pay.

    These dry, hollow non tier consuming prim heavy builds do not appeal much to me.

    I do prefer Prokofy Neva her photostream as it reflects and even undervalues what Second Life is and looks like.

    Virtual Ability: sim project ——> own funding by personal efforts ———> good
    LEA 19 art display ———> received by begging ———-> funded by Bob if he likes it or not ———–> no good

    As for Mona and her pointing: Artists do not own sims to create, artists build in opensim for free and upload it when they are ready just as content creators do. Mona sooner or later Linden will screw you and that will end your days as a heel licker. You are not the first one and you will not be the last one.

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    1. I know artists who own regions. And content creators who do. In fact, I’ve visited their regions/workshops. In Second Life. So, your claim collapses.

      As for the whole freeloader thing… You really lost me there.

      PS Your comments have already made your identity known, Pablo/Joe/Dewi/Derek.

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    2. Well, we’ll have to disagree on that. Firstly, because it is probably fair to say that many artists availing themselves of the LEA’s facilities do pay for land in SL. Some, for example, own or share a gallery of their own in which the both display their own work and offer space to others. As with everyone else in SL, they pay for what they can afford. As I stated previously, the LEA provides facilities which are not necessarily within the reach of everyone else – the resources of a full region which aren’t – despite your protestations otherwise – adding anything substantive to the burden of tier faced by other land holders in SL.

      Yes, some artists have given up on their land over the years. But is the direct cause for this the arrival of the LEA, or the fact that tier, with or without the LEA is considered too high a price to pay? After all, there are many non-artists who have also been forced to give up on their land, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with the arrival of the LEA regions.

      “Artists with talent who had no money went to galleries or musea such as the Second Louvre and made a deal with the owner to have their work on display. That worked fine.”

      And it still does. There are galleries and spaces all of SL where art thrives and artists have space and the land is paid for via tier. Again, I cover as many of these locations and their events as I have the time to manage – as do a lot of other SL bloggers. But the issue comes back to the amount of land people have at their disposal – precious few can actually afford to offer-up the resources of a full region to an artist or group of artists for an extended period in the hope that tier will be covered. The LEA does actually fill a void in that regard.

      “As for you Inara, I have no issues you only visit LEA regions and photoshop your pictures. It does create unrealistic expectations for potential new users, it is not really a showcase because a new resident will not find anything like that. This is more what you can do with 20 photo filters.”

      Err, no I don’t. With regards to images of art pieces, the most I do is a) round-off the corners, b) lighten-up those that had a particularly dark finish. Everything else is done completely within the viewer; all I may do is use a different windlight setting.

      As to what I personally cover, again, I’ll refer you to the Art in SL section of this blog, which deals with art exhibits and installation from galleries events across the grid, all of which are not LEA supoorted; I’ll also point you towards my Exploring Second Life section, which marks some five years of my documenting regions right across Second Life which have been developed and opened to the public over the years by their owners.

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  3. “Finally, I would also point out that you’re also perhaps making a false assumption with regards to this particular show. Gameela is using the LEA Theatre to première her film. That doesn’t actually mean her series is filmed using any LEA facilities. The LEA theatre is open to you, me, or anyone else to book and used to show machinima, to host talks and presentations and so on.”

    The Theatre needs to be on PAID FOR land just like the 500 other theatres in Second Life
    Gameela can go anywhere in Second Life and film and she will do this in places that are paid for by the residents. Then when Gameela wants her trofee Gameela can contribute back to the community and the grid by showing her film in her theatre on land that she did pay for or that is paid for. That is how it works, which is only normal.

    When an artist does have talent he or she will be able to sell their creations and make enough to get their hands on a region to display their creations. Artist cannot make 125 USD per month to get a sim then artist needs to evaluate their talents again and try harder. Another option is for artist to be less demanding and greedy and use a parcel instead of the luxury of a full sim.

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    1. You’re again assuming Gameela didn’t ask around before settling on the LEA … which again provides facilities not easily matched elsewhere in Second Life.

      Aso to Gameela contributing back to the community – well, she is, frankly. Land was required to build the sets for her show and for filming to take place (in talking to LEA reps, I understand no LEA facilities were used for this), she had to buy props and furnishings for the sets, all of which contributes back to the community in economic terms. She’s also poured considerable time, effort and talent into developing machinima which is intended to entertain the community of SL.

      So yes, I’d say she’s contributing just fine, and her choice of venue for premiering her work is neither here nor there compared to the effort in bringing the show to life so that you and I might enjoy it.

      As to what artists “should” or “shouldn’t” do in SL, that’s a subjective point-of-view, and as such, we’ll have to accept we have differing opinions. I’ll certainly continue to cover installations and works at the LEA, just as I’ll continue to cover works and exhibitions at galleries right across SL.

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      1. She’s tight with the Tinkerer/Cookie folks, right? Could have set up a studio through him. He’s sponsored all kinda of live performance and other things there, such as ART and Voices and an open mike comedy-like thing.

        But good folks like him are a rare breed these days. I’ve seen a lot of art sims go down because the sugardaddy left SL, left RL, or wondered why they should pay for a sim when LEA hands 30 sims to a narrow clique for art (and front-page promotion)

        -ls/cm

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  4. Pablo, i fear you are right on at least 2 things:
    1-Maxwell Graf
    2-Artists do not own sims to create, artists build in opensim for free and upload it when they are ready just as content creators do.

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    1. (2) is at best a subjective generalisation. As I pointed-out in replying to Pablo, many of those artists who avail themselves of LEA full regions do actually own land in SL; many of them actually run their own galleries as well. They simply do not have the wherewithal to pay for a full region. Whether they build in OpenSim or not is also debatable, given there are plenty of sandboxes available in Second Life.

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    2. Artists don’t own land? I know quite a few who do. How about Canary Beck and Harvey Crabsticks? They do everything on their own land, and they also had an exhibit at LEA this year. Your generalisation is baseless.

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  5. I’ll just chime in here. I did not create a studio, I built mini sets to simulate a studio and the other rooms you will see in the film. I didn’t build it on any LEA sim. I created it over my house on the Running Lady Sim in which I’ve been in residence for YEARS. LEA has showcased wonderful, different, various artistic endeavours and have always been supportive to artists in SL. That’s why I went to them. They have the resources to house many avatars fairly easily and have a following. I would have asked the owners of Running Lady to do it there, but since the owner’s mother just fell and broke her hip, I didn’t really want to bug them. They are very busy and don’t have time to come in world and make arrangements for me. That’s all. Nothing more. Ava/Gameela

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