“The Drax Files: World Makers”, which premiered on March 1, 2013, is a monthly documentary show on Youtube that examines the people behind the avatars who, with their passion and persistence, continue to push Second Life forward. The interviews are “mixed reality” and tell the stories of profile designers, game-makers, role-players and fashion aficionados, musicians, artists and social-issue activists. For these dedicated residents, their avatar is not merely a pixelated entity, cut off from their real-life selves, but an extension of their identities, which which they navigate the virtual world of Second Life. The people interviewed range from self-taught hobbyists to dedicated professionals from all walks of life, from all over the world and of all genders, ages and ethnicities.
What does “mixed reality” mean? The show combines real-life footage, Skype interviews and machinima from within SL, in order to provide the viewer with a narration that is as complete and engaging as possible.
In the first episode, Draxtor interviews the person behind the avatar named Kriss Lehmann, proprietor of the successful Botanical brand of landscaping decor (you can read Kriss’ blog HERE). In the interview, Kriss explains how he turned his passion into a viable business, designing and selling virtual goods. Kriss’ avatar is a wise, old Japanese gardener, always present at his serene shop, situated on an island that floats in the virtual ocean. Behind the avatar is a young man from Virginia who followed his love to her native Philippines, where they live just outside the capital Manila. Both are artists that have turned their passion into a viable business, designing and selling virtual goods. They are just one of the many examples of people who followed their own path in a digital universe that is as real as its residents want to make it.
Below you can watch the first episode of the series:
Mona (formerly slutrix)
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