this Blog is not dead, I'm just lazy. But most of all my real life needs most of my attention. So far to RL, now the current issue: why am I write now?
Maybe you read the title. It's my latest movie of course. And I can't believe myself that it's already done.
Onyx, Eve and Crystal are going out to spend a good time in a BDSM Club called: Club B'erodism. Just like Isabelle, Adam, Zoe, Trisha. Corinne Corbeau is the singer in the club. All people come to the club to explore their pleasure and art of BDSM.
But for some people this evening will get different than other nights. Eve and Adam, both don't know the other one is in the club too this night. But they know each other from the past. And memories are brought back to conscious.
At the same time Isabelle and Onyx live their own desires out in BDSM. What every they can get. While Crystal, Onyx wife, watch for her love to protect her if needed.
This movie is just another episode about the life of Onyx and Crystal. It shows how Onyx and Crystal evolve as couple after the conflict in "Onyx Blaze". In this movie Onyx is represented by Racheal Rexen. Onyx wants to have a session with a professional Femdom. So she and Crystal together with Eve, a friend of Onyx, go to have fun. But for Eve this night will be not what she imagine. She will be confronted with a man from her past.
Adam is represented by Talisker Braveheart. He is a dominant man with an own style of being in charge. He makes his first steps in BDSM together with Eve some years ago. So he become what a Dom has to be. He has a term with Trisha.
The character of Eve fills Katina Cazalet. Since the first games in BDSM with Adam she mature as a Sub. It's her style and the need of giving up control when she needs it. Over the time she knows what she wants and can differ between a good Dom and a new one. Eve has a term with Zoe.
Isabelle is played by Erika Thorkveld, who loves high heels. This character is a hermaphrodite like Crystal and she united her female and male parts in a harmonic way. She brings you to do what she wants and what you desire in a gentle and kind way. You will be surprised to see with what a natural and soft way you will do the naughtiest things you never thought before. Just because Isabelle leads you to it.
Corinne Corbeau was played by Monique LeFry. She is the singer in Club B'erodism and an important part of the story. With her songs she creates the background for two sequences and a short part of a story with Crystal.
The Femdom Zoe, represented by Sandra Palletier, is tough, unpredictable and with a freezing cold glance. When she look at you, you know that you are the prey. As a raptor every move of her is powerful. Her presence is most time enough to emit her absolute dominance over you. Zoe was needed to keep Eve busy.
Trisha is performed by Partee Mytili. She is Adams Sub. They make a term this evening to play together. This character was necessary to take Adam out of the lobby. Otherwise Eve and Adam would meet together and the movie would be over before it start.
Crystal has a small role in the movie. She is just a guard to Onyx to save her while the BDSM sessions. The passive role gave me more freedom to focus on the production.
After the release of "Onyx Blaze" and "Where the horizon widens" I got much response about them. I was very happy that so many people like my work. So I wanted create a film with a more complex story. Obviously the crowd appreciate a good story. At this time in December 2015 I had several ideas for movies. BDSM get more and more attractive to me and it would be a challenge to make it. Just because I know not very much about BDSM. But to shoot a movie in a BDSM Club with a complex story and some flashbacks seemed a very good concept to me.
At the end of 2015 I started to write the story. I needed six weeks untill the raw concept was finished. It was necessary to give the script to the crew. So I write it down in a notecard in SL and in a text document on my computer. While I wrote the script I was searching for the right sims and locations with useful furniture. This took a lot of time.
When I found a good location I checked the poses which of them are good enough to put them into the sequence. To choose windlights has a lot to do with patience. My intention was to show BDSM in many different ways. It has to be as various as possible.
Second Life is not static. It is very dynamic. Some time after I start shooting the movie one location was gone. And never came back. This was terrible. It brought a break for some weeks until I found an alternative. Funny thing was, when I found this other location another sim go offline. Oh No! But I was lucky and found at the same evening a substitue.
The script was many times reworked. Right now it is the sixth version of the original one. To develop all the poses, angles, camera moves, expressions, windlights, camera attitude, dialogues and story I needed 58 sheets of paper.
This film would be the most complex I made till now. So I wanted the best people I can get. And I know some. Such a huge project require really very much of the crew and myself. All of them gives extraordinary effort and work in the shootings. Without these people it would be never possible to make it.
Here are their names:
Thank you so much!
You guys make my work so easy! You are so awesome! They adjust poses, gives hints and ideas, use Anypose and support with technical knowledge. If you are looking for reliable actress and actors? Remember their names!
A plan for such a project was absolutely necessary. So I made a matrix of the script in what part of the movie which people are involved. This showed me very simple in what scene I need which people. With this tool I could make terms for shootings with different teams. That means, a time flow would be not possible. And it would be not efficiently! This matrix was the basis to the whole movie. I marked which scenes were shot and which not. So I could decide every time new what scenes I will shoot next.
One of the points of the concept was to keep the teams small. So I had many times only Talisker and Katina for a shooting or Erika and Racheal. And some scenes with Sandra and Partee. There were other scenes with many people involved. But I managed it this way, to split the sequences in smaller parts. So I could shoot a long sequence with two teams on different days.
I love to edit my movies. It is a very creative process. This time I didn't put any special effects in it. To be honest, I hadn't the power for it. Anyway, I see not much possibilities for some special effects. Besides almost all scenes were shot indoor. Windlights do the work.
Visual filters are something completely different. I use similar visual filters in all four flashbacks. They shall separate the past from the present. They look more bright, with less color with a touch of sepia. We know this all from cinema. The pony play sequence was too bright and I had to darken it. All other sequences were shot with specific windlights I choose before the shootings.
In the RL movie "Appaloosa" from the actor and director "Ed Harris" there is a commentary from him. He taught me one thing. "Appaloosa" is shown more through the eyes of the character "Everett". For my movie it is too late, but now I have an idea how to do it better to tell a story from someones eyes.
Sound Environment & Music
A very important issue to me. In "Where the horizon widens" I was experimenting with sounds to accompany with the pictures. It was such a fun to make it and a great result. So it was clear that I will do the same in this movie. Regulary I use sound effects to fill the gap between two songs. I made more than this. I tried to create in certain places a special sound environment. So it depends where you see the actors. In the lobby, the singer room or the basement. They have a different sound environment. On the timeline I use three audio tracks (and three video tracks) to bring the picture to life. I hope it worked.
A BDSM movie must get a special accompany with music! And I knew from the beginning what music it will be. Jazz, Blues and Bossa Nova! I wanted to create a place of a classy club with cultured people. BDSM is not to everyone. Even I know this. I had the imagination that you go there, have a drink, make a nice conversation, dance a Tango and retire with your sub or dom. A fine society.
Sure, there can be Gothic music or meditation sounds, but I wanted this. To find the right songs was a challenge too. I spend many hours on youtube to find what I wanted.
At the end of the movie you can do many faults. In my opinion credits in SL are underestimated. It is an essential part of the movie. Like the beginning, where all the names are listed, the end gives clear informations about your work. It is like your business card. As director you can put all informations about music, sims, actors, supporters, used software, outfits, acknowledgements, videos ect. This is what gives a movie the finishing touch.
Two simple examples.
Did you saw the credits in the movie "Lethal Weapon 4"? If not, take a look. If yes, remember all the pictures in the credits and the song: "Why can't we be friends". Then you will know, what I mean.
I assume you all know the "Minions" from "Despicable me 1+2". I'm sure, you watched the credits just because of the Minions. I love them.
Let me invite you to "Club B'erodism"
I hope you enjoy.
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