"Quiet on the set ... Roll cameras ..."
If you ever dreamed of being a movie mogul, the time is
now. The Machinima Open Studio Project at LEA20 offers a
wide variety of locales and sets built with filming in
mind. Nine builds dot the countryside with more to come.
Peaceful Valley sits in the shadow of tall mountains,
should you keep the region Windlight setting, while the
cottages and outdoor locations along Beach Walk are
definitely a sun lover's paradise. LEA20 isn't too
different from your favorite picturesque sim, except of
course it is filming friendly.
There is that open spaces advantage in effect also. Houses
have been situated to encompass vista; more shots are
available and you may never even need to use that derez
option. Ground level is fun to explore even as you may
wonder how railroad tracks appear and disappear, seemingly
going nowhere -- how a bunkhouse turns into a schoolroom
when you enter. No, it isn't the twilight zone; it is
simply the set designer taking advantage of spaces.
The welcome area is your starting point. Boards with
photos let you choose your venue or opt for a HUD with the full list of locations right at your fingertips. Phase One of the project
includes a duo of sound stages. I hear that food services
just dropped by on Stage One, so heading over there is
most likely your best bet. And what do you know? It really
IS a sound stage. Well, perhaps a bit neater than the norm
and with fewer cords and less electrician's tape; but still the
ambiance is evident. Chose a set and of course take some
MOSP, while designed for machinimatographers is also a
friend of static film. In fact there is a Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/atthemosp/)
where you can add your shots and maybe garner a bit of
fame with the photo of the week. Beginners in either field
are welcome! And I understand that if you IM Chic Aeon
with questions, she is happy to share her expertise.
Another impressive area is the High Corporate Offices
which are open for meetings and classes -- and of course
filming. Just ask for a group invite if you need to put an
ad in the Events listings. There is also a movie camera,
an anchor desk and a widescreen backdrop that let's you
click for different stills to help tell your story.
MOSP has been open during the building process, but the
extra fun start on October 1 at noon. Come on over and
explore. Details, as any good director knows, make the
shot. So keep your eyes peeled as you wander around the
sets. There are fifty (yes FIFTY) gifts to be had. It
isn't a hunt in the traditional sense. Everything is out
in the open. Pick up a notecard at the landing point,
spend a little time looking for those details and head
home with more than just photos!