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"The Demise" Premiere this
Sunday in Second Life

A still from the title sequence in "The Demise"

Daniel Wasiluk's (aka Surgee) film "The Demise" will Premiere this Sunday, August 24th at 12PM (Pacific Time) at Hathead's Tower Lounge in Second Life. "The Demise" is Daniel's third film; all of them shot in the World of Warcraft game engine. "The Demise" is a gorgeous film shot with no dialog, but with wonderful imagination and feeling. I've just come from a rehearsal with Hathead at his lounge and although we had to do a lot of tweaking, the film should look great when we screen it on Sunday. Daniel won the World of Warcraft "best special effects" award for "The Demise" this year. Be sure to check out his personal page at warcraftmovies.com for additonal comments and photos Daniel has provided for "The Demise"

Daniel is unable to be with us at the Premiere, although I've been in contact with him about the event for the last month or so. He had to sell his computer not long after he finished "The Demise" and because of financial difficulties has not been able to buy another. I've decided that I want to get him a new one somehow. We've set up a poster with Daniel's picture and all you have to do is click on it to donate. The money will come to me and I will send it to Daniel via Paypal.

You can see Daniel's poster on the right. Be sure to make a donation!

You can also contact me directly via this blog or at my personal website rgrove.com about sending any computer parts you might want to donate. It's possible we could send him a combination of money and the parts (graphics card, motherboard, ram,etc) so he can put it
together on his own. As Dan lives in Europe, shipping is high for heavy items like a computer case or monitor, so hold off on those things. But small items will work. Contact me if you have any questions.

"The Demise" is streaming at our newly designed Machiniplex site (thank you, Phil Rice), so head on over and watch/download the film, or you can wait until Sunday. Daniel has sent us message he recorded about the film which we will play after the screening.

A beautiful shot from "The Demise"

If you've never been to one of our Premiere's here's how it works: you will need to join up at Second Life (a free virtual community), or simply log in if you are a member. Then you'll need to teleport to Hathead's Lounge. You can follow this link to do so:

How to get to Hathead's Lounge

just follow the directions to teleport. For SL veterans, the slurl is:


Once you arrive at the Lounge, you'll find many other people chatting either by voice or by text chat, before the screening. After a while, I'll announce the screening and we'll all watch the film on the large screens in the center of the room (be sure to click your "play" button at the bottom of your SL screen). When the film is done, we will head over to the conference area and I'll offer some commentary on the film and talk about my conversations with Daniel. Then we will open up the conversations to comments and questions.

Generally, we talk for about an hour or so and then head over to the dance floor to boogie away (this is where the REAL conversations happen). If you've never danced before, just click on the silver ball over the dance floor to initiate the animations.

If you are a beginner, don't be afraid to ask questions; everyone there was a beginner once and we are happy to help you out.

If you need to check the time in your area, here is a time converter. The Premiere will take place at 12PM Pacific Time (Los Angeles).

Hanging around after rehearsal at Hathead's Lounge

  1. Anonymous Anonymous | August 23, 2008 at 2:04 AM |  

    This Surgee sure knows how to make people cry.
    What was this world of warcraft best editing price again ?

  2. Blogger Ricky Grove | August 23, 2008 at 8:34 AM |  

    Surgee won the "Best Special Effects" and Obilith won for "Best Editing". I couldn't easily find a link to the winners or I'd post it for you.

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