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World Builder by Bruce Branit. A strange man builds a world using holographic tools for the woman he loves. There's more at Not Possible in Real Life, dedicated to identifying and sharing well conceived and realized content creation in Second Life® that would not be possible in real life.
posted by netbros (23 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
I saw world builder a few weeks ago. Stunning work. Videos like this, "escape from city 17" and others make me really excited for the near future of high quality, low budget cinemetography.
posted by Popular Ethics at 8:23 AM on March 28, 2009


I was expecting griefers to come along at any moment.
posted by malocchio at 8:30 AM on March 28, 2009


When the "woman he loves" appeared, it was only halfway through the clip, and I wondered what would happen next. This being the Internet, I would have been unsurprised if he and she had disrobed and had p0rny sex on the cobblestones. The end.
posted by KokuRyu at 8:38 AM on March 28, 2009


I was expecting griefers to come along at any moment.

Yeah, I was a bit disappointed that there weren't any rapturing penii.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:41 AM on March 28, 2009


I don't know anything about Second Life, but that was a nice cute video.






(Spoiler: usually, they just give you morphine.)
posted by Sova at 8:42 AM on March 28, 2009


Whoa! Traffic to my blog Not Possible IRL from MetaFilter was off the charts, so I thought I'd see what it was all about and ended up joining. Heh. If any of you wish to see great content in Second Life with your own eyes, please consider joining our group Impossible IRL in-world. I sent out a notice last night (and do so every week) pointing to a very select group of locations/creations that I believe worthy of everyone's valuable time. If this is going to be your first time in Second Life, follow netbros' advice and read our newbie advice FIRST. Great way to get your feet wet in virtual worlds.
posted by BettinaTizzy at 8:59 AM on March 28, 2009


Just read the FAQs and want to apologize. I'm a newbie here and may have just totally broken the rules by pointing to my own site.
posted by BettinaTizzy at 9:04 AM on March 28, 2009


Welcome, BettinaTizzy! Not to worry--you can't post your own site to the front page, but linking to your site in comments is fine.
posted by russilwvong at 9:07 AM on March 28, 2009


Welcome BettinaTizzy. MetaFilter is a wonderful community weblog. Hopefully you will hang around and join in the conversations. Additional information can be found at the FAQ and the Wiki. Glad to have you.
posted by netbros at 9:07 AM on March 28, 2009


Wow, that video was something else.
posted by desjardins at 9:10 AM on March 28, 2009


World Builder really is a stunning piece of work, as well as a really exciting concept piece regarding virtual tools, whether used in virtual worlds or overlaid on real life. Apparently the post-production took two years to do.
posted by Happy Dave at 9:16 AM on March 28, 2009


Thank you, russilwvong and netbros (+) Does anyone have advice on best ways to do combo posts between MetaFilter and Twitter? I'm liking what I'm seeing.
posted by BettinaTizzy at 9:19 AM on March 28, 2009


BettinaTizzy: Does anyone have advice on best ways to do combo posts between MetaFilter and Twitter?

Welcome to MetaFilter! It's a great place. The short answer to your question is that posts created for MetaFilter are for MetaFilter. It doesn't have cross-posting functionality. Now, to be honest I don't use Twitter and so I'm not entirely sure what you mean.
posted by Kattullus at 9:34 AM on March 28, 2009


I forget where I read this, but the producer of "World Builder" later said he was startled at the flood of positive feedback he got from Second Life users. Turns out he had never used SL himself before, but now would have to check it out.
posted by brownpau at 9:35 AM on March 28, 2009


Just now from SL: "Bettina Tizzy declined your friendship offer."

Heh.
posted by brownpau at 9:41 AM on March 28, 2009


combo posts between MetaFilter and Twitter?

Not recommended, I'm afraid. The two styles of interaction are very different. MetaFilter is conversational, with similar social rules--it's considered rude to dominate the conversation, for example, or to talk without listening. It's highly flexible--people can make one-line jokes, or they can contribute long anecdotes. Often this happens as part of the same discussion.

Twitter is more like publishing. It's short and informal, but it's still basically one-way: a way for people to see what you're up to.
posted by russilwvong at 9:52 AM on March 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hey this is cool, I know quite a few people involved in making World Builder. Great group of people, very unpretentious. Kansas City has a small, but vibrant film industry. MK12 is also located in the Crossroads district and did the title animation in Quantum of Solace. The neighborhood is spread out and seedy enough to seemingly prevent gentfication. So high five on that.
posted by geoff. at 10:02 AM on March 28, 2009


Ah, brownpau... Virtual worlds have their own rules of etiquette. It is not considered polite to offer friendship without first having - at the very least - a conversation. Try again, please :)
posted by BettinaTizzy at 10:15 AM on March 28, 2009


Twitter is more like publishing. It's short and informal, but it's still basically one-way: a way for people to see what you're up to.

People do have two-way conversations on twitter, and more. There are also 'hashtags' that basically amount to chatrooms. But yeah, metafilter isn't twitter. If you're talking about front page posts, you can just post a link to your metafilter FPP in your twitter stream, you can only post FPPs once a day.

It wouldn't make too much sense to post links to your metafilter comments on twitter, because they are (or should be) part of a conversation.
posted by delmoi at 11:22 AM on March 28, 2009


well, this was an intriguing start, and certainly well executed. the ending, however, was pure schmaltz. but the whole thing does remind me of a moment from my own life: i once made a hand-made valentine's day card for a girlfriend, and she liked it so much she gave me a really good bj. not one of those going-through-the-motions ones, either. but like the real deal.
posted by barrett caulk at 11:38 AM on March 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


I had a chance to see this at the SIFF shorts event last year, it was amazing then and still is amazing now.
posted by mrzarquon at 12:29 PM on March 28, 2009


I thought it was slightly creepy, actually, but well done.
posted by empath at 12:39 PM on March 28, 2009


@barrett

thanks for that, uh, unexpected derail.
posted by fistynuts at 1:21 PM on March 28, 2009


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