Posts Tagged ‘ Zonja Capalini ’

Zonja Capalini – Grayscale Walking

It’s been a while since I blogged a Zonja Capalini video. The following video was censored and flagged for “unsafe content” by Flickr HQ………WTF?

I promise, no guns, no violence…it is safe to view (else I wouldn’t blog it…).
Good thing there is youtube, so Zonja posted it there:

Grayscale Walking by Zonja Capalini, Filmed in Bell Curve & Sine Wave islands. Music: Infected Mushroom: Ballerium.

I highly recommend you watch the HIGH QUALITY video on youtube. It’s worth it. I don’t know how to embed the high quality version here. If I find out, I shall do. (WordPress doesn’t support flash, I am using the built in youtube player).

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Yellow Dance

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„0307 – Yellow dance“ by Zonja Capalini. Music: Golden Age by Torley

It has been a while since I last blogged a Zonja Capalini video. So it’s about time for another one huh? Okay, there you go: Enjoy the Yellow Dance ! 🙂

The following lines are excerpts from a chat with Zonja when I visited her on her sim, Condensation Land.

Jenilia Congrejo: Zonja, why did you choose Torley’s music for your videos? Not that I didn’t like it, on the contrary, his music is great and I downloaded some of his tracks, too. My favourite is the track you used for your Mirror Dance video -> TORLON WINDOW.
Zonja Capalini: 0h, because it’s great music. I love it — as it happens, I’m a great fan of techno/trance music
Torley is (was) a great musician…
Jenilia Congrejo: Oh yes, he definitely is.
Zonja Capalini: and because it’s open source. So there are no probs with rights, etc!

Jenilia Congrejo: BTW, what are your future plans about video making?
Zonja Capalini: Dunno. I have no plans. I do that for fun.
When I get some free time and some inspiration, I make a video and that’s it.
Jenilia Congrejo : Just do what you want to do. This always works out best.
Zonja Capalini: Exactly! I have A LOT of fun making the videos, tho. Never did a video in RL. I don’t even own a videocam. So I’m learning in SL.

Jenilia Congrejo: Are you doing something in graphics in RL?
Zonja Capalini: Never did graphics in RL. I installed the GIMP just to be able to put a signature to my shots!
Jenilia Congrejo: Actually, it would be boring to do the same stuff here in SL lol.
Zonja Capalini: That’s the beauty of SL. It’s amazing.
Because that seems to be the experience of a lot of people. SL has helped them (us) to develop creativity in areas we haven’t tried before. The artistic possibilities of SL are endless…

By the way, Zonja might start her own blog soon. I’ll keep you
informed and post a link when she finally does. Meanwhile check out her flickr site

My favourite video is still the “Mirrored Dance”. It was posted on July 11th and hit 485 views already on flickr as of today which is quite a lot for a video in a picture community.
Please also check out Zonja’s “Mirrored Dance” and “Wireframe Dancing” videos!

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Mirrored Dance

0304 – Mirrored dance” by Zonja Capalini. Models: Noys, Zonja. Music: Torley: Torlon Window. Filmed in: Condensation Beach, SL. A collation of raw SL footage (only some simple fading added, and in some cases 90 degree rotations)

As you already know, Zonja Capalini is always good for a surprise (check out her “Wireframe Dance” video) and her creativity is without limits. The “Mirrored Dance” video is a vivid example. I did not believe my eyes when I first saw it because I have never seen a mirror in SL, even though I have my account for over a year.
I asked Zonja and I was even more surprised when she told me: “The mirror is _water_”
Huh? Water? This definitely needed an explanation! Zonja was more than happy to invite me to her sim Condensation Land and to explain all the details…

Well, it turned out she is using a special water setup.

Zonja Capalini: “Oracolo sent me the water setup. Oracolo Janus.
He found it by trial and error, and sent me the water parameters manually
I built the XML file and I htmlized it to be able to post it to Flickr 🙂
Please follow the instructions to be able to see the mirror…”

Zonja’s instructions:

  • Copy and paste Oracolo’s water setup to an empty file with a .xml extension
  • drop this file into C:\Program Files\SecondLife\app_settings\windlight\water
  • close the SL client (if open), and finally open your SL client.
  • Go to World menu -> Environment settings -> Environment editor, click on “Advanced water”, and open the “Water presets” dropdown. Voila! You’ll find a new preset with the new filename.
  • Check your preferences: Edit -> Preferences -> Graphics. Choose “Custom” Then reflection detail “Everything” . You should see the reflection now

This is a pic I took of myself (different water setup)
left: Default water setup, right: Oracolo’s water setup
Note the difference in reflection!

 

Zonja Capalini: When I saw that you could get perfect reflections, I thought “hey, maybe I can get a dance with a mirror” And I designed this room 🙂

Zonja and I standing on the mirror

We are standing in a special room rotated by 90° with a transparent wall (=mirror) touching the reflective water surface. The blue carpet textured wall on the right hand site simulates the floor. A (white) dance pose ball rotated by 90° makes your avie dance in horizontal position…..What a great idea! It’s as brilliant as it is simple.

Zonja Capalini: When there is movement, one can’t practically see that the reflection is somewhat blurred. For still images it’s not so perfect

Jenilia Congrejo: So, for still images you use another technique with a twin avie, right?
Zonja Capalini: It depends. For still images you need to have two symmetrical poses
and it’s difficult to get them. I’m glad Danae Kamachi sent me some sets of symmetrical poses. But it’s a limited technique, in that sense.

Jenilia Congrejo: Have you ever done still images with the water technique? Can you show an example?
Zonja Capalini: Yes, there you go

Jenilia Congrejo: Well, looks pretty cool and it’s untouched !
Zonja Capalini: Thanks! 🙂 It’s not bad at all.

picture by Zonja Capalini
title: 0306 Yellow Dress

Thank you Zonja, for sharing your knowledge and tricks with us. I know you’re leading a busy life and I appreciate it you set aside time to show me your mirror technique. It’s brilliant!

 

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Wireframe Dancing

 

Originally uploaded by Zonja Capalini
Models – Noys, Zonja.
Music – Torley: Bigger Bass (the Acid Line).
Filmed in Condensation Land, SL

I have not been very active on flickr lately and have hardly kept track with what my friends were doing. So, when I logged on the other day…….a NICE surprise was waiting for me. Zonja Capalini has made some really great videos, they are simply AMAZING ! 😀

Zonja: “I filmed a lot of raw footage in wireframe under extreme WindLight settings, then I filmed Condensation Land using again WL settings that give an almost-black-and-white look, white fast-moving clouds, and the rest are remnants from the last video, I put the model to dance underwater under, again extreme WindLight settings”

….as simple as that 😉
Of course, there is more to it than adjusting environmental settings / WindLight parameters. Hopefully, Zonja lets us in on the secrets of artistic video making soon. For the time being, however, she’s busy getting footage for her next videos. One thing is for sure, she’s a brilliant artist and I will certainly cover more of her artwork in the coming week.
Zonja, you’re the Queen of Rhythm and WindLight!