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Text Chat from Premiere of Lainy Voom's film "Push"

Last Sunday's Premiere of Lainy Voom's film "Push" was a very enjoyable and thought-provoking event. We had an excellent turnout to Hathead's new Theatre space in Second Life (thank you, Hathead for providing the space).

This was a different kind of Premiere since all of the conversation was in text chat. At first, I wasn't sure how it would work out, but once we all got going the conversation with Lainy (who was present after the screening to comment and answer questions) grew lively and at times philosophical. Much more open ended conversation in text than with voice. This led to more involvement with the people who attended the Premiere (something I liked very much).

I just loved Lainy's avatar (the one on the left in the above picture). The button eyes and the strange, doll body where something else. She also had some interesting animations built into the character that you could only see if you looked for a while. Subtle touch that. Then again, Lainy is probably one of our most accomplished filmmakers.

Push was a great success (once again) and we screened the film twice. I asked production oriented questions which led to Lainy casually mentioning that she shot the film in sequence, which practically floored us all. She set out to create a film "without thinking about it" and Push was the result. I found it a jazz/dance with a lot of early Cocteau/Dali influence in the imagery. Lainy mentioned that she was trying to express here feelings about time and how inescapable it is for all of us.

I was delighted to Premiere Lainy's Push for Machiniplex. And I'm particularly grateful that Lainy was able to come and spend time with everyone who came. She mentioned that she is working on some poems at present. I know we will all be waiting to see what new and interesting ideas/images she has come up with. 

Phil Rice saved the text chat from the Premiere and I've posted it on Scribd.com and here. Only minor changes were made to fix formatting and add photos. It's a bit long, but well worth your time to read. Also, Push has now been added to the Machiniplex rotation where you can screen it or download a very high quality .wmv version to watch at your leisure. 

Machiniplex Premiere of "Push": Text Chat

Reminder for Lainy Voom's PUSH Premiere this Sunday

Just a reminder that we will be Premiering Lainy Voom's film "PUSH" this weekend (SUNDAY, October 25th) from 10AM to 12AM (Pacific Time) at Hathead's Theatre in Second Life. We will screen the film then discuss it with Lainy via text.

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More info on Second Life:


Premiere for Lainy Voom's "Push" on October 25th

Machiniplex is very pleased to announce the Premiere of Lainy Voom's "Push", an experimental machinima film shot inside of the virtual world of Second Life. The Premiere will take place at Hathead's new Theatre space in Second Life on Sunday, October 25th at 10AM (Pacific Time).

Lainy Voom (aka Trace Sanderson) has been creating real time animated films (machinima) since 2004. She has created almost a dozen films since then all graced with her witty imagination and attention to detail. "Push" is her most recent film and it is one of her best.

In an interview at the excellent Koinup blog, Lainy explains the origin of "Push"

Koinup. Push' made a huge impact on the Machinima community recently, visually it has an immediate & dynamic appeal - what is the story behind this ? Is it more than an amazing eclectic visual collection - Does it tell a story?

Lainy. It began as an experiment, what would happen if I just started filming something, not analysing anything and just making the first thing that sprang to mind. I tried to let the film grow organically by itself. It's more a stream of consciousness exercise than anything with hidden deeper meaning. Towards the end of the filming process it began to become more contrived, I ended up scrapping all the later footage in order to bring it back to the initial experiment.

With last months Premiere of Claus-Dieter Schulz's "9" (also an experimental machinima film) we started a conversation about imaginative and abstract Machinima that I think will inform the Q&A with Lainy right after the screening of her film. I'm certainly looking forward to it.

My thanks to Lainy for allowing us to screen "Push" and for giving our Premiere audience an opportunity to discuss this great film with her (and perhaps many of her other films as well). You can pre-screen "Push" along with her earlier films at her website: Voom-Machine.

"Push" will post at the machiniplex.com site several days before the Premiere which will be on October 25th (Sunday) at 10AM Pacific Time. We'll Premiere the film in Second Life at Hathead's new Theatre. The slurl is here:


If you've never been to Second Life, it's a free virtual community that is an excellent place to have screenings and meetings like this. More info on how to join and learn the basics can be found here:



We'll be conducting the Q&A with Lainy primarily with text chat, so don't you don't really need a mic. I'll probably ask some questions via voice chat, but the Premiere will be primarily in text.

Feel free to show up a little early and get oriented. I'll be there at 9:30Am Pacific if you need help. Just look for my Second Life name gtoon jun and text me.

Hope to see you there!

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