Aside from my freinds and the creativity, one of the things I missed most in There was my movie studio themed neighborhood. I was so busy between projects, and being in the hospital twice during those final months of There.com that after I bought the hood I rarely had any time to work on the hood itself. I am making a better go of it this time around.
Mircale Pictures Studrios was purchased in a rather heated auction.. in other words it went for a lot… on March 29th, 2008. It was a lush green hood with nice hills in the background (perfect for a Hollywood style sign thing) and a bit of sesert in one corner (perfect ofr a planet of the apes thing or westerns). Immediately I started designing larger soundstages for the hood. A 40×80 meter all black interior soundstage, and a 40×80 meter soundstage with cememnt walls. I also designed an entrance way with a insert set of pictures that could be changed and updated. The original soundstage ( a 40×40 meter mostly black interior) was also used.
The hood was original surrounded at first by a wall. I created a special 55 meter wall section by angling a 40 meter object on a diagonal. The problem with this was that they had to be in from the outside of the hood. I also make normal 40 meter sections of wall. The wall was problomatic as the ground slanted so much in some areas that you could practily step right over it. In the end the wall was mostly left on the entrace side and the wall near the desert.
Upon finishing that I made a dome building for the miniature Lagoland set. I had planned on using it in the next UltraAvie movie. This was an 80 meter round building with a backdrop of New Kansas painted on it.
July of 2008 was our 5th birthday and also served as the premier for our second feature and our first musical the all singing, all dancing, all lagging Wizard of Lag!
You can see some of the premier event in this movie “My So Called Virtual Life”
October 2008 had the studios recieveing the Community Wow award! That came as a sprprise to me! We really did not meet the criteria for being elegiable for this award. But still it was way cool!
There is a video of that ceremony and a tour of some of the sets for Flame Warrior here:
Our final production for the There Film Festival (there were no more film festivals after 2008) was the Kung Fu epic Flame Warrior. This was also the first movie shot in our new studios.
Several sets were constructed for this movie. The village set and the Post-Fu training area were built on two sides of the hood.
The walls around the Post-Fu training area were specialy made for the movie.
When Lagoland upgraded to a 100 acre hood it was usggested that I move my studio to the Lagoland hood. I tried that for about a month. I even designed a slanted parking lot area outside of the gate, but with only 50 hood drops at the time it did not work out well, and later the items went back to the studio hood. The new parking lot went, but was later redesigned agian to match the flatter land at the Studios hood. So I guess there were three different versions of that entrance.
The version shown above was the one made for Lagoland. It was revised slightly for the final version that appeared at the Miracle Pictures Studios hood. This also does not show the pictures which were made as a seprate object.
In the fall of 2009 Lagoland, after moving to a new 100 acre all flat hood failed to attract many residences, and after loosing money for almost two years, it was closed. This provided plenty of buildings and items for a backlot area at the studio. Streets were set up in a “U” shape. The plan was to place photograps at the end of the streets showing a prespective view as seen in the 100 acre Lagoland.
I never quite got around to making those backdrops though. I did keep building sets.
In the late summer of 2009 I bought one of the Saturn V rockets hoping to use it ina movie. I had it set in the studios in one corner, but the neighborhood next door complained that it was causing them lag, so I removed it immediately. This was a big mistake. Shortly after removing the Saturn V There neighborhoods gained the ability to block out paz’s and hoods outside of thier own. The neighbor propmptly hid my hood from thier view, however they never botherd to let me know that they had done this and that I could put the rocket back out. By the time I realized that they had done this I had mosplaced the layout file, and was unable to set the rocket back out. So there is no video footage of it at all. It will be nice now to get a second chance to do something with this prop now. There is a picture of the hoverbaot version of the Saturn V flying over the hood.
It took a while but eventually by December of 2009 I had finished the bit time traveling set. Good thing too as when March 2010 rolled around and it was announced that There.com would be closing I had the standing sets and a script all ready to shoot! Well the script did need some modification to make it up to speed with current events. In July of 2010 the them was There Through the Ages, so the script was written with that in mind. It needed only a bit of updating to make it about the closing of There.com. Mostly only the ending bits were changed.
If you are curious how I spent my last week in There, well it was spent behind a camera. In that final week Miracle Pictures churned out Disky’s final chapter of The Beta III, Tiki Trek II, An april fools joke with fox costumes, the Bernard Bruhaha Halloween Splatacular, a talking heads movie with members telling what There.com meant to them, a pilot for a Stargate There series (to be shot in other games later)
and a ton of footage for my mega documentary on there.com and several music videos, only a few of which have been finished.
But as far as the studio goes the last big production was From There to Eternity. In many ways this was my best work ever, in other ways it relies heavily on the history of there.com for it’s humor and new members may not even understand a lot of the jokes, but for those who were There it served as a bittersweet look back.
In fact on several occasions, with people viewing this movie, I recieved the ultimate in compliment that I can imagine ever recieving. This movie made them laugh and cry at the same time.
I was filming at my studio right up to the final hour before there.com closed. In the very end I was doing Captain Cosmos introductions for future Broc Lee episode in case we ever decided to shoot any in Second Life or some other world. This was my last screenshot taken inside my Miracle Pictures Studios neighborhood, just seconds before I teleported away.
Looking back I wish I had done a lot more. I never finished the movie star trailers, I never got those city backdrops made, I had only set the backlot up 1/2 when there.com closed.
Oh well, I am very excited about having the hood back and getting started making new props and set for my new original series. I sent in my application to re-spawn my hood along with several pictures of where the hood was located. Hoepfuly soon Miracle Pictures Studios will be back!